The Hampton Inn in Mahwah, NJ is located right off busy Rt. 17 south in Northern New Jersey, only a couple miles south of I-287 and I-87 interchange of the NY Thruway. This is a very convenient location near many restaurants and shops along Rt. 17 and about 40 minute drive from Manhattan. You will find gas in NJ at least 30 cents a gallon cheaper than in neighboring NY due to lower gas taxes.
The hotel is about five years old and in excellent condition. I was given a larger executive room with a king bed, long desk and separate sofa. The sink is located outside of the bathroom. There is another sink next to the front door which also has a small refrigerator and microwave oven. This is a very large room for one or two people and also included a sofa bed.
The hotel had an indoor swimming pool which was open until 10 p.m. and empty when we used it. I booked the room free with 30,000 points thru Hilton Honors.
It was a very quiet hotel and there didn’t seem to be many people staying here until about 9 p.m. at night when a couple of buses filled with Canadian high school students arrived and checked into their rooms. These students were going to NYC for a field trip and decided to stay at this hotel since it was cheaper and a bus drove them into the city.
The free breakfast was a great deal with scrambled eggs, bacon, and make-your-own waffles available. There was also yogurt, juices and milk. It was a typical breakfast found at the Hampton Inn and very satisfying morning meal.
The front desk staff were very pleasant and there was free coffee in the lobby near the elevators along with free copies of USA Today.
SUMMARY: This is a fantastic budget hotel priced around $129 per night, clean and in excellent condition. The hotel is about 40 minutes from NYC and 25 minutes from Woodbury Commons Shopping Plaza.
— Joseph Shieh is Editor of ChainHotels.com