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Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn
Ranked #15 of 15 Hotels in Princeton
Reviewed May 8, 2014

My wife and I have stayed in plenty of hotels over the years, and we both agreed this was our worst at any hotel. the first room had pet hair everywhere (floor, bed, chair, etc.) and smelled of perfumed cleaner. My wife is allergic, and she immediately began having an allergic reaction. The staff kindly agreed to switch our rooms. However, after walking through the maze of the building, at which point we passed double glass doors with a huge chain and padlock (why?), hallways with no working lights, we arrive at our "suite". We had to push hard to open the door, because a recent paint job had caused it to stick. Upon entering the room, we noticed the door to the balcony was completely open, and several of the lights didn't work.

We searched the room to make sure no one was inside. Fortunately, this room didn't smell, nor was there any pet hair. But, it was quite dingy and, certainly, hadn't been cleaned. There was dust, cobwebs, stains on the sheets, and human hair in various places. On top of that, there was poor water pressure in the shower and it didn't get very hot. The wallpaper was peeling in various places throughout the room.

Some of these things are understandable, but all of these things together made for a terrible stay. Apart from the staff, who were friendly and kind, the grounds and rooms were unacceptable.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

Very friendly front desk staff at check in. Room was clean, except for food being left in mini fridge. A tad noisy at times. Beds were comfy. Smaller tv than what you usually see. Didn't go to the restaurant/lounge as it was a bit pricey for the ratings it received.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights while in Princeton. Nothing much to shout about - it has a lounge/club attached whose patrons can be noisy. Even though the hotel seemed empty - they gave me a room which was quite a hike away. The signs inside the hotel are not clear. One of the exits is right next to a dump which is pathetic. Avoid if possible.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

My friends and I stayed there on February 12, 2014. We found the staff very friendly and helpful. The Clarion was clean and comfortable. I would recommend the Clarion to others. The food at the restrautant was very good. Maybe a little pricey but it was affordable.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

The service was good and it didnt cost me an arm and a leg... Good value... would use this place again... Varun is one of the managers and he was able to get me what I needed! The Pure restaurant and lounge next door offers a great dining option with plenty of craft beers on tap!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

Unbelievable bang for your buck with this hotel. Great wifi, flat screen tv, Keurig coffee maker, clean comfortable beds! Staff were amazing and a very beautiful snow covered courtyard. Also great location, Shopping center with wholefoods, marshals, ect next door and across the road from a trader joes and other places. Rare find in this area for the price.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

The staff at this hotel was friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, the night we stayed the boiler broke so we couldn't take showers and the t.v. wasn't working either. This was disappointing as we had gotten a great price on our stay and I'm in the area frequently to visit my in-laws.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn

Address: 3499 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540-5925
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Princeton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #15 of 15 Hotels in Princeton
Price Range: $74 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The upscale Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn is conveniently located just two miles from Princeton Unversity. This Princeton, NJ hotel is near popular attractions like Six Flags Great Adventure theme park, Sun Bank Arena, Rider University and The College Of New Jersey. The hotel is next to Whole Foods Market, and across the street from Carnegie Center office complex. The award winning PURE RESTAURANT and LOUNGE is located through the hotel's lobby and features casual to fine dining, with celebrity chef-prepared sushi, along with steak and unique menu items. Our signature cocktails are a great way to enjoy a relaxing evening in the lounge. Over 12 domestic and imported beers are available on tap and served ICE COLD. Our breakfast buffet is by far the finest in the area, and it's INCLUDED at no additional charge! You'll enjoy high-speeed wireless internet access, and we have refrigerators and microwave ovens in EVERY ROOM. All amenities are included in your room rate. Why stay at other hotels that charge fees for every item you touch? HBO, ESPN, and over 40 other channels are available on flat screen Televisions. Shuttle service to Princeton University is available at no additional charge (call us for details on the shuttle availability). Call us today to make reservations with one of our friendly representatives! ... more   less 
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