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For all the Don Drapers, Howard Johnson has two words: free stay

April 25, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Hey Don Draper (a.k.a. actor Jon Hamm), it's time to get over your wrecked weekend at Howard Johnson.
Hey Don Draper (a.k.a. actor Jon Hamm), it's time to get over your wrecked… (Evan Agostini / Associated…)

"HOJO to Don Draper: Sorry about the pool, your next stay is on us."

That's the word from Howard Johnson after the "Mad Men" character had a motel meltdown on Sunday's episode of the AMC TV series. The getaway he planned with his young bride Megan to a fictional HoJo's in upstate New York went super sour after he arrived to find the pool was closed.

"We’ve all been there," says the hotel's statement sent Tuesday. "You plan a weekend away only to check in to your hotel and find that a much desired amenity — the hotel pool — is closed. It’s enough to make a man mad."

Of course much more went wrong — the neon-orange sorbet that matched the motel's decor (Megan hated it) and the Big Fight in the parking lot.

So now Howard Johnson is making nice with all the Don Drapers of the world. Anyone with that name scores a free night at one of eight Howard Johnson motels, including locations in Anaheim and San Diego's SeaWorld. You have to book by May 8, stay by Aug. 31 and show a valid ID.

And BYOM (bring your own Megan) — or not.

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