The idea of staying in an historic hotel is always a bit more romantic thant the reality of actually being there. And so it goes with my recent stay at the Grand Summit Hotel in Summit, NJ. Noting that this was a business trip also contextualizes the comment that 'charming and nostalgic is nice, but not always convenient.'
The strong suits of this property have to be the spacious lobby, the breakfast buffet, and the location of the property itself, which lends itself well to stretching your legs amidst a neighborhood of beautiful old homes. But the room was of the lackluster type - where there are so many coats of paint, that the walls and wood trim take on a texture that can't help but reveal years of wear and tear. The bed had a 1940s quality about it, and everything (including the bedding) seemed a bit musty, an odd feeling given these days when even the economical chains have gone over to crisp white duvet covers and ultra-soft beds. No such luxury at the Grand Summit.
I would also have to concur with previous posters that the staff was someplace between indifferent and frosty. And I thought it strange to have to pay $10.00 a day to park in the adjoining lot - something you'd expect in D.C. or NYC, but in Summit, NJ?
As for Summit itself - what a charming little town. Great shops and eateries, all with a quasi-European flavor. I would actually consider returning for a weekend at leisure, but if I did, I think I'd check out options beyond the Grand Summit.
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- Also Known As:
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- Summit Grand Hotel