Hotel New Jersey Reviews

Review: Fairfield Inn Parsippany and Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe

It really does make you feel like you'll get your money's worth.
It really does make you feel like you'll get your money's worth.

My wife and I recently stayed at two separate Marriott properties to attend the same weekend wedding that I mentioned in my AA LAX-JFK Basic Economy review. I knew it would be a short stay.  Therefore, we didn’t necessarily need anything fancy. We’ll save our pennies for that nice stay on a week-long vacation!

Instead, I planned for what I call a ‘functional’ hotel stay: using the hotel for its utility rather than its luxury, unless I can afford both! We didn’t plan on being at the hotel much anyway, what with family to visit in the area. Seeing as I have Marriott Platinum Elite Status until year’s end, I plan to make good use of it while I still have it.

I’m not too worried about the room itself since they are usually decent at Marriott properties. This lets me focus on 4 main criteria to consider for a functional stay:

  1. A good bed
  2. Proximity to the activity for the day
  3. Low cost
  4. Free parking.

With these criteria in mind, we made our bookings.

Review: Fairfield Inn & Suites Parsippany

We first stayed first at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Parsippany in northern New Jersey. The property has lots of parking space, and I was able to park relatively close to the main entrance. The front desk recognized my status and put us in a high-floor room upon mobile check-in.

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Lots of counter space with a huge mirror!
Lots of counter space with a huge mirror!

The overall layout and look of Fairfield Inn’s are relatively consistent from my experience. The room was comfortable thanks to its smaller size, allowing the Air Conditioning to act real fast during what became a humid, rainy weekend. This turned out to be a lifesaver throughout the night! We got there late and left early in the morning. So, we really only used this stay for sleep.

I'm actually a fan of the beds at Marriott properties, I tend to get a great night's sleep in them!
I’m actually a fan of the beds at Marriott properties, I tend to get a great night’s sleep in them!

Fairfield Inns usually serve breakfast, unlike Courtyards properties which are geared more for the business traveler. In my opinion, breakfast is typically hit or miss. I’m there more for the beds than anything else!

The hotel is close to our families, being a 15 minute drive down I-80. For the base price I paid of roughly $100/night at this Fairfield Inn, this hotel is a bargain compared to $150-$200 I would have paid for similar hotels closer to NYC.

Free Night Certificates can save your wallet!

For the second night, I wanted to choose something closer to the wedding reception venue. That way, we wouldn’t have to drive all that far at 2-3am when the festivities are over. Sure enough, the reception venue was closer to NYC! This is where free-night certificates come in handy.

I am also a Marriott Rewards Chase Visa cardholder, which has a free 1-night annual certificate that gets posted to your Marriott Rewards account. This cert allows you to stay at a category 1-5 hotel free-of-charge, and its usefulness really shines when you have short trips like this one. For an annual fee of $85/year, the certificate more than pays for the card itself.

Review: Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe

It just so happened that the Category 5 Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe is 10 minutes away from the venue. Typical night stays at this property are $200+. You bet I used that free-night certificate there!

Definitely imposing from the outside!
Definitely imposing from the outside!

Located right off the I-95 where I-80 starts, the Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe is relatively close to New York City. You can drive a few miles north on I-95 and cross the George Washington Bridge to catch a Yankee game in the Bronx. Maybe drive a few miles south on I-95 to catch a Giants game at Metlife Stadium off of Rt.3. Perhaps take the same Rt.3 a few more miles eastward to I-495, enter the Lincoln Tunnel, and be in Times Square without too much hassle! But that’s not why I stayed there – I needed quick and easy access to Rt.17.

You expect a little more from staying at a Marriott-proper like this one, and the lobby sports a nice, classy gold and dark wood theme.

It really does make you feel like you'll get your money's worth.
It really does make you feel like you’ll get your money’s worth.
This is standard for a proper Marriott hotel and the entrance of the property meets expectations.
This is standard for a proper Marriott hotel and the entrance of the property meets expectations.

Since I was wearing dress shoes, carpeting leading into the elevators and in the hallway was very welcome. I was given a high-floor room again! But, we had a construction view with a small sliver of red and white lights from the regular I-95 traffic coming in and out of the GWB.

Trees do indeed grow in NJ, folks!
Trees do indeed grow in NJ, folks!

I wasn’t there for the view anyway. I needed a place to get ready for this wedding!

Overall, the room felt sharp and sleek, almost a bit sterile when entering. However, it felt cozy after a while, especially when waking up and the sun lights the room with a warm morning glow.

The room was very modern looking, very pleasant to stay in, and also very functional in its own right!
The room was very modern looking, very pleasant to stay in, and also very functional in its own right!

The large, white table below the TV provided a large, open space for my wife to sprawl out with all of her make up accessories; the bathroom was a bit small on the counter and sink department for this kind of activity.

Lots of desk space!
Lots of desk space!
Small but adequate bathroom counter.
Small but adequate bathroom counter.
The marble shower looks very enticing with its glass doors.
The marble shower looks very enticing with its glass doors.

Lighting was a bit dim in the room. It turned out that the light bulb in the lamp in the back of the room was slightly unscrewed, and therefore unpowered.  But, with a quick twist of the wrist, I found the light I needed to see those subtle pesky creases in my black slacks while ironing.

One thing I have not seen before at a hotel is a Netflix button on the hotel room’s TV remote!

I did not make use of it, but seeing as how lots of people have Netflix nowadays, it is a welcome utility.
I did not make use of it, but seeing as how lots of people have Netflix nowadays, it is a welcome utility.
The entryway felt a little industrial looking when leaving the room.
The entryway felt a little industrial looking when leaving the room.
The beds were comfortable as ever, and there was plenty of space in this room for two people.
The beds were comfortable as ever, and there was plenty of space in this room for two people.

I did request a late-check out this time, but housekeeping still ended up knocking and opening the door at 9:00am; I forgot to place the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the outer door handle. I’m glad my wife had the foresight to latch the top lock before we went to bed the night before; we were about to get dressed!

Overall Impression:

In general, the Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe was definitely a great functional stay. I would likely stay there again if the opportunity presents itself. I could say the same for the Fairfield Inn Parsippany. Both are excellent hotels when going in with high utility and moderate comfort as the expectation.

Next time, perhaps I'll try out the Teaneck Marriott's lobby restaurants.
Next time, perhaps I’ll try out the Teaneck Marriott’s lobby restaurants.

 

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  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Parsippany
  • Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
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Jonny

Jonathan "Jonny" Avila is a chubby young professional with a cat, wife, and a taste for life! Believes in 'paying it forward' by sharing the tools, tips, tricks, and lessons from his own experiences so you too can jump on the Travel Bandwagon and enjoy what this wonderful world has to offer!

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