We took advantage of this hotel being on the Points Break list (bargain amount of points) in order to take care of medical appointments in the area. The hotel which is remodeled is attractive but some of the small defects are disheartening and could spoil a stay.
All staff we had contact with were very obliging and helpful. The receptionist / Betty at the front desk was welcoming We got an upgrade based on our dual platinum status, and a number of perks for complementary drinks.She was very welcoming to us.
The lobby decor and atmosphere is very attractive with large windows and high ceilings and a view of the outdoor patio and waterfall decor. The restaurant and bar are furnished in very contemporary furniture and lighting. Very comfortable.
The room was contemporary in decor and comfortable with a very good bed. Perhaps the remodel isn't quite done for the room lacked any wall art and it needed a small table near the comfortable lounge chair and hassock. One real oddity is a section of the window which is designed to be opened allowing in fresh air. A nice idea but the handle to open the window is covered on the inside by a non-movable screen preventing access to the open-able window. In our room a previous tenant had ripped off a section of this screen so we could push open the window. A most peculiar design concept. We had a top floor, 5th, room with a view of the nearby woods, and of the sky light over the pool. Previous workers or users of the pool had deposited several empty soda bottles, and round objects (fruit or balls?) around the sky light. This garbage would be difficult to get at to clean out but it should be done. Very tacky looking!
The pool is very large with ladders for access. No steps. I am somewhat handicapped and I was unable to get into the pool. The filter was not running and it looked murky as a result. There was a large lounging area with many tropical plants both foliage and blooming. However a good portion of the plants were dead from lack of water and in general the plants were neglected. Too bad since there were many high end plants furnishing the large pool area and many comfortable looking lounge chairs and sofas.
We chose to have dinner in the restaurant which is quite spacious. Limited menu, not the same as the info in the room. It appears to be new since online info talks about room service only and doesn't give an accurrate name of the restaurant or what it offers. Our server was very helpful and solicitous but hard to understand at times. The food was reasonably priced and of average quality. On summer Tuesdays the very large patio outside offers a grille menu and live music. Most guests chose the patio the night we were there.
We went out to the patio to take advantage of two free drink chits we had been given. That is when the most outrageous thing occurred. We ordered drinks on the rocks and when the embarrassed server delivered our "free" drinks we were told that there was a $2 service charge per drink due to the requested "rocks". My advice to management is to either offer free drink chits or not, but do not charge for ICE. Absolutely unheard of in my experience! A really stingy move which totally takes away from the attempt to present the hotel as a class act.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome home to our historic and charming small town of Clinton, New Jersey! Nestled in the rolling hills of Hunterdon County ,with easy on/off I-78 at exit 15 and ample free parking. Take our complimentary weekday shuttle to offices in Lebanon, Perryville, and Whitehouse Station. Merck, Chubb, Foster Wheeler and Exxon Mobil are all located within 10 minutes. Convenient to Newark Airport (40 miles E) and Lehigh Valley Airport (35 miles W). A short walk to downtown with waterfalls, shops and lakeside trails. Many restaurant options are in walking distance or a quick shuttle ride. Complimentary wired hi-speed in rooms and wireless in public areas. Enjoy fine dining on site in the Oase Grille or Dance the night away in One-11 Bar and Grille . Venture out for a meal to critically acclaimed choices like the Grand Colonial, the Historic Clinton House, or the Perryville Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Select Clinton Hotel Clinton
- Holiday Inn Clinton
- Clinton Holiday Inn