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Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Bronx
Rochester, NY
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23 reviews
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“Average Stay; Nothing Spectacular”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Spent a weekend at this hotel with family. I was prepared for poor parking, I was prepared for street parking. I was prepared for a small hotel and rooms but NONE of the reviews I read in preparation for making reservations or arrival told me about the bullet proof glass surrounding the front desk. The area really doesn't look all that questionable but there was a sign in the lobby "No Visitors after 10pm". It's the Bronx; all of the Bronx looks a bit rough and I'm sure there are much more unsafe areas. But the bullet proof glass made me think for a brief moment whether we had made a good choice. It ended up being an ok visit.

Now for parking...adjacent to the hotel (to the right as you look at the hotel) is a dead end street - 202nd Street. We parked there throughout the weekend and had no trouble at all. Other reviews said there was parking across the street in the gas station lot. We didn't bother. Our vehicle was fine where we had it. Cars even parked on both sides of the street so if you are coming and going early enough you should be able to find a spot there. At no time were we concerned that anything would happen to it.

Once we got past the surprise of the bullet proof glass and the check in, which was fast and easy, we waited for the elevator. As soon as the elevator opened it reeked, and I mean horrible, of marijuana. We all looked at each other and thought that maybe it was the person who walked off the elevator. It smelled a bit in the hallway as well but again, it could have been from that guy. It is a smoking and non smoking hotel but I wouldn't think THAT kind of smoking. That was the only time we smelled it.

Now for our room. Keep in mind that space is at a premium in New York City and surrounding areas. Many budget friendly hotels are going to be on the small side. All of the reviews that refer to a small, nice, comfortable room are 100% accurate. A king bed or a room with two double beds plus corresponding furniture just fits. It is close quarters for any more than 2 maybe 3 people. If you have 4 adults or a family with teenagers it's going to be cozy. The bathroom is also on the small side but with a great shower as well as a hairdryer. There is not much room at all to put toiletries as there is only a sink, no counter. The beds themselves were fairly comfortable with nice crisp sheets and nice heavy comforters with duvet covers. Definitely not the lightweight comforters. For me, the bed was on the firm but not hard as a rock firm. Satisfaction with mattress firmness is definitely subjective. Air conditioner worked great and kept the room at a comfortable temperature. Since the hallways are very short and all of the rooms are grouped very close together sound travels easily. At no time, however, were we interrupted by anyone making noise of any kind. We did have a street side room and it was fairly loud for us. We could hear trucks and sirens very clearly. I would recommend a room on the back side of the hotel if you're a light sleeper or just like things a little quieter.

The breakfast area was very small; only 4 or 5 tables but we were lucky and easily got a table. Standard fare to choose from - eggs, sausage, cereal, toast, bagels, cereal, fresh fruit and yogurts. Breakfast runs 6:30-9:30 even on weekends so if you're a later riser you're out of luck. Coffee was pretty good too!

The front desk staff was very helpful. Answered questions, helped call a cab, etc. It is an easy 5 block walk to the subway station on 205th Street. We were coming and going in the middle of the day and felt completely safe walking the neighborhood. Very authentic and ethnic area. Loved walking by the grocers with their fruits and vegetable stands outside on the sidewalk. Trains run every 10 minutes or so. Take the D train right into Manhattan or Brooklyn and you can then get anywhere.

Overall, the stay was average; nothing spectacular. I do think the room was overpriced especially for not being in Manhattan. Given how Rodeway falls on the less expensive and no frills end of the Choice Hotels line I would have expected a less expensive rate. If we needed to stay in the Bronx again I would consider this hotel but only if I was able to find a pay in advance type rate to save some money. Overall, should you require a stay in the Bronx, this hotel is one to consider.

Room Tip: If you prefer less noise ask for a room on the back side of the hotel away from the street.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Anish G, General Manager at Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to express your views and concerns. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. The feedback from our guest enables us to improve and continually provide the best experience possible. At the end, thank you for recommending our hotel.

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Anish Gandhi
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Location is safe but nothing around. You can't walk to any food places. No view of anything. One gas station across the street has junk food. Train station is a good mile from the hotel, would not walk it at night. My sheet has a big blood stain on it, otherwise the room was ok, but somewhat disheveled. Found a newspaper in the dresser, and a sandwich in the fridge. Parking was first come first served, very small, but free street parking if needed. People on my floor were yelling in the hallways and slamming doors, sounded like a party hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Anish G, General Manager at Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank You for your review. Its been pleasure having you stay at our hotel.

Please accept our sincerest apologies with regards to any inconveniences you experienced while at the hotel. We already took necessary action that we have to take. Please give us another chance to serve you. If you decide to stay with us in future, please feel to contact us directly

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Anish Gandhi
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

While the room was a little small, we found it to be very, very clean and nice. The bedding was comfortable, and the bathroom was exceptionally clean. The hotel staff was very courteous and helpful. Our room faced the street, and was not noisy at all. Ask about taxi service for around town.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Anish G, General Manager at Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Dear Cindy,
Thank you for staying with us, we do appreciate your business. We were happy to hear that our hotel met your needs and made your stay comfortable. Thank you for recognizing our staff service, it's been pleasure to hear that our staff is doing an amazing job. We look forward to see you soon.

Thank you
Anish Gandhi
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I was very pleased with the room, staff and over all accommodations. I would recommend this hotel to everyone. The room was clean, bed excellent and breakfast satisfying. Very close to Bronx Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Everyone was very helpful, especially the manager Anish.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Anish G, General Manager at Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank You for sharing your experience for your recent stay with us. I was delighted to hear that you were happy with our hotel service and accommodation. I will share your feedback with my team and i am sure they will be more than happy to serve you again. Again, thank you for five star review and we hope to see you again.
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This hotel has very nice rooms. They are clean and well kept. The bed (and room) is comfortable. The staff is courteous. There are however several issues. First, in regard to the rooms, they are very small. I had a room with a King bed. There was an armoire, dresser, two night stands, a very small desk and a single office chair. The mini-fridge was inside the armoire. The free space in the room amounted to a narrow path around the bed between the furniture and into the bathroom. The room had no microwave, but it had a decent wall mounted flat panel TV.

Another issue is the building itself. It is narrow, maybe three car lengths across, and set back quite a bit from the road. There is no roadside signage, just the name on the face of the building so if you aren’t looking carefully for the place, you will easily miss it driving by. Aside from a narrow, setback hard to find building there is the total lack of parking. The entire “parking lot” is in front of the building (it is why the building is set back from the road) and the lot will fit 6, yes six cars. There is a service station across the street that offers a few extra spaces for about $10.00 a night.

Those issues aside, the room was nice and the price was okay, better if you manage to save the extra $10 for parking, so I would recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Anish G, General Manager at Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank You for sharing your views for your recent stay. Our first priority is to make our guest stay pleasant. Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo is best known for their service and accommodation. Despite the small rooms, we try to provide most of the amenities in the room that travelers expect. Thank you for recommending our hotel, we hope to see you again in near future.
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

The hotel was great with great staff.the check in was smooth and quick.The room was clean and very spacious and comfortable.The breakfast was good to start the morning its a brand new hotel and staffs

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Anish G, General Manager at Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo, responded to this review, 17 May 2014
Wow! That's what we love to hear. Thank You for Five star review. Its been pleasure having you stay with us. We all appreciate for sharing your views for your stay. Again, thank you for choosing Rodeway Inn Bronx zoo for your recent stay. We hope to see you again.
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Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

The hotel is in a good location, very close to Fordham University, N.Y. botanical gardens and the Bronx zoo.
The place looks renovated, the rooms are nice and the bathroom and towels were clean. They provide a hair drier and toiletries.
The hotel was quiet, I didn't hear much noise, even from the streets.
The main problem I had was that I found hairs and a piece of paper (fabric softener maybe?) inside the bed... sheets seem clean but was a bit gross... if the sheets were actually clean they should check that hair or papers are not stick to them with static. Hairs can stick to the sheets of the washer is overloaded or if the sheets are of a low thread count. Something as simple as passing a sticky roller can make a huge difference for the guest.
The breakfast was simple, coffee, yogurt, bagels, and muffins.
The people at the reception desk were courteous and friendly. Having stayed in other places around the Bronx, I would stay here again but I hope not to find any hair in my bed sheets again!

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Anish G, General Manager at Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo, responded to this review, 13 May 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your response with us. It was glad to hear that you found our location very convenient to Fordham University, NY Botanical gardens and Bronx Zoo. I was also happy to hear that you like service of our desk reception as well as our breakfast. On the other hand, i do apologize for one of the issue you had during your stay. I do hope that you will reconsider staying with us again so that we can better serve you. Again, thank you for sharing your views for your recent stay with Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo.
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Property: Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo
Address: 3070 Webster Ave # 72, Bronx, NY 10467-4918
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Region: United States > New York > Bronx
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Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Bronx
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Hotel Class:2 star — Rodeway Inn Bronx Zoo 2*
Number of rooms: 37
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