REVIEW – THE KENILWORTH-A New Jersey Hotel Getaway

Heading to the East Coast?  Not sure where to stay?  Well, if you are going to the New Jersey/New York area, I have to recommend THE KENILWORTH in Kenilworth, NJ.  Just 30 minutes from New York City, this is the perfect location for exploring the area.  Literally right off of the Garden State Parkway, THE KENILWORTH was easy to find.  (This was especially important for us after driving for 14 hours from the Midwest.) The Kenilworth (2)

When we entered the hotel we were greeted by the friendly staff.  The lobby has a modern feel to it.  It was very clean and sharp looking.

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There is a lobby lounge that was quite inviting after a long drive.  We were pleasantly surprised to be given 2 drink vouchers for The Trellis Bar.  That was a nice perk for sure.

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Parking was very convenient with plenty of spaces on both sides of the building.  Our room was spacious with 2 beds, a small refrigerator, microwave, and television. The bathroom was very elegant.

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We were personally impressed because we love the look of tile floor that looks like hardwood.  It certainly had a modern style to it as well.

THE KENILWORTH also has banquet and meeting rooms, a business center, fitness center, and a laundry room.  Because of its close proximity to New York City and the Newark International Airport, you simply cannot go wrong with a stay at THE KENILWORTH.  A quick drive will take you to some of the most iconic tourist attractions in the United States.

Check out to learn about various packages that can make your stay even more memorable.  Try THE KENILWORTH…you won’t be disappointed.

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REVIEW-The Commons Hotel-Minneapolis, MN

This past weekend we had the opportunity to attend the Guiness International Champions Cup in Minneapolis, MN. We have relatives in the area, but really wanted to be near the stadium and close to the action. We couldn’t have found a better location than THE COMMONS HOTEL. Situated in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus, THE COMMONS HOTEL was just minutes away from TCF Bank Stadium. I think it took us about 5 minutes to walk it. That is perfect if you are planning on going to any football games this year-University of Minnesota or the Minnesota Vikings. You are also next door to the McNamara Alumni Center, the University Aquatics Center, the Williams Arena (basketball), and The Mariucci Arena (hockey).

THE COMMONS HOTEL was inviting and comfortable, and certainly did not feel like a college campus hotel. I have been to plenty that feel dated and in-need of upgrades. THE COMMONS HOTEL was fresh, clean, and modern. In the lobby, you can sit by the fire or snuggle up in a cozy chair. The staff always greeted us with a smile and answered all of our questions about the hotel and the area. Dining nearby is not an issue. The Beacon Public House is an on-site gastropub where you can relax with friends and family while dining or enjoying a cocktail or two. Applebees’s and Starbucks are also on-site so you are never far from a snack or a coffee. There are plenty of options in walking distance as well. The location is certainly convenient. There is a parking lot at the rear of the building and an overflow parking deck across the street which is connected by a covered skyway-definitely welcome in the winter months. The rate is $15 a night for self-park or $25 for valet services. The METRO transit system is literally outside the front door so you can travel to downtown St. Paul or Minneapolis with ease.

Our room was amazing. We had a king suite which included a separate living room and bedroom. I loved having a Keurig coffee maker (with Caribou coffee) and a refrigerator in the room. We used the iPod docking stations to charge up our phones. That was so much easier than hunting around for outlets. The bathroom was sleek in its design with rain shower heads-definitely had that spa feel. LCD televisions and complimentary wireless Internet are also superior amenities. Although we didn’t have time to use it, THE COMMONS HOTEL has a state-of- the art fitness center with new equipment like treadmills, elliptical machines, and free weights. A good workout may be in order after a night at the gastropub. There are 304 guest rooms to provide you with the home away from home atmosphere. There are also various meeting rooms and ballrooms for business events, weddings, reunions, or any other event you can plan.

If you are planning on visiting the University of Minnesota campus, attending an athletic event, or simply meeting up with friends and family, THE COMMONS HOTEL has everything you are looking for as far as comfort, location, and amenities. I believe you would be hard pressed to find another hotel on a major campus that was as convenient to local shops and events or as updated and fresh as THE COMMONS HOTEL. We will certainly be recommending it to everyone we know.

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Lake Buena Vista Best Western: In Review. ~ Tiffany Lindsey

I had the opportunity to stay at the Lake Buena Vista Best Western this past week (May 12th-19th), I wasn’t sure if I would like staying at a Downtown Disney resort. I’ve always stayed at a Disney resort before and didn’t know if I would miss staying at a Disney owned resort. Well my fears were put to rest the first night we got there!

We arrived around 5 or so in the evening and walked right up to the desk and checked in without a problem, we got our room keys and headed for our Disney view room 1613. The elevator was already down at the lobby so we walked right on and a short time later we were getting off on the 16th floor. We opened our room door and walked in to see a beautiful view of the Disney property! We could see all four theme parks in parts and we could see Illuminations and Wishes from our balcony every night! I was in awe of the view and the space in the room we had! It defiantly was bigger than what we are used to staying in a Disney value resort. I knew we were going to love it here.

After unpacking and checking the room and resort out, not to mention the view also, we headed down to Trader’s Island Grill for some dinner. The food was good and the service was great! The resort had several choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you wanted a big breakfast or dinner, Trader’s Island Grill is for you. But if you are looking for something quick Parakeet Café is best for you. They offer on the go style breakfast, lunch, and dinners for your convenience. They also offer Flamingo Cove Lounge for drinks and a pool side lunch. Or if you would like room service they offer that as well from early morning to late night. There were also several restaurants nearby if you have your own car or walk down to Downtown Disney.

The transportation was nice also, very quick and on time. Unlike some Disney resorts where you need to walk a ways to get to a bus stop for the resort, Lake Buena Vista Best Western’s bus stop was right out the front doors of the lobby. We stopped two other resorts  before heading to a park each morning. Being the first stop on the B line bus you get first choice of seats, by the time the bus got to the last resort on the line most people needed to stand. You were also the first to be dropped off on the return trip! At the parks the busses drop you off in the charter bus lots so it is a bit further than a Disney resort bus drop off locations. At the Magic Kingdom they drop you at the Ticket and Transportation Center and you can catch a monorail or ferry boat over to Magic Kingdom. After 6pm they offer transportation to Downtown Disney till 3 in the morning if you didn’t want to walk.

I would love to stay here at Lake Buena Vista Best Western again if I was heading back down to the Disney Resort property. Thanks to all the staff at the hotel for a great experience and relaxing vacation!