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1601 Interstate 35 North, San Marcos, TX 78666, United States of America – Show map
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Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
Vending Machine (drinks), Car Rental, 24-Hour Front Desk, Express Check-in/Check-out, Concierge Service, Fax/Photocopying
Newspapers, Non-smoking Rooms, Facilities for Disabled Guests, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private), Air Conditioning
guadalupe river (0.1miles)
From 2:00 PM
Until 11:00 AM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
Up to two children under 13 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Any additional older children or adults are charged USD 5 per person per night when using existing beds.
Any additional older children or adults are charged USD 20 per night for extra beds.
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.
There is no capacity for cribs in the room.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are not allowed.
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Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
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Tanger Outlet Center is just a 4 minute drive from this San Marcos hotel. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in every room and relax in the indoor pool and hot tub.
Score from 178 reviews Good
This San Marcos hotel is 3 miles from Texas State University, and features free Wi-Fi and an outdoor swimming pool.
Score from 111 reviews Good
On I-35 and just 10 minutes from downtown San Marcos, this inn features a large outdoor pool and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi is provided in all rooms.
Score from 94 reviews Review score
Southwest Texas State University and the Wonderworld Caves are only minutes from this San Marcos, Texas motel, offering an outdoor swimming pool along with pet-friendly guestrooms.
Score from 155 reviews Good
Only the price
The hotel and the service
The only thing I liked about this stay was that it was only 24 minutes away from Austin, tx
Noise! Noise! Noise! Not by the guests but by the entire STAFF! (this is a long review and more of a rant, in summary, if you have no choise there are worse hotels, for a 1 night stay. However, if you want to stay more than 1 night I would not do it, I stayed 10 days and it was a nightmare! This hotel is really a motel. The entrances face the I-35. It is a really noisy highway that never stops, that may keep you up at night. Having previous experience with the noise level of I-35. I asked at check-in if they had any rooms in the back opposite to the I-35 so I would be sheltered from the highway noise. I was told there were not. However, since I was staying for 10 days they understood my concern and, I could be placed on the second floor, which had a lobby entrance and the tiny lobby overlooked the check in lobby. This would provide me with the noise shelter I was seeking. However, it was a nightmare. In the check in lobby there is a 42" inch flat screen, and the staff (not guests) like to watch movies REALLY LOUD. As I was checking in, I asked what time they turn down this big screen and was told don't worry, 9 pm it goes off. Well this TV was blasted from 6 am to 1 am. EVERY DAY. When I called downstairs at midnight and asked if they could turn down the TV the clerk said, "What TV? Sir, there is no one staying near you." I said the TV you are currently watching?" There was silence and a pause, then he said OK, and hung up. He SLIGHTLY lowered the volume and continued to watch his Rambo movie till 3 am that night. I mentioned it the check in lady the next morning, and she said, that's not possible. BTW. the TV was being blasted at the same time, she was speaking to me. How close was to the downtairs staff to my room? When I called from my room I could hear there phone ring. I also made a video and I challenge Howard Johnson, to challenge me on this review. If you stay here more than a week.
Hotel was quite, staff was friendly...
The tub had a dirty ring around it. It would hardly drain. There were ants all over the bathroom floor. The person at the desk was rude. Was not pleased at all!!!
Breakfast was not impressive
It was a great experience
Because of the price, I thought we would b staying in a hprrible place. Was shocked st jow modern the rooms where
Helpful desk staff and good hot breakfast.
Could use newer carpet in hallway or restretch it.
The heater worked.
I woke up at 3am because I was bitten by something in the bed. I didn't want to get back I'm the bed so we left at 5 am. I called the hotel at the time I was told that the manager would be there. When I told her what happened and I want refund, she hung the phone up in my face!
Location good. Comfortable bed. Big room.
Front desk attendant indifferent when I told her there were red ants in our room. They were hard to see in the carpet and we only found them after they started biting us. We found them the morning we were checking out. Plus nasty carpet and non working fan in the stuffy bathroom. I wont stay here again, no way!
The first time I booked at Howard Johnson I was impressed with what I got for the price. Everything was clean and staff was very friendly. However, the second time I stayed at Howard Johnson, I was disappointed. I asked for a non-smoking room and it was obvious our room had been smoked in many times before. There was apparent damage to the room and the seals on the doors were falling away. The room was clean overall and the appliances worked well. You get what you pay for. Again, the staff was friendly and the room was OK. I would recommend if you're on a budget.
Convenient location, good value.
Had to drive to get to a restaurant. Nearby ones were closed
location was close to our event
extremely confusing to get to, gps will not help batteries in remote were dead phone wasn't working to call front desk (no sound) so we had to walk to desk only allowed 2 extra towels black flecks in bed sheets paper thin walls outdated microwave, not powerful
That I was given a room upstairs when I'm handicapped. We requested a room for a handicap person the commode was not acceptable. The clerk pretty much said we Had to take it
Beds were rock hard felt like sleeping on a concrete floor would have been more comfortable. The tub had the jacuzzi jets but didn't work and the switch had been taken out. Room was warm when we got there and we had asked for the AC to be on before our arrival time of 8 pm, so of course couldn't go to bed until the room had cooled down. This will be a last resort next time.
Not much -- 2 star was over rated .
Dirty and old --- stepped on live roach in bathroom. Vents and ceilings were moldy and peeling. Should not have a 2 star rating.
I didn't like much about it, and I won't stay here again.
Worst night of sleep, hard beds, like sleeping on a bed of rocks. The towels were dirty. Saw ants on the bathroom floor.
No cancellation allowed night before arrival. Staff called to ask when I was coming (twice). Manager said they had the right to give my room away if I wasnt there by certain time, even though I had paid for it.I suspect they were eager to double-book.Parking inadequate for guests. Breakfast area inadequate for size of motel. Would not recommend to anyone.When manager returned my call, she was very rude.My first and last experience with Howard Johnsons.
breakfast food, cheap beds, old hotel, it was okay for guys, but not good if you bring a spouse.
If you are looking more for overnight value, this is for you; clean, with comfortable beds, and a great staff.
Noisy frontage road and highway location; one-way access; older building; if you are picky, you may want to pay more and go elsewhere.
I really liked the decor and comfort of the room it have a good ac and was very clean. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was clean
Large beds, excellent location, good atmosphere.
bed was comfortable, room was large, location was good
television was older than me, had no guide to select channels, bath tub was a jetted tub but has not been sanitized in years had mildew al around jets, tub was very slick when wet, no anti slip, continental breakfast had very little for diabetics, not much to choose from, coffee was did not have very good taste. had colors of a Spanish house and the painter obviously didn't now how to paint
Inexpensive, clean and friendly.
Its an older property the owners are trying to fix up.
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