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In Secaucus, a small New Jersey city most notable for its proximity to Manhattan
Secaucus is a small industrial city within the New Jersey Meadowlands, an area of wetlands once used for landfills. The town has several shopping plazas and manufacturing companies, but not much else, and there's almost nothing within walking distance of the hotel.
It is possible to reach Manhattan via public transportation, but visitors will have to pay close attention to the New Jersey transit schedules. A bus departs from the stop right in front of the hotel on weekday mornings, and returns to the same stop starting in the early evenings. But guests will have to walk more than half a mile to a different stop for midday or weekend service, along a stretch of road that is missing sidewalks in most places. As an alternative, guests can call a taxi to take them to Secaucus Junction, which offers regular train service to Manhattan.
Of the smattering of budget and mid-range chain hotels that make up the Secaucus lodging market, Extended Stay America is one of the nicest, thanks to 2012 renovations that brought in fresh, contemporary decor. The brand's hallmarks include free Wi-Fi, free grab-and-go breakfast, and an on-site laundry center, as well as full-service kitchens, flat-screen TVs, and filtered Culligan water in the rooms. But guests should remember that this isn't a full-service hotel -- housekeeping comes only once every seven days during a stay, and the only toiletries provided are shampoo and bar soap; there may even be some minor cleanliness issues upon check-in (hair on the toilet lid, water stains on the pots and pans). Still, it's an attractive option for the price, drawing both travelers in town for business and leisure visitors looking to save money by staying outside of Manhattan, which is a half-hour bus ride away.