I stayed six nights at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. I was traveling for business from Europe to New Jersey. I couldn't explore the area around the hotel, but there were plenty of great places to eat around the hotel. When I arrived at the hotel to check in, there was a line, but the Director of Hotel Operations, Michael, came out to assist guests checking into their rooms. The process of checking in was speedy. It was very welcoming to have music playing on the TV as you entered your room. After a long day of traveling, it felt great to lie down and nap finally. The bed, sheets, and pillows were the most comfortable I have ever slept on. My co-workers and I decided to go to the executive lounge for breakfast the following day. While walking from my room to the executive lounge, I passed a few maids, the front desk, and baristas behind the bar; everyone said either good morning or hello. The hospitality of the staff at this Marriott is unremarkable. The gym at the hotel is one of the better ones I have been to because it has plenty of treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights. The hotel also has an indoor pool, another excellent way to relax after a long day. I recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in the Princeton, NJ, area. Great hospitality and the perfect place to relax!…
We had a fantastic weekend getaway! It was my birthday, and we wanted to just have a quick getaway-for some rest and relaxation. We've never been at this hotel before (about an hour away), and we figured we would try it. What a nice weekend we had! First of all, everyone who works there is so friendly and helpful. And before we arrived, they upgraded us to a junior suite (I'm a Platinum Elite Marriott member) We wish we got everyone's name to give a shout out, but we only remember the name of the lovely lady who checked us in, Christy. She gave us quite the welcome. She provided restaurant suggestions for the town of Princeton and nearby, she told us she was sending up a little surprise for my birthday, and she answered all our questions about the hotel amenities. Since it was a weekend, the concierge lounge (for Platinum members) was closed, so she provided us with vouchers for the buffet breakfast which was terrific. And the service there was great, too! Our room was large, bed was comfortable, large bathroom, great shower and amenities, For dinner we ordered from their restaurant (room service), and everything was tasty. The pool was mostly empty, so lots of space. We didn't use the spa, but next time we return, we'll certainly make use of it! We took a 40-minute walk on their path through the trees—it was quiet and peaceful. They had a nice robe and padded slippers in the closet. If we needed another one, they would have brought it up. Even though there is a lot of light in the room and bathroom, it might be good to bring a make-up mirror if you want extra lighting. Can't think of any other suggestions-everything was perfect. We will be back soon!…
Very seamless and well orchestrated check-in. Front desk clerk (Sanjay) and Front Office Manager ( Alexander), have professional and customer focused attitude. Hotel is well-maintained and common areas are clean and clutter free. Hotel rooms average size with standard Marriott furnishings and fixtures. Room is dated and needs updating. Bathroom needs upgrading as well. Without valet service you are obligated to park at distance from hotel and walk back. I suspect that CoVid is cause of this service adjustment. Other than minor disconnects this is property certainly deserves return visits.
We've been using the Princeton Marriott @ Forrestal for over five years, and they have always exceeded our expectations and the expectations of our clients. The meeting rooms are spacious, the food is incredible, and best of all, each staff person is kind, considerate, and goes the extra mile, from Rick the do everything tech guy, to Renee and Mario and all the people who work there. The surrounding forest has good trails and is a relaxing environment to wake up in.
My in laws stayed here for thanksgiving. Emma and Alex, the Managers, went over the top. They accommodated my father in law with handicap accessibility, bringing bags to the room, and just general kindness. It’s over the top the cost, I can’t wait to bring my in laws back!
We are long time Marriott Vacation Club members and have been to Marriott's all over the world. We felt compelled to give this one a special review because it was such a special spot. We had the pleasure of meeting the Manager, Michael Marino who elevated the experience with very personalized service and his genuine care and conversation. The hotel is a hidden gem with some beautiful sitting areas inside and out. We always pick this hotel for our visits to the Princeton area.
First, let’s talk about the entrance. Absolutely hideous. Looks like an abandoned ski lodge in the forest. Staff was atrocious. Everything takes forever to arrive and items are low quality. Dust and filth covers the small, cramped room. Shower is mediocre with reasonable water pressure. Otherwise, bathroom is far to small. The breakfast buffet was another disappointment. The options took forever to understand and the check came out all mixed up. When we came back to the room, it had a profuse scent of cigarettes. The smell was absolutely horrifying. Overall, the facilities are nasty and covered in grime. Keep your sanity and stay somewhere else.
While the location and and setting are great, this hotel is in need of a major remodel. The rooms may be the most dated hotel rooms I have stayed at in some time. Furthermore, there is a smell of must and mildew throughout the hotel. Carpets look like they are from the 1990s. The restaurant staff is very inattentive, food had no taste. However, coffee was great!
Upon arrival the room had a strong musty/mildewy odor. The receptionist was nice and we changed rooms which smelled better but the AC never really cooled the room well. We were all too tired to complain or move our things again especially as our kids already fell asleep. My real issue was with the amenities the hotel advertises as. My brother in law picked this because of the resort like amenities. But they were very lacking Tennis was separate indoor courts that charge $25/hour for use and need to be reserved in advance (and have very limited hours) The basketball court is an overrun piece of asphalt and a small hoop that wasn’t maintained well. When i asked if that was the court referenced, I was given a sheepish yes and a shrug. Like they knew it was an issuw. The indoor pool was freezing cold. When we said something to management they replied it was 89 degrees. (We we’re all too cold to stay in it). No vouchers for breakfast or any apologies were offered etc. The game room was cute with a small room that had foosball, pool and shuffleboard (probably one group can use the room at a time). We tried to make the best of it. But it was disappointing that we spent a lot of money to make a weekend at the hotel and really didn’t feel like the amenities were as advertised.…
Stayed 4 nights for a business trip. While the location and and setting are really good, the hotel needs a complete remodel. The rooms may be the most dated hotel rooms I have stayed at in some time. Furthermore, the room smells like must and mildew and the AC barely keeps the room at a comfortable temperature. I will be staying at other Marriott properties in the area from now on.
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