This is an isolated, smelly hotel. The hotel is located 20 minutes from the airport, near a freeway, next to an old parking lot for equipment. The surrounding area is desolate. There is no food, retail, or offices nearby. The 12 miles to Manhattan might as well be 1200. It takes 90 minutes each way, if you are using public transportation. You must take the hotel shuttle to the airport train to the city bus to the PATH train, then to the NYC subways. Shady drivers hover around the hotel entrace, offering rides to the city for about $75 per car. Beware! The price changes. The hotel shuttle seats 11, and since it is the only way out, it is often full with a line of passengers waiting. Plan accordingly if you need to catch a flight.
The hotel lobby smells of old smoke. The room was tidy, but so worn that it felt dirty and slimy. There is a tiny eating area in the lobby. The chalkboard advertised a pork chop and steamed vegetables for $18.95. We never saw anyone in it; it appeared closed. Even the vending machine candy bars were $1.50. we ordered pizza from a local delivery service (their menu was pushed under our door), and after 90 minutes our pizza was delivered. We had no other options.
The staff was not inclined to be helpful. On our final day, we asked to store our baggage after check-out, until the afternoon. Even that was a surprising fee. Find another place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 8 Miles from New York City, Manhattan.5 Miles from Met Life Stadium, SuperBowl 2014. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Newark
- Newark Howard Johnson