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Reviewed July 4, 2006

PROS:
- Unbelievable value for area -- $66-100/night (I found the $66 corporate rate for the full-size bed and desk w/3 chairs to be all I needed, plenty of room)
- Nice area just south of the Stratford Executive, right on the Long Island Sound (well away from northern Stratford and Bridgeport to the west)
- Owned and run by a family for 3 generations -- very, very accommodiating and friendly (2nd generation owners with 3rd generation son and 2 daughters)
- 50 year-old hotel, but refurbished a couple of years ago -- currently 29 rooms and a 150 seat restaurant (good value and nice view)
- Fridge and microwave in most rooms (mine had a mini-fridge and microwave)
- Free 802.11b/g WiFi Internet (no additonal charges)
- Now associated with Choice Hotels (Rodeway Inn) -- big chain, small family hotel/diner
- Nearly all of the non-smoking rooms are in their "own corner" and away from the rest of smoking rooms (unlike other hotels where they are "just across the hall")

CONS:
- Very few non-smoking rooms, I believe only 4 (not sure)? But as I noted above, 3 of them (including one I'm staying in), are on the 2nd floor in their own corner (a nice PRO in my book).
- No elevator, so if you have any handicap, don't book the 2nd floor (it took me a bit to lug all of the boxes in my "portable office" up)

CONSULTING IN FAIRFAX, CT

I'm a business traveler and I often stay in a hotel for the first few weeks (or even months) on various 3-6 month consulting assignments away from home. Being I'm from Orlando, I'm rather "picky" on service and most places "fail the grade." Although I've been to Manhattan (as well as Boston) before, I've never been on the other side of the Long Island Sound. I was starting a new contract in Fairfield, CT at the beginning of the month, and I was already barking about the federal per-diem rate being only $171/day.

That's because almost every hotel in and between Fairfax and Milford is $150+. Even the Extended Stay / Homestead Suite 20 miles away in Shelton wanted $150/night, $105/night for a full week stay. Most of the hotel reviews in the are rather mixed, because the areas east of Fairfield and west of New Haven -- especially Bridgeport -- are more "run down." I can see why some people wouldn't feel safe in certain areas (and I'm going to stick to getting on I-95 to get to Fairfax and not going north into Stratford and west into Bridgeport). I really can't believe people pay $100 or even $150+ to stay in those areas -- let alone, again, how the federal government is only allowing $171/day for meals and hotel!

There was only one other review of this hotel before I booked, but I'm always willing to try something at $66/night for a corporate rate that wasn't an ocean-view. Boy, sometimes you really get a lot more than you pay for!

A TOTAL FIND, FROM FAIRFAX TO NEW HAVEN!

First off, I arrived early. The owner let me check-in early for no additional charge, and was completely accommodating the entire time (especially since I woke him up at 4:30am -- almost 12 hours before my scheduled check-in). He also went ahead and reserved my non-smoking room for a longer period than I could guarantee I'd stay, and said I can always tell him if I was going to leave earlier.

The room is larger than I'm used to in many Extended Stay and other suites. It could easily fit a king size bed and two tables (it had one table and 3 chairs with the full size bed). The bathroom was nicely done, including sliding glass. Although the hotel does hint of some age, the remodeling done 2 years ago still makes it very nice and comfortable.

Secondly, the location is beautiful -- right along the Long Island Sound. It's south of I-95, in the Stratford Executive area. Sikorsky Memorial Airport is just a few blocks away (although USAir was the last commercial airline to operate there back in 1999 -- that would have been a nice bonus if they or Delta still operated there). It's hidden on the sound, surrounded by nice, older homes that feels like a family-oriented neighborhood.

The 150 seat restaurant still offers a great view if you didn't pay for a beach-side room. There are several benches out in front that many people visit, especially if they just stop in for ice cream instead of sitting down for dinner. The restaurant is very reasonably charged, service is fast (even when packed -- which it is commonly for breakfast) and the quality is what you should expect from a family diner of several generations.

Lastly, to top it off, 802.11b/g WiFi Internet access is free! No $4.95/day charge like I typically get at Extended Stay Hotels. Performance was probably better than other hotels, because only 29 rooms are leeching off the same broadband connection to the Internet, instead of 50-100+.

They just joined the Choice Hotels (Rodeway Inn) chain in the past year, which means you can get various benefits and discounts. E.g., I believe I earn 750 Delta SkyMiles for every 6 nights I stay (the owner instantly found me in their computer and linked my stay to my membership). Frankly, I feel like calling Choice up and telling them to send down some executives and tell them that they should expand and add more of these Family hotels to their chain! Or at least make Marnick's a model to follow when it comes to smaller, family-owned hotels in their franchise!

STILL NOT SURE?

Walk up and just order some ice cream, or even sit down for dinner, and get to know the family. There's always a son or daughter around, if not the owners themselves. I know I will do so, even if I end up getting an apartment later in the coming weeks.

ADDITIONAL HISTORY ...

For almost 50 years, Marnick's hotel and diner has served travelers and the community along the Long Island Sound in southern Stratford, CT. The family's first generation, Marge and Nick (hence the name), took ownership in 1957 with a 5 apartment, 3 rooms and quickly added ice cream and pinball machines. They began offering rooms for rent in 1965. The hotel was later expanded and the second generation took over in 1979. The hotel was renovated a couple of years ago to its current number of 29 rooms and 150 seat restaurant.

Stayed: July 2006
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Reviewed May 8, 2006

We recently needed to stay overnight near NYC before taking a flight out the following day. We were intrigued with the Rodeway Inn description on the web as being right on the Long Island Sound, so we booked it. What a lovely place! We had a very large room with a king bed, comfortable table and chairs in front of a gorgeous view of the Sound with the ferry taking off from Bridgeport regularly for Port Jefferson on Long Island. They provide free wi-fi and microwave and fridge. There is a very nice, reasonably priced restaurant downstairs, with full water views from just about every table. I wish we could go back, but it's not easy since we live in Seattle.

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