The Holland Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Holland Hotel Jersey City
I stayed at the Holland Motor lodge because of the reviews found here on Tripadvisor.
I am glad that this service exists because otherwise no one in their right mind would
stay at a motel right next to the toll plaza leading into a tunnel in Jersey City.
The rate was excellent, the staff and location as well. The gentleman at the front desk
asked me the purpose of my stay and I told him I had a job interview in Manhattan the next morning. He then proceded to give me a map of the immediate area showing me how to get to the PATH station and suggested that I make a trial run later that day so I would not get lost and be late for my interview the next day. He also gave me a timetable for the train.
The PATH station is about a 10 minute walk that was not to scary. You are basically at the edge of a very nice upscale business/high rise condo area. But I would not walk West or North of the hotel, as this is also on the edge of a seedy/industrial area.
Manhattan is two or less stops away. It took me 20 mins to get from the hotel to wall street. There is also a mall right across the street. It takes a little doing to figure out how to get in there though. Also, the light rail that takes you to Hoboken is also close. There is also a Target nearby and the parking is free to boot.
The room was clean and comfortable, although a bit dated, but who cares for $77 a stones' throw from Manhattan. And yes, you have your own private bathroom too.
Good stay for the money
As a two star hotel, there are not a lot of frills, but we found it more than sufficient for our needs. The room was clean and the staff was friendly. We stayed 5 nights and left our vehicle in the lot the entire time. Though the parking lot is not "secure" so to speak, the staff keep an eye on things during the day and there is a security guard at night. We had no trouble. The continental breakfast was what we expected, and they offer a free newspaper Monday through Saturday.
The Newport Center Mall is just down the road and has a nice food court, but is (strangely) very limited on restroom facilities. You can cut through the mall to get to the PATH train (for NYC) and Light Rail (for NJ) stations on the other side, less than a mile from the hotel. The PATH train has several stops in NYC, with the farthest being 33rd street. From there you can access a subway to just about anywhere in the city.
I would definitly recommend staying here for visitors on a budget.
The Holland Motor Lodge is positioned directly outside the entrance to the Holland Tunnel. Despite the rumors we had heard regarding traffic noise on the street side, seven lanes of inbound traffic were barely noticable, even during the morning rush-hour. PATH access to the city is within walking distance as well.
The rooms were clean and comfortable, although I would recommend losing the faux wood paneling for future renovations, as this makes the already cozy rooms seem much smaller. The cleaning staff were friendly and quick to meet our needs for such things as extra towels and a roll-away bed.
The front desk staff was friendly and extremely helpful, and smiled often, something you don't often see in the larger budget chain hotels. But the continental breakfast sets the bar. I've stayed at many budget chains, and this was by far the best free breakfast I've experienced. Coffee (available 24 hours), Fresh juice and milk, fresh fruit, including apples, oranges and bananas each morning, doughnuts, pasteries and bearclaws, as well as a choice of cold cereals and hot tea, with plenty of utensils and handy carrying boxes to transport back to your room. There is also a complimentary newspaper, and during our stay, wireless internet access was being installed.
Make no mistake, this is a hotel for the budget-minded. The cable T.V. was tempermental, the rooms are small, and there can be interesting guests in the evening. Security is attentive, however, and parking is plentiful and secure.
Overall, this is the pefect stop to retire to exhausted after a day in the city. Its not a destination, but fufills the role of a clean room, comfortable pillows, and plentiful breakfast to get you on your way for the next day's adventures.
Great Value once again but rude staff
You may of noticed I left a review back in November 05 praising this place and nothing has changed since then,it is still by far the best value accomodation around there which offers a clean,safe and great base location for easy access to New York City and anywhere else you might desire to head off too.Since that last review I have stayed here 2 more times and both times the quality of the hotel has been fantastic but by staying here again ive noticed that the staff can really be down right rude to guests which really is not on,for example I booked another 2 nights and was asssured they were confirmed and added onto my existing reservation and when I went to settle up the bill for the extra nights to carry on my stay she told me that they had given the reservation to someone else and when I told them that I was promises and even confirmed a room they replied "tough thats your problem" in those exact words no lies about this and I found this very frustrating as a guest to be talked to in this manner and that is why on my next trip to New York this will not be the accomodation of choice as I dont expect to be talked to in that manner when you are providing them with business and have been there several times before,but for all of you looking at this review who have never been there dont take this as a reason not to stay there because if you can handle the attitude they have you will not find a better value and location for the money ($75.00 per night) anywhere else.
You get more than what you paid for!
We had a great stay, dont think can find anything better with this price! With our CAA discount, it was $66 per night and $90 on new years eve.
Made our reservation here because of the cheap rate and the postive online reviews I have read. Didn't expect much before I check-in, was actually afraid parking our car here for 4 nights as I have heard it is not a safe area. But I was totally wrong. Room was clean and spacious. With a microwave and fridge! Bathroom was superclean and bright, bed was comfy. Complimentary breakfast was not bad with quite a lot of selections, way better than what I have expected. Staffs were nice and helpful in terms of directions. Area appeared to be very safe, I thought only budget travellers would come to this place because of the cheap rate, but I actually spotted three Mercedez in the parking lot during my stay! There are alot of parking spaces as well. We asked for a room facing the parking lot, so I always peek out to check our car, never spotted any suspicious person. When you enter the lodge using the side door, you need your room key/card to enter. This place does not have fancy decorations (but managed to keep everything very clean and tidy), with a very small front desk area. The only thing I would complain is smoking is allowed in this small front desk area, made it very smelly. But our room (non-smoking) was totally fine. One time other guests were not being considerate and were chatting loud in the hallway, which really disturbed my sleep during late night, we complained and it has been solved right away! The other thing was on the morning we planned to check-out, the cleaning lady started to vacuum the hallway around 830am! This woke me up early. Other than that, I was very satisfied with our stay!
Walking to the PATH station (which takes you to World Trade Center or mid-town) is only 10-15 mins and costs only $1.50 per trip. It also runs 24/7! I know there is a mall right next by, but we didn't have time to check it out.
Very Good Cost Performance
I didn't what to pay those NYC (-) $200 or more just to sleep in their hotels. Therefore, I searched this website and found this place. I stayed at this motel, or whatever it is called, with my friend, in September.
The front desk clerks were polite enough and the guard, who greeted us every evening, was excellent. I found our room very clean. Throughout our stay, the staff did a very good job.
BUT it is a motel anyway. Don't attempt to compare its facility with that of a mediocre hotel. It does not have a decent looking front desk or lobby to begin with. (But people do their best with the property they have.)
If there is anything that should be improved, I would have to mention the noisy and smelly (very much) air conditioner, and the rotten fruits on the breakfast plate.
(By the way, DO ask the front desk the way to the PATH station if you use this train to get to NYC.)
Good, basic accomodation
I stayed here with my husband for six nights in October. The staff at reception were very helpful and courteous. The room was a good size and the bed very comfortable. Everything was kept clean and towels refreshed daily. Bathroom facilities were good and excellent shower (once I'd worked out how to use it!). Breakfast of baked goods, cereals and fruit were more than adequate and it was good to have hot drinks available all day. The fridge in the room was of great use and a microwave was available if you needed it.
Nearby was the Newport Mall and a selection of restaurants (Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Indian and a bar) on Washington Boulevard. We ate in three of these (recommend the Mexican "Ole Ole Ole" and the $2 Margaritas).
The PATH train service from Pavonia/Newport was a five-ten minute walk and proved to be an excellent way to get to Manhattan taking you right up to 33rd Street (where you can find Macy's and a block over, The Empire State building) and was economical at $1.50 each way.
I would have no qualms about staying at this motel again. Definitely good for those on a budget wanting to see New York.
Something gone wrong
When we arrived we knew from previous reveiws that we would get what we paid for. The hotel was clean a lot of street traffic (not cars but people doing illegal things). The first front desk person was okay, she just seemed tired, the manager was nice. Unfortunately we had a lot of luggage and there was no elevator. Anyway, the first hour we were there crossing the busy 12th street which is right in front of the Hollad Tunnel my friend and I were crossing 12th street in the cross walk when it was our turn to cross, the first car was speeding thorugh after he went we proceeded to walk and almost to the middle of the cross walk my friend was hit by a car. The drivers there are insane please be very careful because it is plain to see they do not watch out for you. Regarless of that, after we left the emergency room the next day we decided to catch a bus in to NYC for a small while so our entire trip wouldn't be a bust, we called the front desk for some assistance and the clerk was not helpful, she was flat out rude. We had to ask on the streets to figure out how to get into NYC using public transportation.
I was desperate to find a hotel in Jersey City for a weekend trip to NYC and could not afford to pay over $100 per night. The low price of the Holland Motor Lodge was very appealing, so I took a chance and booked for 2 nights. I must say that when I arrived, I was pretty pleased. The decor of the room isn't the world's most luxurious, but the room was very clean and the air conditioner worked perfectly during scorching hot late summer weather. I really liked the proximity to Newport Mall and to the Burger King, where I was able to grab a quick breakfast or snack before heading into NYC. I also liked its location near the Pavonia/Newport PATH station--it made for a smooth commute to and from NYC. The continental breakfast pastries were a little on the stale side, but I just shrugged it off. The cleanliness of the rooms, and the courteous staff will have me coming back. I've been recommending this place to anyone who asks for clean, inexpensive lodging in the NYC area.
Very good budget motel near NYC
If you are looking for an affordable hotel near NYC, choose this motel.
Rooms are very clean, service excellent, FREE continental breakfast very good and the price ($ 72 + 13% tax) is not what you would pay in Manhattan for the same quality.
PATH train station is 10-minute walk.
This hotel is really a good address. Next time I am going to NYC, I already know which hotel I will choose.