Review of Marriott TownePlace Suites, Room #309
686 Huse Rd., Manchester, NH
Date of Stay: 10/6/13 - 10/12/13
There are several brands of Marriott hotels. This hotel is suited for budget-minded travelers that might need extended stay arrangements, a small kitchenette, with a good size refrigerator/freezer, 4-burner electric range with overhead electric vent and light, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, sink with disposal, coffee maker, pots, pans, eating utensils, etc.
The room has an average bath, decent work desk, adequate lighting, sofa, chair, coffee table and Samsung flat screen TV. Last, the beds are what Marriott is known for in my mind. They have the most comfortable beds of any property that I have ever visited. The room was quite adequate for two adults and was the smallest one offered. Adjacent to the Marriott TownePlace Suites is the Marriott Courtyard, the point being if you need to drive another 100 yards up Huse Road to the next property if you are looking for the TownePlace Suites.
Due to flight delays and weather, we checked in later than we had hoped but our room was still waiting for us around midnight. The check in process was fast and we were in our room within minutes.
The property has no sit-down restaurant and menus. The morning breakfast is a serve yourself affair that is taken in the lobby. Alternatively, one can prepare your breakfast selections, place them on a tray and take them back to your room. It was available from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Selections included several see through canisters of cereals, low fat milk, regular milk and sweeteners, including granulated sugars and calorie-free sweeteners. In addition to cereals, there were refrigerated egg, sausage, and cheese breakfast sandwiches (Jimmy Dean), ready for microwaving. In the same small refrigerator, I also saw small yogurt containers in several flavors, including a low fat one. There was a container of peeled hard boiled eggs. Other breads included cake muffins, blue berry muffins, bagels, white, and wheat breads with all sorts of condiments and spreads like jams, butter, cream cheese, etc. There were two juices, a grape juice (drink?) and orange juice, which tasted like fresh squeezed. There were three large thermoses, each contain hot water (for tea or powered hot chocolate), decaf coffee and regular coffee. Other items included several bowls of bananas and apples.
Outside of the inclusive serve yourself breakfast, TownePlace Suites has a section of snacks in the Lobby in an area trademarked as “In a Pinch”, where you can choose and purchase various packaged foods and snacks at the main desk.
The free WiFi in the rooms worked quite well but slowed down noticeably in the early evening, presumably when the hotel was full and usage was high. I believe all rooms were sold out during our stay.
The TownePlace Suites are ideally located, slightly northeast of the Manchester Regional airport and just south of the Mall of New Hampshire. There are plenty of restaurants and grocery stores in the area, north on Willow Street. The 3-story hotel has a good working elevator. We stayed in room #309.
The hotel uses proximity card readers to open public doors inside the hotel and also programmed for your individual room door. Room doors have inside dead bolts and twist lock on the door handle mechanism. There are no safes in the room, so only small articles can be stored down in reception in safe deposit like boxes. None appeared to be large enough to store a laptop. They boxes were quite small.
Other facilities exist within the hotel, including a small fitness room with a couple treadmills, one elliptical, and a weight bench. Next door was a small plunge pool perhaps 20-25’ long and 4’6” in depth. While the pool is totally indoors, I am not sure if it’s heated during the winter. With the price of energy, I doubt it. There are washing machines and dryers down by the lobby and a folding table, all very clean and apparently maintained.
During our stay, we encountered only a couple minor problems with the bathroom. When you ran the water in the sink, you could immediately smell a moldy odor coming from below, and I suspect there is some sort of leak from the faucet or broken pipe. The other issue was the toilet was leaking water from he tank down into the toilet, wasting water but not causing any issue of the toilet to stop working. I mentioned the above problems to the front desk on our day of departure but don’t know if they were fixed or addressed. Otherwise, there was good water pressure and plenty of hot water for showering and bathing.
The walls are fairly thin and we heard our neighbors door closing upon their arrival or leaving the room. Again, the Internet slowed down during the evening hours.
We booked several weeks before our stay and received the long-term rate (over five nights) for less than $95 per night, taxes included.
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