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The Hilton Short Hills- A sensational summer staycation minutes from NYC

We first visited the Hilton Short Hills ,a year ago and had a thoroughly enjoyable, short but delightful stay. This upscale resort hotel is located 25 minutes from New York City in the fabled town of Short Hills New Jersey. The Hilton is perfectly located within walking distance of the Short Hills mall famed for its high end shopping. Short Hills also has excellent upscale dining, The Paper Mill Playhouse, and some of the Tri-States most exquisite homes and estates.

We decided to revisit the hotel and its fabulous facilities at the invitation of the new General Manager Jan Larsen. Upon entering the hotel lobby we were once again impressed with the magnificent hand crafted crystal chandelier, and the marble and dark wood panelled decor . Our pass key was waiting at the front desk for a 2 room junior suite on the 7th floor (executive level) with special access to an executive dining area and business center. We were pleased to see that our suite had a fabulous view of the courtyard and the lush greenery around the hotel. The suite had a beautifully furnished living room, dining area, a master bathroom and lots of closet space. Our bedroom, was set off from the living room with attractive french doors, and had a large comfortable king bed, and a large flat screen tv, chairs and a small desk..

The Short Hills hilton is a perfect combination of a luxe resort , "state of the art"business center., and amazing catering facility. Business Travellers and guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools;"Eforea" a luxe beauty spa for both men and women; and the "Dining Room"a highly regarded upscale restaurant. There is also a highly active bar/lounge area on the lobby level with flat tvs, bar, music and a special dining menu. The Hilton is also known for its catering facilities meeting and banquet rooms, as well as many high profile events, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, birthdays, and business meetings.

After a brutal winter we were thrilled to once again find a serene oasis with, luxe amenities, great dining, gorgeous swimming pools, and a glamorous spa. Quickly unpacking we went downstairs to the "Eforea"Spa, where my wife experienced a thoroughly invigorating customized cleansing facial. While waiting for her in the Spas lounge, I soaked in the zen like atmosphere, . The sights of the greenery, the exotic smells of the massage oils, and the calming music were perfect for relaxing.

Eforea Spa is all about a memorable spa experience, for men and women. Eforea was created by Hilton to find the finest elements and practices from Europe, Asia, the Pacific, middle east, africa and the americas. Eforea offers a one of a kind spa experience for global and domestic travellers. eforea spa amenities include 13 private treatment rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, luxurious changing lounges, thermal elements, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a movement studio. During the summer, an outdoor pool is available. The management and aestheticians at the Spa were welcoming and made the Spa experience memorable.

Later in the afternoon I met with GM Jan Larsen, in the bar/lounge off the lobby. Jan is a highly articulate and professional executive/general manager with over 40 years of experience with the Hilton organization. His openness and insights about the hotel and hospitality business were refreshing and fascinating.The atmosphere in the bar/lounge was electric as visitors from around the world were watching the final games of the World Cup, and cheering for their favorite teams.

That evening my wife and I had dinner at "The Dining Room" a stunningly designed restaurant with large elegant tables and chairs and beautifully designed light fixtures. We relaxed, and enjoyed our meal from a menu that offered an excellent variety of fish, chicken, steaks, and farm to table local ingredients.

Our meal began with a series of special appetizers:

Asparagus Risotto-made with basil pesto, and toasted almonds

Chilled Shrimp and Avocado Cocktail- with a chunky compote

Loved the Risotto...

We then shared a a combination of Classic Ceasar Salad made with romaine, parmesan vinaigrette, and a newly designed Kale Salad made with quinoa, apple, citrus, and candied hazelnut, with a balsamic dressing. Both salads were excellent.

For our main course we created our own "surf and turf" gourmet plates:

A Brick Dough Salmon- with warm quinoa salad, preserved lemon aioli- The Salmon was baked in a see through envelope of brick dough and was absolutely delicious.

12 Ounce NY Strip Steak-- Perfectly prepared and plated- medium and mildly seasoned- accompanied by a bearnaise sauce and shoestring onions. Both dishes were served with pan roasted vegetables, foraged sauteed mushrooms and mashed potatoes.

We left the dining room on a sweet note with a small plate of Praline cheesecake with an oreo crust, and a pecan and warm caramel sauce. We also sampled a flourless chocolate torte with freshly whipped cream, and raspberry coulis.

We went back to our suite totally satieated and satisfied with our gourmet feast.

We awoke the following morning, skipped breakfast in the dining room, and enjoyed a modified american breakfast in the guest dining and business center on our floor. We had a light breakfast of cereal, toast, fresh fruit, and coffee and tea. Quick and enjoyable so that we were able to spend our last day by the outdoor pool, soaking in the fabulous sunny day.

The outdoor pool was packed with guests of all ages, attended to by courteous staff members,who supplied drinks and snacks. After luxuriating by the pool for a couple of hours, we went back to the indoor lounge for a mid afternoon snack of cheese burgers, homemade potatoe chips and iced tea. It was then time to pack up our bags and leave for home.

Thanks and Kudos to GM Jan Larsen, and his exceptional staff for their gracious hospitalitiy. The Hilton Short Hills offers the ultimate in a luxury local staycation. The resort hotel, spa and dining room are world class and the management and staff are among the finest we have had the pleasure of meeting. Our latest staycation at the Hilton Short Hills, reinforced our affection for one of our favorite vacation hideaways.

The Hilton Short Hills , 41 John F.Kennedy Parkway, Short Hills, NJ 07078 tel: 1-973-379-0100

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