The Hilton Short Hills 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, excellent upscale dining, The Paper Mill Playhouse, and some of the Tri-States most beautiful homes and estates.
We revisited the hotel at the invitation of the new General Manager Jan Larsen. Entering the hotel lobby we were once again impressed with the magnificent hand crafted crystal chandelier, and the marble and dark wood panelled decor . We were pleased to see that our suite had a fabulous view of the the lush greenery around the hotel. Our bedroom, was set off from the living room with attractive french doors, with a comfortable king bed, and a large flat screen tv, chairs and a small desk.
The Short Hills hilton is a perfect combination of resort and state of the art business center. It is also one of the Garden State’s most popular catering facilities, with a large ballroom and several smaller rooms for business meetings, bar and bat mitzvah’s weddings, and events. I had the pleasure of meeting with Michelle Mitterer, Director of Event and Catering.We visited the Ballroom and the smaller event and business rooms. Michelle and the rooms were impressive and certainly one of the main reasons, the Hilton has maintained its pre-eminent position as one of the best hotels for weddings and bar mitzvahs. Business Travellers and guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor. swimming pools; outdoor tennis courts, a state of the art gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gourmet dining room and “the Retreat”, a “club like” bar and lounge with music and informal dining. The Hilton also features the renowned services of the Eforea Spa, a luxe beauty spa for both men and women.
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. We picked up our keys at the front desk, quickly unpacked and went down to the dining room for light supper of salad, burgers, and pie.We then relaxed in the “Retreat” lounge and then went up to our suite for a much needed rest.
The next morning we luxuriated in the sunlight coming into our room and enjoyed a luscious room service breakfast of hot and cold cereals, bacon and eggs, hot muffins with honey, tea and coffee. Our server Miriam was delightful, upbeat and meticulous. She started our day on a high note.
We decided to try and work off our meals at the conveniently located gym . After 90 minutes of stationery bike and treadmill, it was time to clean up and explore Short Hills. We took a quick car ride to the Short Hills Mall, explored some of the fabulous shops and then returned to the hotel for some fun in the sun. We spent a couple of hours at the fabulous outdoor pool which was filled with guests and “club” members from the town. The pool has facilities for young and old, as well as a small snack shack for exotic juice drinks, snacks, and sandwiches. Towels and food orders were handled by a young and enthusiastic crew of staff. Later in the afternoon we had scheduled a trip to the renowned Eforea Spa for customized cleansing facials. We were warmly welcomed by the Spa manager April Tidey, who then introduced us to our aestheticians.
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. We then returned to our room to shower relax, and get ready for a gourmet dining experience at the “Dining room”.
“The Dining Room” is a stunningly designed restaurant with large elegant tables and chairs and magnificent lighting fixtures. We felt like we were at a beautiful mansion with a private butler and staff. We had the opportunity to speak to chef Richard Kennedy, and learn more about the cuisine. At the Hilton, dining is about eating healthy food, farm to table, from local meat, fish and poultry purveyors. 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 feasted on :
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.
A large “certified Porterhouse”- 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. The steak was delectable and easy to slice and enjoy. Certified cattle are specially raised for their tenderness and quality.
We left the dining room on a sweet note with a small slice of Chocolate cake, and a lemon sorbet.. 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, enjoyed another fabulous breakfast in the dining room, 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 visiting the business center to review emails and then to 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 potato 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 and to Miriam Lieberman and April Tidey and the wonderful staff at Eforea. 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