*There are POSITIVES to this hotel. Please note that the negative....might be more my opinion, and personal taste*
(Myself, and a few associates on this trip)
It seems I'll be making some trips to the Princeton/Lawrenceville area in Jersey. Previously, I stayed at a Sheraton in PA, had a nice experience, so thought I'd repeat Starwood again and do Westin....if anything, it might be better than Sheraton I figured.
Easy to find. We pulled up to the entrance, but no valet guy showed up...no biggie, we'll park ourselves but were hoping someone would unload the bags. No bellman showed up. I thought this was a full-service Westin, but ok...no biggie again. Parking yourself is fine, but it's a wee bit of a walk.
GREAT. No waiting, and I hope I remember his name....KAMRAN? Cameron? Was our front-desk agent and was wonderful. Very professional, enthusiastic, and he made sure that a few special requests were met....and they were. When I check-in with a good desk-agent like this I'm thinking "oh yeah, I picked the right place. My I'm good"
Not the most grandiose lobby but I liked it. Plenty of well thought out space for lounging, chatting, computer-surfing, etc. It isn't the 'grand lobby' designed to impress, but it's a sharp lobby designed to be used for real.
The Westin Bed IMO is best-in-business. Room was clean, and very well lit...something that is a shortcoming these days in many hotels. Shower pressure was not bad, toiletries were adequate.
I didn't eat there, but my colleagues did and reported that omelets and breakfast was nice....food and service both.
Not a bad sized pool, but I saw NO jacuzzi. On a work-trip, especially when on my own I look forward to that.....and nowadays even CourtyardMarriott's have a nice Jacuzzi. I was surprised that this Westin didn't....at least not by the pool.
SO...overall a nice place, but I CAN'T repeat. Sadly I'm going back to that town for 2 nights next week and will try elsewhere.
THE A/C in the rooms are NOT adequate. IMO, the room should get cold enough where one can sleep with a blanket. Yes, I know, it's great to show one's "Green" passions, where hotels put in "efficient" air conditioners. It's great the efficiency saves the hotel money, but the room was hot and not comfortable for me at all.
Look at the room pictures, the A/C vent is at the end of the room. Pointing AT a wall, nowhere close to the bed or livable part of the room. So the A/C is weak as it is, the thermostat is RIGHT under the vent...so while the thermostat thinks it's cold...it's NOT.
I know I sound nitpicky....but I'll say this. Go to room 349. Set the temp to 65-cold. Take a thermometer and IF it's truly 65 degrees by the sofa and bed.....show me, and I'll donate $300.00 to your favorite reputable charity.
So, while $259.00/night is not Four Seasons money, it's a healthy price to pay for a night. And one should be comfortable. I like a lot about this hotel, but if I can't sleep I can't stay.
It either means that whomever designs some hotel rooms hasn't ever stayed in one, OR we're using the "Green" crusade to chintz on the A/C bills. I respect those who support this, but please respect my preferences too.
Thanks for reading, safe travels to all.
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- Set in a beautiful suburban setting, The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village is situated in the picturesque Princeton Forrestal Village shopping center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Princeton At Forrestal Village Hotel Princeton
- Westin Forrestal Village
- Westin Princeton
- Princeton Westin