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“Nice location for wineries and shopping” 4 of 5 stars
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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
Fredon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice location for wineries and shopping”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Spending only 2 days on Long Island, we found this hotel in Riverhead that was very close to
the Tanger Outlets. Traveling with my daughter, my mother, my sister and niece, we stayed in a 2 bedroom queen suite that had a sofa bed. The room was large enough for all. Breakfast was
good. The staff, especially one night employee was extremely kind and welcoming. I was surprised of other reviews that complained about the staff. We drove to Greenpoint and visited
wineries. Staying out in Northfork would have been much more expensive. We did have trouble finding a dinner restaurant and ended up in a TGI Fridays. If I went again, I would make dinner reservations.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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 york
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Convenient to highway. Room very clean and new. Daughter and I were staying in room and during the night someone used a key in our lock, but could not get in as the door latch was closed. We think that it was a night security guard or housekeeper. We alerted the desk in the morning to make sure that they had us down as registered and they were so suitably horrified. Without me asking they dropped the price of the room. They said that they were going to look into it. The desk clerk automatically got the manager when I told her about it. The hotel was very family oriented with a lot of people staying for competitions etc. Good restaurants nearby, especially an outdoor fish restaurant that also catered to families. Breakfast good.
Even with that issue, I never at all felt even the least bit unsafe. Not a bad drive into the Hamptons or Montauk. Very close to outlet stores that were okay. To me this is not a destination hotel but if you need to be out there for some other reason definitely the place to stay.

Room Tip: ASked for extra pillows, shampoo.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, NY
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12 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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New Paltz, New York
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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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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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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*
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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