Until approximately 2 months ago, I was told this hotel used to be a Holiday Inn. I had a bit difficulty finding/navigating this place; very weird street turns coming from 287 especially at night. Hotel is amidst corporate/office neighborhood but feels isolated. Upon arriving, the marquee is not lit. Landscaping is lackluster. Definitely need parking lot illumination - a lot of dark areas at the front of hotel. There's tons of parking at the back. Avis car rental facility towards the back lobby of hotel.
The front driveway needs to be resurfaced. Upon entering the front lobby, there's this elegant chandelier with beautiful tiled flooring. It took sometime for me to be checked in but the night clerk was nevertheless courteous about my wait. There's this tiny store next to the check in counter but most of the shelves are empty; items needs to be restocked! Past the hotel lobby, it is evident that the hotel is way overdue for a makeover (needs new hallway carpeting and wallpapering). That goes for the furnishings as well. A newer elevator façade would be nice for the rear elevator that goes to the laundry.
On to my well-appointed room... It was very spacious, quiet, clean, & tidy. The room had a small flat screen tv & tiny coffee maker. Lots of lamps & light fixture. Hardly any wall sockets but there's a power strip. To my dismay, no refrigerator/ microwave (not sure if there's even one available at the lobby to reheat leftover lunch). The bed was comfortable with crisp linens. The bathroom was decent size, strong shower, nice & thick towels. The décor is dated and could definitely use new carpeting & wallpaper (furnishings too!) but it was clean.
There is a lot of banquet rooms, conference, and ballroom which is ideal for business conferences and wedding receptions, parties, and such. There is also a bar and restaurant at the lobby. There are no other food places within walking distance; you'll have to drive. Despite the hundreds of rooms at this hotel, there is only 1 laundry machine & 1 drier in the entire hotel which makes it very inconvenient waiting for someone doing multiple loads for a family. (Also, overcharging $2 for a tiny box of laundry detergent! In some Marriotts, they are given free)
Overall, the hotel needs a ton of updating (more like major overhaul) but has a lot of potential after a grand renovation. Until that time comes, I shall give it a middle of the road 3 rating for now.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Created for business execs, sports teams, groups and family, friends and alumni visiting Rutgers University, the FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center offers an exceptionally affordable, service-rich destination among hotels in Somerset, NJ. Drop your bags, settle in and relax at our ten-acre property featuring first-class accommodations and every amenity required for a rewarding travel experience. Start your day bright and early at 6:00 a.m. with a fresh, hot breakfast at Alexander's. Then unwind in the evening with great food and sports on the big screens at PJ Cavanaugh’s sports pub. For signature onsite events, we offer eleven sophisticated function rooms and personalized event planning for gatherings of up to 400 guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Somerset-Bridgewater Hotel Somerset
- Somerset Holiday Inn