Howard Johnson North BayHoward Johnson North BayHoward Johnson North Bay

Near the Lake Nipissing waterfront, within walking distance of downtown

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Guests felt they got good value for the price they paid
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to downtown, shops and restaurants
  • Friendly, helpful staff, according to guests
Cons
  • Aging decor, according to guests
  • Some guests felt that there was a lack of detail to cleaning
  • A few guests thought that there was a lack of quality and selection offered at the continental breakfast
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 24, 2012
Overview
This hotel is a 3-minute walk from downtown North Bay (where Main St., the board walk and a number of shops and restaurants are located). This hotel appeals to travellers who seek accommodations within walking distance of downtown, or with guests looking for accommodations at a lower price point.

All of the 40 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, a hair dryer, a coffeemaker and an iron and ironing board. Guests can choose between rooms of varying sizes with a king, queen or two double beds. Pets are permitted for no extra cost.

Although there is no restaurant on site, guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast daily. There are also a number of restaurants located within a 5-minute walk. On-site parking is free.

This hotel is a 4-minute drive from Lake Nipissing. North Bay Memorial Gardens (arena and recreation centre) is a 9-minute drive away. Mall shopping is available at North Bay Mall, an 8-minute drive away. Laurentian Ski Hill is a 10-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking and pet policy (call date: October 12, 2012).
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The Good
Many of the reviews used for this analysis were positive, and guests were impressed with the price point and with the hotel's location.

There was a sense from a number of guests that there was good value for the price they paid. The phrase "reasonably priced" surfaced often in guest comments.

Location was a positive factor for a number of guests who said that this hotel was close to shops and restaurants. Guests also liked this hotel's proximity to the downtown area (3-minute walk) and to Lake Nipissing (4-minute drive). 

Guests received good service from staff at this hotel and said that they were warm, courteous and efficient.

Guests said that their rooms were a decent size and that there was more than enough space to accommodate their needs.

There were some additional comments about comfy beds.
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The Bad
Although many of the reviews used for this analysis were positive, guests did have a few complaints in common about dirty rooms and aging decor.

Several guests complained about a lack of detailed cleaning and mentioned moldy bathroom tiles, dirty towels and dirty linens.

This hotel was showing its age, and several guests suggested that updates were in order, particularly in regards to the furniture. Guests also commented about worn linens, carpets and tiles, and about peeling paint.

There were a number of complaints from guests who found that the complimentary continental breakfast was lacking in the quality and selection of food available.

A few guests complained about plumbing problems in their rooms, specifically about noisy pipes.

There were some additional comments about difficulty regulating the temperature in the rooms.
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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #14 out of 25 North Bay hotels, based on 15 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 7.4 out of 10, of "good", based on 48 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 2.7 out of 5, based on 9 reviews. 56% of guests would recommend this hotel.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking and pet policy (call date: October 12, 2012).
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
6.6
Fair

Rated 6.6/10 based on 201 reviews

Ranked #13 out of 15 hotels in North Bay


7 out of 10 | Mohamed stayed August 04, 2011

"what's bad is the lack of information for new people in town regarding public transportation, and other services such as location of Canada post, rental aencies, government institutions"

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1 out of 10 | Cynthia stayed November 14, 2010

"Filthy, run down."

"We made reservation online and upon arrival could not stay at this hotel due to the filth and mould smell of the room so checked out and went to another 2 star hotel for a little more money which had 10 times the cleanliness. I'm guessing if a health inspector checked some rooms, the hotel would be closed."

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Map Marker Howard Johnson North Bay
255 McIntyre Street West, North Bay, ON