Thursday, September 25, 2008

Washington, DC - Howard Johnson Express Inn

Let's be perfectly honest - Howard Johnson's are bad enough (on the average) already, so I'd hate to see what a Howard Johnson Express is like. This particular property seems like a BRG nightmare waiting to happen, and warning alarms are going off in my brain, so be careful, and do let us know how it turns out for you. Given the experiences some people had while paying for their rooms, it's a scary thought to hear what would happen to those not paying. This one has been easily visible by searching Kayak for the past few weeks at the least - they don't seem interested in correcting their rate difference. Let's just hope they'll be interested in honoring a free night stay.

Hotel Address: 600 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002 US

Competitor Website:


Sample Date: October 25, 2008 (and scattered other weekend dates). Click here to check your specific dates. Again, weekdays don't seem to work with this one.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King (S), Two Doubles (S). Note that these rooms offer a "private bath"! Now, that's luxury, folks.

Rate variation: Eg. King $100.00 Expedia/, $115.99; 2 Doubles: $100.00 Expedia/, $120.99

Special Comments: Wow. This is probably the least appealing BRG opportunity I've ever listed. For me anyways, I'd rather pay before staying here. For those with guts, the hotel is located 1/2 mile from New York Avenue Metro station, right on the side of US 50 (one of the busiest roads in the city - so bring earplugs!).

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!


Anonymous said...

I've actually stayed here (one night) as a paying guest, though it was 6-8 years ago. The place was absolutely filthy back then, and while I am well aware (though not at the time) the place is located in a *BAD* neighborhood (New York Avenue), I did not observe the prostitution and simmilar problems reported in the Trip Advisor reviews. It's hardly modern, but really the biggest problem was that the rooms weren't clean (far, far from it). Hire a housekeeper to spend about eight hours in each room, and $20 in cleaning supplies, and this place could have been suitable for human habitation. Actual maintenance and furnishings weren't that bad - the rooms were even large - it was just really, really dirty.

That's definitely not an endorsement to stay here - the potentially unsafe location and bullet-shielded front desk (though the staff was always nice enough) should raise red flags. I wouldn't go back, even for free, based on that.

Dave @ The BRG Blog said...

Thanks for the heads up. I NEED a hotel in Washington, but I think I'm going to be paying. This hotel seems like the worst property I've heard of in the USA. I read that the owners speak no English whatsoever, which might get stressful when explaining why your room is free.

Thanks for the heads up/confirmation!