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Holiday Inn Express East End
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1707 Old Country Road, Riverhead, NY 11901   |  
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Riverhead
Brooklyn, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Great Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Stayed at this hotel while doing a weekend getaway to the local vineyards and Montauk. The hotel itself was clean and the room was very spacious and clean. The morning breakfast buffet was great and well maintained. The Great Room where the breakfast is held is a nice space with a large TV, tables/chairs and couches. The hotel is on Old Country Road which is a main commercial strip with stores, restaurants and outlet shopping. It is around 45 minutes to the vineyards on the North Fork and a little over an hour to Montauk, so the location is central to everything. The only complaint was that the front desk staff could be a little warmer. They barely made eye contact the entire check-in and check-out process. I don't need an overly warm welcome but in the hospitality business, especially at a Holiday Inn brand of hotel (even Express), where I have always received the warmest of welcomes with smiles, the interaction needs a little more warmth. Otherwise, we had a great stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New Paltz, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Had to attend a wedding in the area. Price was better than Hilton and the breakfast buffet was value added and convenient.Room was spacious and clean, pool looked inviting but time didn't permit. Staff wasn't all that friendly but businesslike. Breakfast buffet needed more attention/staffing but it was acceptable.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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15 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

Close to vineyards and some good restaurants. Pool was clean and breakfast excellent. Stayed only one night but could easily have added one night, time permitting.
Got some help with printouts at no extra cost.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Erlanger, KY
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

This year my family split our summer vacation up into two areas, Long Island and Washington D.C. I tend to choose Holiday Inn properties because I am a rewards member. This was our choice for our first 4 nights of vacation (Sun-Wed).

Positives:
1. My main beef with my previous visits to Long Island has been how long it takes to drive from one place to another. It seems like half my visit is spent in the car. The HIE Riverhead is located an awesome minute or two off the end of the Long Island Expressway. This seriously reduced the amount of time I spent in the car this year.
2. Lots of restaurants and shopping areas just a minute or two from the hotel. There is a 7-11 you can walk to for snacks and sundries, and a proper grocery store just a few minutes down the road.
3. The pool was clean, the area around the pool was tidy, and there were very few other users of the pool. I went swimming two evenings to cool off and sunbathed for a couple hours one afternoon and never once was bothered by other patrons. The other people using the pool were friendly and quiet.
4. Free breakfasts are great. Its a huge time and money saver for the family to be able to get up, get ready, and head down for breakfast at their own pace.
5. The staff was super friendly. We were greeted with a small Priority Rewards gift bag a check in and never had a problem getting a question answered.

Negatives:
1. We had 4 people staying in the room but housekeeping never gave us 4 towels. We ended up just going down to the pool and grabbing some of those towels for our showers or else having to call each day for more towels.
2. We were unable to get a luggage rack for our room, which meant we had to use the ironing board to hold some of our bags.
3. The television was pretty old (not HD or flatscreen) and more than half the channels weren't working. I know there is a war going on between some of the cable companies and the dish providers, but some of the missing channels (All the HBOs, the main ESPN) weren't part of that. Since we didn't use the television that much anyway, I never bothered to call and complain about it, but its something to keep in mind if you plan on spending a lot of time in the room.

Overall: While I am not happy with the rate we had to pay for the room, I realize that it's just the cost of doing business in Long Island. When I am forced to pay these higher rates I really just want my trip to go smoothly and not have to drag a good experience out of anyone. The HIE in Riverhead did just that and we will make it our first choice the next time we visit.

Room Tip: If you would like a quieter room, ask for a room not looking out on the pool patio.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Long Island City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We used the Holiday Inn Express East End to block rooms for those guests who were attending our daughter's wedding because of the close proximity to the venue. The Holiday Inn Express was also a better value than the other three hotels in the area. In addition to the block of rooms reserved, we also booked the bridal suite for the bride and groom. It was immense, beautifully laid out and with a whirlpool in the bathroom. Our guests were very comfortable. The rooms had a mini fridge. The outside pool was clean and inviting. The breakfast was ample and the breakfast room comfortable and spacious. In fact, after the wedding, many of the guest chose to sit in the room and hang for a while. The staff arranged a shuttle service to transport the guests to and from the wedding venue. We had about 40 gift bags that were distributed to our guest. Everyone received their's without a problem.

I cannot say enough about the helpful staff- which in today's day and age is a rarity. The wedding took months of preparation with calls back and forth to the hotel for status up dates on the rooms that were blocked, shuttle service, and other last minute details. We found the staff responsive, helpful and friendly. We had last minute guests that were accommodated. There was never a phone call or email that went unanswered. Thank you Kristen, Ashley, Marielle and hotel manager, Michelle, for your all of your kindness, help and assistance.

Room Tip: We were unable to host a brunch as most of the guests were leaving early. Instead, we reserved one...
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  • Stayed June 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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, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express East End, responded to this review, June 28, 2012
It was our pleasure to help you with the accommodations for your daughter's wedding! On behalf of the entire staff, we wish your daughter and her new husband the best of luck as they start on their new journey together.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to be apart of this special day.

-Michele
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Burlington, Vermont
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46 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

The so-called suite was perfect for our family of four. Two double beds and fold-out couch. A fridge not filled with mini-bar stuff was in the room. Wifi internet was included in the cost of the hotel. Always important in this age of kids' gadgets.
The breakfast had some healthy and not so healthy options. It was fine for us and we walked away satisfied.
The outdoor pool is a nice size--not really long enough for laps, but better than you average US hotel pool.
The location was good only for people who love outlet malls and driving wherever they need to go. Forget about it if you hope to go on a nice walk right by the hotel.
Service was pleasant and helpful.
Fitness room was in the basement. It mostly had aerobic machines.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking pool are better. The other side of the building is next to a huge box store with b...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

This chain isn't our first choice, but it was the only hotel in the area that actually had an available room on a Saturday night in June.

Our room was a good size, with a king bed, sofa(bed) that was suitable for two kids (wouldn't recommend it for an adult, though), and a small dining table. The king bed had a duvet, but the pull-out had a disgusting looking blanket between two bedsheets. (WHY do hotels insist on dirty-looking brown/beige fleece blankets?) The room had a microwave, sink and a fridge. There was a good choice of TV-channels, plus different movie packages. Our kids enjoyed the TV-games for $7 per hour.

We did hear quite a lot of noise from the Raceway in daytime, and since our room was facing the street - a bit of noise from the traffic.

The bed was comfortable, and the sofa and chair looked quite new. The bathroom decor was a bit dated, though.

After a good night's sleep, the breakfast was "served" between 7 and 10. They had a breakfast bar complete with paper cups, plastic cutlery and cardboard plates... There was a choice of scrambled and boiled eggs, bacon, bagels, cereals, preserves, hot drinks, juice and yogurt.

The hotel is within walking distance of a few restaurants, and close to the Tanger Outlet mall.

All in all, the hotel seems a bit dated, and just a place to spend the night - no lobby area to sit and no dining options, but a small outside pool. I think the rates were a bit high for what we got, although breakfast and wi-fi was included.

Room Tip: Ask for a room towards the back if you are a light sleeper.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1707 Old Country Road, Riverhead, NY 11901
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Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > Riverhead
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Riverhead
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express East End 2.5*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express East End Hotel is centrally located in the heart of the north and south forks of Long Island's Suffolk County. Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, the modern luxury and impeccable service of the Holiday Inn Express East End is sure to please. Guests staying in any of our spacious rooms will enjoy our 24-hour business center, free wired and wireless internet access, Express Start complimentary continental breakfast, a refreshing workout in our 24-hour fitness center, or unwind in our Great Room enjoying the warmth of our fireplace along with coffee and tea available 24 hours. We are conveniently located to some of the most popular sites on Long Island: Tanger Outlet Center, Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, Splish Splash Water Park, Long Island Wine Country, Riverhead Raceway, the famed Hamptons, and much more. Please contact the hotel directly to inquire about our packages.Visit Riverhead, NY and stay smart at the Holiday Inn Express East End. ... more   less 
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