Howard Johnson is a group of low- and high-rise buildings set among pleasant grounds and landscaping. There are two pool areas, one of which includes a foot-deep kiddie pool and lots of little fountains to run through.
The rooms are clean and well-maintained. There are only two suites but many connecting rooms. All rooms have a mini-fridge and coffee maker; many have microwave ovens.
There is no restaurant within the hotel, and thus no room service. But Mimi's, located across the street, is a virtual extension of the hotel. Food there is reasonably priced and much tastier than most coffee shops, and the New Orleans theme is great prep for Pirates of the Caribbean.