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Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino
Ranked #38 of 51 Hotels in Niagara Falls
Reviewed 13 November 2011

I dont know where to start. Seems this hotel has not been touched since it was built in the 70's maybe. Its totally dated with worn out everything. Room and hallway had a bad smell like when you walk in a damp and moldy basement. Cleaning is not a priority here, and you'll see why. Bugs and cobwebs abound. Consider staying somewhere else in the NY side, or better stay on the Canadian side where the real nice hotels and action are. The reason i stayed in NY was that i could not take my rental car to Canada. The only positive of this hotel is just the location, about 10 min walk to the Falls. I visited in mid October and it looked like a ghost town with nothing to do on the american side. Whoever the owners of these hotels are need to spend some money and remodel, otherwise implode this hotel and build a new one.

Room Tip: Just stay at another hotel seriously.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

I have found that Howard Johnson is the only hotel closest to the Falls on the American side that permits dogs. Why is it hotel owners think that just because I have a pet I want to be in a dirty hotel room? The carpeting in the room should have been cleaned a few years ago. My dog is clean and so are we, so, it was rather gross staying in that room. We only stayed one night so we tolerated it. My preference would be the Residence Inn (Mariott) which permits dogs and charges $100.00 per stay to clean the carpet. (When did cleaning the carpet of a small room cost $100.00?) I clean my carpets twice a year at home throughout the house and it costs a little more than that; but it's a whole house! Anyway, it's not frugile to stay for one night, but a few nights it's worth it cause the rooms are clean and so are the carpets. We didn't stay at the Residence Inn because it seemed like it was about 30 minutes away from the Falls activities. But that was it's only drawback. HOWARD JOHNSON'S needs to get their priorities in order. I don't mind old furniture, but I do mind dirty. Wake up already!!

Room Tip: Don't get a room on the first floor cause too much traffic going to the lobby and breakfast room
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

the location was great and the staff was very nice, the breakfast room lady was very happy to do what she could for you. the rooms,wow.. stuffy and because they allow pets it smelled abit like a kennel one day. the sheets were very clean and white but the carpet needed help,its very 1980 so if you like that retro feel you will love the place

Room Tip: try the sheridan a few blocks away, we will next time
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 October 2011

We stayed here for one night while visiting the falls on our way through. The room felt dirty and run down. The breakfast area was packed and hot. The location was fine, although there were certainly places closer to the falls. I would suggest staying elsewhere.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

This hotel wins the honor of being the worst and also the most expensive hotel on our 21 day road trip. I had made the mistake of not booking a room elsewhere before arriving in Niagara Falls. It was all I could find after looking at all the travel sites and calling over 10 places. I felt dirty just walking into the room. My son wanted to sleep in the van. The room only had one bed for 4 of us so the guy at the front desk brought us an old cot with nasty bedding. We were afraid to put our bags anywhere in the room for fear of getting bed bugs in our luggage. We were afraid to take off our shoes. This hotel is gross. Even the breakfast was bad. It left a terrible impression of Niagara Falls Ny. If you have a choice stay on the canada side as it seems the US side has mostly crappy outdated hotels along the falls. They're also the most expensive, how does that work? Really it's like an overpriced ghetto. We stayed out as late as possible and left as soon as we woke up. The only positive is that it is close to the falls not that that matters much as you can't actually see them from the hotel and there is plenty of parking near the falls anyways. I would never in a million years stay here again.

Room Tip: stay elsewhere
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 454 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301-1526
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Region: United States > New York > Niagara Falls
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #38 of 51 Hotels in Niagara Falls
Price Range: €67 - €147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino 2*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome Affordable comfort in the heart of Niagara Falls. Niagara's Howard Johnson - Closest to the Falls and Casino. We are just a short stroll to the Famous Falls, Maid of the Mist, and Cave of the Winds - all one & 1/2 blocks from the hotel! The Seneca Casino is just a three block walk80 spacious rooms, including luxurious jacuzzi rooms, all with free wireless internet access. Whether you crave adventure, sightseeing, gaming, romance, shopping, hiking, or fishing Howard Johnson Hotel can accommodate you. An Eco-friendly property. Hotel Highlights: Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access in all rooms and on site Packages available (click package tab above), King Jacuzzi rooms, Smoking rooms, Indoor heated pool/sauna, In-Room Safes, Free Parking, Helicopter Tours and Sightseeing Tours On-Site, Retro Game Room, Handicapped rooms. ... more   less 
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