We really liked this Embassy Suites Hotel for our family vacation in August. The hotel is very clean and comfortable, if a bit dated. It is constructed in a 1970s-era arrangement with an indoor central court with windows in the rooms facing both outside to the exterior of the hotel and inside to the hotel’s central court. I love retro construction like this (in small doses), but even if you don’t I didn’t find it anyway disruptive in terms of noise or comfort.
The rooms themselves are very well-equipped with comfortable (if not luxurious) furniture and fixtures. We had a one bedroom suite that featured a bedroom and a living room with a small “kitchen” space that included a small countertop, sink and refrigerator. The bathroom, water pressure and temperature were all fine. There was also no problem in keeping the room a comfortable temperature.
The hotel offers a fantastic complimentary breakfast buffet. This was really great with copious quantities and good quality of all the kinds of breakfast foods you expect to see. If you enjoy breakfast buffets, you will not be disappointed by this one, which is also served in the hotel’s very comfortable and pleasant restaurant space.
The hotel offered a really enjoyable evening happy hour too. Beer, wine and liquor was available – modest selections but poured with great cheer by a bartender and served in the very pleasant courtyard space. Snacks were also served. A great way to grab a quick drink and wind-down a bit.
The common areas in the hotel are pleasant and well-kept. There is a decently-sized exercise room with a good assortment of equipment as well as a very nice indoor, heated pool.
Service was generally good to very good, but we found some rough spots: for example, the bar tender at the hotel’s bar (not the happy hour) was one of the rudest hotel employees I have ever met.
The hotel itself is situated off Route 202. The hotel is sufficiently distant from Route 202 that noise is not a problem. There is also shopping in either direction along Route 202 and the King of Prussia complex in Upper Merion is about 10 minutes away. The hotel is conveniently located for forays into Valley Forge but other high-volume attractions, like the Brandywine Valley and Philadelphia are much farther. This wasn’t a problem for us, but be aware to incorporate at least an hour of driving time into your itinerary if you intend to travel to one of these more distant locations.
Please note that hotels like this often have weekend events at the hotel or take on large group bookings for events held externally. When such groups have a disorderly nature they can be extremely disruptive. There were a few large groups at the hotel during our time there, but they not particularly disruptive, except for their ability to devour the contents of the morning buffets.
Overall, I really enjoyed this hotel – and would recommend especially for families with children and/or lovers of breakfast buffets. We've also stayed at the nearby Sheraton. While that's a fine hotel, I believe this ES offers a better value - larger rooms (suites) - has a nicer pool - and also provides the free buffet breakfast.
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- Embassy Suites Wayne
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