Hilton – Newark Airport

Hotel Review

I’ve flown in and out of Newark Airport on many occasions but never had occasion to stay right at the airport until my recent trip to the Travel Executive Summit being held at the Newark Airport Renaissance (for a good review of that hotel, check out Gary Leff’s review at View from the Wing).  By the time I got around to booking, it was full but the Newark Hilton is almost next door so I booked into it.

I actually stayed two separate nights at the hotel but will mash the stays together for the purpose of this review.  On my first arrival, I experienced the Murphy’s Law of suite upgrades.  I got the largest suite I’ve had in a while, but I arrived at 1:00 a.m. and was leaving the next morning at 8:00 a.m.  Oh well..

The hotel staff was very helpful and friendly.  The 24 hours shuttle service to the airport is nice and it also gets you to the monorail for the NJ Tranist line that can take you into New York’s Penn Station for $25.00 round trip.  Obviously, the first room was great but my second night’s room was also pretty room for a standard king room.  I had breakfast at the restaurant and a dinner in the lounge one night and the food was fine.

Downsides?  No executive lounge.

Obviously, that did not bother me too much because I asked for a rate match from my second stay (2 days separating them) so I could stay right by the airport.  The desk manager matched the rate and that allowed me to chop a day off my rental car and simply take the shuttle for my flight home.  No doubt about it, this is an airport hotel with the limitations that come with that but they did a fine job by me.

Final Grade: A

Points and Dollars

My total spend for my two nights was $443 and my total point earnings were 19,765 based on the following breakdown:

  • Base points = 4,426
  • “Points and Points” bonus = 2,213
  • Diamond 50% bonus = 2,213
  • AMEX on-line booking bonus = 500
  • Q2 Double Points bonus = 4,426
  • Diamond MyWay bonus = 2,000
  • HHonors Surpass card by AMEX (9 points per dollar) = 3,987
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