I booked a room at this hotel because the Short Hills Hilton was sold out. I travel quite a bit for my job, so hotels are essentially my home away from home. Therefore, I want to find a nice, comfortable and clean place to stay. I saw that the Westminster had four stars and pretty good reviews. However, when I checked in, my room smelled - or rather reeked - of disinfectant. It almost knocked me over as I walked through the doorway into my room. I already wasn't happy that they gave me a room right across from the elevator, but I wasn't going to complain. The air conditioning/fan was turned off so there was no ventilation, and it felt muggy in the room. Then I walked into the bathroom....right there on top of the shower drain was a huge clump of red hair. It looked like it was still damp. I almost threw up right then and there. I called down to the front desk and demanded another room. She was pleasant enough, but I had to wait 15 minutes for someone to show up with a key to a different room. Just sitting inside this room with the big hair ball in the shower made my stomach turn. Anyway, 15 minutes later, they moved me across the hall (right next to the elevator this time). The room didn't smell because the air conditioning was already running, thank goodness. Although I was not particularly hungry (maybe due to the disgust I experienced just before), it was dinner time, so I was ready to order room service. After looking around the room for five minutes and checking in every drawer, I gave up trying to find a menu. I picked up the only phone in the room (which by the way was the old style with the big lit-up buttons on the receiver - you know, the kind that people used to hang on the walls and the kind that nice hotels put next to the toilet) and dialed zero, since there were no buttons for room service, or any other service for that matter, and asked for a room service menu. The receptionist kindly told me the hotel was going green and has the menu on the television. I'm all for going green and conservation, but it would have been nice for the lady who checked me in to tell me that the room service menu could be found on the TV, especially since she asked "are there any amenities you'd like to know about?" and I answered "room service."
So, I've only been here less than an hour and I'm ready to check out already. I'm dreading what nightmare awaits me for dinner and the rest of the evening at the Westminster. I can't get out of here fast enough. Unfortunately, it's late and the Short Hills is still sold out....thank God I'm only here for one night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uniquely chic. Inviting and inspired. Open your eyes to the extraordinary at Westminster Hotel, a different kind of luxury hotel. Situated right in the heart of Livingston, New Jersey, our AAA Four Diamond hotel caters to the distinct tastes of today's travelers. Make reservations for stylish hotel guest rooms and suites boasting a classic contemporary design. While you're here, you'll enjoy a refined mix of first-class amenities intended to please everyone from destination spa hotel goers to corporate hotel guests in Westminster Club Level Rooms and Suites. Elaborate or intimate. Elegant wedding receptions or Fortune 500 company executive conferences. Westminster Hotel provides premier meeting facilities, social event venues, banquet rooms—even exquisite outdoor event space—for an array of special occasions. Surrender to a seductive dining experience at the New Jersey location of Strip House Restaurant, one of America’s best steakhouses. And treat yourself to the hotel’s decadent spa services, state-of-the-art health and fitness center and indoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. In the neighborhood? Drop by and say "hi." We proudly serve our beautiful northern New Jersey community and beyond, hosting Livingston, NJ and Essex County neighbors and guests from surrounding cities, including Florham Park, Short Hills, East Hanover, Parsippany, Basking Ridge and Morristown. Westminster Hotel is located only 20 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport and 20 miles west of New York City. Convenient train access is a short ride away and runs directly into Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westminster Hotel Livingston