Firstly, I had lower expectations. I am a platinum Marriott traveler, so hotels are my second home, and I know what works and what doesn't. Thought I'd give this place a whirl, given a nice location, close to the airport and major highways. They deserve good marks for that.
What I did not appreciate is listings on several travel sites that call it "newly remodeled" etc. It's had some work to the lobby and room furnishings, such as picture-frames, yes, but it was hardly a complete remodel. Plastic 1970's tub, worn wooden desk and armoire, mixed with a funky sofa that I can only call "functional" rather than comfortable. This place was some sort of corporate re-do gone amuck, where clipping corners was quite evident. This could have gone so much better, corporate hotel-people, sheesh!
Hoteliers need to realize they must actually USE the furnishings they purchase and put in their "renovated" rooms, which Marriott often forgets, and where I give Hilton and Hyatt better marks. The desk was torturously uncomfortable, and the sofa was worthy of prison furnishings.
Jet noise from nearby MHT was only notable in the morning. Outdoor pool did not look terribly inviting, but was available. No exercise room.
The place did actually meet my expectations of a functional place to rest my head, on clean sheets and a decent location for business. If you're looking for a luxurious stay, this wasn't it, but then again, if you're just passing through and need some Zzzz's, this marks the spot.
Free airport shuttle and wireless internet were a plus, and the free breakfast had surprisingly healthy options. Contrary to the room's information book, there was no instruction anywhere on how to connect to the wireless...shame on you. I did figure it out eventually.
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