Newark Gets First Hotel In 40 Years
Today, for the first time in 40 years, Newark has a new hotelóthe Courtyard Newark Downtown.
Donít roll your eyes! This is good news for several reasons. First, for those who have to, for whatever reason, fly out of Newark and also must stay overnight in the area, there's now a brand-spanking new option in a place where the selection has become a quality crap shoot.
This property is four miles from the airport (there's a free shuttle), plus it's within walking distance of Newark Penn Station, so if you canít afford NYC hotel rates, bingoóyouíve got a friend in Newark and itís only a short train ride away.
The 150-room hotel is owned by Tucker Development and Robert Finvarb Companies, but managed by Marriott International, so the well-known amenities and points are in place, but there are more in case you havenít checked out a Courtyard in a minute. At this outpost the traditional front desk experience has been abandoned in favor of the more au currant boutique hotel method with individual welcome kiosks for a personal and private check-in experience.
Free WiFi and a business library with complimentary computers and a printer gets a thumbs up, as well as the Courtyardís GoBoard 4.0, which dispenses local info such as maps, weather, news, and even flight information on a 55-inch LCD touch screen. It has mobile integration so guests can send the info directly to their smart phones! And, guests can dine and get Starbucks coffee at The Bistro, as well as get snacks and must-haves 24/7 from The Market.
Itís no secret that Newark has gone through hard times, so the addition of this hotel is looked at as another part of the steady revival of its city center. Meanwhile, developers are converting a nearby historic bank building into what is said will be a Hotel Indigo.
Opening rates begin at $139 per night with a two-night minimum starting this weekend, although tonightís prices start at $199.
[Photo: Marriott Hotels]