Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area

6440 El Cajon BoulevardSan Diego92115USA
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About Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area

Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area offers straightforward economy accommodation just 15 minutes’ walk from the campus. Boasting ample free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout, this hotel is about 20 minutes’ drive from downtown San Diego and Pacific Ocean beaches.

Remodeled air-conditioned rooms include an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, 39-inch flat-screen cable television, fridge, microwave, coffee-maker, ironing facilities, free newspaper and a safe.

Amenities comprise a 24-hour reception, vending machines, local area shuttle, launderette and an outdoor swimming pool.

A complimentary continental breakfast is included and there are several dining options situated just a few steps away.

Smoke-free Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area is about ten minutes’ drive from Qualcomm Stadium – home of the San Diego Chargers NFL team. It’s about ten minutes’ drive from Grossmont Center shopping mall while San Diego Zoo is about ten miles away.


6440 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, 92115, USA
Telephone: +1(619)2862040 | Fax: +1(619)2862517 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

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

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Conference rooms
  • Deck chairs / Sun loungers
  • Express check-in / out
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel safe
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parking lot
  • PC with internet
  • Pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Microwave
  • Room safe
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible paths / corridors

For children

  • Child / Baby cot

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Clean, comfy and inexpensive rooms

Considering the usually affordable room rates, guests felt the rooms were more than sufficiently spacious, comfortable and clean for a shorter stay. There was praise for the large flat-screen TVs and cozy beds. Reviewers also welcomed perks like the complimentary Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast, although some critics disliked the limited choice at breakfast. The hotel was reportedly fairly peaceful considering its roadside location.

Praise for customer service

Many guests had praise for the customer service they experienced, often calling personnel friendly, helpful and accommodating. Check-in was reportedly swift.

Handy location

Reviewers were upbeat about this hotel's location just five minutes' drive from the freeway and walking distance from public transport links. Guests welcomed the easy access to downtown San Diego, the zoo, area attractions, shopping malls and sports venues. The decent choice of shops and eateries within walking distance was another welcome bonus, especially for non-motorists.

Negative Reviews

Claims that maintenance could be better

Although many guests enjoyed a pleasant stay and thought that the premises were well-maintained, there were some visitors who disagreed. Plumbing issues and malfunctioning air-conditioning prompted some guests to complain about maintenance standards at times. Some critics said the outdoor pool area would have been more inviting if it had been better maintained.

Occasional cleanliness issues reported

Despite plenty of reviewers saying that their rooms were more than adequately clean, there were some critics who pointed out occasional cleanliness issues. These included claims of mold in bathrooms and dirty carpets. There were also a few claims of encounters with cockroaches.

Nuisance smells encountered

There were occasional claims of lingering smoke smells in some parts of the property despite its smoke-free policy.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 1397 reviews across the web
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6.5 out of 10 based on 1397 reviews