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“A few hiccups in the beginning, but we worked it out in the end.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast

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Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Plainsboro
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A few hiccups in the beginning, but we worked it out in the end.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Let me just say that, I was initially irritated with this hotel because I wasn't able to get a room with two beds. This was a blind buy from priceline. However, when I learned that the hotel has less than 100 rooms I forced myself to get over it. The hotel was nicely done. It was clean, efficient, and connected to the Crowne Plaza hotel. The gym was great, and if you're into fitness you will be extremely happy. Although, I would like to see the hotel upgrade their equipment, just a little bit. I would stay here again, and pray that a i get a suitable room. FYI PLEASE BUILD MORE ROOMS!

Green Features: The hotel has a great fitness center and lounge with a small game room area!
  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Brandy M
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David F, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Dear Brandy M.
Thank you for your feedback concerning your recent stay with us here at the Holiday Inn Express Princeton. We apologize for being unable to accommodate your request for a room with two beds. Unfortunately, when guests book through Priceline, they are not guaranteed a specific room type. Most of the time we are able to accommodate requests, but our hotel was sold out during your stay. We apologize for the inconvenience. Although we have no immediate plans to build additional rooms, our sister hotel (as aforementioned in your review) boasts 291 beautiful rooms and is also available for your future stays. We look forward to serving you on your return trips to the Princeton area.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

We selected this hotel for its location close to Princeton University. This Holiday Inn Express is attached to the Conference center and the Crown Plaza. The fitness center is amazing and the common area in the Crown Plaza includes a free pool table and bar shuffleboard. The rooms are well decorated and maintained.

The hot breakfast buffet is extensive including eggs, sausage patties, home fries, biscuits, and pancakes.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Asiatravels1
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David F, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Dear Asiatravels1,
Thank you for taking a moment to share your Holiday Inn Express Princeton experience with the TripAdvisor community. Your efforts help thousands travelers make smart travel decisions every day. We are so pleased to hear that you made full use of our extensive amenity list. From our fitness center to our New Jersey-shaped lake to our complimentary Express Start Breakfast, the Holiday Inn Express Princeton is a great place to relax and unwind. In addition, our convenient location allows our guests to enjoy all that the Princeton area has to offer. We would be absolutely delighted to be your home away from home in Princeton. Please feel free to contact us at 609-936-6600 for all of your future reservation needs.
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Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
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36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Everything was perfect about this hotel. From the friendly staff to convenient parking and the great room to the use of the work-out area in the attached hotel. Even the bar area was comfortable and bar staff friendly. We saw deer from our room window and loved looking out at the wooded area...very relaxing.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Leslie T
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David F, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
Dear Leslie T,
Thank you for the kind words and friendly review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us here at the Holiday Inn Express Princeton SE. It sounds like you had the opportunity to enjoy some of our best amenities; the extensive fitness center and Flight, our martini and wine lounge. It's such a pleasure to hear that, throughout the hotel, you found smiling, helpful faces to assist you. That's something we strive for daily, and it's great to know that our guests are recieving top-knotch service. If you should need accomodations in the Princeton area again, we would be delighted to serve you once more. Please feel free to contact us at 609-936-6600 for assistance wtih reservations.
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

I have stayed here several times in the past two years and it just gets better and better - now that they've completed the renovation of their fitness area and pool (huge), it feels more like a spa than an inexpensive hotel. I really do feel smarter having stayed there!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank joel s
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David F, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Dear joel s,
Thank you for sharing your Holiday Inn Express Princeton SE experience with the TripAdvisor community. It's wonderful to hear that you are pleased with our progress! Thanks to our recent updates, our guests now have access to an extensive fitness center, heated indoor pool, a full-service restaurant and, Flight, our martini and wine lounge. If you should need accommodations in the Princeton area again, we would love the opportunity to serve you once more. Until then, enjoy your travels, Stay Smart, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Princeton!
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

We loved staying here. The room was clean and comfortable, and like other reviewers have mentioned, it's a little off the beaten path, which actually adds to its charm; the grounds are very pretty, and it's a pleasant place to stay and relax. The breakfast buffet wasn't fancy, but delicious all the same- it was the icing on the cake!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank MC32
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David F, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Dear MC32,
Thank you for the kind words and friendly review. We are so pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your Holiday Inn Express Princeton experience. We me must agree with you concerning our hotel's position and surrounding landscape. Our location was thoughtfully chosen to be a pleasant combination of wooded serenity and convenient access to all that Princeton has to offer, and we are thrilled you had relaxing, enjoyable time. From our fresh, clean guest rooms to our complimentary Express Start Breakfast, it is our daily goal to provide everything that our guests need to relax and be themselves. In addition, we have added some special extras for our guests since your last stay with us, including a heated indoor pool, an extensive fitness center, and Flight, our martini and wine lounge. We invite you to return to enjoy all that the Holiday Inn Express Princeton now has to offer. If you should need any assistance with future reservations, please feel free to contact us at 609-936-6600. In the meantime, enjoy your travels and we look forward to welcoming you back to Princeton.
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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

I stayed here on business. I woke up in the middle of the night because I was freezing cold. The thermostat was set to 74 degrees, yet my room was incredibly cold. After calling the front desk, I was told that the heat was shut off because the room I was staying in was not shown as booked, so they completely shut off the heat. Why was my room not shown as booked, despite my stay being two nights long? Then, early in the morning, I was woken up by the constant crinkling of a plastic bag in the bathroom. When I got up to see what was causing it, I was shocked to see a MOUSE sitting on the counter. When I called the front desk, they responded by saying, "Oh, we normally just switch our guests to a different room". The word "normally" did not sit right with me - clearly this is a known problem. DO NOT STAY HERE.

Room Tip: Do NOT stay here.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Chelsea B
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David F, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Dear ProfessionallyPink,
Thank you for providing us with some feedback and constructive criticism regarding your recent stay with us. Please know that each of your comments is taken seriously and the problems you faced addressed promptly. While we strive to provide the perfect stay for each of our guests, it is our regret to acknowledge that occasionally we too are subjects to erroneous equipment and unfortunate circumstances. We must apologize for the malfunctioning heater and uninvited guest that you suffered during your stay. Please know that both of these problems are exceedingly rare, and certainly not normal for our hotel. Action has been taken to resolve both of these problems since your departure for all of our future guests. We are more than aware of our guest’s desire to relax and be themselves during their time here with us, and it is our absolute goal to ensure an atmosphere that promotes just that. Again, please accept our sincere apologies for the discomfort you experienced and know that the issues have been addressed and resolved.
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Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina
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96 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed here during Christmas week while visiting family. It has an unusual layout since it was not built as a hotel, rather as accommodations for a corporation. There are lots of windows with views of woodlands. Room was nice, although a LONG distance from the check in desk with lots of zigs and zags. Not ideal for seniors. We were in one of the last rooms on the second floor. There was no refrigerator, which is usually expected. Breakfast was average for Holiday Inn. Would stay again but ask for closer room.

Room Tip: Request a room closer to the center of the hotel or expect lots of walking.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank pelicanpoint
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David F, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Dear pelicanpoint,
Thank you for providing us with a little feedback from your Christmas stay with us here at the Holiday Inn Express Princeton SE. We certainly enjoyed having you! It’s a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed our freshly renovated guest rooms along with the beautiful scenery and quiet atmosphere. We make it our goal to provide everything our guests need for absolute relaxation, and we’re so glad to know that you enjoyed yourselves. For your future reservations, please know that we do have complimentary refrigerators available for our rooms, and, upon request, would be glad to place one in your room. We would be absolutely delighted to host you on all of your return trips to Princeton. For assistance with your future reservations, feel free to contact us at 609-936-6600. Be sure to request a room close to the front desk, and we will be sure to make that happen.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast
Address: 870 Scudders Mill Rd, Plainsboro, NJ 08536-1606
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Plainsboro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Plainsboro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express Princeton Southeast 3*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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