My girlfriend and I were originally planning on staying in Jersey City for our overnight vacation to New York City, because of the convenience of being right next to the PATH train as well as other considerations. However, when she got a great deal on this Rodeway Inn, we decided to switch our stay over to Secaucus (as we have stayed in Secaucus before and enjoyed our stay). I would like to preface my review by saying that, as an Assistant Resort Manager of a hotel in my hometown, I always try to point out the good in places I stay while on vacation - however, there is really not much good to point out here.
Our day started off by taking nearly 40 minutes to find the hotel because the instructions are entirely impossible. I didn't realize that by "turn after the Shell station," they meant "drive through the Shell station and annoy the employees who think you're going to get gas, THEN turn and you'll find the hotel." It took two phone calls as well as help from the Shell attendant to get us to Rodeway, which was a bad omen of things to come.
Unfortunately, the Rodeway Inn's definition of "recently renovated" appears to be "renovated sometime in the past 4 or 5 years." The only thing I really can't complain about is the price of the stay - otherwise, I can't think of much good to say. The desk clerks keep a copy of your check-in slip (complete with a stamp of your credit card) right next to the front window where anyone can see them. When I got to the room and discovered that there was no TV remote, I called down and asked if I could come pick one up later as we were leaving for the city and was told that we could. When we returned for the evening, the man at the desk rather rudely told me that he didn't know what I was talking about and that he didn't have any remotes to give me. While I would have liked to spend an hour or so winding down by watching some TV, that option was unfortunately not available to me.
The hallways (at least on my floor) look like someone was possibly murdered in them, and the rooms, while mostly clean, are sparsely useful to say the least. The flat screen TV (which I could not use because I didn't have a remote, and the only channel I could get by changing channels manually was Fox News) had a mess of wires hanging out from underneath it, the ancient entertainment center that at one time held a tube TV was missing a door (which was just left in the closet), there were random cords laying around unplugged...I could go on, but I think you get the picture.
As for the bathroom, the floor seemed dirty (it could have just been the dark colored tile) and I'm pretty sure the shower head they're using was discontinued somewhere around 1982 because I haven't seen one in forever.
All-in-all, while the value was unbeatable and the proximity to public transit into the city was okay, I would not stay here again. I would rather pay over $100 more for a nice hotel in Jersey City than stay in this place again. The difficulty of finding it, plus the unsafe business practices/rude front desk staff, plus the nasty hallways & busted rooms make the Rodeway Inn in Secaucus a hotel to avoid when planning your family's trip.
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- Rodeway Inn Meadowlands Hotel Secaucus
- Plaza Hotel Secaucus