Crowne Plaza Hotel, Conference Center Enter Final Phase of Improvements in N.J.

The 204-room Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Fairfield, N.J., has commenced the final stages of an extensive renovation that began last year with upgrades to its guest rooms, suites and meeting space, it announced last month. Scheduled for completion by early summer 2009, the final stage of renovations will outfit the property with a new lobby, a new entrance, a new restaurant, and a new "cyber lounge and bar for its business and group travelers," according to hotel officials.

"We are excited to be in the final stages of the hotel's re-creation," General Manager Sam Oliasami said in a statement. "We offer the area's best meeting facility, quality food and beverage, and incredible customer service. As meeting package experts, we are committed to exceed customer expectations and will guarantee a memorable event."

Upon completion of renovations, the Crowne Plaza Fairfield's redesigned entrance will feature a transitional-style lobby that will include an open layout with a library, living room, business center and multiple fireplaces. The new lobby—which will be updated with new flooring, wall coverings and furnishings—will provide access to a renovated restaurant that will feature a new lounge and a private dining room for small gatherings and events.

Already completed in 2008 as part of phase one renovations at the hotel were guest room upgrades, which included the addition of new carpet, drapes, artwork, lighting and furnishings, as well as new 32-inch flat-screen HDTVs; the installation of wireless Internet access throughout the hotel; and meeting space renovations that encompassed all 16,000 square feet of meeting space within the hotel's conference center, including its grand ballroom and pre-function areas, which were outfitted with new carpet, furnishings and fixtures.

"Our hotel is a destination of choice among meeting planners, corporate business and wedding planners," Olisasami said. "We are pleased that business has remained brisk throughout our re-creation. We are confident that our new meeting/banquet and restaurant facilities, coupled with exceptional customer service, will continue to distinguish the Crowne Plaza Fairfield Hotel and Conference Center as the premier group hotel in the northern New Jersey business corridor."