My husband and I stayed at the hotel for 2 nights to attend a conference at Rutgers University. The hotel is within walking distance to its Newark campus. Based on the information we gathered, it is safe to walk during the day. But one should avoid walking at night, especially not alone. The hotel is new and everything inside the hotel is nice and clean. Every staff member that we came to contact with, either over the phone or in person, provided excellent service to us. We also received wonderful service through emails before and after the trip from managers that we did not meet. We will definitely recommend this hotel to others and will stay there in the future if we visit the area.
P.S., we did not visit the fitness center nor the swimming pool.