Worst hotel we've ever booked thru Travelocity: smelly, in need of serious repairs. Overall, standard of cleanliness falls far too short to bear Howard Johnson name. Recalls the low standard of cleanliness I've experienced in travels thru developing countries. We killed three crickets in our room! Spiderwebs in corners, dust everywhere. Mildewed shower curtain, showerhead sprayed everywhere but on one's body, warped ceiling tiles above, rusted white metal braces securing tiles. Bath tiles with mold and mildew - nasty overall. Our tub did not drain, but was repaired upon request, but they never repaired showerhead. Very kind cleaning staff, but they do very poor-to-mediocre job. Also, the kind, elderly cleaning man has bad habit of knocking while entering guests rooms, when he decides to knock. He did it several times with us -- totally unacceptable hotel employee protocol. And they should shut down their exercise room. Every antiquated piece of equipment in the scary, dungeon-like room is in drastic disrepair -- they should be ashamed of themselves for allowing guest to enter the unsafe room - simply terrible! And hotel is not well secured; very unsafe because all doors are ALWAYS unlocked and accessible to anyone. Overall, not a great deal for the money -- simply not maintained well enough, and should not bear the Howard Johnson name; worst one I've ever stayed in. Please do yourself, your family, a favor and stay elsewhere. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
My family came across this spot while vacationing in the Delaware area during the week of 8/16/10; it was the only downside of our weeklong trip. In a nutshell, the all-you-can-eat concept is great and at $4.99 a head you, seemingly, can??t beat the deal. And the service and atmosphere is exceptional: friendly, festive, fun -- a great spot for a child??s birthday party. However, we collectively realized we??d made a poor choice when we gazed upon the ??Macaroni-and-cheese Pizza? -- and yes, it??s as disgusting as it sounds! The pasta and tomato sauce dish was pretty bad, too. My wife dared try the soup; ??terrible,? she proclaimed (and this was before a little boy dropped his bowl in the kettle then plunged his arms in almost elbow deep to dish it out!). And though my daughter (like the rest of us) is usually quite agreeable when it comes to most restaurant??s freshly-made pizza, she took one bite and declared how nasty it was. Overall, the place smells nasty, too -- and the plates, plastic cups, and silverware all have that semi-cleaned cafeteria feel. Cici??s Pizza Buffet is indeed like a school cafeteria -- and not a very good one. Clearly, the owners of this spot are geniuses, getting wealthier by the day. Why? Because of their can??t lose business model: they??ve designed a place that kids, trailer park residents, and other undiscriminating customers can??t get enough of -- plus, an endless crop of budget-conscious out-of-towners like ourselves will be fooled into visiting (I??m all-too-guilty of being beguiled by the bright, flashing ??All-You-Can-Eat-For $4.99!? sign outside). And anyone with a semblance of taste who wanders into the joint will most likely do as we did: duped and disappointed, our bout in the ??All-You-Can-Eat? battle was down-for-the-count by round one (barely denting the distasteful buffet). That??s all our tormented taste buds and soured stomachs could tolerate (??No mas,? we all shouted. ??No Mas!?) So be warned, despite the low price, Cici??s Pizza Buffet ain??t worth it!