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Rodeway Inn
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Jersey City
Reviewed 2 November 2011

I have stayed in a lot of hotels / motels in the last 35 years, this has got to be the second worst!!! (see my review of the hotel in Kiev!!)
The motel is right on a very busy street. Honking and other car sounds ALL NIGHT!!! First shock is the lobby. Very dingy, unkept and bedraggeld.
The room hast got to be one of the smallest ever, very strange smell when entering it. The furniture ist early salvation army or worse. Loose cables hanging from the wall.
The "complementary breakfast" does not deserve the name. The "orange juice" is orange colored something, definitely not juice. Then there is the choice between corn flakes or fruit loops. If you don't like cereals, you are pretty much "up the creek". If you like sugar loaded factory pastry, there is a choice of 2 (two) different ones.
Silly things like bagels (or even bread!!) are not available. So you are right to assume that there is no butter, cream cheese or jam. (The manager was eating cold pizza slices at 7am, so he is obviously no gourmet!!)
What the totaly blotchy and spotted ironing board was doing in the room, is unclear. The iron looked ok, but I would put none of my cloth on that board!!!
Only plus: The shower worked pretty well, the water was hot. Except for the garbage left behind by the previous occupant, the bathroom was acceptable.

IN SHORT: AVOID THIS PLACE. Any review better than 1 star has got to be written by the management or family!!!

Room Tip: I don't think there are any at this place.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

The location is a few minutes from the Holland Tunnel, but the roads are confusing (being unfamiliar with the area) and the traffic is heavy. Paid $94. The room was very small and didn't smell great. The room had not been cleaned from the last person. Instead of cleaning the room for us, a man came up with a basket of sheets, a couple thin, rough towels, 2 small packets of shampoo, and cheap soap. We made the bed ourselves. The pillows were a joke - three for a king size bed, very flat. Everything seemed so old and dirty. Old, small tv, very staticky on the stations that worked. Alarm clock didn't work, and we overslept, waking up 3 mins before checkout. Literally less than 10 mins later, as we're getting dressed, there is a hard pounding on the door, and then a man (the manager?) tries to barge in!! Fortunately the door was chain-locked, so it bounced back. I was shocked. I explained we were leaving, and would pay for another night if necessary. He jabbered at me angrily; I couldn't understand a word he was saying, and he finally left. It was scary and extremely rude. This place is dirty, unsafe, and gross. I would rather sleep in my car than check in here again.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

Reading the positive reviews now, I realize they are over a year old. Amazing, since this place was the WORST stay this year with over 50 nights of stays. Needed a place in Sold Out New York, and I should have just worked all night and not stayed! That Bad! Stained sheets, stained chairs, noisy floors above and below, thin walls, hair from prior guests. The walls were so thin I WISHED I had a noisy air conditioner. Sure close, but not that cheap. I would have had a better sleep at someones office floor! If you choose to stay here, good luck. Maybe try the YMCA.

Room Tip: Don't stay here
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

I have to stay there for two nights and horrible lady on the front desk get mad without any reason during check in and that lady name Amy called 8 am in the morning and talked lot of **** and say you have to leave today at 11am.i have to stay or leave she don't need to remind us that we have to leave.i would rate it in negative if i can.never ever go back there and not recommended to any one.location is also so so and very weird and horrible experience.room was on ground floor.they don't even care when we complain about lady on front desk.manager was not ready to listen to anything.

Room Tip: "rooms on the south side are better"
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

Our room was on the second floor just above the office. The outdoor hallway smelled strongly of urine. Inside the room the first thing we did was look for bugs. None. The room was small but adequate and clean. Our toilet ran, so we simply removed the lid off the back of the toilet and put it on the floor. The ball was too big for the toilet tank, so we just had to pull it back up when the bowl was full. My husband, who normally sleeps in the nude, kept his boxers on as the neighbourhood is a little sketchy; he was concerned about someone coming through the window in the night. Didn't happen. The breakfast is fine; cold cereal, bagels, toast, and the coffee is good enough. There is a Portugese restaurant called The Ringside just next door, food is excellent. Not the friendliest place, but we didn't go there to make friends. There is also a burger joint kitty corner to the hotel that is open 24 hours..very handy when coming home late from Manhatten. Transportation to Manhatten or Newark is simple; walk uphill 2 or 3 blocks and hop on the bus. When we go back, we wouldn't likely stay here again, but $70 and a 20 minute bus ride is much more appealing to us than a $170 hotel room in the heart of the city.

Room Tip: 2nd Floor Front smelled like urine. Find one at the back.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rodeway Inn

Address: 459 Tonnele Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307-4446 (Formerly Red Carpet Inn Jersey City)
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Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Jersey City
Price Range: $127 - $206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rodeway Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 54
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3 Miles from New York City, Manhattan. ... more   less 
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Red Carpet Inn Jersey City Hotel Jersey City
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Rodeway Inn Jersey City, New Jersey

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