I bid for a stay in Secaucus on Priceline and Holiday Inn was the winner. I was happy until I checked the hotel out on TripAdvisor. Based on reviews, I was braced for a very disappointing stay. I am pleased to report that I was pleasantly "shocked" to find that it was a beautiful hotel with absolutely no major problems.
The difference is that the hotel was completely remodeled in March 2009.
The room was spotless and nicely appointed. There was a couch in the king-bed room I had. There was even a view of the upper half of Manhattan from my 8th floor room. (Literally, the "upper" half of Manhattan -- the hill of Jersey City was in the way, leaving only the skyscrapers that were over 40 storeys in view.)
The air conditioner - although erratic in its estimation of warm and cool - was CLEAN still. (I hate looking into the filter and seeing gobs of accreted matter from years of dust and guests that is sickeningly true of almost all hotels. What a relief this was!)
The staff was helpful and friendly when you needed them, and pleasantly not in your face when you were in no need. (We stayed for 3 nights, and didn't want the room cleaned or disturbed for the duration, and that worked with no problem.) I was worried when I first called the hotel from home: the phone rang a long time and was never picked up. Then when I did get through on a subsequent call, the manner was barely personable. But those doubts disappeared in face-to-face reality upon arrival. Great staff, very friendly.
A new 14-screen theater complex is being built 200 yards from the hotel. So evening entertainment should be easy. The very large flat screen tv in my room anyway, made for even easier entertainment at the end of a day.
There is shopping right out the hotel's back door -- a number of chain stores and eateries in walking distance. The commercial environment is well designed and parklike and even had a labyrinth in the central "square". Nice place to sit and enjoy a bagel and coffee.
Very quite rooms -- either there was no one to either side of us, or the recent upgrade did wonders with soundproofing. Excellent. (I think I did hear someone next door in the bathroom, come to think of it, but that was all.)
Very safe area.
15-minute bus ride to Port Authority: $3.20.
The bad? Not much to report here, thankfully. But a couple small inconveniences:
Internet was slow (I think they route everything through some kind of filter or their own gateway, slowing it down). Too, the "business center" computers near the front desk - in case you didn't bring your laptop - is not free like at some nearby hotels provide this for their patrons.
No towel rack. This was just strange. Staying 3 nights and trying to be "green" by not having them picked up to be washed was a challenge.
Valet parking is $10 for the day, or you can park on the exposed roof level of a car park about a block away. I wish it was covered parking, since I didn't want to dish out an extra $30 for basically keeping my car parked the three days I was there, but also didn't want to expose items in my car to high heat of radiant sun. Dilemma.
But overall, this stay was a huge nice surprise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located four miles from Times Square and in the heart of The Plaza at Harmon Meadow, the Holiday Inn(R) Secaucus Meadowlands hotel's staff delivers an unrivaled level of convenience and service. You'll love being within walking distance to the shops and the 28 dining establishments in The Plaza, adjacent to our hotel's location near NYC. The wonders of New York City, Manhattan, Time Square and The Meadowlands Sports Complex are just a short NJ Transit bus ride from the hotel's location. Enjoy PRESS Coffee bar located in the hotel lobby serving all your Starbuck favorites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Secaucus Meadowlands Hotel Secaucus
- Secaucus Holiday Inn