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Garden Plaza Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   503 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401 (Formerly Holiday Inn Kingston)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 hotels in Kingston
1 review
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“Great people, great location, great deal.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for about 6 weeks with about 30 business associates.
They were generous, friendly and incredibly accomadating.

Some rooms are better than others - I preferred the odd number rooms that face the exterior rather than the interior courtyard.

The rooms in the back that face the river are quite nice.

The hotel bar is quite busy on the weekends, live music etc.

Restaurant onsite is OK, two alternate options very close by (diner and pizza) and lots of great options within 1/2 mile - walkable if you want.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Decent hotel. Carpet on the second floor in serious need of cleaning. Very nice people at the front desk. Coffee and tea in the lobby. Nice touch. Don't see it as much better than the Super 8down the road.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a great family place - everything you need is here..staff is very nice and pleasant....warm indoor pool - game room - both with a 'curfew' time (games shut down & the kids know, it is time for bed!!)...great restaurant...nice bar...close to ski mountains...and usually great discounts for skiing. My kids love going here & the adults like that there is plenty for the kids to do!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The rooms are clean, the beds exceptionally well made. Bathrooms nice.
Added benefits: pool and hot tub and game room for the kids.
Good buffet breakfast.
We have stayed here often en route to skiing at Hunter Mountain and Windham, 50 minutes away.

Room Tip: Executive rooms are exceptionally well kept.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Stayed here twice - July and August. Basic holiday inn. Pleasant staff. Rooms on the inner side facing the holidrome/pool vented into the interior. Towels nice and plush - that was the highlight of the stay!!

Now for the not so good! Carpets (in the halls and the rooms) are very dated - old and worn. They needed to be changed years ago. With three of us staying in the room, there were not enough outlets to charge the phones/laptops at night so I had to get up in the middle of the night to shift things around. We had 3 phones and a laptop. Would have been much worse if everyone had laptops or tablets with them!

Restaurant food was tasty, very large portions for the price! Request a mini-fridge to store the leftovers!

Room Tip: No elevators, so if you cannot walk with your luggage upstairs, request a room on the first floor...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed in the executive wing over thanksgiving. I couldn't find any evidence of the complaints from previous reviews on this forum regarding the state of the building - however that could be because we were in a good room. The most interesting thing about this hotel is the 'helidrome' - which basically means that there is a large enclosed central area of the hotel that contains i) a kind of patio area ii) fitness area iii) pool iv) spa v) pool table vi) video game and table tennis area.

While not especially opulant for adults and couples, my kids loved all the fun activities and things to do. The restaurant breakfast is nothing fantastic, but very acceptable and good value for money.

The location in Kingston is fantastic for visits to the Catskills. We also found the staff to be very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Ask for an upgrade to the executive wing - these rooms have microwave and fridge.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights and had an excellent overall experience.
The staff was friendly, our room was clean, beds were extremely comfortable.
The food staff at Louie's was accommodated all of our vegetarian needs and went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied.
The Holidome was an added bonus as we spent one evening playing air hockey, ping pong and swimming.
The band that played in the bar saturday was fantastic.

All in all, between the great food and entertainment, there was no need to even leave the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Garden Plaza Hotel

Address: 503 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401 (Formerly Holiday Inn Kingston)
Location: United States > New York > Kingston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 hotels in Kingston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Garden Plaza Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Garden Plaza Hotel, Kingston, NY – formerly the Holiday Inn. Located in the Hudson River Valley region of New York State, the picturesque beauty of the Catskill Mountains surrounds our hotel. Centered between Albany and New York City, this Kingston hotel is easily accessible from the NYS Thruway (I-87) at exit 19. Leisure guests should know that activities change with the season, ensuring there is always something new to do near our lodging. The Catskills offer hiking and tubing in the summer and spring, county fairs and apple picking in the fall and skiing during the winter. We're the perfect pet-friendly hotel for guests participating in the Horse Shows in the Sun in Saugerties. Business travelers trekking between New York and Albany often seek lodging at our Catskills hotel and enjoy the calm, scenic atmosphere. The 24-hour Business Center and free Wi-Fi access are at your disposal as you work. We have a ballroom and a boardroom for your next corporate event, and an indoor courtyard for more casual social gatherings. At the Garden Plaza Hotel, Kingston, NY, we feature packages throughout the year to bundle your stay with activities like snow skiing at Belleayre, Hunter or Windham Mountain or golfing in the scenic Hudson Valley or Catskills . Enjoy hiking, biking and sightseeing in this historic Hudson River Valley region. Plenty of fun can be found at the hotel, too, in the Garden Courtyard, with an indoor pool, sauna whirlpool and game room. Call today to book your next stay!Complimentary Breakfast from 7am to 10am daily. Louie's restaurant on premises serving dinner and providing room service from 5pm to 10pm daily. On site bar Gather's open from 5pm to closing daily. Businesses near the hotel:United Health Care, Huck/Alcoa, Ametek Rotron, Kingston Hospital, Benedictine Hospital, Adirondack Trailways, Bank of America, Ulster Savings Bank, Smith Barney, Ulster County Community College, Bard College, Northeast Center for Special Care and Iron Mountain. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Kingston Hotel Kingston
Kingston Holiday Inn

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