Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Residence Inn Newark, Delaware

Located about an hour and a half from Washington and two hours from New York City, Newark, Del. is a convenient stop when heading up and down the east coast on I-95. There are a number of hotels off of exit 3 among them the Residence Inn. It is located close to the highway, less than a mile drive and actually the buildings are located so close to I-95 that you can see and hear the traffic from the rooms. This hotel might not be ideal for a light sleeper; we, on the other hand, have stayed here before and had no problem sleeping soundly.

There are a variety of accommodation styles like most Residence Inns. This particular one is an older style with all exterior entrances. They offer studio, as well as one and two-bedroom units. The two bedroom units are in the loft style with a king size bedded room on the first floor and a second bedroom with a queen bed upstairs. Both bedrooms have a private bathroom. The two-bed units have three televisions, one in each bedroom and a larger on in the living room area.

The kitchen is modern with granite counter tops. The appliances are mismatched, the fridge and stove are in white and the dishwasher is stainless steel. They are probably replacing the white with the more modern stainless as the appliances fail and obviously only the dishwasher in this unit has failed. A table in the kitchen seats four and a coffee pot on the counter. The cabinets are stocked with everything you need to cook a meal or eat a delivered meal.

The living room is quite comfortable with a sofa and chair for TV viewing as well as a fireplace. Logs are for sale for $5 at the front desk. The sofa converts is a sleeper which allows these units to hold up to six guests. WiFi is provided free and was easy to access and quite fast.

Residence Inns do not have a restaurant. They offer breakfast in the morning and on some evenings a manager’s reception with snacks but other than frozen food in their little store or the free cookies offered at check-in, there is no evening dining on-site. Delivery, however, is available. A call to the front desk had menus delivered to the room and though the choices were limited, there was Chinese, Italian and Domino’s Pizza. We ordered Chinese which was delivered faster than expected and quite good.

Residence Inns in general, serve quite an expansive included breakfast. Several hot dishes are offered along with abundant continental choices. One option is to make your own Belgian waffles. Enough different things are provided to satisfy just about anyone.

The beds are very comfortable and there were enough different pillows that it wasn’t hard to find one that suited. However, whoever had made the bed had not properly fitted the bottom sheet and it needed to be refitted as it came off almost immediately. The bedroom was very clean as were the bathrooms and the kitchen and living room.

The hotel has an outdoor pool in season, as well as a basketball court. The price for this unit was reasonable considering the convenient location. One note,however, the two bedroom loft units are on the second floor and you need to be able to climb exterior stairs with your luggage to access the unit. I have stayed here twice and would not hesitate to stay here again if the occasion arises.

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