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Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Carlstadt
Certificate of Excellence
Woking, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Well Placed to Visit NYC”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed here in April for five nights while visiting NYC.

The check in was fine, the staff friendly, helpful and recognised my platinum status. The room was large, clean and comfortable.

The hotel had a small pool, it was a little cold but the kids liked it. Breakfast was ok perhaps a little better then typical HIE.

The hotel is a bit remote, but there were several restaurants close by. The Al Di La was the best but did not recognise the 15% discount we were told they gave HIE guests.

The best part of the hotel was its close location to Manhattan. The bus stops opposite the hotel and takes you directly to Port Authority on 42nd. It was perfect for the weekend but during rush hour it was a nightmare. The buses don't stop if they are full and if you do get on there were usually no seats. When is was good it was good, when it was bad it was hell! Really hell. NJ Transit should take some action on this route.

However the next time we are in NJ we will use this hotel. We enjoyed are stay.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Flore D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking time out to write such a nice review. We are happy to hear that we were at your satisfaction during your recent stay with us. We are delighted that our friendly staff made it comfortable and enjoyable for you. We strive to provide our guests with best attentive services at a value conscious price. And I am glad that we are successful in our efforts to make you most happy. We appreciate your feedback and I will share it with the staff. We expect your future stay at our property will be your wonderful recall.

Flore D.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Panjim, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights while touring NYC. This hotel is very affordable compared to the expensive NYC hotels and takes only 20-25 minutes to reach by bus from the port authority bus terminus in NYC. The bus stop is just two blocks away. The rooms are very spacious, clean and well attended. The staff is very helpful. Overall a very nice experience.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Flore D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands, responded to this review, 10 April 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

We want to thank you for taking the time to let us know about your stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. It is our goal to consistently provide great customer service and accommodations and your comments are very important to us. The feedback we receive from our valued guest is greatly appreciated. We appreciate the candid feedback we receive and welcome any opportunity to improve.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

Stayed here to be close to an event in New York City the next morning, at a third of the price of being in the City. Modern, clean, comfortable, quiet, well appointed - the room had the usual amenities plus a microwave and fridge, large TV with cable, good reading light by the bed - the type with a focused beam so you won't disturb others in the room. Free wi-fi, which would have cost another $12-$17 in the City. A nice added touch: a cushioned chair with a small table that would slide above your lap, so you can relax and work on your laptop in comfort. Excellent free breakfast with lots of choices.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Flore D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Heartfelt Thank you for sharing all your nice comments. I am pleased to hear that the accommodation and service were to your liking. I am very happy that you have enjoyed your stay at the hotel. We strive to provide our guests with best attentive services at a value conscious price. And I am glad that we are successful in our efforts to make you most happy. We expect your future stay at our property will be your wonderful recall. Once again we do appreciate your stay and would love to have a pleasure of seeing you again on your next trip to our city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

The hotel rooms and common areas are clean and well kept. The hotel employees were all pleasant and friendly. The fitness center could use some upgrading to include some free weights and better air circulation. There were only two treadmills, a bike and an elliptical. The air was too warm and still in the center.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Flore D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Thank you for taking time out to write a review. We are happy to hear that we were at your satisfaction during your recent stay with us. Our well trained friendly staff made it comfortable and enjoyable for you. We strive to provide our guests with best attentive services at a value conscious price. And I am glad that we are successful in our efforts to make you most happy. We expect your future stay at our property will be your wonderful recall.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights on our way home from a tour in Jordan and Israel. It was so nice to be back at an American hotel that did not smell like cigarettes :-) We flew into the Newark airport from Tel Aviv and drove straight to the hotel. It was about a 20 minute drive from EWR. We were greeted by a kind receptionist who offered us a free upgrade to a mini-suite. The suite was great; it had a small kitchenette, dining room table, and large bathroom. The breakfast had decent choices and was always kept well stocked. Some days we loved the breakfast, some days we didn't. The breakfast items changed every day. But it came free with our stay, so we didn't mind.

Bus Routes 163 and 164 on NJ Transit stop a block away from the hotel. We personally didn't think the neighborhood was bad and had no problem walking to the bus stop every morning and evening. The round trip ticket to the port authority and back to the hotel was $8.50 per person. The bus stopped very frequently so we never had to wait long. The receptionist also gave us a bus schedule.

This was a great hotel. The price was very reasonable and the convenience to EWR and NYC can't be beat. We ate at 2 restaurants close to this hotel during our stay (mostly we ate in NYC), Vesta and Lulu John's. Vesta was a wood-fired pizza place that was somewhat pricey but had great gourmet pizzas. Lulu Johns was a traditional NJ pizzeria that sold by the slice: the slices were cheap and delicious. I would definitely recommend both places.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Flore D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Thank you for choosing Holiday Inn Express & Suites for your recent stay in Carlstadt NJ. We have read your comments about the hotel and we greatly appreciate that you took the time to write them, as our guests’ satisfaction is our main priority.

It is very important for us that our guests’ experiences are shared. It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We hope to see you for your future stays.
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Waco, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

I grew up in Carlstadt. I hadn't been home in 12 years and decided to take my family for a vacation to where dad grew up. When I left the east side of RT 17 (where this hotel is) had very little other than industrial buildings, swampland, and the meadowlands sports complex. I was very surprised to see how much had changed.

I think most folks are like me and have simple expectations for the $100ish/night hotel room: Clean room, clean bathroom, friendly staff, free breakfast, etc. My family and I usually choose Holiday Inn or Hilton hotels because they tend to meet that overall expectation however there usually seem to be things that we feel could have been done better. The Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands has been a refreshing exception.

The facilities and staff were exceptional. It appears as if the hotel has recently been renovated (I imagine it was damaged during Sandy) but overall everything was very, very clean. Our room really impressed us. The indoor pool, although very small was clean, heated and very enjoyable. The fitness center consists of two treadmills (one had a loose belt but nothing that kept us from using it), an elliptical, a recumbent bike, two televisions and a water cooler. The lobby/lounge is very comfortable and breakfast was your typical hotel fare.

Two things particularly impressed me about this hotel. The first was that the WiFi was very fast everywhere in the building. The other the concern for security. One evening we came back from the city and entered a side door. It should require a key but opened without one. A maintenance person noticed us coming in and commented on how it should have been locked. When we came back the next evening, it was locked and required a key. My only complaint about the facility is they have laundry machines on the 2nd floor but only have ice machines on 4 and 5 (I'm not sure what they have on the 3rd). I booked our trip through southwest airlines and I was also a bit concerned that I had to pay for the entire hotel stay four months in advance. I've read some other reviews where travelers have had to change plans and been unable to get a refund from the hotel. I would be more apt to give this hotel a 5 star rating and stay there again if they did not require pre-payment.

This hotel is PERFECT if you are visiting Manhattan. The 163 & 164 NJ Transit Bus stop 1/2 a block away and are about a 15 minute trip to the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan. It is a 3 zone trip ($4.25 adult/$1.90 child). The Hudson-Bergen light rail line to Hoboken is just down the street at the Meadowlands. The hotel is about a 25 minute drive from Newark Airport.

Overall this hotel is great. Good job HIE Meadowlands.

Room Tip: Stay on the back side of the hotel and you'll have a great view of the Manhattan skyline.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Flore D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

We really appreciate you taking the time to let us know about your stay. We us guest feedback as a tool to improve ourselves. We love the fact that you we were able to impress you and we will strive to continue on that path.

Thank you for choosing us as your home away from home. Please stay with us again so that we can demonstrate our commitment to your comfort.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

We did enjoy our stay here and actually extended another night - close to Manhattan (25 min off peak hours - 1 hr at peak) - we drove to nyc so if you will be driving i would recommend getting an E Zpass which will save you on the toll rate (cash $13 - with toll can go down to $5!!!) - there is a complimentary tea/coffee at the reception which was good to have , staff were friendly - swimming pool was ok , 1.2 meter in depth and heated , hope that helps

Stayed March 2014
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Flore D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Thank you for choosing Holiday Inn Express & Suites for your recent stay in Carlstadt NJ. I was delighted to hear you had an enjoyable time at our hotel. We strive to make every guest comfortable and safe. We appreciate you taking the time to write this wonderful review. Is was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We hope to see you again soon.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands
Address: 100 Patterson Plank Road, Carlstadt, NJ 07072-2015
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Region: United States > New Jersey > Carlstadt
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Carlstadt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Meadowlands 2.5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just minutes away from New York City and Izod Center, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites is your best choice in Carlstadt. You ll find the things that are most important to whether you re here for business or pleasure. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is the ideal destination. Imagine having all the space and tools you need for business, high speed Internet, 24-hour business center, faxing, and copying is available to you. And if you re here for pleasure you are just minutes away from Garden State Plaza Shopping Mall, Secaucus Outlets, great dining locations, and at the end of the day enjoy our indoor heated pool for relaxation. No matter what brings you to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites your room is your personal retreat. The key word is comfort with great bedding, modern décor and all the cable, sports, and movie channels you need. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is a favorite business and leisure visitors to Carlstadt and we want to become your favorite too. ... more   less 
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