First off, great location, very central for doing any sightseeing in NJ and very easy to get into NYC by train. I chose this hotel because I was traveling with my two teenage sons and I didn't want to sleep in the same room as them. Sorry, nothing personal. They have a much later bedtime than me!
Anyway - the whole place is going through a reno. I was pleasantly surprised that they had not started the renovations on the exercise room which their reservation confirmation indicated. So I was able to use the "gym". Very small but they had two treadmills, an elliptical, and a bike. Also some dumbbells. Didn't have much competition so no problems getting on the machines. Staying on the exercise subject - the pool was okay. Kind of warm but again we had the pool to ourselves a couple times so all the better.
The room was fine. Our building was not renovated yet so I can say that it definitely was in need of updating. Kitchen was just plain laminant top, electric stove, full size frig, microwave and a dishwasher. Pots, pans, dishes and utensils. Only a small stash of salt, pepper and sugar. Went down to the breakfast room in the evening and swiped a salt shaker. Would have been nice to have a cookie sheet for things like frozen fries. Will look nicer when renovated with granite countertops and stainless but was totally workable, especially for $169 a night.
Bathroom in each bedroom was also outdated. My tub had a little tinge to it from a dripping faucet but not gross. And the toilet ran so I shut it off during the night so it didn't keep me up.
Living area was fine. Pull out sofa was comfy for my 16 year old. TV's in each room. Worked fine. Gas fireplace also worked but was too warm in the room to use it.
All in all a fine stay. The staff was helpful and apologetic for the disheveled look of their lobby. We did not help ourselves to their breakfast. Did grab a cup of coffee one morning. Looked like standard fare....sausages, pancakes, chewy bacon. Although they did have a waffle iron which was different. They also had special hot snacky type things in the evenings (italian night, mexican night) I forgot to check this out so I'm not sure how it was.
Needed to get over to the Morris Plains train station one morning. Booked a space in their van the day before. Was very convenient to have access to that. Driver also worked in afternoon (4-7) so was able to get a ride back to the hotel. One major drawback - the hotel was made up of three separate buildings. So to go to the lobby, breakfast room, pool or exercise room you had to go outside AND you had to remember your key. Normally I might not think about that because I might have left someone in the room but if you don't have it you can't get back into the building. Not to mention it's cold between buildings in February.
However, even with some minor issues I would return if spending any further time in NJ.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residence Inn Parsippany, located off Route 10 and 202, is ideal for extended stays, nearby events, and temporary or corporate housing. All of our Parsippany suites combine the comforts of home with the quality and service you've come to expect from Marriott hotels. Our Parsippany, NJ hotel features three buildings of large guest suites with separate areas for living and sleeping, full kitchens, luxury Marriott bedding, ergonomic work desks, free WiFi and more. Guests can prepare a meal in our in-suite kitchens or stop by The Market, open 24 hours, for snacks and sundries. After a busy day of meetings or events, guests can unwind in our main building featuring indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center, game room or on our outdoor Sport Court. As one of the premier Parsippany, NJ hotels, we offer complimentary hot breakfast buffet and The Residence Inn Mix - our complimentary evening socials featuring local flavors. Our Parsippany suites are ideal for business trips, NJ weddings and much more! ... more less
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