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Howard Johnson Inn Sarnia

6.3 | Fair
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Within a 3-minute drive of Hwy 402 and YZR, clean rooms, on-site restaurant

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Each guest receives a $5 voucher for breakfast at the on-site restaurant
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A couple of guests found the location convenient for accessing Hwy 402
Cons
  • Several guests found their rooms to be dated
  • A few reviewers complained that the hotel signage was difficult to see at night
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 3, 2013
Overview
This property is situated in the east end of Sarnia and is within a 3-minute drive of Highway 402 and the Sarnia Airport (YZR). While the location of this hotel provides easy access to the highway and airport, this property is also well suited for guests looking to make use of the Hiawatha Horse Park (horse racing and go-karts) and the Bluewater Fun Park (water park). Both of these attractions are within a 2-minute drive or 10-minute walk.

This hotel is 100% smoke-free and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, free local calls, a flat screen TV and air conditioning. Rooms are furnished with one double bed, two double beds, one queen bed or one king bed. Suites at this hotel are furnished with one king bed and include a jetted tub.

Free parking is available on site and pets are permitted for an additional fee of $25 per stay (maximum of 2 pets per room).

The on-site Nick's Family Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch daily and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. The hotel provides each guest with a $5 voucher for breakfast at the on-site restaurant (served from 6 am to 11 am).

Other on-site amenities include a business centre, common picnic and BBQ area, guest laundry facilities and an ice machine.

The RBC Centre (arena and concert venue) and the Lambton Mall (shopping centre) are both about 6 minutes away by car. The downtown/waterfront area of Sarnia, which features boutique shopping, restaurants and the Imperial Theatre (performing arts venue), is a 13-minute drive away. The Point Edward Casino (slots and table games) is a 13-minute drive away, while the Blue Water bridge to the US is 10 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps).

Verified by a front desk agent on January 3, 2013: Guests receive a $5 voucher for breakfast at the on-site restaurant which is served from 6 am to 11 am. 
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The Good
Many guests raved about the customer service at this hotel, among the reviews used for this analysis. Reviewers described the front desk staff as friendly and accommodating.

The guest rooms were found to be clean by many reviewers and several guests described their rooms as generally comfortable. A couple of reviewers specifically mentioned that they appreciated the in-room mini-fridge and microwave.

Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable, while a couple of guests found the location convenient for accessing Highway 402.
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The Bad
While many guests described pleasant stays at this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this analysis, several other guests thought that the room interiors were generally dated and in need of upgrades.

A few reviewers had difficulty locating the hotel at night and these guests noted that the hotel signage was not well lit.

A couple of guests complained about an unpleasant smell in the hotel and one reviewer described the odour as "musty".
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 2.5 out of 5, with 33% of 6 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #4 out of 14 properties in Sarnia, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 41 reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 3.1 out of 5, based on 32 guest reviews.

Verified by a front desk agent on January 3, 2013: Guests receive a $5 voucher for breakfast at the on-site restaurant which is served from 6 am to 11 am.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
6.3
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3 / out of 6
hotels in Sarnia

Rated 6.3/10 based on 495 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 6 hotels in Sarnia

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Location
Map Marker Howard Johnson Inn Sarnia
1716 London Line, Sarnia, ON