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The Ultimate Guide to Local Hotels Near Bear Brook Valley

Today we're sharing with you the inside scoop on local accommodations and what we love about each hotel! The list below is in order by distance.

We toured the hotels & gathered some information updated for 2022 to make sure we provide you with the latest information!


Holiday Inn Newton (6.5 miles)

The Holiday Inn Express in Newton is easily the closest hotel to Bear Brook Valley {approximately 10 minutes!}. This cozy stay is newly renovated, providing a clean look and feel. We love this hotel for its clean feel, free breakfast and of course it's close proximity to Bear Brook! This hotel has only 79 rooms total, making it the smallest of the local hotels on this list.

  • Most Popular Package for Weddings: Wedding block package includes 1 free night in a king suite for the couple if they have at least 15 paid nights inside their block

  • How Far Out Can You Book: Dependent on demand & availability - right now they are booking out to 2023 & 2024

  • Rooms: King standard, 2-queen standard, king suites, 2-queen suites

  • Shuttles: $100 credit toward preferred shuttle company for every 20 rooms booked

  • Breakfast: Complimentary hot breakfast with every room

  • After Party: The Crystal Room can be rented out for an additional charge

  • Bar/BYOB: BYOB when renting out the Crystal Room for an after party

  • Latest Renovations: 2018

  • Gym: Yes | Pool: No | In-House Restaurant: No

  • Contact Info: 973-940-8888 ext. 151 | sales@newtonexpress.com {Jessica}


The Residence Inn by Marriott, Mount Olive (15 miles)

The Residence Inn Mt. Olive is a cozy hotel conveniently located just over 20 minutes from Bear Brook Valley, easily accessible from route 80, route 206 and route 46. Nearby you can find restaurants and shopping at the International Trader Center! We love this hotel for their large lounge area, free breakfast and fireplaces! Since it is a Residence Inn, they allow you to book up to 25 rooms. If you need more rooms, no worries, the Holiday Inn is located right next door {literally, they share a parking lot}!

  • Most Popular Package for Weddings: Room block: when you book 20 rooms the evening of your wedding the couples' room will be complimentary

  • How Far Out Can You Book: 1 year in advance. We found most of the hotels literally can't put it in their system any earlier, so this is not something the hotel staff are in control of!

  • Rooms: Studio Suite, 1-Bedroom Suite

  • Shuttles: No shuttle or credit

  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast every morning in the common area

  • After Party: Available in the public area for no additional charge

  • Bar/BYOB: BYOB only {beer & wine available to purchase in the mini market}

  • Gym: Yes | Pool: Yes | In-House Restaurant: No

  • Latest Renovations: About 6 years ago, but they plan to renovate September 2022

  • Contact Info: 973-691-1720 | ctiago@arborlodging.com {Celma}


The Holiday Inn, Mount Olive (15 miles)

The Holiday Inn MTO is conveniently located right next to the Residence Inn. This pet-friendly hotel has 141 rooms; when you book 10+ rooms, the couple of honor's room is complimentary. When you book 20+ rooms, they include your shuttles! The Holiday Inn has a bar, dining area and spacious conference rooms to rent for private after parties or breakfasts. Ask for Bob, he's a gem!

  • Most Popular Package for Weddings: Group Rate with king & double rooms; 1 comp room after 10 rooms booked the night of the wedding; roundtrip shuttle service for all block registered guests once 20 rooms are reserved the evening of the wedding. Complimentary directions cards & online booking link.

  • How Far Out Can You Book: As early as you want

  • Rooms: King guest room, double guest room, suites which must be requested in advance

  • Shuttles: First Student shuttle buses are included when you book 20+ rooms! You can upgrade your shuttles for an additional charge, but you'll be credited the amount that would have paid for the First Student buses, toward your upgrade.

  • Breakfast: Available for an additional charge; public & private areas

  • After Party: Available at the lounge bar at no additional charge

  • Bar/BYOB: Bar available. No BYOB

  • Pool: Yes | Gym: Yes | In-House Restaurant: Garden Café

  • Latest Renovations: 2017 & 2018

  • Contact Info: 973-448-3910 | rgnagey@hibuddlake.com {Bob}


The Courtyard Marriott, Mt. Arlington (20 miles)

The Courtyard Marriott MTA is conveniently located right off Route 80 {exit 30} near the Mount Arlington Train Station. When you first walk in, you're welcomed by an open floorplan with a bar, lounge area and café. They have a total of 125 rooms. The rooms were new, cozy and clean! This hotel definitely had one of the most modern look of them all throughout our tours. They have a pool, courtyard {fireplace coming soon!}, gym, café, bar and private conference rooms {to rent for after parties/private breakfast}. The rooms are fully-equipped with TVs, an iron, microwave, mini fridge and coffee maker. Everything is newly renovated at the Courtyard MTA, making it a comfortable setting for everyone.

  • Most Popular Package for Weddings: The Sapphire Package: with 15 rooms booked on the evening of your wedding - special rates per room for King & Doubles; 1 comp room for newlyweds on evening of your wedding; complimentary breakfast for newlyweds; $200 credit toward preferred shuttle company

  • How Far Out Can You Book: 1 year out

  • Rooms: 1-King Guest Room, 2-Queen Guest Room, Couples Suite {1-King + Sofa Bed} - suites must be requested in advance

  • Shuttles: $200 credit toward preferred shuttle company when you book a Sapphire or Opal package

  • Breakfast: Private breakfast buffet or prepaid breakfast options {all additional charge} - option for free breakfast voucher in Opal package

  • After Party: Available in the open lounge area & bar

  • Bar/BYOB: Bar available. No BYOB

  • Pool: No | Gym: Yes | In-House Restaurant: The Bistro

  • Latest Renovations: 2021

  • Contact Info: 973-770-2000 | events.cy@opalhotelsgroup.com {Julia}


The Holiday Inn, Mt. Arlington (20 miles)

The Holiday Inn Mt. Arlington is a newly renovated 78-room hotel right down the street from the Courtyard Marriott. We love this one for its inclusive wedding packages, new design and super clean rooms! This is a great place to stay! Linda is super friendly and helpful throughout the booking process.

  • Most Popular Package for Weddings: The Gold Package: 20+ rooms booked the night of the wedding, $300 credit, complimentary meeting room for afterparties, complimentary breakfast.

  • How Far Out Can You Book: Now booking through 2023

  • Rooms: Kings & double suites

  • Shuttles: Can use credit from either package

  • Breakfast: Included with everyone's room

  • After Party: Upon availability there is an afterparty room

  • Bar/BYOB: No bar available. BYOB allowed

  • Pool: No | Gym: Yes | In-House Restaurant: No

  • Contact Info: 973-770-7880 | sales.hiexpressnj@gmail.com {Linda}


The Hilton Garden Inn, Rockaway (25 miles)

The Hilton Garden Inn Rockaway is located just 30 minutes from Bear Brook Valley and conveniently located right off Route 80, amidst a shopping center in Rockaway NJ. It's surrounded by retail stores, a mall, restaurants, bars, spas, salons, an AMC movie theatre and more! It's a great location if you have travelers from out of town staying for the weekend too! We love the bar and outdoor patio for after gatherings.

  • Most Popular Package for Weddings: Room block package: 20+ rooms earns complimentary couples room + $250 shuttle credit toward preferred shuttle company

  • How Far Out Can You Book: 1 year out

  • Rooms: 1-King Guest Room, 2-Queen Guest Room, Couples Suite {King Deluxe} {1-King + Sofa Bed} - suites must be requested in advance

  • Shuttles: $250 credit toward preferred shuttle company with package

  • Breakfast: Available for an additional charge

  • After Party: Available in the open lounge area & bar for no additional charge. Option to have a private after party in banquet room with a bar cart at additional charge

  • Bar/BYOB: Bar available. No BYOB

  • Pool: Yes | Gym: Yes | In-House Restaurant: Yes

  • Latest Renovations: About 7 years ago, but planning to renovate December 2022

  • Contact Info: 973-328-0600 | dina.sullivan@hilton.com {Dina or Debbie}


The Homewood Suites by Hilton, Rockaway (25 miles)

The Homewood Suites Rockaway is located right near the Hilton Garden Inn, sharing the convenience of local shopping centers and entertainment. We love how all the rooms here are suites - if you have guests staying for the weekend this is a great place as they have kitchenettes in every room!

  • Most Popular Package for Weddings: Room block packages; 15-30 room cap during busy season, 40 room cap during off-season

  • How Far Out Can You Book: 1 year out

  • Rooms: 1-King Studio, 1-King 1-Bedroom, 1-King 2-Queen 2-Bedroom

  • Shuttles: Credit amount & number of rooms required to obtain the credit varies; credit goes toward preferred shuttle company

  • Breakfast: Breakfast is a deluxe continental right now {limited hot items} served in common area 6-9am on weekdays and 7-10 on holidays and weekends

  • After Party: Available in the open lounge area & patio for no additional charge {first come, first serve}

  • Bar/BYOB: BYOB. Limited wine & beer for sale in their market

  • Pool: Yes | Gym: Yes | In-House Restaurant: No

  • Latest Renovations: 2020

  • Contact Info: 973-989-8899 ext. 2 | angela.boston3@hilton.com {Angela} {email preferred}


The Towneplace Suites by Marriott, Rockaway (25 miles)

The Towneplace Suites is at the top of our list when it comes to comfort and cleanliness. This newly-renovated, 102-room hotel has it all: cute rooms, new amenities, fresh atmosphere, a laundry room, pool, fitness center, breakfast buffet and a map of town on the wall! We love how all the rooms feel upgraded, and of course the fun and inspirational quotes decorated on the walls! Conveniently located right off Route 80, this hotel is right next to the Homewood Suites {literally, their parking lots are merged} and right down the street from the Rockaway Mall, shopping centers and AMC movie theatre. It is worth mentioning we believe this hotel is better for more quiet parties, as they don't offer an after-party option.

  • Most Popular Package for Weddings: Group rate with a minimum of 12 rooms; complimentary king bed suite for couple on their wedding night

  • How Far Out Can You Book: No more than a year out

  • Rooms: 1-King Studio

  • Shuttles: $200 shuttle credit to Broadway Elite if you book 15+ rooms

  • Breakfast: Breakfast buffet included

  • After Party: No after parties {local recommendations available}

  • Bar/BYOB: No bar

  • Pool: Yes | Gym: Yes | In-House Restaurant: No

  • Contact Info: 973-659-9999 | charday.morris@marriott.com {Charday}


The Sheraton Parsippany by Marriott (34 miles)

The Sheraton Parsippany is a beautiful, grand castle hotel with a trendy bar & restaurant inside. Though a bit more of a distance from the venue {~40 min}, it has a great location and they include a shuttle {which might be worth the extra 10 minutes from the other hotels}! This massive 370-room hotel is located right off Route 80 and only 30 minutes from the airport and New York City {great for traveling guests}! The in-house restaurant is perfect for getting all 3 done in one location if you stay the night before: rehearsal dinner, after party & breakfast!

  • Most Popular Package for Weddings: Guestrooms with transportation included

  • How Far Out Can You Book: No limit, as far out as you'd like

  • Rooms: Kings, doubles, queens and suites

  • Shuttles: Shuttle can be included {through 'My Limo'} with special room package {+$40 per room vs. without transportation}

  • Breakfast: Available daily and can be added into the room packages

  • After Party: Available at the bar or private event spaces

  • Bar/BYOB: Amuse Bar is open daily; no BYOB

  • Pool: Yes | Gym: Yes {10,000 sq. foot health & aquatic center}

  • In-House Restaurant: Amuse Bar & Restaurant: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Latest Renovations: Event spaces 2019; guestroom plans start in Q4 2022

  • Contact Info: russell.clarke@sheratonparsippany.com


The Hanover Marriott, Whippany (37 miles)

The Hanover Marriott is the furthest from the venue but is another gorgeous, grand hotel recommended for a wedding stay! This comfortable and clean hotel has an Irish pub downstairs, perfect for rehearsal dinners & after parties. The Hanover Marriott is surrounded by top-rated restaurants, and it is one of the top hotels located near The Short Hills Mall, Metlife Stadium and The American Dream, making it perfect for an extended stay in Morris County, New Jersey.

  • Most Popular Package for Weddings: Wedding room block: once 15+ rooms are booked through your block, the couple of honor will get a standard king room complimentary for 1 night. There is an option to upgrade to a suite as well

  • How Far Out Can You Book: A year and a half in advance

  • Rooms: 1-King, 2-Full, King Suite, Hospitality Suite

  • Shuttles: Not offered. Should you want to book transportation, they provide a list of shuttle companies

  • Breakfast: 3 options: {1} Private breakfast available for an additional charge with 20p; minimum; {2} Seeds restaurant open each weekend with breakfast voucher from B&G (10 room block max); {3} daily breakfast from a la carte menu for guests to order and pay on their own

  • After Party: The Auld Shebeen - typically closes at 12am/1:45am depending on the day but you can request an extension in advance if you plan to have a later after party

  • Bar/BYOB: Bar available

  • Pool: No | Gym: Yes | In-House Restaurant: The Auld Shebeen, Seeds

  • Latest Renovations: A few years ago; next renovations planned for 2022

  • Contact Info: 973-989-4672 | esmith@hanovermarriott.com {Erica}

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All hotel policies are subject to change at their election.

The information for this post was collected February 2022.

 

Things to Consider When Booking a Hotel


  • Early Check-In: There are multiple wedding venues in the area, so there's a high chance there is a wedding the night before your stay {unless you're on a Thursday!}. Early check-in might not be possible {guests typically aren't in a rush to leave the next morning!}. Guests should consider staying at the hotel the night before if it's important for them to get to the hotel early.

  • Size: Consider the size of the hotel and the min/max amount of rooms you need for a block.

  • Popularity of Your Wedding Date: If your wedding is on a Saturday in October, the competition will be higher than, say, for someone with a Sunday wedding in February. If your date is in high demand, consider booking your room block as soon as the hotel allows you to.

  • In-House Dining Benefits: If the hotel has a restaurant/local dining, you could stay the night before and bang out all 3 at one place: {1} rehearsal dinner, {2} after party and {3} breakfast/brunch the next day!

  • Location: What is the most convenient for you? A far location from the venue might not seem ideal at first, but an extra 10-20 minutes on a shuttle isn't bad when the crew is already ready to go!

  • Be Kind: It can be super frustrating when you want to book your hotel in advance, but it's not early enough so your hotel won't let you {especially during SUCH a busy year for weddings!}. 9 times out of 10 the hotel's booking system physically will not let their staff book them out any earlier, so that is beyond their control!

  • Loud Crowd: If you're booking an after party and know your wedding crowd is super rowdy, consider booking a private room so that you don't disturb other guests staying at the hotel. A lot of the public areas are right near/in the front lobby. The Hilton Garden Inn at Rockaway has a private ballroom for after parties where they will wheel a bar cart into the private space so you can keep the party going!

  • Outside Space for Warmer Months: Consider looking at the hotels outside spaces if that's important to you and guests during the warmer months!

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