Howard Johnson Inn Salinas

131 John StreetSalinas93901USA
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About Howard Johnson Inn Salinas

Boasting free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout, Howard Johnson Inn Salinas offers economy hotel accommodation about 15 minutes’ walk from the heart of downtown. Situated about one mile from US Route 101, it’s about 15 minutes’ drive from Pacific Ocean beaches.

Air-conditioned rooms with contemporary decor boast an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, microwave, fridge, cable TV, desk, ironing facilities and a free newspaper. Accessible rooms are also offered.

Children can stay free at this hotel, which features a 24-hour reception, elevators and a business center.

A complimentary continental breakfast is served and there are several dining options within ten minutes’ walk.

Smoke-free Howard Johnson Inn Salinas is less than one mile from Salinas Amtrak station, Steinbeck House and the National Steinbeck Center. Monterey Bay Aquarium is about 20 miles away. Guests can also head south to explore the beautiful Big Sur coast of central California.


131 John Street, Salinas, CA, 93901, USA
Telephone: +1(831)7571020 | Fax: +1(831)4229541 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Business center
  • Computer with internet
  • Disco / Nightclub
  • Express check-in / out
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Gym
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking garage
  • Pets allowed
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Whirlpool / Hot tub


  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby crib

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00

Positive Reviews

Convenient roadside location near downtown

This hotel's central location in Salinas won praise from guests for being easily accessible by car and just a short drive from US Route 101. It was also walking distance from the heart of downtown and several dining options. Reviewers also liked the easy access to area attractions, golf courses and vineyards. Vacationers loved being with striking distance of Pacific Ocean beaches on the central California coast.

Upbeat about rooms and perks

Many guests expressed positive opinions about the smoke-free rooms, often saying they were more than sufficiently spacious, clean and comfortable for a short stay. Perks like the free Wi-Fi and free parking were a bonus. Some guests liked the free breakfast, but critics occasionally said the choice was limited.

Praise for customer service

Plenty of reviewers had praise for the customer service, often describing personnel as friendly, accommodating and helpful with good local knowledge.

Negative Reviews

Maintenance and cleanliness could be better

Maintenance standard were reportedly good but there were occasional claims of aging fixtures and fittings plus interruptions to the hot water supply. Critics took issue with cleanliness standards, claiming they encountered bathrooms that weren't always well-cleaned, trash leftover from previous occupants, mold and stained bedding.

Claims of nuisance noise and odors

Traffic noise from the main road occasionally frustrated some light sleepers, who also blamed thin walls for enabling them to hear sounds from adjacent rooms at times. Musty smells were also reported in certain parts of the building.

Tight parking lot

Motorists appreciated the free parking sometimes said the lot had limited spaces to cope with demand and filled up quite quickly during peak periods. Some guests were frustrated that they had to search for alternative parking.

Rating Overview

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7.1 out of 10 based on 1691 reviews