mad men howard johnson motel Howard Johnson offers Don Drapers of the world a free night's stayOn Sunday’s (April 23) “Mad Men,” Don Draper (Jon Hamm) was disappointed when the manager of a fictional upstate New York Howard Johnson motor lodge told him the pool was closed due to an “unfortunate incident with a kid.” Now the hotel chain is saying it wants to make good with Draper by offering anyone named “Don Draper” a free night’s stay.

Now through May 8th, reads a statement from the Wyndham Hotel Group, “Any traveler with the legal name Don Draper can book a free one-night stay this summer at one of the [eight] select Howard Johnson hotels throughout the U.S.”

The hotels are located in Anaheim, Calif., San Diego, Mystic, Conn., Miami, Portland, Ore., Toms River, N.J., Rapid City, S.D. and Arlington, Texas. In other words, swank places where any self-respecting Don Draper would be happy to rest his weary head. And, we assume, use a fully-functional and sanitized pool. (And no, the HoJo you saw on Sunday’s show is not included since it isn’t owned by the company anymore.)

“Unfortunately, sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. This is our way of showing Mr. Draper that we value him as a guest and hope to welcome him back soon,” says Rui Barros, Howard Johnson brand senior vice president.

We think Sterling Cooper Draper Price would appreciate this laudable effort at damage control. Find out more at and remember, when calling to book your room, ask for the “Don Draper rate.” Sexy French-Canadian roommate not included.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson