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
This is a newly renovated Marriott property. The rooms are big and amenities are good for the price. The rooms have small refrigerators which is nice, and the bathrooms and decor are all updated and new. The only drawback here is the breakfast. If you opt for breakfast vouchers, it only includes cereal and fruit. Since the dining room has a big buffet in the morning, we thought the breakfast voucher was for the buffet......it's not. Kind of hidden in the fine print somewhere I guess. Other than that small detail, it's a good place to stay when passing through.
The bed was comfortable and the hotel lobby is a nice size. The AC Unit in the Hotel Room is below the window and extremely loud. When it was on, we had to turn on the TV, plus it woke us up when we were napping. I would not stay here again
Close to the office, runs a complimentary shuttle, really friendly / helpful staff, decent lighting in the bedrooms (often missed in hotel chains) and one of the most comfortable hotel beds I’ve ever slept in....all for a good price. The only thing that keeps me from giving 5 stars is the lack of a pool but at about USD 200 a night less than the nearest big chain hotel, that’s a very minor niggle.