Five reasons to stay at the Hojo

It’s summer already – time to hit the road!

Red Deer makes a perfect stop for the night – halfway between the big cities. Or maybe you’re here to stay awhile for team tournaments or special events, like Westerner Days in July.

Whatever brought you to our neck of the woods, here are five reasons to stay, play and save the Howard Johnson Red Deer – plus where to find fresh donuts nearby.

One: Hop off, hop on QEII

The hotel is right on Gasoline Alley along Hwy 2(Alberta’s main north/south route), so it’s a really good choice for a stop over en route north to Edmonton, south to Calgary or along the scenic David Thompson west to the Rockies. And they have lots of parking for your cars, trucks, RVs and buses.

And bonus – it’s nice and close to the Donut Mill for soft, fresh, sweet, cream-filled donuts – try Rolo, Creamsicle or Oreo. It always comes back to baking on this blog – do we have your number or what?

Two: Walk to Westerner Park

The hotel is a five-minute walk or two-minute drive to Westerner Park and the Centrium arena – home of the Red Deer Rebels. Stay at the Hojo during Westerner Days in July and you’ll be just blocks from the action – big concerts, midway games and rides, jumbo corndogs and a fireworks spectacular.

Three: Unbeatable room rates

People who travel for work stay here to save their boss some money. Families stay here to stick to a tight vacation budget – and they offer seniors discounts too. And you can request an upgrade to a newly renovated deluxe room with one or two comfortable queen beds for a small rate increase. If they have the space, the very friendly front desk staff will be happy to accommodate you.

Four: Free breakfast

Two of the most beautiful words: free breakfast. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast with cereal, juice, coffee, muffins, fruit and bagels. Nice, light and totally included with your room.

Five: You can bring your dog

You can stay with your favourite furry friends at the Hojo and there’s grassy area between buildings for walking your pup, having a picnic or warming up with the team.