I stayed at this new property over Thanksgiving weekend. I must say that although the property is rated by Marriott as a 3-star, I think it deserves an extra star. The property is new and still has a new property feel. The rooms are well-appointed and very comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my room had a glass shower rather than a bathtub. This is something I wish more properties would install. I always prefer the shower to the shower/tub combo and I look for hotels that have it. I usually only find it in high-end properties, but this Courtyard has them.
Another point in favor of this property is free wifi in every room. There is an option to pay a small amount for faster wifi, but the free wifi is sufficient for web surfing and email.
The property is very convenient to downtown Newark and Newark Airport, thus it is a good choice for business travelers. It sits on Broad St and directly behind Prudential Center, therefore it is ideal for events at that venue.
If I had any criticism of this property it would be that there is no direct access from the parking garage to the hotel. The garage entrance is around the corner from the hotel and you have to exit the garage and turn the corner to access the hotel. This is not ideal when carrying luggage. It's not much of a walk from garage to hotel, but still, they would benefit from direct access.
I am a very frequent traveler to NJ and usually stay at the higher-end properties in Jersey City and drive into Newark. But with this property now available, I will choose this over the Hyatt, W, and Westin in the Jersey City/Hoboken area. Those are 4-star properties, but I honestly think this Courtyard is equal to them.
In short, this is a very good hotel at a good price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard Newark Downtown boasts an innovative design, modern amenities, and thoughtful services. As the newest of downtown Newark hotels, guests will feel welcomed in our modern lobby and new guest rooms, providing greater flexibility and more choices. Unique among other hotels in downtown Newark, The Bistro - Eat. Drink. Connect(R) - serves fresh, café-style meals, Starbucks(R) coffee, and evening cocktail service. Guests can also take advantage of our multifunctional lobby with communal table for meeting with friends and colleagues, business center with free printing services, and complimentary high-speed Internet. As an added feature, further differentiating us from other downtown Newark hotels, our interactive GoBoard(R) allows guests to stay current with the latest news, weather, and airport conditions. Our downtown Newark hotel features comfortable accommodations for guests to relax and unwind after an eventful day. The Courtyard Newark Downtown offers guests a brand new experience on travel. ... more less
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