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Howard Johnson Inn Kingston

Howard Johnson Inn Kingston is a 2 star hotel in Kingston, Ontario, Canada 686 Princess Street, Kingston, ON, Canada
Estimated Price
$77
CAD
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Great value, helpful staff and comfy beds, about a 20-min walk from downtown
Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the hotel's inexpensive rates and good value
  • The hotel's staff were praised for their helpful and courteous service
  • Several reviewers enjoyed their comfortable beds and spacious rooms
Cons 
  • Several guests had difficulty with the in-room Wi-Fi signals and also reported some cleaning issues
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers

Other Hotels in the Area
Super 8 Motel Kingston (0.1 km)
Econo Lodge City Centre (0.5 km)
Knights Inn Kingston (1.6 km)
Hochelaga Inn (1.6 km)
Peachtree Inn (1.7 km)
BEST WESTERN PLUS Fireside Inn (1.8 km)
Four Points Hotel And Suites Kingston (2.0 km)
Confederation Place Hotel (2.1 km)
Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel (2.1 km)
Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge (2.1 km)
Holiday Inn Kingston - Waterfront (2.2 km)
Comfort Inn Midtown Kingston (2.8 km)

This Hotel is Near...
Queen's University (1.5 km)

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on May 13, 2013
Overview
Located about a 4-minute drive from Queen's University and about a 20-minute walk from Kingston's downtown, the Howard Johnson Inn Kingston is geared towards travellers who require an economical hotel with easy downtown access.

This non-smoking hotel has 68 air-conditioned guest rooms, each offering free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, a microwave, an iPod docking station, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Standard rooms offer one or two queen beds, while rooms with two king beds and a sitting area with a sofabed are also available. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not offered by the hotel.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a business centre, vending machines, a free continental breakfast and free parking. Pets are not permitted.

Sushi Ya! and Tim Hortons are both under a 5-minute walk northwest of the hotel. Access to public transportation is less than 1 minute away on foot. The Cataraqui Centre shopping mall is an 8-minute drive northwestward. Fort Henry is 11 minutes east by car. The International Hockey Hall of Fame can be found 2 minutes away by car, and Kingston Airport (YGK) is roughly a 13-minute drive west. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, not wheelchair accessible. (Call date: May 13, 2013)
The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's value, staff and rooms.

Many reviewers praised the hotel's value, and described the rates as cheap, inexpensive, reasonable and excellent. One lodger remarked that it was a great place to stay considering the price as compared to downtown Kingston hotels.

Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received. They characterized the staff as friendly, accommodating and helpful in suggesting restaurants and providing a quick check-in service.

The hotel's accommodations were complimented by several lodgers. They were described as spacious and well equipped with very comfortable beds. It should be noted, however, that a few reviewers had complaints about their rooms (see below).

The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms and noise transfer.

While the majority of lodgers enjoyed their well equipped rooms and comfortable beds, some guests did have complaints. They reported very poor Wi-Fi signals or no connectivity at all. Some also mentioned outdated bathrooms and described cleanliness issues. Some reviewers reported being able to hear guests in adjacent rooms and rooms overhead, as well as traffic from Princess Street.
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.8 out of 10 from 343 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.6 out of 5 with an 84% recommendation rate from 147 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #15 out of 37 Kingston hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 138 reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 13, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.


Guest Reviews

7.1
Good

#14 out of 22
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.1 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 341
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Howard Johnson Inn Kingston is #14 out of 22 hotels in Kingston ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Victoria, BC CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on December 10, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Good and clean room. Location is also good near to downtown walking."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Charles from Toronto, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 9 out of 10 on September 14, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Good value for the money."
"Excellent location, clean and free parking. Continental breakfast can do with some upgrades."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Kazi toufiq from Toronto, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on September 08, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Nader from Markham, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 9 out of 10 on August 06, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Great value for the money"
"It was perfect for our needs, clean, quiet, front desk helpful. Breakfast was simple but fresh and good to get us going for the morning... We were in Kingston to move my son for University - and this hotel was walking distance from downtown.. We are planning to stay there again this week."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Markdale, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on August 05, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Nicole from Markdale, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 9 out of 10 on August 05, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"It was great and very relaxing"

Hotel review by guest is Positive
Marjorie from Belleville, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 10 out of 10 on June 28, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Sault Ste. Marie, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 9 out of 10 on June 07, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Nick"
"Very friendly and accommodating service. We were travelling with a trailer and were directed to appropriate parking and provided an excellent room in the vicinity to be close to the trailer. Room was recently renovated and very clean. We were highly satisfied with our choice."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Barb from Cambridge, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 9 out of 10 on May 18, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Unknown
Kelly from Oshawa, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on May 04, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Hotel clean and well stocked. MATTRESS WAS HOEEIBLE AND RUTTED."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Richmond Hill, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 9 out of 10 on March 27, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Krista from Lawrencetown, NS CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on March 17, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Thomas from Montr??al, QC CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on March 11, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Unknown
Verified Guest from Montreal, QC CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on February 10, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Grimsby, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 10 out of 10 on January 10, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Good value"
"The term "inn" is deceptive since this is really a motel. However, it is good value, provides a free breakfast, and the location is quite convenient. I was able to walk to my conference downtown and there are many restaurants within walking distance. The outside staircases to the second floor are a bit perilous in winter but I survived. Otherwise everything was fine."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Uxbridge, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on January 06, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Unknown
Verified Guest from Nepean, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on December 14, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Clean, Affordable. Decent"

Hotel review by guest is Positive
Lars eivind from Montreal, QC CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on November 13, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Good value"
"The location of the hotel is slightly outside the main center of Kingston, but it is no problem walking there. The rooms were clean and big. The waffles at breakfast were good, but I did not like that they only had plastic cutlery and disposable cups and plates (makes a lot of trash per meal). Overall good value."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Ron from Mono, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 9 out of 10 on October 28, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Ann from Mono, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 9 out of 10 on October 28, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Unknown
Susan from Pittsburgh, PA US rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on October 10, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Great for a quick overnight stop"
"This hotel was just perfect for our overnight stop in Kingston. The price was right, room was clean and staff very friendly"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Carole from Fitzroy Harbour, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on August 26, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"It is good value for your money."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Ted from Aurora, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on August 19, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Birthday and anniversary visits combine"
"The hotel entrance is a bit difficult to identify as it is an internal courtyard with parking lot - you have to enter through a cavity in the building. Everything was very good."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Tammy from Kentville, NS CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 9 out of 10 on August 09, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Milton, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 2 out of 10 on August 07, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Very disappointing experience for the money paid"
"Our stay at Howard Johnson Inn in Kingston was very disappointing. The place was less than one star rating. Very old and not well maintained. I have allergy to dust and my allergies flared up and I within an hour I was congested with itchy throat and watery eyes. The shower was taped to the shower stall and the airconditioning was placed under the curtain, and we couldn't open the curtain because it was open to the parking lot... the shower wall had mould we could even smell the mould inside the room."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Patrick from Toronto, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 9 out of 10 on August 04, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"clean/simple/worth the money"
"I read other reviews before I booked and, as a result of my experience, I am not sure what other people expected. If you want the Taj Mahal then book it. If you want a clean room with all the simple functions of your own home then you will not have a problem here. The staff was couteous and helpful. The light breakfast was great for a day of travel."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Charles from Terrebonne, QC CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 10 out of 10 on July 26, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Renovated rooms, new beds extra conforable"

Hotel review by guest is Positive
Wilbert from Ajax, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 5 out of 10 on July 22, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Compared to other place's that we stayed this one is Fair"
"The good thing about this place was the price. The bad thing was the bed, way too soft. Carpet in the room REALLY need to be CLEAN or CHANGED COMPLETELY."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Ann from Perth, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on July 02, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Reasonably priced, comfortable hotel"
"The exterior of the Howard Johnson is deceiving. One would expect a run-down facility. It is not. Our room was comfortable and clean, the staff were pleasant and the breakfast was fine - not a lot of choice but served our needs. Our only complaint was the very noisy window air conditioner. We would definitely stay again as the hotel is relatively close to downtown and reasonably priced."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Whitby, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on September 09, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"the room was great, the staff were very accomodating and helpful, continental breakfast was exceptional, and there is wifi available"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Stephen from Toronto, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on August 12, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Minesing, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on August 07, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Unknown
Verified Guest from Brantford, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 4 out of 10 on August 06, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Overall okay, but would not return to this hotel."
"Very poor first impression. Very friendly staff though. Room undergoing renovations, but not yet complete as there were lots of loose ends to be finished. Room was hot as A/C was not located in a good spot - off near the bathroom and not the beds. Did not feel 100% safe as there was no latch on the door. I felt it was priced way too high for the location."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Pakenham, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on June 12, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Suitable for an overnight stay in Kingston. Close to downtown"
"The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. It seemed very quiet - no people talking loudly, no kids running up and down the walkways in front of the rooms. The reception people were very friendly and helpful. The only complaints were the air conditioner was very noisy and the shower head would not stay where it was supposed to. Something was loose in the connections. Location was good."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Annamarie from Victoria Harbour, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 2 out of 10 on June 10, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Okay price but not great"
"The room was possibly under construction, not sure, but beds were okay. Air conditioner too small and out of reach for the room, never cooled the room, room was damp and musty smell. Appeared clean but bathroom needed total renovation, tub stained and very cramped. When you sat on toilet your leg brushed the wall. YUK"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Hamilton, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 10 out of 10 on May 26, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Wilda from Blue Mountains, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on February 13, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The only reason why we couldn't give this hotel a near perfect was that the room heat is not controllable in the individual rooms. we phoned the desk but there nothing they could do as other rooms had already phoned to say they were cold!! so all we could do was open the window. this is not good environmentally nor cost efficient. when next we go to kingston we will definitely make our reservation at this howard Johnson's, if possible."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Peterborough, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 8 out of 10 on December 14, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Smiths Falls, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 6 out of 10 on November 10, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Chantal from Vars, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 6 out of 10 on October 09, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Rooms were clean and comfortable. The only thing I notices was that there was no temperature controls for the rooms I had to call the front desk to ask to have the heat turned up."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Florian from Thun, CH rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on October 07, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Rockland, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 7 out of 10 on August 08, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Sarah from Toronto, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 6 out of 10 on July 18, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"bare-bones and dated, but clean"
"The hotel is more a motel. Pretty bare-bones and dated but clean and relatively convenient. It's located a short cab ride from downtown. Beds were very comfy. If you just need a place to sleep it's fine and the price is right. No food available, though room has a fridge."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Oakville, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 5 out of 10 on May 23, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"There was much noise from a soccer team and broken windows and police involvement....not my idea of a place to stay in the future. Sorry."

Hotel Address: 686 Princess Street, Kingston, ON, Canada

Overview & Amenities


Howard Johnson Inn Kingston

Amenities
  • High-speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Air Conditioned
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Photocopier
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Free Parking

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