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Right for the money!
We stayed at the Holland Motor Lodge for NYE weekend. I originally chose this hotel after reading reviews on tripadvisor. I was not disappointed! The staff was courteous and very helpful (our first room smelled like cigarettes and they arranged for a new room and even moved our belongings while we were in the city!) Price was lovely ($80/night) and rooms were clean. Walk to the PATH was not that bad and took us to 33rd (Macy's) in a 20 minute ride. I would definitely recommend this hotel for budget-travelers!!
Hooray for a real bargain
I would like to take the time to add to all the other positive reviews of the Holland Motor Lodge. We stayed here for 2 nights while we were in transit between Florida and London. We had a cheap flight out of Liberty in Newark and decided to kill some time in NYC. We did not want to spend a lot of money as the city was not really our destination. However, at the suggestion of the hotel staff, we took an excellent bus tour of NYC. The bus picked us up at the hotel parking lot and we also had plenty of time to go to Liberty Park and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The area around the hotel seems to be coming into it’s own. We found a couple of great restaurants and pubs for a relaxing dinner or drink within easy walking distance of the hotel. There is also a shopping mall and public transportation within a 10 minute walk, maps provided by the hotel. I could not determine if there was bus or subway links between the hotel and Liberty airport. However the cab for 4 people and luggage cost us $40
There are no fancy amenities & the rooms are 1970’s wood paneling. The hotel was clean and practical and a real bargain. The staff is really the best. They put their hearts into their work and our call for an iron and board were answered within minutes. We had an early check out and the night desk clerk was more than helpful in finding us a reasonable taxi service to Liberty Airport. There are always hot coffee and donuts available and we were surprised that at these bargain prices the continental breakfast included fruits and cereals as well. If you are driving to the area, thank heaven we were not, the parking facilities are generous. Traffic into the Holland tunnel either whizzes or creeps by your hotel room. The noise did not penetrate our room though we were at street level. We actually enjoyed watching the traffic go by… I guess we are truly a couple of hicks from the Deep South. You will have to make your reservations early to stay here and be sure to bring exact directions, download from the hotel web site, to give to your taxi driver. The Holland tunnel toll booths were visible from our room and the hotel is located at the last stop light prior to the entrance to the tunnel going into New York.
If you are going to Jersey &/or New York City to be pampered and want astounding views, rooms service, pools, terry robes etc then Holland Motor Lodge is not for you. Pay those big city prices. However, if you want to spend your money on something other than a lodging experience yet still have easy access to the area I would hardily suggest the Holland Motor Lodge. i feel like we beat the system (extravigantly expensive NY hotel rooms with poor service) by staying at the Holland Motor Lodge.
Great value and close to the city
We booked to stay at the Holland motor lodge mainly due to the good reports on this website, and found that we weren't disappointed.
The hotel is clean and functional albeit a bit dated now, and the breakfast in the morning was more than adequate with doughnuts, coffee, cereal, croissants, orange juice and fruit. The staff were very friendly and were only too pleased to recommend tours and provide city maps of the area.
Being right next to the entrance to the holland tunnel meant that the traffic was busy most of the time but on the whole was not too noticeable from the room we had on the first floor.
The rooms themselves are clean and comfortable with retro wood panneling! They have a good choice of Tv channels and a fridge and microwave and were serviced daily to a high standard. The bathroom was very clean and had a good shower, also any extra toiletries are available from the front desk at no extra charge. The rooms can be booked for a few hours as well as days so is probably frequented by more than just tourists to the city however this shouldn't put anyone off staying there.
The best feature to this hotel however is it's close proximity (approx 5-10 mins walk) to the PATH train system, which in only 2 stops will drop you at the World Trade Centre site or the alternate route will take you to the Empire State Building. The train only costs $1.50 and was a superb way of getting to see the whole of New York without the cost of staying right in the city.
The hotel is ideally situated for those flying into Newark as the 20 minute cab ride is only $40, though it is possible to get there on a smaller budget with a couple of changes of train from the airport to get to the PATH station close by.
Overall we were more than impressed with the Holland Motor Lodge, and could highly recommend it as a great value way to visit New York city without the cost of city centre hotels. For those looking for all the frills this perhaps isn't the best, but otherwise it was pretty hard to fault.
Nowhere but The Holland
I can say without a doubt that you can believe all of the fabulous reviews for The Holland Motor Lodge. We drove up from Richmond, VA and after getting turned around a few times due to the vague road signs on the New Jersey Turnpike we saw the sign for Holland Tunnel. We rang the hotel and Revis knew exactly where we were and gave us landmarks so we could be assured that we were headed in the right direction. Within seconds of taking the Holland Tunnel exit we were pulling in after a 9 hour drive.
About the decor. Yes, there is wood paneling but it was dust free which is no small feat and everything was spotless. The light fixtures were definently updated. Our room was on the tunnel side and the kids enjoyed looking at the drivers waiting for the tunnel. No noise except for an occassional car horn that after about 30 minutes we didn't even notice any more.
My husband and I travelled with two 9 year olds, a 13 year old and a 15 year old. We didn't feel unsafe once. There was plenty of free parking too! We walked to the Newport mall which is right across the street and the kids enjoyed a little shopping. We caught the PATH right there to WTC which is something everyone should do because it takes you right around Ground Zero. Then we caught the subway into NYC.
Book your room(s) fast because this little gem of a secret is becoming not so secret anymore. We picked up the coupon book in Maryland and our room became $71.99/night! With the money we saved we were able to treat the kids to a fantastic experience at the Toys R Us in Times Square.
We will never stay anywhere else and some friends and I are busy planning a trip this spring. Where will we stay? Nowhere but The Holland!
Great Location for New York City
Have just returned from staying four nights at the Holland Motor Lodge. There is absolutely nothing that I can complain about. The check in process was very quick, the lobby although small was very clean and the staff was very helpful. The room and the bathroom were very clean, I would say just about spotless. The location was fantastic, a ten minute walk to the Path train, and a 15 minute ride into the city. The continental breakfast was great with plenty of choice in donuts, croissants, cereals and fruit. They were constantly bringing out more and there was always plenty of coffee.
There was no problem with noise from the traffic into the tunnel, and we were on the first floor, with the air conditioning running you could not hear it at all, and did not hear any noise from the adjoining rooms or above. There was plenty of free parking and there was security at night. There was a safe in the room and there was no cost for it. Now that I have found this place I will not stay in Manhattan again. We paid $100 Canadian a night, I do not think that I could even stay in a hotel anywhere near Toronto for that price, and be this pleased with the experience. If you choose to stay at this hotel be sure to book early because every night that we stayed there were no rooms available. I have tried to book for the end of December and there are no rooms left. We were totally pleased with the experience and will defintely recommend it to anyone travelling to New York City.
A positive experience
We stayed at the Holland Motor Lodge for 1 night on September 30-October 1, 2006 (Saturday-Sunday).
We could not have chosen a better place to stay in the New York area for the price prior to our cruise leaving from Cape Liberty Cruise Port just down the road in Bayonne. The next property in price was $150.
Check in was smooth and the staff was professional and courteous. The room was slightly dated with wood paneling and that early 70's funky green for the bathroom fixtures. The windows actually opened and you could listen to the traffic noise if you wanted. We chose to keep the windows closed and had a quiet, restful night.
We wanted to check out the World Trade Center site and did this after dinner at a nearby Chili's. We walked from the hotel to the PATH station which was just past the Newport Mall across the street. A comfortable walk even in the dark. I was warned by some on the chat site for Jersey City to avoid this hotel and there were questions from friends and family familiar with the area about safety. We did not feel unsafe the entire evening. The train to the World Trade Center site was quick and comfortable. I felt a little hinky while waiting for the next train at one of the platforms, but other than that the trip was comfortable. On the New York side there were so many people that we did not feel any concern. We wandered for well over an hour in lower Manhattan well after dark.
Overall I would recommend this hotel for its proximity to New York and to the cruise port (less than 20 minutes from the hotel to the port). Experience was overall very positive.
Great choice, we were very happy!!!
We stayed at the Holland Motor Lodge for about 2 weeks and left NJ 2 days ago. It was a really great stay and we never regretted it choosing this Hotel and location in New Jersey. Over all our decision was based on the price (we got the AAA member rate, which was plus tax about 75 USD per room and night), because with a 2-week-stay we really wanted a budget hotel and couldn’t a hotel in downtown Manhattan. Second we read the great reviews and so we tried our luck.
To sum up our stay:
Staff was great and very helpful (front desk and management, cleaning staff could have been a bit friendlier but – anyway); the breakfast was really good (great choice of Danish, muffins, croissants, every day fresh fruit (apples, bananas, oranges), orange juice, coffee and tee (24h) and cereals) and the rooms were spacious and equipped with microwave and refrigerator, which was very useful.
Also great: free internet (Wifi) in all rooms, which saves time and money (If you need help receiving the signal to connect with the internet, ask staff for help!).
Although the hotel is right next to Holland Tunnel, the room we’ve stayed was super-quiet. In a 10-minute walk you reach the Path-station Pavonia/Newport and in another 10 to 15 minutes you can either reach Times Square or the WTC Path Station (and there are several other stations along the way!). The ride is 1.50 USD and the Path train is 24h available.
Right across the street you find Newport Center Mall with lots of stores and a big food court and if you don’t bother walking into the other direction, you reach an A&P food store, a Target store and a Laundromat.
I would recommend it to anybody traveling on a tight budget who doesn’t mind not staying in Manhattan, people who don’t care the 15 minute ride into town and who prefer spending their money into shopping and sightseeing instead of an expensive hotel. Next time New York, I’m staying definitely in NJ again!!
It was great
When we came there the first time we were amazed about the pourity. It was a motel and was so clean. We went in the room and it is for sure nothing special but it was nice. The crew was really nice. They were really neat and wanted to help us. Even when we are not english but the tried to help us. I´m very happy that we had chosen this hotel. I would choose it every time again. Even if it is not in Mannhaten, you can reach the city as fast as if you live in Queens or Brooklin. The stay in this Hotel was great.
Perfect for NYC-area Tourists
Stayed here five nights Nov 1-Nov6 to relax before running the 2006 NYC Marathon.
Flew into Newark Liberty International from the west coast and took a taxi to the airport. Was $35 + $2 ($1/bag), plus 20% tip. We gave the driver $45 and he seemed happy. It was worth it to take the taxi after traveling all day.
Checked in around 8pm and night clerk greeted us professionally and cordially. AAA discount saved us quite a bit off the $91/night rate. We stayed in room 39. We noticed the room had a very faint cigarette smell to it when we arrived but we did not notice it much after that.
Bathroom shower had a multi-spray faucet head. Nice. Hot water sort of came in lukewarm from time to time. Might be an older building thing. Not a problem. There is a sign on the mirror that lets customers know the hotel can provide missing shower items (shampoo, conditioner, and so forth) if necessary, for free. Water tasted fine. Bathroom was clean and well-maintained.
The hotel expects a $20 deposit to use the telephone. Local calls seemed to equal $0.75 each while long distance (for example, calling the subway help line to figure out how to get around construction) seemed quite expensive; around $9 for a 10 minute call (or less).
Wireless internet access is available. There are three options. First, free 128kb access exists. Second, a one-day unlimited internet speed plan exists. Third, a seven-day unlimited speed plan exists. We chose the seven-day plan for $10 after playing with the slow plan for 24 hours. Money well spent. Worked well with no issues.
Room was quiet as others note in their reviews. The occasional honk from the Holland Tunnel is slightly audible but not bothersome.
Breakfast blew us both away. Special K and one other individual packages, 2% milk, regular and decaf coffee, orange juice, croissants, lemon, blueberry, and raspberry danishes, blueberry and bran muffins, bananas, and apples. All free and well attended to. Lids and cup holders offer a convenient way to carry them back to the room.
Delivery to the room: we tried Off the Wall Chinese Restaurant (201.798.6078) and Imposto's Pizzeria (201.963.9077). I panned Off the Wall's Mixed Vegetable Egg Foo Young but my girlfriend enjoyed the chicken fried rice. We both enjoyed a post-NYC marathon vegetable pizza from Imposto's. We called the front desk to find out what places delivered.
Access to public transportation: we walked east along the Newport Parkway then south along Washington Blvd to the PATH station. An alternate route is south along Marin Boulevard to the stoplight and then east through the parking garage and Newport Center Mall. It's about a one-half mile walk. We felt safe. Police are visible along Newport Parkway as they watch traffic entering the Holland Tunnel and the area seems pretty white-collar (high-rises, trendy restaurants). PATH costs $3.00 round-trip and is separate from the MTA subway/bus system on Manhattan. You can take PATH to the World Trade Center or to 33rd Street. Most PATH stations on the 33rd Street line are adjacent to the subway stations so it's easy to switch (Christopher St. PATH being one exception, and maybe one other). Buy a seven-day Metrocard for $21 and you have access to all subways and non-express buses. Woot.
Returning to the Newark Liberty International airport on Nov 6 we walked to PATH and took it to Newark Penn Station. There we purchased tickets on the NJTransit train to the airport. The NJTransit station hooks up with the airport's terminal-to-terminal AirTrain system. Very easy. Next time we visit we'll take this to the hotel instead of the taxi I think.
All in all I can't imagine getting more bang-for-the-buck. Highly recommended and will stay here again if I can in the future.