A budget-smart choice with lots of free perks, this modern hotel is located on New York City’s mainly residential Staten Island. Just a mile away, the Greenbelt Native Plant Center provides an excellent introduction to the 2,800-acre Greenbelt, the largest of many nature preserves in this borough. Or shop to your heart’s content at the Staten Island Mall, 3 miles from the Holiday Inn Express. It’s only a 20-minute drive to Newark Liberty International Airport or the St. George Ferry Terminal, where you can catch the famous–and free–Staten Island Ferry to Lower Manhattan, with fantastic views of Lady Liberty and Ellis Island along the way. Make it even easier by taking the hotel’s complimentary ferry shuttle, available by request 5 days a week (Wednesday through Sunday). Parking at the hotel is free. Just next door to where you’ll disembark in Manhattan, you can catch a free 5-minute ferry to Governors Island. The ferry runs on weekends, taking you right to a prime picnic spot. Of course, you’ll also find plenty to do in Lower Manhattan itself. The Financial District and the South Street Seaport are within a mile of the ferry terminal, and subways provide convenient access to Midtown attractions like Times Square. Start your morning with a complimentary buffet breakfast from 6 AM to 10 AM in the breakfast area, featuring freshly baked cinnamon rolls. Need to print out boarding passes or driving directions? The business center is open for your convenience 24 hours a day. Two conference rooms are also available that total 900 square feet. Fit in a healthy workout in the fitness center, open early morning till late evening. At the end of a busy day, return to your comfortable guestroom. A refrigerator can be provided on request, and you can relax with your stocked drinks and snacks while watching your favorite HBO series or a Hollywood hit on the 32-inch HDTV. Or just enjoy a hot soak in the tub. You can keep in touch with friends back home via complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access. Weekday mornings, a complimentary newspaper is delivered to your door. A complimentary crib can be provided for your baby if you’re traveling with an infant.