I'm writing this review from my room at Sierra Suites. (A single bedroom suite)
Last week I stayed at Staybridge Suites, so this review compares the 2 properties.
I travel on business and prefer extended stay suite hotels.
Both Sierra and Staybridge are ranked #1 & #2 in Tripadvisor at time of this writing and their "top of ranking" for Parsippany is well deserved.
Either of these properties would be a good choice, so how to choose?
ROOM: Sierra is slightly better on room abience (pleasing cozy feeling) and amenities. (cotton bath robe and nice soaps,shampoos). To improve: Sierra water pressure for shower is weak to moderate, and all the main doors to the rooms have a strong (not well adjusted) spring, so slamming of doors is heard and felt.
Both properties are very new, clean and well maintained.
Both properties have comfortable beds and nice linens. The climate control in Sierra is a bit better, but I don't like either system, (Sierra's or Staybridge's) as the control is located in the main room, so it seems the bedroom can go to a different temperature if you close the BR door.
INTERNET ACCESS: Sierra is wireless. Staybridge is wired or wireless in the room and wireless everywhere else.
BREAKFAST and EVENING SNACK: Sierra provides just OK food. Staybridge is far superior. Staybridge evening meal can almost be called a real dinner. Also, at Staybridge, they have an "always" open feel where you can get coffee, tea, soda for free 24/7.
GREAT ROOM: Sierra's is moderate in size, whereas Staybridge is very large with high ceilngs. Staybridge also has a nice library/sitting room + a good business center with 3 computers.
GYM: Sierra has the best gym I've ever seen in a Suites hotel at this price range (see my video) On the other hand, Staybridge is very small (like I typically see)
POOL: Sierra is outdoors, is a nice size and feels a bit resort like, whereas Staybridge is smaller and indoors.
ELEVATOR: Sierra has only one (which can make you wait), whereas Staybridge has 2.
DVDs: Staybridge has a limited free selection, whereas Sierra has a rental machine (which is not functioning at the moment)
So which is a better deal?
Staybridge is a bit cheaper and with their bountiful food freebies and 24/7 drink pantry could be the better deal, However if your priority is room ambience and gym, Sierra is better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Parsippany Hotel Sierra delivers a fresh take on modern day travel thru intelligent design, stress-free service and free-flowing amenities. Its 140 smartly designed suites feature flat panel TVs, MP3 docking stations and waffle terry bathrobes while free details include breakfast with made-to-order omelets, Starbucks brewed coffee, WI-FI throughout and an evening bistro boasting wine, beer and appetizers. Just 20 miles west of the Meadowlands and with easy access to Interstates 80 and 287, day trips to NYC are a snap. ... more less
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