Sunday night's episode of Mad Men, Episode 5.06: Far Away Places, featured Jon Hamm's Don Draper visiting a Howard Johnson hotel, although his stay wasn't too pleasant after getting in a fight with his new wife (Jessica Paré), and learning, of all things, that the pool was closed. The actual hotel chain Howard Johnson is capitalizing on the publicity, offering every patron who is actually named Don Draper, a free stay in participating hotels. Take a look at the press release for this unique promotion.

We've all been there. 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. But, it shouldn't have to. So, to the Don Drapers of the world, the Howard Johnson hotel brand would like to say this: We're sorry and your next stay is on us.

Now through May 8, 2012, any traveler with the legal name Don Draper can book a free one-night stay this summer at one of the following select Howard Johnson hotels throughout the U.S.:

  • Howard Johnson Plaza Anaheim Resort
  • Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World
  • Howard Johnson Inn Mystic
  • Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel - Miami Airport
  • Howard Johnson Plaza - Portland
  • Howard Johnson Toms River
  • Howard Johnson Rapid City
  • Howard Johnson Express Inn - Arlington Ballpark/Six Flags

"At Howard Johnson hotels, our owners strive to give each and every guest a great stay, one that creates the same happy-filled memories that the brand's legacy is built upon," said Rui Barros, Howard Johnson brand senior vice president. "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."

To book a reservation, travelers should call their desired participating hotel directly and ask to book the Don Draper rate. Numbers can be found below or at Reservations must be booked by May 8, 2012 and the stay must be completed by August 31, 2012. Guests will need to show ID at check-in. For full details contact any participating property.

Travelers not named Don Draper who are looking for a great rate can still save 20 percent when they book a three-night consecutive stay using Reservations are non-refundable and modifications are not allowed. Pre-payment is required. For full details on this and other available rates, visit Neither AMCtv nor Mad Men are sponsors of this promotion.

Participating Hotels

Howard Johnson Plaza Anaheim Resort

1380 S Harbor Blvd.

Anaheim, CA 92802


Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World

3330 Rosecrans Street

San Diego, CA 92110


Howard Johnson Inn Mystic

253 Greenmanville Ave

Mystic, CT 06355


Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel - Miami Airport

7707 NW 103rd Street

Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016


Howard Johnson Plaza - Portland

155 Riverside Street/I-95

Portland, ME 04103


Howard Johnson Toms River

955 Hooper Ave

Toms River, NJ 08753


Howard Johnson Rapid City

950 North Street

Rapid City, SD 57701


Howard Johnson Express Inn - Arlington Ballpark/Six Flags

2001 East Copeland

Arlington, TX 76011