So my United flight was cancelled at Newark aiprort and this was the overnight lodging United provided. I already expected it would be nothing above average since they were picking up the tab. I was right...it was just that. I would never stay here paying out of my own pocket. The best thing it had going for it from what I saw was the 24 hour free shuttle to and from the airport that runs every 30 minutes. It's maybe a 10 minute (might be a little less) ride to the airport.
Although I had the lodging voucher from United with my name printed on it, the front desk staff asked for no id at check-in. I would think as a safety measure they would still ask for id. Anyone could have found a lost voucher and just showed up at hotel with it and I guess would have been allowed to stay since the staff did not check to see if the person showing up with the voucher was the same person as the name printed on the voucher.
It appears they tried to spruce the rooms up with the decor, but my room needed a good vacuum and a new tub (the hotel putting the bath mat on the floor of the tub to cover up the out of date polka dot design did not help). The hallways are not well lit...there's lighting, but that dull lighting used by hotels back in the 80s. My room also happened to be near a stairwell, which I was not particular about, but I really didn't want to bother going back down to the front desk and knew I would be there only for a few hours anyway.
I didn't have any issues with the staff and my room was clean (except the carpet floor needing to be vacuumed), but still I couldn't get out of this room fast enough and was on the shuttle that left at 3:30 AM to take me back to the airport. Just not up to my standards, but again it was no cost to me based on the situation so......
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