Among the best-known of midpriced hotel chains, Howard Johnson operates four different tiers within the brand: Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, Howard Johnson Hotel, Howard Johnson Inn and Howard Johnson Express Inn.
Business and leisure travelers alike receive such services as free incoming faxes and local phone calls. Rooms are equipped with a work desk and chair, a desk-top phone, data port and work lighting. Additional standard amenities are a cordless phone, an in-room coffeemaker, a clock radio and a complimentary weekday newspaper. A complimentary Continental breakfast is also provided through the Rise and Dine program.
Each franchise decides on the amenities that will be offered at a particular location. Some operate Howard Johnson restaurants, some have alternate restaurant brands and others have no dining facilities on-site. Such relaxation amenities as indoor pools, whirlpools and fitness centers are available at some locations.
Families are in the forefront at Howard Johnson hotels. Some locations feature Crayola Kids Rooms, which give children their own playroom in which to relax and have fun. Designed to spur the imagination, the rooms are decorated with Crayola brand lamps, clocks, easels and accessories.
Howard Johnson's invitation to families extends to the household pet as well. Its Wags-to-Whiskers program operates in more than 170 hotels in North America. The pet-friendly policy includes a welcome kit. Guests are asked to advise the housekeeping staff to use a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner when they check out of their rooms.
Special discounts are available for business travelers under a corporate account, members of the Auto Club and the AARP, seniors age 60 and older, government and military personnel, and groups reserving 10 rooms or more.
Howard Johnson offers the Wyndham Rewards program. Through the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program, members can redeem points for free hotel stays, airline miles and gift cards. Other participating hotels include Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Grand Collection, Wyndham Garden, Wingate, Baymont Inn & Suites, Ramada, Knights Inn, Super 8, Hawthorn Suites, Days Inns and Suites, Travelodge and Microtel.
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