Newark, once the crime capital of America, is still not a great place to walk around. Myself and two friends were in town for a conference at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, and rather than drive around in the city, we decided to stay at this hotel in Newark because of its proximity to Newark Penn Station. We counted on taking the free hotel shuttle to the station each day until we learned that it only departed once per hour. This never lined up with our schedule so we ended up walking to the station each day, which was about a 15-minute walk through Newark. We did not feel very safe walking through the area, especially as we got back after 10pm each night and had to walk back to the hotel. If the hotel had shuttles every 30 minutes it would have made it a lot better. When we arrived we stood at what we thought was the front desk for a long time before another guest who was leaving told us the lobby was on the second floor. There was no one at the desk on the first floor and nothing else directing us up to the second floor except a sign that we would never have noticed. The parking was convenient yet expensive. The deck is basically attached to the backside of the hotel, but it is a public deck shared with the Prudential Center. These things aside, our room was very clean and comfortable. The TV was much larger than many hotel TVs I've experienced, and actually had HD channels as opposed to those rooms with HDTVs but no HD channels. The bathroom was very spacious, and the beds were very comfortable. The air conditioning was great and there was nothing negative about the room overall. We never needed to call the front desk for anything. We went to the small snack shop in the lobby one night and found the prices to be outrageous, so we relied on our own snacks we had brought. There were several restaurants nearby including a Joe's Crab Shack next door and several local places to eat, but we never utilized these simply due to the fact that we didn't feel safe walking around in the neighborhood. Overall, I think this was a great stay, however, anyone booking this hotel due to its proximity to Newark Penn Station should definitely plan for the shuttle to only leave at the top of every hour to avoid walking. It doesn't look like that far of a walk, but it is when you're constantly looking over your shoulder.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard Newark Downtown boasts an innovative design, modern amenities, and thoughtful services. As the newest of downtown Newark hotels, guests will feel welcomed in our modern lobby and new guest rooms, providing greater flexibility and more choices. Unique among other hotels in downtown Newark, The Bistro - Eat. Drink. Connect(R) - serves fresh, café-style meals, Starbucks(R) coffee, and evening cocktail service. Guests can also take advantage of our multifunctional lobby with communal table for meeting with friends and colleagues, business center with free printing services, and complimentary high-speed Internet. As an added feature, further differentiating us from other downtown Newark hotels, our interactive GoBoard(R) allows guests to stay current with the latest news, weather, and airport conditions. Our downtown Newark hotel features comfortable accommodations for guests to relax and unwind after an eventful day. The Courtyard Newark Downtown offers guests a brand new experience on travel. ... more less
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