Notice the odd pool
arrangement. While it was a large swimming pool, it had almost
no deck. In fact the Lodge's guests had to sit outside the pool's
fence on the grass.
of 125 completely air-conditioned units. Here you can see why
Howard Johnson's Motor Lodges are so famous for spacious and sparkling
clean rooms. Each unit is luxuriously carpeted and the stunning
decor is the last word in comfort and luxury. Each unit also has
its own tiled shower bath.Just look at these facilities.
Ever seen anything like this before? Of course you haven't--because
never, outside of a lavish private residence, has such spacious
comfort, practical convenience and ingenious use of space ever
existed before. And the extras you'll enjoy at a Howard Johnson's
Motor Lodge at no extra cost: Big-screen television, 24-hour telephone
service, air-conditioning, sound-proofing so perfect you can hear
a pin drop, swimming pool, play areas, and more...
The "big-screen" TV with four channels the brochure
raved about, was black and white and at most a 19" set. Golly,
and 24 hour phone service too--what a different time it was!
at least Springfield's proprietor made great effort to create
the feeling that the former Skylark motel was a Howard Johnson's.
Today where absolutely NO effort is made to standardize
rooms, Springfield's were given the HoJo treatment. Moreover,
with the Gate Lodge right along I-95 for all to see, there could
have been little doubt in patron's minds that the place was a