We moved out from the Fairfield Inn just across the road from this property after a disappointing experience there. Whilst this is similar to Marriott's 'Residence Inn' offering, it had common features that you expect from a Marriott flagged property. The rooms are sizeable, with a full kitchen, although ours had an awful 'indian' food stench every time you walked in, and it was a shame we were provided a different room to the one which they had shown us when we first enquired. Also the bathroom walls and shower curtains had hairs on from previous guests, which isn't to the quality that I would expect. So those were the two minor negatives that take away from an overall positive experience.
Maureen, the very pleasant and well meaning sales manager, talks a lot and sometimes inappropriately reflecting her overtly conservative views at times when the recipients (eg. us) don't have time to chat. But I'd prefer this over rude, and uncaring staff members. Mark the GM, seemed to manage the front desk most of the time which seemed odd, but was very accommodating and helped with a view 'debit card' issues that we were having. (Remember - always hand a credit card in when checking in, which for some bizarre reason we forgot this time).
The breakfast is included and ends relatively early at 9am but has a variety of options including waffles, toast, muffins, cereals and yoghurts. Nothing fancy but not too bad. We did decide to head over to the nearby Starbucks on occasion though. There is a sizeable pool with hot tub at the property which is open till midnight and seemed very popular and was only busy with children at the weekends.
The local roads on the route into the property need fixing, as well as someone requesting the snow to be ploughed as it had been for all the neighbouring properties. It otherwise does feel, as it is located, a little out of the way from all the other buildings in this area of the Millcreek mall. Of course it is through being near the mall, that this hotel has the tag of being in a good location, and it genuinely is, enabling you to get access to most retail and dining options within this area of Erie.
So in summary, a good place if you're planning a low price visit to Erie, or are needing a place to stay for a longer period of time. It won't astound you, but it certainly won't let you down. All the little bits from the more reputable Marriott hotels feature, including free wifi and local calls,(and the less enticing, thin toilet paper and small bath towels) are what made this a much better and more comfortable stay than our time at the Fairfield which we didn't recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The TownePlace Suites by Marriott® Erie, PA, adjacent to the newly remodeled 170+ store Millcreek Mall Complex, is just the destination whether you need to stay one or one hundred nights! With our great long term stay rates you'll get more than you expected while paying less than you thought! The hotel is convenient to Hamot and St. Vincent Hospitals, Gannon and Mercyhurst Colleges and Edinboro and Penn State Behrend University. ... more less
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