I don't know if this is the standard of hotel/motel lodging that I've encountered in the greater NY area, and I certainly have stayed in worse. Just not much worse. In a word, unbelievable.
I arrived at the Newark International Airport late in the evening, and after some searching, found the shuttle that took me to the motel. The driver was surly, so I withheld my tip. Upon arriving, I was greeted quite nicely by the front desk person, who insisted that I prepay my week's lodging in advance, which I did.
When looking for my room I noticed that the main parking area had flooded. When I entered the room, I wanted to run away. It was so depressing. Walls with holes in it, uneven floors, worn furniture, ragged drapes, a toilet that when you sat on it wobbled. The heating cooling unit was going full blast, and when I attempted to turn it off, the cover fell off. I couldn't change the heat setting, and could only get the unit to either blow cold air, or hot air.
It was past midnight, and I was exhausted, plus I had made arrangements to be picked up the next morning, so I was stuck. Better to just sleep and hope for the best. To my amazement, the bed actually was quite good. I slept soundly.
They advertise a breakfast, that in reality is a sack lunch you ask for. It contained a granola bar, a muffin, and an apple. Yum, yum.
Midweek, when I became a permanent fixture in the lobby waiting for my ride, the front desk people warmed up to me. All of a sudden, the shoddy housekeeping in my room became excellent. The sheets were changed daily, and my awful room was still awful, but it became not so awful.
The building is in real need of repair, but the staff were cordial and accommodating. There are a number of restaurants within a short two block walking distance. A sports bar next door where the food is excellent, and further down the street a middle eastern restaurant that also serves great food.
However, someone should point out that in the lobby vending machine, condoms shouldn't be placed next to the fruit loops.
I'm really surprised that Days Inn have let these folks be part of that franchise, and I hope steps are taken to remedy things. I saw a hooker in the parking lot soliciting, and some other scary looking people wondering around. This is not the publicity Days Inn wants. Hopefully things will change, but until they do, reconsider your lodging.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Motel 6 Elizabeth - Newark Liberty Intl Airport is located less than 2 miles from Newark Liberty Intl Airport. Enjoy a trip to the Staten Island Zoo or catch a game at the Riverfront Stadium. Free Wi-Fi and micro-fridges are available in all guestrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge Newark International Airport Hotel Elizabeth
- Econolodge Hotel Elizabeth
- Econo Lodge Newark Airport