Visitors looking to spend the night in Newark can once again stay at 24 East Park Street.
A TRYP by Wyndham location has come to the old seven-story Carlton Hotel building between Military Park and the Gateway Center. The hotel, which is being referred to officially as “TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown,” opened its doors at the beginning of April, and includes a breakfast buffet for guests along with a restaurant serving lunch and dinner to the general public called Dutch’s. There are 101 rooms inside the Berger Organization-owned facility, according to the TRYP website, including some with fitness equipment, double beds, queen beds, and king beds. A shuttle service will reportedly be offered between the hotel and Newark Liberty International Airport.
The previous occupant was notable for the large sign atop the structure with the words “Carlton Hotel.” Built in 1920 as the Hotel St. Francis, the structure was described several years ago in a National Park Service report as “a very attractive example of early twentieth century, moderate-size hotel construction, although unfortunately somewhat altered in an unsympathetic way.” It was the site of a major fire in 1987, according to the Associated Press.
The last hotel to open in Downtown Newark was the Hotel Indigo in the former National State Bank building three years ago, but more could be coming. A 26-story hotel was proposed last year for nearby Park Place while the RBH Group’s Four Corners Millennium Project includes plans for a hotel. There were plans several years ago to open a Homewood Suites by Hilton in a 12-story office building at the corner of Raymond Boulevard and Commerce Streets, but the structure still remains empty.