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“Mostly very good” 4 of 5 stars
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Boston Marriott Peabody
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   8A Centennial Dr., Peabody, MA 01960   |  
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Concord, New Hampshire
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27 hotel reviews
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“Mostly very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

For an off-the-beaten path of Boston, but close enough to enjoy the city and surrounding sites, the Peabody Boston Marriott is in a perfect location. Not far from the House of Seven Gables, or the witches of Salem, or the beautiful seaside of northeastern Massachusetts, the hotel offers a nice spot to rest between touring.

I was given a room on the first floor to accommodate problems I've been having with walking. The room itself was quite large (as was the bath), with a ground level view of the indoor pool. Had the weather been nicer, I'd have had a lovely outdoor spot to sit, but it was raining.

The best thing — by far — was the bed. I don't know the brand, but (for me) it was one of the most comfortable beds I've slept on, rivaling the beds used by Holland America in its cabins and suite: like sleeping on a cloud.

The layout is a little odd though. The bed and flat panel TV are parallel to one another. Fortunately, you can angle the TV (which is bolted to the dresser) so it's facing you while you lay in bed. It's hard to figure why the bed wasn't placed against the wall facing the dresser... that would have added some feng shui, but I admit I'm an interior decor snob.

The room had a good size desk and an upholstered swivel/rock desk chair, but you need a cable to hook up to their free internet connection. If you want wi-fi, it's extra.

There's also an upholstered "living room" chair, a small refrigerator, a one-cup coffee maker, a hair dryer (bolted to the wall) and, if you land in room 134, an air-conditioner/heater that might drive you crazy: it's attached to the exterior wall, and has nothing to do with the thermometer that's on the inner wall near the bed. There's only one speed (high), and getting the setting so it's not too hot and not too cold takes a lot of getting up and down to adjust the dials.

The on-site restaurant is convenient, and comfortably appointed. I ordered the grilled salmon and it was fishier (older) than I'd have liked.

Room service was on the slow side, but I noted there was a wedding at the hotel, so it might be the staff were simply overwhelmed.

Staff were friendly, the public spaces are kept quite nice and clear, there's a snack bar next to the check in desk with bags of chips and such, a gym, business center, and pretty much everything else you'd want from a 3-4 star hotel.

Were I to need to be in the area again, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here, but I'd probably wander out to one of the nearby restaurants for dinner.

Room Tip: Room 134 is on the ground floor, but is quiet and comfy...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cleveland, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

I stayed 3 nights at this hotel in August 2012. The Marriott Peabody provided: 1) Great food 2) Great service 3) Super comfie bed 4) Fun bar area It's very close to Salem which makes for a fun night out in a quaint New England town.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boynton Beach, FL
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Business Trip Sep 9-12, 2012
Room: nice room and great bed. I slept very well. Single Serving Coffee Maker in room with little creamer cups instead of powder creamer.
Concierge Lounge: small but nice and very good breakfast offered. I didn't go for the evening appetizers or dessert so can't say what they had.
Restaurant/Bar: large but surprisingly cozy. Food very good - while I was there it was a busy place - maybe because there isn't anything within walking distance of the hotel.
Hospitality: Everyone was very friendly - they even had a greeter there each day who asked if there was anything she could do to assist.
Drawback: Coffee set up just outside of the restaurant makes it appear that it is complimentary but there were no cups. You have to pay for the coffee at the hostess stand in order to get a cup. Seems like a small thing to offer complimentary coffee in the morning at least. A colleague came to pick me up one morning and I was surprised to find out that there was a charge for the coffee - no big deal. I bought her a cup.
The cost for the room was very very reasonable.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mystic, Connecticut
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

After a long day, the staff was very nice and checked me in right away. There were plenty of front desk staff, so nobody was waiting. The room was clean and comfortable. I actually ate at the lobby restaurant, Sophia's, twice. It was quiet and I had the same server both times and she was a sweetheart. Overall a very nice place.
One thing to beware of for travelers, if you are going into Boston in the morning, the GPS will tell you 20 minutes but prepare for closer to 75 minutes.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

This hotel is ok for the price and the location. The staff was nice and the rooms were clean, but our room had an oder to it and our view was of a parking lot. It has an indoor pool, but we were there in the summer and wanted to be outside. I may not stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tunis, Tunisia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Conveniently located just off the main highway for visiting Gloucester/Rockport and Salem while being only 25 mins to Logan airport. Plenty of free parking. Friendly staff. Only thing letting it down was really slow service for breakfast - who has an hour to get french toast?

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis
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100 reviews 100 reviews
97 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

First and foremost, there is nothing really to complain about with respect to this property. However, there is nothing special about this hotel either. It is clearly an older property and it shows its age. It is clean and the staff was friendly, however pieces are just getting old and worn. For example, the furniture is dated, the lock on the door was broken, the room layout is uninspired. It is nothing more than a place to sleep while travelling for business.

That being said, the location is less than ideal for a business traveler. Getting to and from the airport is slow and indirect. Once there you are near a larger mall and shopping area. But not an easy trip back to the aiport when you are ready to leave town.

Again, not a terrible property. Just not a unique or special property. For the price I will next time look someplace else.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Boston Marriott Peabody

Address: 8A Centennial Dr., Peabody, MA 01960
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Peabody
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Peabody
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Boston Marriott Peabody 3.5*
Number of rooms: 256
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on Boston's North Shore, the Boston Marriott Peabody is a short drive from Salem, Massachusetts, Gloucester and Rockport. Positioned within the Centennial Park business corridor, this Peabody, MA hotel is only 20 minutes from Logan International Airport and downtown Boston, MA. Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, our hotel's staff is dedicated to making your stay unforgettable. At our hotel near Salem, MA, guests will enjoy our spacious accommodations and deluxe room amenities, including FREE high-speed internet, 32" HDTV's and plush bedding. Enjoy a delicious meal at Sophia's, our on-site Peabody restaurant, or relax and stay fit at the indoor swimming pool and fitness center. With 10,735 sq ft of versatile event space, the Boston Marriott Peabody creates a distinguished setting for lucrative business engagements, cherished social gatherings, and elegant wedding receptions in Peabody, MA. We have everything you need for a productive and enjoyable stay. ... more   less 
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