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Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Windsor Central

6.3 | Fair
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Older budget hotel in Windsor with restaurant, free breakfast and free parking

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing highways
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A couple of reviewers found their beds to be comfortable
Cons
  • Many guests described their room interiors as dated
  • Several reviewers thought that the free breakfast had a poor selection
  • A couple of guests complained that this hotel did not have an elevator
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 17, 2015
Overview
This hotel is situated in a commercial area that includes local businesses, restaurants and a grocery store. The Devonshire Mall (shopping centre) is a 3-minute drive away. This property may be well-suited for guests looking for budget accommodations and guests who prefer to explore the area by car. The E C Row Expressway is about a 3-minute drive away. 

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, free local calls, a TV, a desk, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and individual climate control. Select rooms include a jetted tub and/or a microwave. Rooms are furnished with one queen bed, two queen beds or one king bed.

Free parking is available on site and pets are permitted for an additional fee of $10 per night. This hotel has two floors and no elevator.

A free breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am. The on-site Marquis Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch (Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30 am to 2 pm).

Other on-site amenities include ice/vending machines, meeting rooms and a business centre.

The Ambassadors Bridge to the US is 10 minutes away by car, while the University of Windsor is an 11-minute drive away. Downtown Windsor is 9 minutes away by car and features Caesars Casino, nightlife, the Windsor Arena and the Odette Sculpture Park. The Windsor International Airport (YQG) is a 12-minute drive away.

Verified by a front desk agent on December 13, 2012: The free breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am.
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, many guests seemed to be generally content with their experience at this property, given the reasonable room rates they paid.

Many guests described their rooms as clean and some reviewers thought that their rooms were quiet and generally comfortable. A couple of reviewers specifically mentioned that their beds were comfortable.

The staff were frequently complimented and guests described the front desk agents as friendly and helpful with area recommendations and directions.

Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the highway (R. C. Row Expressway) and the downtown area by car. A couple of guests noted that there was a Tim Hotons located next to this hotel.

A few reviewers thought that the free breakfast was a value-added feature, however some guests had concerns with the breakfast service (see more details below).
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The Bad
While many guests indicated that they were generally content with their stay at this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this analysis, there were some common concerns that detracted from guests' experiences.

Many guests thought that their rooms appeared dated and old. Reviewers described dated and yellowing bathroom fixtures and stained furniture. A couple of guests mentioned that the in-room TVs were the older-style tube TVs.

While the free breakfast was thought to be a value-added feature by a few guests, several reviewers complained about poor selection. One guest mentioned that the bagels were stale and a couple of reviewers found the dining area to be small and cramped.

A couple of guests complained that this hotel did not have an elevator. A couple of other reviewers were disturbed by noise from the neighbouring Tim Hortons drive-thru.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.4 out of 5, with 74% of 38 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #12 out of 34 properties in Windsor, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5 from 100 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8 out of 10 based on 47 guest reviews.

Verified by a front desk agent on December 13, 2012: The free breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
Guest Reviews
6.3
Fair
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15 / out of 20
hotels in Windsor

Rated 6.3/10 based on 1885 reviews

Ranked #15 out of 20 hotels in Windsor

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Map Marker Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Windsor Central
2530 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON