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Howard Johnson Inn Kingston

6.6 | Fair | #17 out of 24 hotels in Kingston

Older Kingston walk-up motel with outdoor pool, free parking and free basic breakfast

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Rooms were clean with comfortable beds according to several guests
  • Staff were courteous and helpful said guests
  • Location was convenient to downtown, the waterfront, the K-Rock Centre and restaurants in walking distance
  • Guests liked the lower room rates
  • Guests liked the Don Cherry's restaurant next door
  • No elevator
  • Many guests complained of loud AC units
  • The free breakfast was too basic and guests often did not like seeing it set up prior to breakfast time in the lobby
  • Wi-Fi was spotty and difficult to connect to for several guests
  • A few guests found stained carpets during their stay
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated May 29, 2017
This motel is located a 20-minute walk from downtown Kingston and the waterfront. Rogers K-Rock Centre is 30 minutes on foot or an 8-minute drive from the motel.

The smoke-free and pet-free hotel has 64 rooms on 2 floors with no elevator access. 

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screenTV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, an iron and ironing board, and a hair dryer. Rooms have central heating and also AC units in the rooms which guests can turn on and off. 

Some rooms include a microwave.

Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds. 

Free parking is available on site.

A free basic continental breakfast is available.

There is no restaurant on site, but guests will find a Don Cherry's restaurant next door with outdoor patio. Subway Sandwiches and Tim Hortons are less than a 3-minute walk away.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a business centre, ice/vending machines and an ATM. 

What’s nearby?  Queen's University is a 20-minute walk or 3-minute drive. The Cataraqui Centre shopping mall is an 11-minute drive away. Fort Henry is 13 minutes away by car. The International Hockey Hall of Fame is 2 minutes away by car, and 

Getting around: Guests can access the bus stop in either direction in a minute on foot. Kingston Airport (YGK) is a 14-minute drive without traffic. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on August 11, 2016: all rooms have a mini-fridge but no microwave, the outdoor pool is open
The Good
Guests had mixed feelings overall with some guests liking the rooms and finding this a good spot for a short budget stay and others feeling that this was not the place for them.

Guests who liked the rooms found them updated, well cleaned with comfortable beds. Some were pleased to have a mini-fridge and microwave in their room and windows that open.

Guests often liked the location. They said it was an easy drive to downtown without paying downtown hotel prices, it was not far from other attractions such as the K-Rock Centre and waterfront. Many liked having a Tim Hortons and Don Cherry's restaurant very close by.

Guests often found the staff amenable. They were described as pleasant, friendly and courteous.

The price was affordable to guests and this was likely the main draw.
The Bad
Guests who were less comfortable at the motel posted various complaints.

Although some of the rooms had been updated and were comfortable, it appears that some of the rooms were not well cleaned and in good repair. Recent complaints included: room smelled of old smoke, carpets were stained/dirty/worn, the mattress sagged, bathroom smelled mouldy, not enough electrical plugs, central heating was too hot or too cold at times, the electrical set up was sketchy and there was no smoke detector in the room.

Guests had Wi-Fi issues. They often said they couldn't connect or found it spotty or limited.

Noise disturbances affected some stays. Some reviewers reported being able to hear guests in adjacent rooms and rooms overhead, as well as traffic from Princess Street. AC units often disturbed guests with loud fans. 

The breakfast received a lot of complaints, although the odd reviewer said it was good offering fresh fruit, yogurt and juice. Guests usually found it too basic and did not like having the breakfast pre set up in the lobby. Some did not like that there was nowhere to sit and guests had to carry it back to their room.

Some thought the area was questionable.
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Sources guest reviews rated the hotel 7.5 out of 10 from 673 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 3.4 out of 5  from 494 reviews. guest reviews ranked the hotel #22 out of 37 Kingston hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 338 reviews.

Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
6.6 / out of 10
Ranked by Guests
17 / out of 24
hotels in Kingston

The average guest rating for Howard Johnson Inn Kingston is 6.6 out of 10 based on 1571 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Howard Johnson Inn Kingston at #17 out of 24 hotels in Kingston.

Map Marker Howard Johnson Inn Kingston
686 Princess Street, Kingston, ON