One of the places my wife and I love to go is Easton, PA, because they have excellent restaurants along with numerous bars and nightclubs all within a two block radius. The problem is that we don’t want to drink and drive, so we like to stay somewhere within walking distance. We discovered the Grand Eastonian while looking for a place to stay in Easton.
The Grand Eastonian is a really nice hotel. If you’re not familiar, you should check out their website. They generally offer two main room styles: suites and rooms. However, they’re known for their “suites”, which include modern kitchens with full size appliances, fireplaces (fake), dining areas, flat screen TVs, etc. The “rooms” are generally in line with standard hotel rooms, except the tubs are whirlpool tubs.
Generally speaking, if you pick from the internet, their suites are “queen” suites, with no whirlpool bath, and their rooms are king rooms with no kitchen, fridge, or anything except the whirlpool tub. But here’s the thing: the desk clerk told me that they intentionally only show two room types on the internet, even though they have many others (including a three floor room with 3 king bedrooms!) What they do is upgrade the early bookers in order to make the less popular rooms available for booking on the internet. So the earlier you book, the better chance you have of being upgraded at no charge. I think of the seven or eight times we’ve stayed there, we’ve been upgraded at least five or six times. I’m not sure why they do it this way, because they sell out almost every weekend. But no arguments from me. We’ve stayed in the best rooms they have, and they’re nothing short of spectacular. In fact, we just stayed there last weekend and were upgraded from a standard king room to a king suite with an additional queen bedroom.
With respect to the actual suites: they’ve always been clean when we’ve been there, although they have a rough look to them (the walls and ceilings appear to be bare cement support structures painted white.) Many times one or more lights are burned out, but they’ll replace them if you ask. And we’ve seen a couple of suites where the fireplace didn’t work properly (or at all). We’ve never really minded, however, since we were usually getting a suite for the price of a room. The configuration we’ve seen the most is a queen suite with the king room attached. Essentially the door between the two rooms is unlocked, and you get to use both. This gives you a queen bedroom, a king bedroom, a normal bathroom with standup shower, and a “master” bathroom with standup shower and whirlpool tub.
The staff is very friendly, and they all seem to like the hotel and the surrounding area. The hotel offers free continental breakfast most mornings, but we’ve never taken advantage of it since we actually live nearby (15 minutes away). Plus, Easton has some of the best eateries around!
All in all, it’s an excellent hotel in the middle of a city with a lot to do. We plan on going back a lot in the foreseeable future.