This was my 3rd stay at the Crown Plaza in Fairfield, so thought it was time I wrote a review. First impressions when you arrive outside is that it looks nothing special. The car park is large and is located at the side (where the main entrance is) and at the rear. I was in NJ on business, so wanted a functional hotel but near restaurants as I know how much these hotels can charge for food.
The main public areas are in the process of being refurbished, but there is no need to worry about noise. I never heard a thing whilst there. Reception is just off the main entrance, next to the combined restaurant and Bar. The welcome was very friendly, and there were warm cookies and fruit to take if you felt the need, plus complimentary coffee around the corner.
Being a Platinum Priority Club member, this was the 2nd time I received a complimentary upgrade to a junior suite. Plus, as my son joined me this time, they gave me vouchers for complimentary breakfast for every day we were there, which was a great touch.
The room itself was really nice, with a king bed at one end, a corridor with wardrobe, coffee machine, fridge and at the other end a lounge area with sofabed. The desk has a connectivity centre including power, USB, Ethernet etc which was really handy. The bedroom had a CD Radio Alarm Clock and a complimentary 'relaxation pack' of linen scent, eye pads, ear plugs and a CD of relaxing music.
The bathroom was large, with an illuminated mirror and jacuzzi. A nice touch was a glow light plugged into a socket which means you can fin you way if you need to use the bathroom during the night (a great idea if you are still on UK time!)
The room also had 2 HD TV's, one in the bedroom and one in the lounge area, showing a large number of channels, with some in HD.
The only real downside I had with the hotel was the bar area. It is a little desk in the corner of the restaurant and very expensive. I was charge $6 for a bottle of beer! I didn't eat there in the evening, but looked at the menu and a steak was $22. There are eating places nearby. There's a Ruby Tuesday in the Willowbrook Mall next door (1/4 mile or so) and Houlihan's over the road (which cost me $65 for 2 meals including a glass of wine).
There is an indoor pool and gym, but I did not get time to use them, although they looked clean.
There are ice machines on each floor and vending on floor 5. There is also a business centre, free of charge to use, which is handy for checking into your return flight online.
There is also a shuttle bus that will take you anywhere within 5 miles, although I didn't use it as I had a hire car while I was there.
Overall, a nice clean, friendly hotel and I will stay there again for my next trip to NJ.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated Crowne Plaza Fairfield sets the standard for quality & convenience in northern New Jersey. Situated in the heart of Essex County s corporate community just bordering Morris County, the hotel boasts ease of access to I-80, NJ Turnpike, Garden State Pkwy, I-280, Rt. 46, just 30 miles from NYC, and 21 miles from Newark Int l Airport. With the easy access to New York City, Giants Stadium, the Meadowlands Sports Complex, Rutgers University, the Williowbrook Mall, and many upscale restaurants, our location is exceptional. This hotel is perfectly located for business & group travelers close to Bayer Healthcare, RICOH Corp., Covanta Energy, Konica Minolta, Cytec Industries, Chilton Memorial Hospital, and BAE Systems with complimentary shuttle service to the surrounding businesses. Our hotel features 204 renovated guestrooms & suites offering: The Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage seven layers of comfort combined with special amenities provide a fabulous night s rest! Our rooms offer complimentary, wireless Internet, in-door pool, sauna, health club, restaurant, and lounge. In addition, we are known as The Place To Meet in New Jersey with 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The most important day of your life should take place in our Grand Ballroom with its cascading waterfalls and marble dance floor. Whether your trip is business or leisure, rest assured that your stay at the Crowne Plaza Fairfield will be memorable. ... more less
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