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Located in Arcata (Kuchel Visitor Center Redwood), Howard Johnson Express - Arcata is close to Humboldt State University. Additional regional attractions include Bayshore Mall and Fort Humboldt State Historic Park.
Howard Johnson Express - Arcata has an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. Additional amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, a safe deposit box at the front desk, and an elevator (lift). This is a smoke-free property.
The 48 guestrooms at Howard Johnson Express - Arcata include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access is provided. Televisions are equipped with cable channels. In-room microwaves and refrigerators are provided.
I made the reservation online and didnt realize that I left it as 1 occupant (usually this doesn't matter much?) but upon check in they saw that I was with my boyfriend, asked if he was staying and charged me $10 extra per night. I'm paying for a king suite! Why should I pay an extra fee per person unless I'm cramming in 10 people or something! Also […] the fold out bed/couch was broken, with a sign asking us not to use the bed. We also got a call about 15 mins before check out asking us if we are still planning to check out. This made us stress out that if we were even remotely late that they'd charge us. Other than that people were nice, there was a lot of construction going on but it wasn't noisy in our room. The location is a few miles from the town center, so not the best location. But we were looking for a more affordable hotel so it was ok for us. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
There was construction so some messiness. Overall a pleasing stayGenuine Expedia guest review
"cheao 1 nighter"
the hotel was okay it served its purpose as a cheap 1 nighter. I don't feel it was right that they charged me extra for my 2 kids because when I booked the hotel on hotels.com it specifically says 2 adults 2 kids they charged me an extra 10 bucks per kid.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Asked for late checkout, best she could do was move it from 11:00 to 11:30, hotel was not even close to full. Based on that HJ will not be my first choice in future.Genuine Expedia guest review
My stay here was okay. I travel a lot and stay in many different levels of hotels. I believe I had higher expectations for the price. There was a remodel going on and I believe it would have been appropriate to have been notified before I made my reservation. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I feel the rooms were over priced especially since […] there was construction going on. The location of the hotel was very convenient as I was able to visit friends in Humboldt and go to the State Parks just a little north. In conclusion, I don't believe I would stay here again. There are many hotel options and my bet is there is a better value around. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Reasonable and comfortable."
Located conveniently, easy to get to, pleasant front room staff and a good breakfast - and the price was reasonable. Not a fancy place, but not a dump - We thought it was a good price point for a weekend stay near the college and the beach. Family friendly with indoor pool, close to restaurants.Genuine Expedia guest review
The surrpounding area were a few other budget motels, fast food restaurants and a strip mall. The access road was not the best of conditions, parked tractor trailers were lining the road making it difficult to see when entering and leaving places. They did try to present the hotel decently but there were hairs in the bath tub, some where stuck to the […] glue of the anti-slip mat on the tub floor, the closure for the tub drain did not work properly and there was no guide for TV channel selections and the TV did not operate like other standard hotel TV's. The free wireless access also did not work correctly. When trying to access standard websites errors would be displayed and I ended up using my mobile phone for a modem and chewed through a chunck of my monthly data plan. This is a budget motel and they showed it. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The front desk staff was pleasent. The hotel has renovations going on with caution tape in areas. My biggest frustration was being told by the head housekeeper that it was a requirement that she enter our room. We try to be eco friendly and reuse towels and didn't feel we needed the room cleaned. When I asked to just have a new garbage bag and no need […] for the room being cleaned she demanded that it be entered and cleaned. The housekeeping staff also entered our room without knocking while we were in our room relaxing. I travel quite frequently and have never had this type of experience. Basically older hotel which is outdated and not very professional. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Smells clean, comfy king beds, great location."
I was there 3 weeks prior to this visit, and the spa jets were broken. Again, the spa jets were broken. However, the bed is the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The room smelled clean and nice both times I have stayed. The staff is professional and courteous. It was a little chaotic in the morning because workers were painting the corridors. To […] me, that is a good sign to see upkeep. The pool room had recently been painted also. I never go for breakfast, so I cannot comment about it. Great location. Safe and quiet. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The hotel is clean and the staff is friendly but the room showed too much wear. This place wasn't bad for the price but it is over due for an update.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great for family, business traveler, couple."
Staff attentive, room large and clean, pool and spa the correct temperature.Genuine Expedia guest review
Nice gymGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Stop over time"
Hotel is outside of town in commercial area. Ok for overnight, many other choices closer to attractions. Desk not very professional. Went mcd's for breakfast.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The best in the area for the price!!, right off of the highway, gas stations near by, and best of all close to Humboldt State but not in the city.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Adequate hotel, nothing special but OK"
Clean, comfortable, not noisy and located in a decent area. No complaints.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Good room for the price - great staff and nice breakfast selection.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not fancy,but quite adequate."
A nice, but rather basic motel. Clean, adequate furniture, minimally equipped workout room and a nice, hot,hottub. Nothing fancy, but slightly better than others in this class.Genuine Expedia guest review
Good road trip overnight syat.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very good basic home base for active couple"
Friendly and helpful staff. Clean hotel with nice amenities. Pool area needs some work but mostly cosmetic problems. We will stay there again. We drove by the other places we considered....I am glad I picked hojos.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We really enjoyed our stay. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The hotel was clean and well cared for. A great stay all around.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Hotel is getting a little older and showing it a little. It is on a city street that could use repaving. It is close to a grocery and pharmacy. Walking distance to espresso stand. It is convenient to the freeway.Genuine Expedia guest review
"horrible customer service"
I have never had such terrible customer service! They insisted they had to charge us for a rollaway bed that I was told when making the reservation that the price included it since the room was listed as sleeping 5. When I asked to talk to the manager she insisted it has nothing to do with them and hotels.com is the problem and they have no relationship […] with them, this hotel is in business to make money and it's not her problem that our stay in there left us feeling very upset and vunhappy. She also said she didn't care that I would tell everyone I knew not to stay at a Howard Johnson's esp that one. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"It's an ok hotel...."
Staff is friendly. Any request we had was met and completed almost immediately. Hotel operators should keep these people. However, the hotel is showing its age. Carpeting was worn and looked dirty, holes were cut in the hallway ceiling, and the furniture had stains and looked used. Breakfast, while adequate, was just that. Overall, the hotel is an ok […] place to stay, but not a great place to stay. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Overall, a great experience. Clean and tidy. TV channels were less than exciting. But everything else was what we were expecting. Would definitely stay here again!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to freeway, A+"
The hotel manager noticed the ages of the kids and accommodated us before we even knew about it! When we arrived, he informed us his concern and the room was PERFECT! Plenty of 1 yr old 'walking practice' space and very clean. No issues, no complaints!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice place for the $$$"
Very clean with great 32" flatscreen TV's. Near food and fuel. EZ on and off the HWY101 and HWY 299. Very pleased. Good bang for the buck!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Clean and convenient."
I was very pleased to see how clean the room was when we arrived. The price was very reasonable. The location was easy to get to. If I had to complain it would be about the breakfast room. It was a little small and crowded at times. I am allergic to gluten and there were no alternatives for me unless I wanted a hard boiled egg or a banana. Luckily, […] I brought my own cereal and just used their bowl and milk. All in all a great motel for the price! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great place to stay!"
My only complaint was I wish the breakfast area was larger with more tables. People had to stand to eat their breakfast, and it was very crowded just preparing your food. Other than that, our stay was great! The staff were the nicest and most helpful I have seen in a long time. I will definitely recommend this hotel to others.Genuine Expedia guest review
Very comfortable beds, great water pressure from the shower, staff were very pleasant, had beautiful pool area with hot tub, and an overall relaxing experienceGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good place. Good people."
Very reasonable price for a convenient location, modest but quiet, comfortable and clean room. The hotel staff were very helpful, professional and friendly. The complementary breakfast was nice and kept well-stocked with the usual goodies. There is a reasonable selection of restaurants within walking distance as well as a grocery story, gas stations […] and a few other simple services nearby for all your 'on the road' needs. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Will not come back to this"
Door is broken, staff is not friendly at all. I will never go back to this hotel again for the price I paid and quality I would expected.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Okay for the price"
The hotel was what you would expect for the price paid. Overall things are a bit worn. The room had a new flat screen that looked out of place with the old furniture and decor.The small fitness room has a treadmill, stationary bike and an old three position weight machine. The pool and hot tub were very good; water was clean and temps were good. The […] breakfast that was included was adequate. The hotel is priced appropriately for the quality of the property. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Close to Humboldt State University"
I was very pleased with this hotel and the staff. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Also the rate was very reasonable. The room was large, new flat screen TV, recently remodeled bathroom. Breakfast was adequate, although the eating area is small.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"very nice hotel, great staff!"
We stayed over night here while on vacation in California. The room was very nice and comfortable. Everyone we talked to at the front desk was very helpful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
didn't occur to me until we got there they save the party room for the cheapskatesGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"okay but not great"
the description and pictures did not quite tell the real story of this place. it was outdated and partially clean. I will not stay there again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We were very pleased with our stay. The hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating. It was close to several restaurants that we could walk to.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I usually stay in the Quality Inn just down the road from this hotel, but I was with a large group and this one had a better rate. No I see why....the plumbing was bad, the toilet never flushed completely, the water in the shower and sink ran out brown and the room just looked run down. My students didn't even want to brush their teeth with the water […] so we used bottled water. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"howard johnson in arcata calif"
We booked 2 rooms for 2 nights so we could go to the Humboldt State open day on 4/13/12. When we arrived the night manager told us one room was in the back and one up the hall at the street side of the hotel. I told him the second room was for our underage daughter and he moved her to a closer room. She was still 3 rooms away but it was much better […] and I appreciated it. The breakfast room was really small, but aside from that the whole thing was good and we all slept well, so that is really the most important thing. I would stay there again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Upon arrival my employees trying to check in after a 7 hour drive had to deal with a disgruntled hotel manager.. He said without the credit card that was used to book the rooms he was not going to let them in. He told them that it was posted online that you need that same card number... I booked the 4 rooms over the phone. He then told them he could […] have them sleep outside or deny access altogether. He was lucky I was not present! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"I'd go back"
I've stayed at four of the competitors in the immediate neighborhood. The Howard Johnson Express is the one I would choose to go back to. The motel provided everything I had expected, a clean comfortable room, hotel service that got the job done, and a reasonable feeling of being safe which isn't the case at some of the motels in the neighborhood.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great place after a LONG drive."
Hotel was comfortable. Breakfast was nice but the small room to eat made it difficult, along with the signs to not take waffles to your room. We disobeyed and did it any way since we didn't want to eat standing up.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Best of the Bunch"
While checking out HSU and getting my daughter ready for starting college - I have stayed in about 6 different hotels in the Eureka & Arcata area in the past few months Howard Johnson Express in ARcata is by far the best of the bunch. Comfortable bed, a recliner, fast internet, good breakfast, easy access to hwy and so much more. This will be my go […] to hotel from now on. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The staff were very helpful but the bed was very uncomfortable plus the view out our window was weeds.... Need better quality towels and pillows! We did not take advantage of the breakfast but it looked good.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Fine for a quick stay"
My non-smoking room smelled faintly of smoke, just as you enter the room then it's not noticeable. It's a short drive to either HSU or downtown Arcata, but not walkable. Room was quiet and staff courteous.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We got in at 10:30 on a Friday night and left about 11:00 the next morning to see the local sights. We just needed a hotel to sleep in for the night. Our reservation was ready to go when we arrived, which was great, since we were tired and just wanted to get into the room and go to bed. The room was large, and we were glad to have the microwave and […] mini-frig. The breakfast was better than your average free breakfast - waffles, oatmeal, cereal, milk, toast, even hard-boiled eggs. There are a lot of choices at breakfast. There is a small laundry room available, but no elevator. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
TV did not work? bath room lights tripped the breaker for some reason so no lights at night? other than that hotel was nice.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice place to stay"
Spent four nights here while vacationing around the coast and redwoods. Nice hotel, quiet, clean and comfortable. I would recommend staying there.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great price for what you get."
Great place to quickly stay the night. Nothing extravegant. The breakfast was ok, small room to dine in though. I'd stay again if passing through.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Nice place. Room was comfortable, had no issues. Be warned second floor you have to use stairs, no elevator. There is a hundred dollar deposit and they will inspect your room before you get it back, so if you plan on smoking indoors stay somewhere else.Genuine Expedia guest review
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