Our daughter will be starting school at Rider University in the fall and we were visiting campus. We chose this property to use our Marriott Rewards points and it was a good choice.
The hotel is very nicely decorated and looks recently renovated.
The desk staff was fine, though not overly friendly. We did have one problem during our stay with a noisy teen group in the room next to us but when I complained, it got taken care of and the rest of the night was fine.
The pool and fitness room were nice, though it was rather warm in the fitness room. Also, there was no effort to keep children out of there. While I was exercising, 3 different young children (probably under 12) came in and played on the equipment which is both distracting and dangerous.
An unexpected highlight of our stay was the food at the onsite restaurant. I don't expect much of hotel food but this was actually quite good. The first night we got the hummus plate which was fresh, moist hummus served with warm pita, carrots, cucumbers, and celery. We also got a pizza which was surprisingly good. Even our daughter, who is rather picky, really enjoyed it. The second night, we got another pizza which was just as good and I had the French dip sandwich which was excellent. Moist, tender meat on a tasty roll served with coleslaw and chips. Again, surprisingly good.
The one weak spot was the staff. As I said, the front desk was efficient but not particularly friendly. I'm a Marriott Gold member and there was no acknowledgement of that at all. Most hotels give rewards members a little gift bag or at least thank them for being members. Not here. The staff at the restaurant seemed entirely disengaged as if they had no desire at all to be there. One person working the counter was dressed in a graphic t-shirt, not at all professional, with an attitude to match. She did the job okay but something was missing.
There is a regional airport across the street but we never heard a sound from airplanes.
All things considered, a good stay and we would definitely stay here again. Seeing as our child will be spending the next 4 years there, I'm sure we'll be back.
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