I've never stayed in a hotel and feared for my life, until I stayed here. I believe the other guests we encountered were actually residents there. As we were checking in, one was being escorted out by police. The smell was a combination of dog, smoke, and sewer. I imagine that is because everytime we left our room there was a dog wandering the halls...and […] not always the same dog. There were many in the hotel...and large dogs at that. The bed and carpet were soiled with stains and burn holes. The hair dryer didn't work. And the free breakfast was cold cereal and bagels. Awful! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The hotel is really in need of updating. Our room was pretty dirty, carpets were stained, bedding was gross! If it wasn't so late when we arrived I would have went somewhere else. Glad we were only there a few hours. On the other hand, the staff was friendly, but not so well dressed,and the coffee was pretty good. This is NOT a 2 star hotel by any streach […] of the imagination! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Would Not Recommend"
The sheets were stained very badly, and there was mold on the shower curtain. The bathroom floors were pretty gross as well. The coffee pot looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a long time and one of the towels had a pubic hair stuck in it. The entire hotel stunk of cigarette smoke. I am not even sure if there are smoking rooms in the hotel, but the […] floor we were on was nonsmoking and still reeked of smoke. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The hotel was dirty. Didn't vacuum our room. One day they didn't give us any towels/washcloths/hand towels. Not sure what cleaning was done-just made our bed each day.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not the greatest, but I did have place to sleep."
Old, rather run-down. Carpet was filthy. Building was noisy. Had to call the front desk twice about drunks across the hall. Front desk was very helpful and took care of the problem. It would be nice if breakfast hours could have started earlier than 6:30am. Planning two more trips to Cedar Rapids and we will not be staying at Howard Johnsons.Genuine Expedia guest review
"good for people not scared"
The carpet was nasty. They guests were running and telling up the halls past 2am. The beds were not comfortable.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A real bargain price for a fine room and services."
I used Expedia select this hotel based on price and location without knowing exactly what hotel it would be and afterwards was a little nervous from other's reviews. But my room was great, massage shower head is always a plus for me, the staff were professional, the Internet connection was fast, easy and free, the neighborhood was almost all hotels […] and restaurants and I had no trouble sleeping on the bed. The overall maintenance of the hotel, like molding off in the hallway was not at all impressive, but I spent almost no time in the hallway and the room was flawless. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Noisy guests, courteous staff"
We had the room closest to the front desk which was extremely convenient for loading/parking and breakfast, but there were TVs blaring and loud conversations going on quite late from other parts of the hotel. I had read other reviews, so wasn't surprised by things like a musty smell or the bathtub not draining quickly. I was surprised by the fact that […] the window was open (which I discovered after seeing a large spider on the wall) even though the curtains were closed. But for the cheapest place in town, it was okay. The front desk staff seemed extremely courteous and friendly, which I very much appreciated. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"could b better"
Long check in time,no coffee in room,toilet seat broken,funky setup for airconditioner.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Univ Of Iowa."
For the money, well worth the stay. jackGenuine Hotels.com guest review
It is what it is, the rooms are small but it was perfect for just somewhere to crash for the night! By no means was it a fansy hotel but it did the trick!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
It was fine for a one night stay. Clean and the people took care of us. It was cheap which is what I wanted and didn't expect much so I wasn't disappointed.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Non-smoking rooms smoked"
The rooms had previously been smoking rooms and smelled badly from smoke.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not bad for the price"
Not bad for the price. Older hotel. Room was clean. We were a little worried about our motocycles in the parking lot, and even the desk attendant advised to park them in front under the light. Had very noisy guests arrive next door at 1 a.m. but not the hotels fault. The place does draw a rougher crowd though. Not a bad experience but I think I will […] fork out a little more for the econo lodge next door next time. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Construction thru the parking lot was annoying.. But over all was nice..Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"OK for the price"
This property appears very old and could use some updating big time. There was stains on the carpet and carpet overall appeared dirty. Bed cover was also stained, but sheets were clean. Wireless Internet worked well, but the tv was fuzzy? Overall, I have stayed in worse places, but not that many. But for the price, it wasn't terribleGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Value for the cost"
A nice hotel for the price. Was quite even though we were across from the vending machines.Genuine Expedia guest review
I was pretty sure I booked a queen, I called to make sure my room would still be there as I was arriving after 3 am. We got there and the room we were 1st offered was a double. For two adults and a toddler. They switched us to a queen room. After getting settled we realized we had a double bed, but a whirlpool tub. We weren't going to move, so we stayed. […] The whirlpool part of the tub didn't work, but the toddler loved swimming in the big tub. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A Very Rundown Howard Johnson Trying to Stay Afloa"
Quite simply, other reviewers may have had better and simpler experiences but we arrived late at night to groups of fellow residents wandering the parking lot and rear patio, a mistakenly booked single double bed instead of two beds, stains on the comforters, sheets and pillow cases as well as numerous cigarette burns throughout our non-smoking room. […] We were graciously afforded a new room with two beds but it too was riddled with stains across all linens and more cigarette burns in a non-smoking room. It was very tempting to simply abandon our understandably cheap night's stay for the much newer built Fairfield Inn a few steps up the hill behind the Howard Johnson. I really would recommend finding another place to stay, if even for a night passing through as we were. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
ROOM VERY CLEAN , STAFF GREAT,WIFI LEFT SOMETHING TO BE DESIRED. MY BED WAS VERY SMALL FOR QEEN SIZE. ALL IN ALL VERY GOODGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"convenient to freeway"
Although this hotel was clean, and convenient to the freeway and places to dine, I found that the front desk person in the morning was extremely rude. She could have found a politer way to tell us that smoking was only allowed at the back of the hotel. Especially since no other staff had said a thing the night before. She was extremely rude, and we […] will never stay there again... Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Needs some TLC and paint!"
Staff was nice.. but the place looked run down... to many people out side just standing around very uncomfortable next time I will spend a little more for a room in a cleaner place.Room floor had old french fries on it they said the power was off and they did not have time to vac up well a broom needs no power sorry! the whole area there has really […] gone down hill from last year the owners need to spend a few bucks on paint! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Very Attentive Staff"
What impressed me most is that a bad storm had just gone through Cedar Rapids, and the power at the hotel was out for several hours. The staff did an exceptional job of helping guests travel the hallways, etc. I don't rate a hotel when things are going smoothly. It's when there's something out of the ordinary that I pay attention to, and I think the […] staff did an excellent job of handling the situation. My hat's off to them - GREAT JOB! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Fine for the price"
I think for the price I was charged, we got good quality for our money. The hotel is older, but I thought it was perfect for what we needed--a place to sleep for one night.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Walked away from reservation."
Got to the hotel and had such a bad experience with the front desk that I turned around and walked out. We had been assigned a room with one bed for 3 adults...and so had the person who tried to check in before me. Staff person was angry, yelling, making phone calls to cover her backside, and totally self focused and loud. The hotel lobby smelled of […] cigarette smoke, and there were around ten men sitting outside talking, smoking and arguing...not a place for a family to stop! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Not what I expected"
When we drove up there was a group of people sitting/standing outside the front door smoking -- including the desk clerk. I was shocked when I walked in the room and the bathroom sink/counter were directly to my left -- the sink was the size of an airplane bathroom sink. Room was very small and we could hear things from all directions. In all reality […] it was cleaner than I expected but I wouldn't stay there again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Do not stay here"
Small rooms and the smallest bathrooms I have ever seen. Horrible odor in the hallways. My bedspread had cigarette burns on it and I was in a non smoking room. Do not waste your money.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The front office staff was really helpful. The actual motel and breakfast is basic but clean and comfortable.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Don't know how they can call that room a "non-smoking" room. The smell was HORRENDOUS! There was a motorcycle ralley in town the same evening so no additional rooms were available. Opened the window and turned on the exhaust fan and then left for several hours to try and air it the room. Didn't help much. Woke up in the morning with a headache form […] the smell. When I mentioned it at check-out, they told me they had just converted that room to a non-smoking room. Don't think they did anything except put a sign in the room that it was non-smoking. I will NEVER stay at that hotel again nor will I recommend to anyone. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"serves it's purpose"
it was decent.just passing through.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very rundown, mold on bathroom ceiling and shower curtain, stink of dog, actually had to hear dogs barking, smelled like illegal drugs burning on second floor,Genuine Expedia guest review
It was casual but it was little smoking. However it was great for our use.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Functional, but not luxurious"
It was not very expensive, and convenient for the night. The hotel itself is rather run down, and the beadspreads were worn and stained. The service is great and friendly. Hard to get in and out of the hotel since it is behind a Mcdonalds, and nestled between other hotels which have direct street access.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good for the money..."
Loved the refridge and microwave in the room. Staff was very friendly. Lack of sufficient sound-proofing in the walls and in the door made it a bit noisy, but I can sleep through just about anything. Fine accomodations for the lower price. The continental breakfast was very good and eating area was nice and clean.Genuine Expedia guest review
It was okay as a room to stay overnight.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I have stayed at many Howard Johnson hotels previously and had great experiences. This one, however, was quite different. The staff was friendly, but the "non-smoking room" was saturated with the stench of stale cigarettes and the bedding covered in burns. If there had been other hotel rooms available in the general area, I would have stayed elsewhere. […] I wasn't expecting to be staying in a residential motel, either. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Don't stay here"
Noisy, Dirty, No staff at counter when checked out, Tub drain didn't work, had to stand ankle deep in water.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"CR Howard Johnson"
Horrible, disgusting dump!!! Service sucked, employees were rude and very unprofessional in both manner and appearance. Just take my word and skip this dump pay the extra money and get a room thats been updated this century!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Do people live there! ?"
Walked it the room and noticed the plaster on the ceiling was falling off. The hallways smell like cigarettes and fried chicken. There was a LOUD party next across the hall that didn't end till 3 in the morning and the people upstairs must have been doing jumping jacks all night cause the stomping never quit. The place is old and dilapidated and needs […] remodeled BAD!!!! THE ONLY THING THAT WAS NICE WAS THE SHOWER. Pretty sure that the place is where the party people go to get drunk and tear stuff up. If that's what you are looking for then this is it. If you are looking for a place to sleep and feel comfortable then DO NOT patron this place. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not Bad - I've seen worse"
It was like staying in your Grandma's basement -- where all the old linens and junk furniture go! Lots of construction people seem to stay there. They may look a bit 'rough' but their work makes them call it a night early! Nice and quiet. OK for a night -- . Great shower pressure.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The wall units (heater and/or ac) need cleaning. Just blows putrid air back in the room. Perhaps an air filter could be cleaned or replaced? Other than that, the hotel was just as expected. Not fancy. It was clean, although carpets in room were very dirty.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Most Cheapest that you can an afford."
Best to stay one night and make sure to buy extra pillow because those old pillows are full smell smoking and very flat.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Shabby but clean. If all you need is a dry place to sleep...Genuine Expedia guest review
"Howard Johnson-Cedar Rapids, Iowa"
we were fortunate to get a room only 20 miles from our destination ( we booked late anyway) and were pleasantly surprised to be able to change rooms to get 2 double beds instead of 1. all in all, we were very satisfied with our stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Howard Johnson - Cedar Rapids"
The room was very small. Great location. Breakfast was very poor and ran out of food.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"It was OK"
My only problem with this hotel was the smoke. Even in the hallways the smoke smell was terrible. My clothes soaked up the smoke smell. The people were friendly, other than the smoke smell my room was clean.Genuine Expedia guest review
"HJ Cedar Rapids"
Cheap, relatively clean. Understaffed and stocked.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Simple for Low Budget"
This is a small hotel and it's budget - you get what you pay for, but my room was comfy and clean. Good location - if you don't mind budget travel it's a nice spot.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Mommys get away"
It was nice buthte beds were uncomfortable.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A liitle noisy"
Yes there were guys hanging out smoking at all the doors but they were very nice and polite. The girls outside were a little noisier. At 2:00am a girl kept knocking my door and trying to put her key in until I woke up and shouted somethin then she left. I wanted something close to the airport and went cheap but I would not stay here again and I'm not […] hard to please. I did not get a lot of sleep and that was the whole reason for the stay. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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