As an HI Platinum Member, I normally gravitate toward Holiday Inns and this hotel was the closest to Montclair State at which I could use my points during my son's move-in weekend for grad school. It turned out to be an OK choice. The hotel was easy to find on Route 46 and the front desk staff members were friendly and efficient at both check-in and check-out. It was obvious that the hotel was older and had undergone renovations. While it looked to be in pretty good shape, there was almost a feel that the hotel was just emerging from Rat Pack era. The wedding party that happened to be at the hotel that night did not help with regard to this ambiance nor did the fact that the bar was named the Ruby Lounge. Our room was reasonably clean and adequately spacious. The amenities including the WiFi seemed to work pretty well. Our room was arranged in a very inconvenient manner, however, as the work desk was located at the end of the entry way. Whenever the chair was in use, it was difficult to get from the front door to the main part of the room or from the main part of the room to the bathroom. The continental breakfast in the morning was really quite pitiful as there was a very sparse selection and the coffee was downright awful. Overall, I suppose I'd say the hotel was adequate as the shortcomings were such that I could live with them. But there was a lot of room for improvement. If you need a place in the area, it will work OK.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern 5-story property with interior hallways. Suburban location. Refrigerator, coffee makers, moveable desk/swivel chair in each room. Doc's Bar & Grill with satellite sports coverage, dj, Chinese restaurant on property. Indoor and outdoor free parking. Banquet and meeting rooms from 10-300. High speed wireless internet access,video games, health club, complimentary newspaper, breakfast , and beverage Monday through Friday. Close to Montclair State, William Paterson, Meadowlands Sports Complex, ABB, Hoffman La Roche, and Willowbrook Mall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Totowa Hotel Totowa
- Totowa Holiday Inn