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Rancho Mirage, California
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was only in San Diego for the day and just needed a safe, clean place to sleep. This property fit the bill. The staff was friendly and very efficient. El Cajon Blvd is a very busy street, bu the rooms are far enough back that there was no noise from the street. The bed was comfortable and everything was...

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Baden, Switzerland
Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit dated, as the carpet needs replacement, and a few signs of aging, BUT...the place is roomy, the staff are friendly and excellent to respond to requests, and the price and location is perfect for restaurants and getting to and from busy freeways. Come try it out...you'll be back.

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GuestXperienceTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area, responded to this review

Hi Mike, we're delighted to read your great recommendation - thank you very much. It's great that you found our staff to be so friendly and helpful - we pride ourselves on having a fantastic staff, and they really are what makes our hotel so special. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind Regards, Hotel Management

San Jose, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

The room was dirty, carpet extremely stained and dirty. Bathroom not clean. Insisted on copying driver license and credit even though the room was paid for online. Put a $150 deposit on credit card. This is their policy they said. This policy exposes everyone to Identity Theft and fraudulent charges. Check yelp for more accurate review.

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GuestXperienceTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area, responded to this review

We want to thank you for staying with us and let you know that we appreciate your review and sharing your concerns with us. We do check ID and match it with credit card to ensure it matches with the reservations we have on file. Furthermore, like most hotels, we do take deposit from all guests at check-in for incidentals....

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Exceeded our expectations, modern room update, clean as a pin, restaurants within walking distance, bed was very comfortable and the front office staff was courteous at check-in and checkout. We will plan to stay again soon.

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GuestXperienceTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you enjoyed your stay with us! It's rewarding to learn that we exceeded your expectations with your accommodations and our guest rooms. We can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate your wonderful review, and we can't wait to serve you again! Best wishes, Guest Experience Team

Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I've stayed here about a dozen times and have bee very pleased. The front desk service is outstanding. Elise is the best! Comfy clean rooms at a darn good price. Great food really close and quiet to boot.

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howardjohnsonsdsu, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area, responded to this review

We're glad that the customer service you received was just as pleasant as your accommodations. We know Elise will be just as flattered as we were with your kind review. Thanks again, hope to see you soon! Until next time, Hotel Management

Mesa, Arizona
Reviewed 22 October 2016

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Long Beach, California
Reviewed 16 October 2016

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El Centro, California
Reviewed 14 September 2016

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Sacramento, California
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Overall the room was pretty clean. The carpet around the entrance to the room needed to be cleaned but besides that it was a nice stay.

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howardjohnsonsdsu, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area, responded to this review

It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our priority is to provide a clean, comfortable room for all of our guests, and we're glad that's exactly what you got. Thank you for your feedback about the carpet, we try to be as thorough as possible and leave the whole area squeaky clean before a new guest...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 23 August 2016

A very nice experience during my stay. Friendly staff, Nice and Clean big rooms that are recently remodeled, Free ESPN and HBO, Big pool brings a resort like vibe. A must stay while in San Diego at economical rates. Good value for money.

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howardjohnsonsdsu, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area, responded to this review

We are so happy that you found us a convenient and affordable place to stay in San Diego. From amenities to service it sounds like we were the perfect fit for your hotel needs. We'll be sure to pass along your kind words to the rest of the team. We hope to see you soon again. Warm Regards, Hotel Management

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Newly Remodeled Rooms with Flat Screen LED TV.Walking distance to SDSU (San Diego State University), a block away from major shopping center and restaurants & bars. Very easy access to I-8 highway and very convenient location. 24 hour front desk, free Continental Breakfast & Wifi in all rooms and a large swimming pool and guest laundry facility available. Free Bus and Truck Parking also available. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area

Address: 6440 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115-2645
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: €61 - €104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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“Book well in advance of your trip and you should be able to obtain a good room. Rooms at back are a distance from the road, making for a quiet stay.”
 of 5 bubbles pavitts, 10 Mar 2015 | Read review
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“Stay on second floor to avoid noise from occupants up stairs.”
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