Enjoying quality and comfort at Comfort Inn


Comfort Suites in Mahwah, NJ. PHOTO SOURCE: ChoiceHotels.com

Comfort Suites in Mahwah, NJ. PHOTO SOURCE: ChoiceHotels.com

My husband and I rarely get any “alone” time. We are almost always with our teenage children. Don’t get me wrong, I love my children with ever fiber of my being, but I also love spending quality time with just my husband. After all, our family started out with just the two of us and in a few years when our kids are off on their own it’s just going to be the two of us again. We also do everything with our children in mind. It’s nice to have some time for ourselves even if it’s just dinner and a movie.

Our situation is a bit more complex. My husband and I have to sleep in the living room due to lack of space in our condo. We sleep on a sofa bed. Not only is it the most uncomfortable thing ever, we also have no privacy. It’s kind of hard to cuddle with your significant other when the bar in the bed is poking you in the back. Sigh…

A few months ago we spend the night at a hotel. Our kids are teenagers and we figured they could handle things on their own, especially caring or our “mini zoo”. Everything worked out great. The kids worked together to get things done and they even remained civil to one another (ha ha). Not only did that give us peace of mind but it was nice to know our pets were well taken care of. My husband and I were really able to enjoy ourselves without having to worry about anything. It was a wonderful experience.

Recently my husband and I decided to go away for the weekend. We chose to stay at one of Choice Hotels brand of hotels. Our first choice was all booked up but we found a great alternative.

Choice Hotels encompasses the following hotels.

  • Comfort Inn
  • Comfort Suites
  • Quality
  • Sleep Inn
  • Clarian
  • Cambria Suites
  • Main Stay Suites
  • Suburban
  • Econolodge
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Acend

Growing up my family and I traveled a lot. We stayed at a lot of Econolodge and Comfort Inn hotels. I am very familiar with those hotel chains. They are all a part of the Choice Hotels brand.

My husband and I opted to spend the weekend in near by New Jersey. It was far enough to be “different” but close enough in case we had to go home in case of an emergency.

We opted to stay at a Comfort Suites in Mahwah, New Jersey. The hotel is conveniently located on Route 17 and close to many great restaurants and plenty of shopping. It’s even close to New York City and both Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuaridia Airport are approximately 15 miles away (please take traffic into consideration).

I liked the location but I was a bit “iffy” on the noises from Route 17. Route 17 is a very busy roadway and the Comfort Suites hotel is right on Route 17.

We found the hotel with no problem at all.

The two gentlemen who greeted us at the front desk were very cordial and immediately made us feel welcome. We were checked in promptly and headed up to our room.

I should make note that this hotel is smoke free. We are grateful for that. There is nothing worse for a non-smoker then to be put in a room after a smoker was in it.

After a brief elevator ride to the 3rd floor we found our room. We were pleasantly surprised when we opened the door. The room was HUGE! Not only did it feature a king size bed but there was also a pull out sofa bed, fridge, microwave, coffee maker and a large flat screen television. Even the bathroom was huge.

The bed was so inviting that we wanted to dive right into it.

Check out our lovely room.


HUGE bathroom – plenty of counter space.

Bed 1

Check out this inviting bed.

Bed 2

The bed had plenty of pillows.


Chair and desk.


Huge closet


Coffee maker, microwave and large fridge.


View from the door looking toward the bed. My husband stuck his foot out so I could see him.


A nice assortment of bath products and soap.


Flat screen TV with cable.


The Comfort Suites in Mahwah, New Jersey offers guests FREE wireless high speed internet access, which was great. Most hotels charge extra for that.

In addition the hotel offers guests FREE coffee, FREE weekday newspaper, FREE local calls, FREE use of the exercise room and a FREE breakfast.

You can also find some snacks and drinks for sale in the hotel lobby and vending machines.

The hotel was so quiet

The hotel was so quiet

The hotel is not very big. Or at least it doesn’t seem that way. There were plenty of cars in the parking lot but we barely saw anyone while we were there except for some hotel employees.

The room and the hotel were very quick, even being right on a major roadway. We were very surprised by that.

I used the coffee maker that is in the room. I don’t recall what brand of coffee we had but it was very good. I figured it wouldn’t taste all that great but I found the coffee to be very good.


The bed was SO COMFORTABLE. My husband and I didn’t want to get out of it. We slept like babies on the bed.

The bed featured several pillows. Some were soft and some were firm. Guests can pick and choose which pillows they prefer to sleep with.

My husband said it was one of the best night’s sleep he’s had in a very long time.


Each room comes with plenty of accessories to make guests feel right at home like copy and fax services, hair dryers, ironing boards and plenty of AC and USB outlets to charge up your devices. There is even a coin operated laundry and valet service on site. There is plenty of parking too.

There is no shortage of places to eat close to the hotel. We ate at the Olive Garden which was only minutes down the road. Smash Burger is also down the road and that is another great food option. There are also plenty of coffee places to be found near by. The State Line Diner is across the way and they have great food too.

The hotel is located near A LOT of retail stores. If you like to shop Route 17 is the place to be.

Guests can enjoy a FREE morning breakfast at the Comfort Suites in Mahway, New Jersey too. There is plenty to chose from including make your own waffles (which are really good!), eggs, meat, cereal, pasteries, coffee and more. My apologies for not remembering to take a photo. Actually, my apologies for the poor photo quality of the images in this post. I had left my good camera at home and had to use my cellphone to take pictures.

If you happen to be checking out early you can enjoy a Your Suite Success™ Grab & Go bag which is available for the two hours prior to breakfast.

When we were ready to check out of our wonderful stay at the hotel I had noticed a pre-authorization charge on my account. I figured it was nothing to be concerned about but I figured I’d ask about it anyway. The gentleman at the front desk was very nice and explained to my that it was exactly what i thought it was – pre-authorization. He assured me the charge wouldn’t actually go through. He set my mind at ease and I appreciate that.

My husband and I had such a pleasant experience at this Comfort Suites hotel that we are planning on going back again.

If you are planning on a vacation or just looking to get away for a night or two, check out the hotels available in your destination at www.ChoiceHotels.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter (@ChoiceHotels).

Have you ever stayed at any of the Choice Hotel brands of hotels and suites? What did you think about them? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*I received a gift card to pay for my hotels expenses. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Enroll today in the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinics


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Do you have a teen driver in your family?

Our 17 year old finally took the plunge and got her learners permit. Now we’re just saving up to get her driving lessons. My husband and I both don’t think we have the patience or the “know how” to teach our daughter how to drive. We also feel like she would do better with a non-family member. We think she’s more likely to focus better. We’re also afraid that we might miss telling her important things. It’s best to  leave it to the “experts”.

I worry about my daughter driving. I don’t think she’ll be a bad driver, I just worry about the other little things she can’t control – like other drivers. Her safety is our #1 priority.

I remember when I first learned to drive. I think I was super paranoid at first. Then once I knew what I was doing I admit I showed off to my friends a bit and had a bit of a “lead foot”. In hindsight I was really foolish and if I could go back in time I would have taken safety much more seriously.

One safety tip that I learned that really came in handy was what to do if you are being followed.

When I was in my early 20’s I dated a guy who lived 6 hours away from where I lived. We would take turns driving back and forth to visit each other every other weekend. It was a long drive and many times the road was desolate. I was literally driving in the middle of no where. If I broke down I’d be in serious trouble. This was back in the day before there were cellphones.

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I would leave after work on Friday evening and leave to come home Sunday evening. I usually got back home around midnight.

On one of my trips back home there was a suspicious car behind me. I don’t know why the car stood out to me but it did. I suddenly felt very nervous.

I got off at one of the exists and the other car followed. Then I made my way back on to the main road and the car was right behind me again.

Then I remembered what my parents told me – if I am being followed I need to pull into a public place, or better yet, a Police station. Since I was unfamiliar with my surroundings I didn’t know where a Police station was. So I kept driving until I came across an exit where I knew there were stores and restaurants. I pulled my car into a restaurant parking lot (in a well lit area) and remained in my car with the door locked. I saw the car that was following me pass by. A few minutes later I saw it pass by again.

I waited a bit longer until I didn’t see the car, then I moved my car to another parking lot near by that was also well lit in hopes that if the driver came back they would see that my car was not there anymore and drive away.

After several minutes I felt confident that the driver was gone and I headed right back on the main road again and got out of there as quickly as I could. It was a very scary and dangerous situation.

I have told this story to my kids over and over again so that they know to do the same thing  if they are in a similar situation. Thankfully we have cellphones available to use these days so they can call 911 for help.

There is so much to teach teen drivers about safety. Toyota wants to help keep kids safe too. That is why they created the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinics. You can sign up for the clinic at a local Toyota dealership.

Here is more details about the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic.

This FREE 2.5 hour non-driving interactive session provides both pre-driver and new-driver teens, as well as their parents, a beyond basics approach to road safety. It includes car care tips, coaching techniques and other practical tools in a safe, non-sales environment. Families participate in hands-on activities in class and around the car to promote safe-driving behavior.
This interactive clinic will cover topics such as:

  • Defensive driving “universal truths” and best practices
  • Understanding your vehicle’s performance dynamics
  • Dangerous driving distractions and how to avoid them
  • Car operations, safety features and basic maintenance fundamentals
  • Communication and coaching tips for parents and teens
  • Mutual driving agreements for pre-driver/new-driver teens and their parents

I really like what these clinics have to offer. I was never taught car care tips when I was a teen driver. I’m in my mid-40’s and I still don’t know how to change a flat tire!

I also like that they teach defensive driving. I think that is super important for teens (and adults!) to know.

Best of all these important clinics are FREE! I really appreciate Toyota offering this to consumers. You don’t need to own a Toyota to participate either.

Currently I only have locations in the New York and New Jersey area.

  • 9/20: Liberty Toyota Burlington, NJ
  • 9/21: Holman Toyota Mount Laurel, NJ
  • 10/04: Gault Toyota Endicott, NY
  • 10/05: Lia Toyota of Colonie Schenectady, NY
  • 10/11: DCH Toyota City Mamaroneck, NY
  • 10/12: DCH Freehold Toyota Freehold, NJ
  • 10/18: Millennium Toyota Hempstead, NY
  • 10/19: Penn Toyota Greenvale, NY
  • 10/25: Autoland Toyota Springfield, NJ
  • 10/26: Bay Ridge Toyota Brooklyn, NY

I’m not sure if they are adding other dates or other states. I hope they will. I think everyone should have the opportunity to take one of these special clinics.

If you would like more information, or to attend on of the events, please RSVP here.

You can follow Toyota on Twitter (@Toyota) and the official hashtag for this event is #TeenDrive365.

What do you think about what Toyota is doing to keep teen drivers safe on the road?

Do you plan on attending one of these events?

Feel free to share your thoughts or personal stories about teen driving.

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This post was written as part of my association with TeenDrive365 and the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic. For more information on the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic, please visit http://ly/1nfUJ0e