We stayed at this hotel for 5+ nights and I would describe the experience as a mixed bag - some big positives offset by some big negatives. Overall, an average experience...but just barely.
-Location: (1) Getting a suite hotel so close to New York City for around $200 per night at the height of summer tourist season is quite incredible. Comparable NYC hotel rates would run $400 upwards (with smaller rooms, not suites). (2) The bus stop to Port Authority in NYC is right in front of the hotel and the buses run every 20 min, even on the weekends. Adult round-trip is $7.90 and kids can ride half rate or free, depending on the time of the week. It takes 20-25 min to get to NYC. (3) Good restaurants within 5-min walking distance, including Chipotle, Houlihans, Starbucks, Applebees, Burger King, etc. Walmart within walking distance as well.
-Breakfast: Included in the hotel price. Good spread and include made-to-order omelets, something even high-end hotels may not offer. However, it can get crowded, so you have to get there early.
-Staff: Staff is polite and helpful. Newspaper is delivered to your door.
-The hotel is in serious need of a renovation. I have noticed that Hilton has let Embassy Suites in many other cities including Atlanta run down. This one has stained carpets, peeling wallpaper, worn linen, old curtains, and general odor of "oldness" permeating the hotel. The plastic handle of the eliptical exercise machine in the gym fell off when I grasped it firmly.
-Getting to and from NYC can get to be a drag. You have to go to Port Authority and from there get to your destination. My wife said that the next time we are staying in NYC, small rooms or not.
-The foldout sofa-bed was worthless. I overhead other guests complain as well. It's not that it was uncomfortable; after all, all sofa-beds are generally uncomfortable. These ones were not fit to sleep on. Springs jutting out; paper thin mattress. We had to ask for an extra mattress.
All in all, we will look for another hotel within NYC the next time we visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Embassy Suites Hotel Secaucus - Meadowlands Hotel is located just 4 miles from New York City with easy transportation access outside the hotel. This Secaucs, NJ all-suite hotel is the perfect location for your business or leisure travel. It is centrally located in the Harmon Meadow Plaza in Secaucus, NJ, with easy access to the Meadowlands, the Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ, Teterboro Airport and Newark Airport(EWR.Book your room stay online direct with the hotel and get our best rate guranteed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Meadowlands
- Embassy Suites Secaucus
- Secaucus Embassy Suites