Howard Johnson Hotel Newark
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Watch for the hidden costs and annoyances
THE GOOD: Low price to start. The rooms were relatively clean and the hotel appears to be somewhat new and is well taken care of, overall.
THE BAD: The maids are up bright and early and don't seem to consider respect the guests desire to sleep. They're banging doors and yelling up and down the halls to each other in spanish! Also, the "50 channel satellite TV" - well, there are 50 channels, but only about 6 of them are actually clear enough to watch. The rest are so fuzzy that they are black and white and extrememly difficult to watch. My guess is that they split the signal between ALL of the rooms. But none of this surprised me - you get what you pay for.
THE UGLY: And I only paid $60 CDN per night - which I thought was a good deal. But when I found out about the $15 USD per night parking fee, I was sadly disappointed. But, as it turns out, most of the hotels in the area have similar charges. I just wish it had been listed up front.
THE WORST: The shuttle. This was the big problem - every 20 minutes turned out to be every 30-45 minutes. When you call for the shuttle, they tell you "it'll be there within five minutes". 30 minutes later, out in the cold and still no bus! And when it did finally come, there were so many people to get on the bus that it took another 15 minutes to load. It was well over an hour before we got back to the hotel which is less than 3 miles from the airport! And that was two nights in a row - their excuse: "there was a problem". They have at least three buses that I saw - two of them sit idle! The bus is shared by Holiday Inn, so if your plan is to stay in Newark and use the shuttle to get to the airport to make your way to NYC each day, consider neither of these hotels. If you can afford to spend a bit more, I would recommend Ramada, Sheraton or Marriott for shuttle alone - while waiting for the HoJo bus, each of these hotel's shuttles were there every 5-10 minutes. What really irked me was on the second night, our bus loads up and we went to the Sheraton anyways and all the people that were to go to the Holiday Inn were told to check in at the Sheraton - duh! Six Sheraton buses went by with just a couple of people in each....they couldn't have taken those people?!?!
CONCULSION: If you can live with the parking fee and a SLOW shuttle, then it's a good hotel for the money.
i stayed here for 4 nights with my girlfriend. after we read some of the reviews on trip advisor we were a bit aprehensive but it was too late to book anywhere else. i found the rooms to be spacious and clean and the staff were very friendly. the restaurant was pretty good but we only ever had the sandwiches - check out the philly cheese, yo! we were only really in the hotel at night as we went into new york every day. the best way to do this is to get the free shuttle bus to the airport, then the free airtrain to the train station and then straight into new york. the tickets cost $11.55 each way and if you're going in everyday the cost does add up, but as the hotel is so cheap it evens out. the shuttle bus drivers were occassionaly rude but thats not such a big deal. the only other negative is the fact that there is nowhere to buy booze in the hotel. i would definitley stay at this hotel again and would reccommend it to all.
I was pleased!
I stayed overnight so be near the airport for a morning flight. The room was more than adequate. The 'restaurant' was extremely small and limited and there is really nothing else within walking distance so that was a disappointment. I would stay there again if I needed to be close to Newark Airport.
GREAT and CHEAP
This hotel is the best hotel for it's money! It is perfectly located near the EWR airport and easily accessible to NYC!! Loved it and has great staff and free shuttles to airport!
I stayed one night at this hotel and found it to be clean, staff are friendly and helpful and generally good value for the price.
For the price (APP $50-$65) and the location. It is by far the best hotel in the NYC area...only 10-15 mins from Holland Tunnel (Battery Park area). Nice clean atmosphere with good service. Best value in the area!!!
One of the Worst place on EARTH!
I have stayed at this hotel twice before, and did not have any problems. So, I rebooked my self for 2 convenient nights for catching my connecting flights.
This time when I had arrived at the hotel to pick up the shuttle, this driver was RUDE RUDE RUDE, he would not help me with my luggage, what so ever. When I had asked, he just said 'Come Come On...!!' and just tried to rush me, even thought we had a stop for about 7 mins.
Once I arrived at the check in desk, I had asked for the name of the front desk person, just to say thanks. (He did not have a name tag on) And he refused to give it to me. He was like I can not give you my name, It's my rule. So I just walked off and checked in to my room.
There the main door would not lock properly. I ended up keeping my luggage bags near the door, so that no one could enter the room. Also the people at the restaurant are extremely RUDE. I ordered a meal to be delivered to my room, and they called me up and told me to come pick it up from the restaurant.
This one time I called them up, they actually hung up on me, and when I called back, they would not pick up. Watch out!
After the one nights stay, I immediately changed my bookings for the other nights to another hotel. I was really scared, thought the place was very unsafe, and the staff completely unfriendly. For the price you pay; you're better of paying $10 more for a peaceful mind when you go to sleep.
A bad dream ?
An overnight stay at Howard Johnson gave us a new experience: arriving late evening, hungry and tired, the restaurant was cramped, service poor, it does not serve alcohol (?). In the room an unwelcome sight of numerous body hairs on sheets and marked pillows - complaints to reception offered brief apology and another room, only to reveal the same state of sheets and pillows...topped by the sight of a dirty towel behind the door of, what seemed an impressive bathroom for this standard of hotel = never to be forgotten !
You get what you pay for
Positives:Room was clean and quiet. Shuttle every 20 minutes to and from the airport. Negatives: Airplanes taking off most of the night right outside your window. Ask for fitted sheet on bed. Eat at the restaurant in lobby only if you have to.
Great value for the price
It's clean, it's inexpensive....and it's only 20 minutes by courtesy van (which runs every 20 minutes) to Newark Airport..which connects to a quick New Jersey train transit ride to New York City. (Short but expensive) The front desk folks are excellent. They took care of my lost reservation with grace and style.Nothing fancy...just a place to sleep with great fluffy white towels! Minor issues....Make sure your bottom sheets are fitted (mine wern't or you'll be sleeping on the foam mattress without it...don't order the sliced spam/ham at breakfast and close your bathroom door so you don't hear the water gurgling.
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