The Westin Governor in Morristown NJ is a good hotel. It’s not the best Westin I’ve ever been to (that’s the Westin Siray Bay, Phuket Thailand) but it’s has its pros and cons. Parking is free – that’s a huge plus since the price for self-parking can run upwards of $30 at other Westin and higher end Starwood properties. The lobby is bright and spacious. In the morning, they have a full-service Starbucks and in the evenings there’s a massage therapist in the hotel lobby. Wireless in the room worked very well. The room I had was a very clean, large room with two queen beds. There were plenty of plugs (a huge deal for business travelers with lots of electronics) There is no concierge lounge – a definite con and no suite upgrades. Copelands Restaurant is located inside the hotel. Its run by Chef Thomas Ciszak, formerly the executive chef of the banquet department at NYC’s famed Tavern on the Green. The Copeland is a very high-end, high-priced restaurant, but the food is great. The lobster roll and truffle fries were amazing – but be prepared to spend at least $40 on dinner (without alcohol). Overall, a good hotel, I would definitely stay at the Westin Governor again.
The Sheraton Newark, an off-airport property, is old and in need of serious renovations. The rooms were straight out of the 70s with old carpet – the only thing that looked new was the linen and bath products. It was not well light and the bathroom was very small. The saving factor was that everything was very clean. Clean wins over old any day. The lobby is large – there’s an indoor pool – a lobby bar and restaurant (overpriced) and gift shop (that doesn’t allow room charges.) I ended up at the Sheraton after a cancelled flight left me stranded at Newark. I would stay here again in a pinch, but it wouldn’t be my first choice for any other visit.