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Hotel Description

At Howard Johnson Salinas you'll be within just a 15-minute stroll of National Steinbeck Center and Aguila Cultural Center. Highlights at this hotel include free continental breakfast and free self parking.

All 39 rooms feature TVs with cable channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, coffee/tea makers, and free local calls. Refrigerators and microwaves make in-room dining convenient. Hair dryers, irons/ironing boards, and desks are also available.

This smoke-free hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and a 24-hour front desk. Plus you'll find multilingual staff. Each morning free breakfast is served.

Within a 30-minute drive of this hotel, attractions include California State University Monterey Bay and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$82 per night

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Howard Johnson Salinas ratings based on 14 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.4 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.5 out of 5.0
1 out of 5

Horrible for the price

Location: There was a marathon in Monterey so had to stay in Salinas which was out of the way in the first place and the price was so not worth it because it w
There was about a 2" gap under door that any animal could walk in and any human could look in. Very creepy. The tub was dripping and kept me up all night. The included breakfast was basically anything with high fruitcose corn syrup and not much else. Total rip off.

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016

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2 out of 5

Internet was not working

I ended up asking for a refund after several calls to the front desk complaining about very slow internet speeds. It was a major hassle and I ended up at another hotel for the night. I really think hotels should be more proactive about maintaining their internet connection. It's not that hard to do. Also I would like to see some sort of statement about the speed of their internet in the hotel description. Just saying you have WiFi is not enough for me. That is like saying that you have a car but have no idea how fast it can go. 5 mph? 60 mph? Makes a big difference. In this case the front desk person had no idea about the expected speed of their connection. Their only trouble shooting was to try to reboot the router which did not help. Another analogy would be to have a pool but no idea if it has water.

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016

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4 out of 5

Accommodating and Pleasant Staff

Pros: In addition to the friendliness of the staff, I enjoyed the raisin toast--it was large and fresh.
Location: Near downtown Salinas, a small and enjoyable town. The National Steinbeck Center is in Salinas, and fans will be greatly rewarded by a visit.
We had a very late arrival. We did notify the hotel, but we were aware that staff kept the lobby open much later than usual. Despite the inconvenience, they were incredibly welcoming and hospitable. Their primary concern was the quality of stay for their guest--both ours and the other guests'. The room accommodations were nice and comfortable, though nothing special. This was a typical hotel stay, but made pleasant by smiling and generous staff (probably the franchise owners).

Posted by , from Chicago, IL on Oct 5, 2015

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4 out of 5

good value

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet
Far enough from highway 101 so there is minimal road noise but the walls are a little thin. The room it self was nice everything was clean and the furnishings and carpet looked on the newer side. The price was more than fair what it is.

Posted by , from northern california on Sep 19, 2012

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3 out of 5

It was very clean.

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
I loved this hotel. It was very nice. The bed was awesome!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012

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4 out of 5

I enjoyed my stay and would stay here again.

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
The room was very nice. The beds are very comfortable,there were alot of extrs like a microwave, refridgerator,internet access,and lots of mirrors,we were an all girl group!The continental breakfast was good,there was different juices,waffles, cereal and muffins and coffee.We had a great time, the staff was nice!The room was clean and we would definitely stay there again,good price!!

Posted by , from Fresno,Ca on Nov 29, 2011

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4 out of 5

Staff always helpful & friendly.

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, safe
Cons: housekeeping needs improvement
I have stayed here many times. Mainly because I feel safe and I travel alone. They have a great breakfast bar & No need to stop at Starbucks their coffee is perfect.

Posted by , from Visalia, CA, USA on Nov 16, 2011

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1 out of 5

it was a nightmare!

Cons: Nothing close
Never again! Hated it so dirty! To say the least! Wish I never stayed there.........

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011

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2 out of 5


Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet
We were come from Monterey. We had a reservation for one night in Salinas. We had a good time........

Posted by , from SAN FRANCISCO,CA on Feb 7, 2011

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4 out of 5

better than expected

the room is small but everything else is better than expected. did not realize until we check out that there were breakfast daily. well, next time. highly recommended. clean. no noise what a surprise. the bed is excellent.

Posted by on Sep 11, 2010

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About the Howard Johnson Salinas

Location 131 John Street, Salinas, CA 93901

Property Features

WiFi is free in public spaces. There's an onsite business center. Free breakfast is available daily. Howard Johnson Salinas also features multilingual staff and discounted use of a nearby fitness facility. Self parking is free. This hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 39 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Business facilities
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Salinas, CA (SNS-Salinas Municipal) (4 km / 2.5 mi)
  • Train station: Salinas Station (1.4 km / 0.8 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Howard Johnson Salinas offers 39 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Cable television is provided. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 6 PM
  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after 10 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child 17 years old or younger stays free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 50.00 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

Hotel Names

  • Howard Johnson Hotel Salinas
  • Howard Johnson Salinas
  • Howard Johnson Inn Salinas Hotel Salinas
  • Howard Johnson Salinas Hotel

You should know

  • One child 17 years old or younger stays free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.