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“Holiday Inn Quality; Quirky Property” 3 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Totowa
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Route 46 West, Totowa, NJ 07512   |  
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“Holiday Inn Quality; Quirky Property”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our stay here and would stay here again. The room was clean, the hot breakfast buffet (weekdays only), wi-fi, all good. Fitness center in the basement was marginal, but did the job. The hotel itself has been upgraded throughout the years, so that is nice. There is cable TV too. The ground floor of the hotel has a lounge that acts like a nightclub. You will see all sorts of scantily clad people on the grounds and wandering the halls late at night. My favorite moment was when someone knocked on our door at midnight. I opened the door and saw a group of people outside, one of whom was a woman cradling a baby with a pound of makeup and an hour's too long of spray tan on, ready to go out. Really?! Well, this is Jersey. But I digress.

The hotel is visible and pretty much sits on Route 46. It's in the same enter as a Petco and other random businesses. Getting to the hotel from Route 46 east is a pain and requires a weird NJ u-turn. From Route 46 West, it's a quick turn off the highway and then wind your way to the back of the parking lot. Pain.

All in all, a satisfactory stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently stayed here because my son was married across the street at the Bethwood and had our rehersal dinner here. The amenities are simple pool is on the roof. Clean. The staff is who made this hotel exceptional!!!! ANYTHING our party needed they did their best to accomodate. From getting our entire party checked in early to ensuring we had everything we needed to help with the wedding. We were here from Friday - Sunday. We occupied almost 20 rooms (maybe more). No one had a complaint. Yes some of the rooms were dingy and musty (its obviously an older hotel) but they were clean. The restaurant had surprisingly great food. Would definitely recommend them for any event as the food for our event was amazing! And I am kind of a food snob. The lounge is very noisy at night but we could not hear anything in our rooms. The parking lot is a maze to get to the hotel but once you drive through the first time it is quite easy.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mohan M, Manager at Holiday Inn Totowa, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear cttraveler02
Thank you for the great comments and great review about Holiday inn Tototwa NJ, about our restaurant Ruby Lounge and good food and good service by our professional staff , we are happy to hear that your entire wedding party enjoyed their stay Thank you once again for your comments that our staff who made this hotel exceptional for your guest. it is always great to hear positive feed back from the guests who stays at Holiday Inn Totowa NJ. It is our mission to make the guest feel welcome and comfortable We look forward to serving you once again in your future stay
With regards
Mohan M
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Palm Bay, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just recently stayed at this hotel by default. The regular hotel we stay at (and most of the hotels) in Fairfield were booked already so I looked out a bit and found this Holiday Inn. Our room was clean and the staff was very accommodating and friendly. Someone mentioned the entrance a bit difficult to figure out, but once you do, it's not that bad at all. I grew up in NJ so I'm used to the busy traffic, so it really was a non issue for me. My only two negatives...#1 the breakfast. Good thing it's complimentary Mon-Fri, it's so not worth the $11.95 they charge on the weekends. Eggs were bland, potatoes were dry and it really is sub standard compared to other hotel breakfasts that I have had. There are MANY diners in the area were you can get a good hearty breakfast for much less then the hotel charges on the weekend for their buffet. #2...the limited parking in front of the hotel. On Friday evening the parking lot was full mainly due to the happy hour crowd. There is ample parking, however, I really think the parking in front of the hotel should be for hotel guests only. We didn't eat at the Ruby Lounge, but we did meet some friends for drinks and the bartenders were friendly and attentive. Once the DJ started at 10, we decided to call it a night because it was just too loud. I'm sure the younger crowd on a Friday night thought it was great, but for someone who was just looking to enjoy a quiet drink with some friends, early is better. Overall, I would stay here again!

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mohan M, Manager at Holiday Inn Totowa, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear GKCPalmBay
Thank you for the great comment about our clean room and good service by our professional staff ,we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay . it is always great to hear positive feed back from the guests who stays at Holiday Inn Totowa NJ. It is our mission to make the guest feel welcome and comfortable. We will definitely work on your valuable feed back We look forward to serving you once again in your future stay
With regards
Mohan M.
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Clifton, NJ
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here this past weekend. The rooms are filthy and the whole place is dingy and musty. There were literally splatter marks on the headboard. The room rate was also higher than stated at the time of booking. This place was an all-around let down. Do not recommend staying here at all.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Mohan M, Manager at Holiday Inn Totowa, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear schaefean ,
Thank you for staying in our hotel . You are very valued guest we take our guest comments very seriously and always strive to provide comfortable and friendly accommodations. The feedback we receive from our valued guests, like you, enables us to target problem areas. We have taken immediate corrective measures we welcome any opportunity to improve. we apologize for any inconvenience Please give a chance to serve you in future.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel was fine - nice room, clean with the typical amenities, free wifi, fridge, hair dryer, etc. The entrance is not easy - it is off of a very busy route 46 and actually the entrance to a strip mall. You have to drive thru the mall parking lot to get to the hotel. Though not really the fault of the hotel we were unable to get to sleep until after 3 am due to loud, rowdy guests out in the hall. Security came up and we called them again because as soon as they left the noise continued. My other issue with this hotel is they wouldn't let us cancel our reservation. We booked through Orbitz and did not know we had to be at the Newark airport by 5 am. Once we found out we wanted to cancel to get a room at a hotel closer to the airport. Orbitz said it was up to the hotel and that most times they will cancel for you. Well Holiday Inn, at least this one, is not one of those hotels. We also asked to be switched from a room with a king bed to a room with two queens and they couldn't do that because the hotel was booked solid. Now if it was booked solid you would think they would of let us cancel our reservation wouldn't you?

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Pueblo West, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This was a repeat stay at this property...unless it changes drastically, there's no reason to look anywhere else. The staff were extremely courteous, the room was clean, the bed was excellent, and the room included a small fridge and microwave. The Ruby Lounge and Restaurant are also excellent and I will write a separate review. We stayed here at a much lesser rate than the Holiday Inn Express at Denver IAP...the room in Denver did not include a fridge or microwave. This Holiday Inn has a complimentary breakfast and it was excellent. There are kids that come in on a tour and they are a bit noisy in the common areas, but they could not be heard in our room. This is an excellent property in a good location.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I stayed at this Holiday in 3 weeks ago, I was on the 4th floor in room 417 facing east. The Holiday inn is right off of route 46 in Totowa New Jersey, approximately 25 minutes west of the Lincoln Tunnel to NYC. The rooms are spacious, the furniture was in good shape, the room was clean, the wifi worked and it has plenty of parking even for coach buses.
It is what you would expect from a Holiday inn, the only thing that this hotel need to do is have an entrance from Route 46, you can clearly see the hotel from the road, but you can't get into it, you need to exit Route 46, then drive around the block, and look for a Holiday inn sign, once you find the sign you turn into that driveway which takes you along side some building and into another parking lot, then you drive around trying to figure out hot to get into the Holiday inn parking lot, once you see a tiny little Holiday inn sign hidden in the corner by the bushes it tells you to drive down an alley beside another building to get to the hotel. But once you do it once then you figure it out. It's not a big issue but they should make an entrance off the major route which is route 46.
I stayed there for 5 days never had any issues with anything, I know some people wrote up about noise complaints from the Ruby lounge down stairs, I didn't have any issues, simply ask to have your room away from that side of the hotel. The beds and pillows were comfortable and the bathrooms were good. I would stay there again.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mohan M, Manager at Holiday Inn Totowa, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Dear Gianni G
Thank you for the great comment about our clean room and good service by our professional staff ,we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay . it is always great to hear positive feed back from the guests who stays at Holiday Inn Totowa NJ. It is our mission to make the guest feel welcome and comfortable. We will definitely work on more directional signs We look forward to serving you once again in your future stay
With regards
Mohan M.
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Address: 1 Route 46 West, Totowa, NJ 07512
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Totowa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Totowa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Totowa 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern 5-story property with interior hallways. Suburban location. Refrigerator, coffee makers, moveable desk/swivel chair in each room. Doc's Bar & Grill with satellite sports coverage, dj, Chinese restaurant on property. Indoor and outdoor free parking. Banquet and meeting rooms from 10-300. High speed wireless internet access,video games, health club, complimentary newspaper, breakfast , and beverage Monday through Friday. Close to Montclair State, William Paterson, Meadowlands Sports Complex, ABB, Hoffman La Roche, and Willowbrook Mall. ... more   less 
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