Extended Stay America Secaucus - Meadowlands Rating: 2.5 Pearls
Secaucus, New Jersey, United States

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Pros

  • Nice setting on the Hackensack River; some rooms have water views
  • Small patio near the water with benches and a barbecue
  • Rooms have full kitchens, water filters, and flat-screen TVs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free grab-and-go-breakfast includes fruit, pre-packaged muffins, granola bars, cereal, and coffee
  • Laundry room and vending machines
  • Room service offered through off-site provider
  • Food delivery available from area restaurants
  • Pet-friendly rooms available

Cons

  • Public transit to Manhattan is a bit complicated as bus service varies by hour and day
  • Kitchens lack dishwashers
  • Views of parking lot and bridge slightly mar river setting
  • Despite 2012 renovations, some dated elements such as popcorn ceilings and cheap wall texture remain
  • Housekeeping only offered weekly (though available more often for a fee)
  • No gym (though that's to be expected for this category of hotel)

Bottom Line

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.

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 Location

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.

  • 30-minute bus ride to Manhattan from the stop right in front of the hotel (but the bus only stops here at certain times)
  • 10-minute taxi ride to Secaucus Junction (about $15)
  • 10-minute train ride to Manhattan from Secaucus Junction
  • 15-minute walk along road without sidewalks to bus stop offering weekend and midday service to Manhattan

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • 1 Meadowlands Pkwy. Secaucus, NJ 07094 United States of America

Room Types

  • Deluxe Studio
  • Studio Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 137
Pool: N/A
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Secaucus, New Jersey
Address: 1 Meadowlands Pkwy. Secaucus, NJ 07094 United States of America
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