The Hilton Short Hills has all the attributes that make for a great staycation. Located just 20 miles from New York City, the hotel is situated in the beautiful upscale town of Short Hills new jersey. The hotel’s brick and glass exterior dramatically contrasts with the luxurious, contemporary elegance that lies within. The Hotel has much to offer guests and vacationers: indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a glamourous wellness and beauty spa, a totally redesigned luxe dining room, a “state of the art” business “center , a spectacular catering facility/banquet rooms, and fabulous shopping at the nearby mall of short hills.
We had looked forward to our weekend at the Hilton Short Hills to see first hand the recently renovated hotel lobby, suites, and relaunched restaurant. Although we arrived at the hotel on an inclement Saturday, our day changed and became “sunny” as we entered this spectacular hotel. We were welcomed by Anthony Spagnolo, the front office manager and his enthusiastic staff. The newly redecorated lobby is exciting and beautiful with glamorous marble floors, luxe wall hangings and a new jewel like metallic concave element in the center of the ceiling.
Our check in was easy, quick and painless, and we were quickly escorted to our luxury suite on the executive level. The suite was elegant,luxurious, and spacious, with a living room, dining room and bedroom.
We then went down to the exciting hilton “eforea” spa for an afternoon of sublime relaxation and rest. Elizabeth Whitener the spa supervisor met us and told us about eforea and its treatments. . I then enjoyed a custom swedish massage. My wife experienced a customized cleansing facial. The zen like atmosphere, soothing music and the skilled hands of our aestheticians were all that we needed to help us reach a new level of rest and relaxation. The eforea spa at Hilton is beautifully designed and laid out for maximum enjoyment. It has a spacious indoor pool, relaxation room with refreshments, and a manicure/pedicure area. eforea is about a global spa experience, combining three distinct ranges of treatments( journeys) for men and women. eforea was created by Hilton to find the finest elements and practices from Europe, Asia Pacific, middle east, africa and the americas. The end result is a one of a kind spa experience for today’s global travellers and guests. Each treatment offers a unique therapuetic experience that clients will remember, while feeling more energetic. We came away from our treatments feeling revitalized and newly awakened to the joys of spa treatments. A wonderful interlude!
“Later that evening we had dinner at “the Dining Room” a stunningly redecorated and redesigned restaurant Elegant tables and chairs combined with magnificent light fixtures made the room look extraordinarily impressive. We were met by the restaurant’s assistant manager Ellen Trimboli who greeted us and escorted us to our table with a beautiful view. Our waitress for the evening was upbeat, knowledgeable and helpful as she suggested dining options from a menu created by Executive Chef Richard Kennedy. Chef Kennedy was kind enough to come by our table to introduce himself and discuss some of the dishes and their ingredients. The menu is filled with some old favorites from the original dining room, as well as new dishes designed personally by Chef Kennedy. The menu features natural home grown ingredients that are farm to table, along with boat to table from local fishermen.
We began our meal with a series of special appetizers:
Scallop Rockefeller made with spinach, pernod, bearnaise, and toasted panko.
Homemade Duck Sausage- with stewed chickpeas, carrot, and brussel sprout
These were followed by a classic caesar salad made with just the right amount of olive oil and parmesan cheese. Impressive!
For our main courses we were served three of the Dining Room favorites
Brick Dough Salmon– a large salmon wrapped in brick dough, root vegetable hash
Grilled Jumbo Shrimp each grilled in the shell, salsa verde, avocado aioli herb salad
Our entrees concluded with a tasting of the Hilton’s amazing, incredibly large and tasty Cowboy steak, which at 36 Oz. can easily serve a family of four. The steak came with Kale, and roasted garlic butter.
We finished our food extravaganza with tea and coffee and a “Cookie Jar” a chocolate chip bar, coconut macaroon, hazelnut tuiles, chocolate crackle, and thumbprint cookie served with vanilla infused milk. We left the Dining room totally satiated and satisfied.
We awoke to bright sunshine on Sunday morning and then enjoyed the Hilton’s renowned Sunday Brunch designed by Chef Kennedy and his team.The Brunch menu offers fabulous food, tables of breads, cheeses, and fruits, as well as food stations for omelettes, meats, and poultry. We particularly enjoyed the fresh peeled shrimp, and generous portions of incomparable red and black caviar. Lavish tables filled with assortment of hot and cold dishes were spread throughout the dining room and enhanced the brunch experience with their beauty and aromas.Brunch guests were given a choice of a complimentary Bloody Mary, Screwdriver or Mimosa. Our brunch crowd was an eclectic group of family’s, athletes, guests, and regulars. . We came away totally impressed and delighted at the elegant displays, fabulous food, and wonderful service.
Leaving Sunday brunch we briefly toured the large beautifully designed catering facility with its exquisite ballrooms and spiral staircase. We then left to return home from one of the best staycations we have ever experienced!
Thanks and Kudos to GM Pablo Torres for his exceptional hospitality. Pablo and his enthusiastic staff, have raised the Hilton Short Hills to a new higher level of Excellence! They made our staycation a completely joyful experience.
The Hilton Short Hills, 41 John F. Kennedy Parkway, Short Hills, NJ 07078