I traveled with my two children, daughter (age 13) and son (age 8) to Minerals Resort April 11-13. This being Spring Break week for most NJ schools, I was prepared to deal with crowds. Clearly the resort was near capacity but the hotel is so large, it never really felt overwhelmingly crowded. We very much enjoyed our stay but there are a few little quirks. Our room was a standard hotel room, two queen beds, table, chairs and was very clean. Nice touches are an in room safe in which you program the combination yourself, coffee pot, a large bathtub and plenty of closet space. (great for hanging up wet bathing suits to dry as there is a tile floor underneath). As a previous poster mentioned, there is a “green” heating and cooling system with a manual thermostat that shuts off when the desired room temp is reached but unfortunately, it doesn’t go back on automatically if the room starts to heat up again. It is an odd quirk that required me to get up in the middle of the night to put the air on again. The only other complaint, and it is a small one, is that there is not a comfortable chair in the room. I travel solo with my children often as husband cannot get away easily and after they go to bed, I like to sit in a comfy chair reading my book. The only options for seating in our room are straight back, hard table chairs, not very relaxing! Those would be my only two very minor complaints with the hotel. Other than that we really enjoyed our stay. There was something for all of us to enjoy. The children LOVED the pools and it was fun to swim outside in the heated pool at night time on a cool April night. I took fitness classes each day while I was there and while the majority of the attendees were Mineral gym members, I was still made to feel welcome by the staff and members. Hotel guests are issued a bracelet each day to utilize the gym and pools, consequently it is easy to tell the members from the guests. It is a good sign that the gym members speak so highly about the facility! My son loved the arcade and while it was not large was more than adequate for a couple of hours of enjoyment. We also loved the gigantic indoor basket court and had fun there more than once. We intended to explore the grounds even more but we were busy with the activities at the resort the entire time we were there! Although the weather was poor for two days of our stay, there is so much to do indoors you barely notice. We did not eat on premises but friends who traveled with us had dinner and breakfast at The Kites restaurant. Their take was the breakfast was a little pricey for what they had but they reported the dinner was quite good. I joined them for a glass of wine at the fireplace while they waited for their reservation and that was lovely. We chose to leave the resort to dine as my children were more interested in hamburgers and chicken nuggets so the finer dining of the Kites restaurant would have been lost on them. I believe during season there are more options for kids friendly dining in the hotel but while we were there it seemed to only be the Kites restaurant. We did have two terrific dinners down the street at The Georges Inn, a family friendly pub style restaurant with a good menu and very reasonable prices. We ate breakfast at the Vernon Diner, also right down the street, which provided a classic diner breakfast at a very reasonable prices. As with any family friendly destination there are parents who don’t watch their misbehaving children but Minerals tries to head this off with signs in the hallways requesting no running and please talk quietly. Minerals lifeguards are responsive when there are problems as they repeatedly checked the hot tub to remove children and immediately halted an episode at the outdoor pools where a group of boys were behaving in a disruptive manner to the rest of the guests. We found the service throughout the hotel to be responsive and friendly. Joe, the Bell Hop, is the best! Good luck, Joe, with your musical career but please, please stay employed at Minerals, you are the best! I also must comment that I felt very safe in this hotel, quite important for a woman traveling alone with her children. Overall, we highly recommend this as a nearby getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a recreation-rich getaway in New Jersey at Minerals Hotel. Nestled between Grand Cascades Lodge and Mountain Creek Ski Resort, Bike Park and Action Park, Minerals Hotel offers 175 rooms surrounded by 4-season recreation in one convenient location. All accommodations have mountain, pool or golf course views & include access to a spectacular 6,000 sq. ft. multi-million dollar sports complex which includes 80+ weekly fitness classes, sauna, steam room, indoor sports courts, running track, basketball, racquetball and tennis courts. Minerals Hotel is AAA Rating - 3 Diamond "These establishments appeal to the traveler with comprehensive needs. Properties are multifaceted with a distinguished style, including marked upgrades in the quality of physical attributes, amenities, and level of comfort provided." Additional amenities and features include: 7 indoor/outdoor year-round heated nature pools, full service Elements Spa, casual family-friendly Kites Restaurant, complimentary shuttle service throughout the Resort, meeting and conference rooms, resort-planned activities, Minerals Family Golf Center, game room, gift shop and more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Minerals Resort And Spa
- Minerals Hotel Vernon
- Minerals Resort Vernon
- Minerals Resort Spa