Howard Johnson Mystic
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... me. Another sad day for me because the second session of kids left and they were the biggest amount of ids ever in 1 unit since the camp opened and some of them where brilliant and funny plus a few of the 6 weekers went home. Which was sad because I felt like there older brother helping them and them giving me hugs to say goodbye was nice, asking me if I was coming back next year and me not knowing the answer. Whoops. ...
There was a listing of all the subs in the history of the Navy, and I was able to point out to Alex the names and side numbers of the boats his two grandfathers had served on.
After the museum, we hopped in the car and went on a quick side trip, heading west across the river towards an area with some shopping malls in search of a book store. Alex had finished his current novel and was ...
... age, or my wardrobe to incorporate more frilly lingerie in tacky watermelon color schemes. In case family members are reading this, for all intents and purposes I'm hoping for the former. But yeah man, this is crunch time and instead of walking through my day grabbing my ****** to the "8 Mile" theme song I'm moseying along to a less motivational "Hakuna Matata". Usually I like to bring these things full circle with an uplifting epiphany. Well.... ...
... amazing dinner view. Mystics centre was quaint with idyllic old buildings, a picturesque draw bridge, interesting little shops, good food and a surprising amount of places to get a drink. This all in all provided a great little rural escape to break up the copious amount of cities we had coming, so the next few days we hired bikes to explore, sampled more of the amazing seafood and enjoyed the local beer before we headed to ...
... kites sailing through the air at the very edge of the shore. Making our way there, we saw several young men in wet suits packing their gear. Finding us a nice log to sit on, we watched and got educated on kite-boarding and wind surfing. Met a nice young man named Sam. He was a kite boarder.
Ending our walk we came up on an old Horse Carousel that was built in 1827 out of ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Johnson Mystic
Great Hotel, great service, great getaway
Great service, friendly staff, very accomidating. Clean, neat, wonderful place to take your family or a romantic getaway. Will recommend to family and friends and will come back.
Wonderful hotel - Great Service
We just came back from 2 nights at the HoJo with my husband and 2 toddlers (1 and 2 years old) - it was great. We stayed in one of their Crayola Kids Rooms and found it clean, fun, everything we wanted. It had tons of room, VCR with kids videos, small table for the kids and an easel. We also loved the hotel indoor heated pool and Bickfords Restaurant.
We received excellent service from the entire staff whether it be the restaurant, front desk, housekeeping, etc.
Its location can't be beat - we walked to the Aquarium and the shops and a very short drive to the Seaport.
I would highly recommend a trip to the Ocean Beach Park in New London, CT. If I knew it was that nice, we would have planned another night to spend all day at the beach park.
I am definately recommending this to people.
Remember this isn't a 5 star hotel, nor do you pay as though it is. The rooms were clean with no odor and no bugs. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. The pool was a little cold but our children loved it an it was a great way for them to end each day since it was open 9am -11pm daily. We did the vacation package and paid a very reasonable rate for our room which included a breakfast for all 4 of us each morning and 4 tickets each day to the attractions. We visited the Pequot Indian museum, the Seaport and the aquarium through the vacation packet and felt that it was a tremendous value. All three places are not to be missed. The Pequot museum has a wonderful wax figure display of original village life that shouldn't be missed. It is done as a self guided audio tour. We also enjoyed a quick 10 minute trip up the coast to Stoneington Lighthouse Museum and walked on the beach enjoying the sailboats passing by. If you can find time in your schedule you should also hit the USS Nautilus Submarine Museum. It has free admission and has a great display of submarines. You even get to walk through an audio guided tour of a real submarine. One thing I wouldn't do is waste my time at the Mystic Carousel Play area. It was dirty and many games didn't work but took your money anyway. We dined at the Steak Loft and Go Fish both were very good.
Glad we found it
I recently visited mystic connecticut and made the mistake of reserving a room at Seabreeze Inn. After looking at the rooms(which had an odd odor, were unclean,etc.) we needed to find a hotel. We had traveled seven hrs, w/three children, two infants. We ran across this hotel- they were very friendly, the rooms were clean, pool was nice, will go there next time.
My husband and I stayed here and found it very enjoyable. The room was nicely decorated and clean. We stayed here because of the indoor pool which was great. We would stay here again.
It smelled like somebody threw up in my room and then it was left there for a week in 100 degree heat. They would not do anything about it and claimed they could not smell anything. The next day I could even smell in my car from my luggage. I am not happy.
Worst than I thought
Read internet info carefully before you reserve a room. Easy to misunderstand! Hotelrooms are not as nice as they look on the internet pictures. Stuff is friendly as long as you dont ask for anything.
Cleaning services seems to be overwhelmed with work. Property is between highway ramp and a motel, otherwise close to attractions. Would never go back, no more Howard Johnson at all.
Well-worn, but good location
This hotel is okay. We stayed in a special "kid's" room but most of the kid's stuff that makes the room was broken or used to the point of needing to be replaced. This room was also located off the lobby and behind the restaurant so it was very noisy. I would not recommend spending the extra $10 for the kids room. My parents also stayed here in another room which they thought was adequate. Overall it needs updating. The restaurant was okay but nothing special(like a Denny's or Bickford's). We were both mischarged at check out. I noticed mine before we left and had it quickly corrected, however my parents had to make several calls before the manager finally corrected it.
The location is good for walking to most attractions although a little far for young children going to the Seaport. It is great for the aquarium(which I highly recommend, head and shoulders above the New England Aquarium). Overall if we go again I would stay closer to the downtown area or Seaport because the Aquarium has plenty of parking and really there is nothing other than that to go to with small children on that end of town.
The Howard Johnson in Mystic is a great place for the family. It had a very freindly staff and great rates. The hotel is located write across the street from the village.
The Howard Johnson Inn is located in a central area just off I-95 where there are also several other chain hotels - Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Amerisuites, etc.
The Howard Johnson is a good choice if you're looking for a basic, clean and friendly hotel with an indoor pool. The front desk staff was very nice and accommodating.
The only room left when we made our reservation was a "Crayola Kids Room".
Since we are 2 adults, no kids, we weren't sure it was going to be a good thing. But it was just fine - the room decorations are all Crayola based - pictures of
crayon boxes on the walls, a drawing board, 2 giant decorative plastic crayons, etc. The room had a small refrigerator, a microwave, TV and VCR. Surprisingly
large room, too. Good water pressure in the shower. A Friendly's and a Bickford's restaurant right there.
I had a chance to sit in the lobby and read for a couple of hours and heard lots of people chatting as they were going in and out of the hotel...as well as talking to the front desk staff. Everyone seemed to be happy, and the one person who was complaining about 'no towels' was helped immediately.
Only one odd thing - there are a plenty brochures about most local attractions for the taking, but the photocopied directions to Foxwoods Casino are hidden under the front desk and you have to ask for them.