Thank you Veterans


Veterans are being honored today for their personal sacrifice to our great country.  Your ability to enjoy your various freedoms is because of the men and women willing to put it all on the line just for you.

So, today, businesses across our great country thank all our service people with a variety of discounts and freebies.

Our local area includes many of these special “thank you” deals.

Chili’s, Applebee’s, Olive Garden are all offering free meals from a selected menu to service people on Monday, November 11, 2013.

Olive Garden takes it a step further and will also offer 10% off the bill for the other people dining with the Veteran.  You can see the specifics of each business by clicking on them off this blog.

Outback Steakhouse is offering a Free Blooming Onion and a beverage on Monday, and will offer a 10% discount from November 12 through the end of the year.  Now that’s nice!

For a little get up and go, Starbucks is offering to Veterans, Active Duty and Military Spouses a free tall coffee.

You can also enjoy complimentary haircuts and car washes.

So get out there today and enjoy the freedom of choice.  Follow this link for a full listing of Veteran deals.

From all of us at Comfort Inn Middletown, NJ  We thank you, Veterans, from the bottom of our hearts.

Crack the Code 5K Race & Fundraising Luncheon


Crack the Code 5K Race in Holmdel, NJThe Crack the Code 5K Race is coming up quickly.  The weather has not cooperated for training purposes  and I’m hoping that I can at least finish in less than 30 minutes. It’s not a great goal, but a goal nonetheless.  In a previous post we detailed the race. For complete race information and they have a great website set up at http://www.crackthecode5k.com.  If you have more specific questions, you can reach Janet Clapp, Race Director at crackthecode.nj@gmail.com.  The race takes place Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Vonage Headquarters in Holmdel, NJ.  Registration begins at 8:00am, the 1 Mile Walk begins at 9:30am, the 5K begins at 10:00am and the Children’s Races are at 11:00am.  If anyone is traveling in from out-of-town to participate in the race the Comfort Inn Middletown has a discount available through our front desk call us at 732.671.3400.

Crack  the Code in conjunction with our friends over at the Outback Steakhouse are planning a fundraising luncheon for Saturday, April 24, 2010.  All of the profits will go to Crack the Code.  It will be held from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Outback Steakhouse located at 740 Route 35 South, Middletown, NJ 07748.  Tickets prices are $25 for adults and $15 for kids under 12.  The menu will consist of Sliced Sirloin, Chicken on the Barbie, and Alfredo Pasta with Broccoli.  Soda, Coffee and Tea re also included as well as freshly made cheesecake.  There will be a gift basket auction and you can get all the details at the Crack the Code Website.

The Inn-Side Story – Meet Our Comfort Inn Hotel Family


The INN-Side Story is going to be a weekly post to the blog so you can meet our Comfort Inn Hotel Family here in Middletown, NJ. Our hotel has been owned and operated by the Pappas and Morris families since it opened it’s doors in 1962 as the Howard Johnson’s. Back at that time both the Howard Johnson Restaurant and Lodge were owned by the families.

The Howard Johnson Restaurant was leveled  and the Outback Steakhouse opened on August 4, 1998.  The Comfort Inn Middletown opened May 5, 2005. Renovations continued on the hotel throughout 2006 and into 2007. The grand re-opening ceremony was in September 2007. Two state of the art conference rooms were added, the breakfast rooms was upgraded, hotel rooms were updated and the facade was replaced among many other upgrades.

Spiro Pappas GM of the Comfort Inn Middletown

Spiro Pappas wins "Franchisee of the Year" award in 1998

Meet Our Principal Owner and General Manager Spiro Pappas:

Spiro has had a long history with both the Howard Johnson Restaurant and hotel. He started with the company on June 3, 1975 and as he says “May that day live in infamy.” He worked in the restaurant as a Chef and as the Assistant Manager of the hotel. In 1983 he married his beautiful wife and was promoted to hotel General Manager. He has had a very successful career and was named “Manager of the Year” with Howard Johnson for the first out 4 times in 1987. Between 1998 and 1990 he and his wife had a son and a daughter.

Spiro earned his Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) in 1995.   He served as the Chairman of the Franchise Board for Howard Johnsons from 1997-1998. Spiro is also very active in the community and in ’96 he was elected to the Parish Council at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. He served as the President from 2003-5 and Vice President 2009-10. He was the Vice President of CBA’s Alumni Association for 2007-8 and President 2009-10. He has also served as the VP of the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association.

As the General Manager, Spiro is completely hands on in the day-to-day operations of the hotel. Most days you will find him answering the phone at the front desk, assisting housekeeping, or doing maintenance work on the grounds. He also enjoys entertaining guests with tales of the business and can be found having a cup of coffee with them in our breakfast room most mornings.  He is very dedicated to the hotel, his guests and employees.  Employee turnover is not an issue for him, many of his employees have worked him over ten years. He makes a special effort to treat them as individuals and recognize their unique talents.

Keep an eye out for future Inn-Side story posts.  I am going to try to highlight a person per week.  I am collecting stories, photos and memories to post here.  If you’ve had any experiences you would like to share I’d love to post them.  Please email us anything you would like to contribute, we’d love to hear from you.  Feel free to leave you comments below as well.

The Comfort Inn Middletown – “It’s not where you sleep, it’s who you sleep with.”

Valentine’s Day Package


Comfort Inn Middletown Valentine's Day package

Make your package reservation today for Valentine's Day

Just a quick reminder, Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Make your plans now to stay with the Middletown Comfort InnDetails for our hotel package with special features from Orange Skye Day and Wellness Spa are listed here. Call us today for reservations 732.671.3400. Reservations must be made in advance. After another snowstorm we are all going to be crawling the walls to get out of the house.

There’s a lot going on in the area between the restaurants and the theatres. The on property Outback Steakhouse has a great special you can read about here. The Shadowbrook has a Fabulous Five Course meal from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Saturday and Sunday nights for $40.00++ per person.   Gaetano’s has put together a great Valentine’s day menu as well.   The Count Basie Theatre will feature “If You Ever Leave Me… I’m Going With You!” Starring: Renee Taylor & Joe Bologna Thursday, February 11, 2010, 8:00 PM and   A Night of Old-Time-Doo-Wop Saturday, February 13, 2010, 7:30 PM.  Two Rivers Theatre will present “Barefoot in the Park” Friday, February 12 at 8:00pm and Sunday, February 14 at 3:00pm.

Valentines Day Middletown Outback Steakhouse Special


(**Note** This post is from 2010, we are currently working on our 2011 Special) We just got great news for Valentine’s Day!  Our neighbor, Lee Maziekien, Proprietor of the Outback Steakhouse dropped off their Valentine’s Day Package information at our front desk.  The Comfort Inn Middletown and the Outback Steakhouse are on the same property so it’s easy to stay with us and enjoy all our Valentine’s Day  package has to offer and dine with them.

Outback Steakhouse Middletown Bloomin' Onion part of Sweetheart Meal Special for Valentine's Day

Outback Steakhouse Middletown Bloomin' Onion

The Outback is offering their Sweetheart Meal February 12th 4pm – 11pm, February 13th 2pm – 11pm and February 14th 2pm to 9pm.  It includes a Bloomin’ Onion for Two to Share, Two 6 Ounce Outback Special and Lobster Combinations, choice of Freshly Made Side and Signature Salad per person, and share a generous slice of the Classic Cheesecake.  (Although it’s only 11:00am this is making me really hungry…)  The price is $43.95 per couple and tax and gratuity are not included.

Here’s a little more description for those of you that may not be familiar with the Outback Steakhouse Menu in Middletown. A Bloomin’s Onion is a true Outback Original.  The special onion is hand-carved by a dedicated bloomologist, cooked until golden brown and ready to dip into their spicy signature bloom sauce. The Outback Special is their Signature Sirloin Steak seasoned with bold spices and seared just right. The Signature Salad Options are A House Salad, Caesar Salad, Classic Bleu Cheese Wedge Salad and Bleu Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad.  Your choices for Freshly Made Sides are Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Aussie Fries, Dressed Baked Potato, Fresh Seasonal Veggies or a Sweet Potato.  Lastly the Classic Cheesecake is a New York Style Cheesecake served with a choice of Raspberry or Chocolate Sauce.

The Comfort Inn Middletown is offering our Valentine’s Day package along with Orange Skye Day and Wellness Spa and Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe.    It’s available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the same as the Outback Steakhouse. For $89.00 (plus tax of course) you get an overnight room in one of our Executive Kings,  Comfort Sunshine Breakfast the next morning, a 20% discount on the Valentine’s Day packages available at Orange Skye Day and Wellness Spa and Chocolate Truffles from Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe.  For reservations call 732.671.3400 or email.

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Count Basie Theatre, Jersey Shore Home Show, Happy Birthday Janet


The weekend is finally here and there are some great events happening in and near the Comfort Inn Middletown; Red Bank this weekend.  The Count Basie Theatre has events Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The 20th Annual Jersey Shore Home Show is also this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  If you are coming from out-of-town to the Middletown; Red Bank area, our hotel is the place to stay. Be sure to ask for the Count Basie Theatre rate.

Elvis’ 75 birthday was last Friday, the Count Basie Theatre is celebrating tonight at 8:00pm with an Elvis Birthday Bash and Costume contest.  The tribute show will feature hits from the early days right on through Elvis’ storied career.  This the sixth year Count Basie has been hosting this fun event.

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Spiro & Tracy Changing the Great Sign

Tomorrow afternoon Janet Reres will be celebrating her birthday in our first floor meeting room.  She will be celebrating with 50 of her closest friends and family.  We’d like to extend our best wishes to Janet for a very happy birthday.

"meeting room" "Middletown" "NJ"

Happy Birthday Janet!

Saturday night the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra takes over at the Count Basie Theatre.  The theme of the evening is Best of Italian Opera. Sunday, January 17 the Basie will have a show that any dog lover would not want to miss. Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix will take the stage at 3pm.  Johnny Peers has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy, Freckles, a Beagle mix, from the Humane Society in 1972.

The 20th Annual Jersey Shore Home Show will be held January 15, 16 & 17 in Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft Campus.   Home and Lifestyle expert Eddie Ross with appear all three days.  Exhibitors at the home show are professionals and local to Monmouth County.

The Comfort Inn Middletown; Red Bank would love to welcome regardless of the reason.  We are still running our hotel package Winter Wonderland Special through the 28th of February.  Book a queen bedded room for just $74.99 a night plus tax and our Comfort Sunshine Breakfast is included.  I leave here every night at 6:30pm right when the on premise Outback Steakhouse grills are pumping out steaks and other great food. It smells amazing.  My suggestion is to add dinner plans there, they open at 4:00pm and don’t forget to order the Bloomin’ Onion.