Our first and probably last stay at a Howard Johnson. Don't really have anything good to say about this place. No breakfast included, unlike most other chains, so the room price seemed pretty steep. The guy on reception was shocked that we had turned up without making a reservation and acted as if he was doing us a big favour by letting us have a room.
There is a banner outside saying it has been recently renovated but our room didn't show much evidence of this.The paint was chipped in several places and a drawer handle was hanging off. We asked at check in about transport to the airport the next day and were told there was a shuttle on the hour and half hour. Next morning we got to the desk at 6.20 to be told the shuttle was full and had already left and we would have to wait til 7 which was when we needed to check in for our flight. We were also told the shuttle only went as far as the p4 Airtrain station and we would then have to use that to get to the terminal. If we had known this the night before we could have been ready earlier. The only option was to take the hotel cab service which cost $25 for an 8 minute journey. As we left the man on reception kept repeating that when the shuttle is full, it goes. He was quite brusque and not very willing to help at all. They also charge $1.50 automatically for the safe in your room, this isn't explained at check in, just a sign near the desk.
There are plenty of better hotel chains out there, we won't be using these again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 8 Miles from New York City, Manhattan.5 Miles from Met Life Stadium, SuperBowl 2014. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Newark
- Newark Howard Johnson