Hotel Indigo Basking Ridge
What We Love
- A cheerful, modern base in a North Jersey town with centuries of historyChecking out possibly the oldest white oak in America, once visited by George Washington
- Admiring your slice of North Jersey greenery, and perhaps a deer or two, on the back patio
- Spending the day in sprawling Lord Stirling Park, beside the Passaic River
What To Know
- Guest bathrooms have Aveda toiletries
- The hotel is pet friendly and has treats on hand
- Free onsite parking
- Free WiFi is strong
New Jersey may be known for its shore, but if you head to its suburbs instead of its beach towns, you’ll discover that the Garden State is also as rich in flora and fauna as the nickname suggests. Parks and trails abound here, and in one township, the most famous historic site isn’t a landmark – it’s a tree. Basking Ridge, in the North Jersey countryside, is home to what’s believed to be the oldest white oak in America. The 600-year giant played a role in Lenape Indian healing traditions, the Great Awakening and the Revolutionary War; once, George Washington even held a picnic in its shade.
Find some shelter of your own in nearby Hotel Indigo Basking Ridge-Warren. The convenient getaway is appointed cheerfully – with pops of blues and greens, sometimes in eclectic geometric prints – and comfortably, too. Your room features hardwood flooring and plush bedding, and the restaurant incorporates ingredients from the area into filling breakfasts and dinners, with happy hours on weekdays. And if you’d like to continue acquainting yourself with local nature, but don’t feel like heading out to the tree or to the hundreds of verdant acres at riverside Lord Stirling Park, there’s a back patio, where occasionally you might glimpse a white-tailed deer.
Your room is a calm, hardwood-floored retreat in warm shades of sienna, mint and tangerine. In addition to your king or two queen beds, a work desk with a lamp is provided, and you can freshen up in a spa-style bathroom.
The bounty of the North Jersey countryside is on display at Dead River Pub, inspired by farm-to-table traditions. Along with serving breakfast and dinner, this first-floor eatery, which includes a TV-equipped media lounge, hosts a happy hour on weekdays.
Surrounding Basking Ridge boasts a history that dates back to the Native Americans, with several remnants of the colonial era, including the 1740 farmhouse that’s now home to Black Horse Tavern and Pub and a 100-ft. tree that featured in the Great Awakening and Revolutionary War. Other sights to see include the Environmental Education Center within Lord Stirling Park, which occupies 425 acres along the Passaic. Tend to any shopping needs at Gallery of Bliss mall, and hear some live music at nearby Watchung’s 14,000-square-foot Colorado Café or nearby Madison’s Shanghai Jazz.
How to Get There
I stayed there on business, the hotel is undergoing a major renovation and should not be open to customers let alone at the full rate. The parking lot is packed with shipping containers, a tractor trailer and a few lift truck.The lobby is totally in disrepair with the floors open to the plumbing. The hotel halls and elevator need vacuuming as there is construction litter all about. When I was given my room key on the 4th floor I went to my room and it wasn't cleaned, ie beds unmade, bathroom not cleaned and trashed. Went back down to the lobby and received a new room. No comp or upgrade. This was after 7pm. How are the reserved rooms not cleaned by 7pm? The Marriott was booked or I would have left! Iv stayed with Indigo at least a dozen times in the past and this by far was the worst stay. It really was something else, take a visit there today and see for yourself. Staff could not care less about the hotels overall condition or the room situation.
I asked for and received a AAA rate (two queen size beds for the price of a room with one king size bed). The rooms are smaller than they appear on the website. The room appeared to be clean. Upon check-in, we were given room key cards for a room on the third floor. We went to the room and neither key card worked. I went back down to the front desk and handed the person behind the counter the cards. He re-activated them and handed them back. I get on the elevator and just as the doors are closing another gentleman who worked for the hotel, opened the door and told me the gentleman at the desk wanted to see me. I went back to the desk and was told they had given me the wrong room. So I was given a new set of key cards for another room on the same floor. Could not find the ice machine that was suppose to be on our floor. Some areas looked like they need painting. Our room had an outlet that did not work, one that was loose, a handle that was hanging loose on the dresser. Most of the parking lot was roped off so parking was limited. While stated these hotels are boutique hotels it is our feeling this hotel was not up to snuff. The bathrooms are purported to be spa inspired but in this particular hotel, it was just a bathroom you could find in any hotel for half the price. The heater was extremely noisy.
I stayed two nights at the Hotel Indigo for work. The hotel is a little isolated. We arrived late on a Sunday, and there were no restaurants open. We finally found a Taco Bell twenty minutes away. My room was fine, but my colleague said the furniture in her room was falling apart. I did have breakfast one morning. It was delicious and reasonably priced.
My friend and I visited the pub for the first time on Wednesday. Tommy was a gem and wonderful bartender. He was friendly and attentive and made sure our food and drinks were just right. We used to frequent the Tap Room, but will be making Dead River our new go to spot.
I enjoyed my stay at Indigo. It was reasonably priced and provided good value service for the category of hotel.
I had several parcels shipped to the hotel and the staff very kindly helped receive them.
I agree with some of the comments I read that the wooden floor can get cold at night and definitely would recommend a carpet.
The in-room dining was simple but good and reasonably priced too. I drove up to the Thai place close-by to order take out and that was also a good option with delicious food.