My fiancee and I decided to travel to New York and participate in the New Years Eve/Times Square experience. We made this decision on a whim in late November and I checked out Priceline to hopefully get a good rate. The rates in Manhattan were very high to begin with and my offers were not accepted. The Crowne Plaza in Englewood did accept my rate and we were pleased because it's close enough to New York. Or so we thought. After our Greyhound dropped us off at the Port Authority, we grabbed a bite to eat and hailed a taxi. Actually 10 taxis. Not one NYC taxi would take us to Englewood. Now they'll take people to JFK and La Guradia (which are further away) but they thought we were crazy for even asking. So we rode the subway to the GWB Bus Station. From there, we got in a "rouge" taxi...black car, no fare meter. The driver said she would take us, but didn't know exactly where the hotel was at. I gave her rough directions...we didn't check in yet so I was not too familar with the surroundings. Well she got us lost and almost killed us going the wrong way on a one-way street.
That's when I called the hotel for help. Alex answered the phone and he was very helpful in providing directions. We finally made it there and he checked us in. I never used Priceline before and I was afraid the hotel would have an attitude towards that and even put us in a sub-par room. Not at all! Alex was very professional and friendly and our room was fantastic! It was very clean (just like the rest of the hotel), the bed was extremely comfortable and the bathroom was HUGE!
I have read other reviews of this hotel stating the staff was not professional and they fought amongst themselves. We did not witness this at all during our stay. Everyone was helpful. ALL of the desk clerks we asked provided us with information on where to catch the NJ Transit buses into NYC. There are two bus stops within reasonable walking distance to the hotel. The hotel even provides a shuttle service to the hospital right near the 168th Street subway station (A and 1 lines). Miguel the bartender was also very helpful. He gave us good tips on downtown shopping.
So if you are planning to take a NYC trip, it's probably best to stay in Manhattan. But if you want to stay at a very nice hotel outside of the madness of the city, I recommend the Crowne Plaza in Englewood. My only advice would be to do your homework on the transportation situation, i.e., getting to the hotel first and then back and forth from Englewood and Manhattan. Perhaps it would be better to use the Newark Greyhound station instead of the Port Authority. Regardless, once you make it to the hotel and still need help, just ask the staff. They're more than ready to help.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You ve just found Englewood s best kept secret! Located right off Route 4 and minutes from downtown Manhattan, the Crowne Plaza Englewood provides the perfect blend of comfort, convenience and service. Visit the many fine restaurants and shops of downtown Englewood. Take in a show at Bergen Performing Arts Center. Catch the game at Yankee Stadium, Citi Field or the Izod Center. Visiting New York City? New Jersey Transit bus transportation is only a few blocks away. Successful meetings start here! We are close to many corporations such as: Unilever, Samsung, LG Electronics, Staples, Cognizant and CareOne. Ready to relax after a big day? Settle into one of the spacious guest rooms at this first-class Englewood New Jersey hotel - with stylish furnishings and features that evoke the comforts of home. Unwind in our large heated swimming pool, or work out in our fully equipped exercise room. Planning a wedding or social event? Our on site catering staff is at your service, ready to create the perfect ambiance for every occasion. Experience unsurpassed elegance at this contemporary-style hotel in Northern New Jersey, where you'll find a variety of services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Englewood
- Englewood Crowne Plaza