This HJ’s is newly renovated, although they should do some renovating in the customer service department. They woke me up early in the morning after a late arrival the night before – to tell me my key would be available at the front desk- as if I couldn’t find the front desk on my own. Dopes!

Location: 336 Odlin Road I-95
Bangor, ME 04401


Irving Gas Station.  Just down the road from the common senseless Howard Johnson, to the right, is an Irving Gas Station. This is a really hospitable gas station, if you can believe in such a thing! When you go inside, make sure you ask for your “Free” coffee card – buy 4 get the 5th free. It’s really good coffee, and if you stay in one of the hotels, which are all lumped together fairly closely, it pays to get your coffee here. And don’t forget to say hello to Sir Brian (his nametag reads!) Brian is terrific. When Boy’s sister got bitten by a tick, Brian went through the phonebook to look for a local vet for us. I mean, would that happen anywhere else?! That’s service. Make sure you say hello to Sir Brian when you get your coffee at Irving’s. Nice!

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