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Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Princeton
Certificate of Excellence
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Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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“Seen better times!”
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed at this hotel at least yearly for a number of years. Initially, it was very clean in all of the rooms and common areas. This is not the case now. Some of the rooms are tired and need updating... painting, changing chairs, etc...
The restaurant leaves much to be desired. The menus were dirty and sticky, as were the tables. The food and drinks were meh...... and not cheap!!
maybe we need to rethink where we stay.... There is lots to choose from in the area .....

  • Stayed July 2013
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Tristen M, Guest Relations Manager at Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
We appreciate that you took the time to review our hotel. I will pass on your comments about our food and beverage offerings to our Executive Chef. We will use your feedback about our cleanliness and maintenance to keep improving and we hope you give us another opportunity in the future. Thank you very much.
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

This was my second stay in the Princeton Marriott Forrestal, and all I could stay is: It's nice and quiet hotel. The good part, is that you will seamlessly transit in this hotel. You will check-in, you will stay, and check out without even noticing. Everything will go smoothly. If you are on business, this hotel will be good spot. On the other hand, don't expect an unforgettable stay.

The bar on the first floor could be fun if you are bored, they serve good food and some nice drinks, but you should definitely with some friends or colleagues to have a bit of fun.

The staff are quite nice, friendly and very professional. They will attend to every single of your demands.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Took our family here for a 3-day weekend summer stay. Room was fine. Loved the spacious common areas, pool and exercise facilities. Wanted to give a special mention to the restaurant manager and staff who looked after us for breakfast both mornings - you folks are wonderful! The hotel staff in general were friendly, helpful and polite.

Only 2 minor complaints: (i) wish the bar was open later on Sat night - closed at 12 (ii) hotel advertised tennis available but the courts are closed.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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101 reviews
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Pros:
The staff was excellent and courteous, the facilities were clean, the hotel is easy to get to, and there is on-site dining & bar as well as room service.

Cons:
Expensive (even with a corporate discount), no free wifi, not incredibly spacious

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Tristen M, Guest Relations Manager at Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your review of our hotel. We are glad that you enjoyed our courteous staff and on site amenities. Please allow me to apologize that you felt the rate was too high. Our corporate rates are negotiated and agreed upon by our sales team and your company. Might I suggest if you return for pleasure that you look into our weekend rates. They are usually considerably less than our weekday rates. If you do return, you will be happy to learn that we offer free WiFi in our lobby area. Thanks again for your time!
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Houston
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I was expecting a really nice hotel when we got to the Marriott at Forrestal. The rooms were nice and spacious, but the bathrooms were average for a Marriott. When you turn the AC off, it felt humid and you just had to leave the room AC on 69 all the time so it wouldn't have that misty air. I was disappointed in the service that we received. I booked 3 rooms and one of them didn't get cleaned at all. The nice thing was the lobby and the area that it was located in, it was very secluded and relaxing. We stayed here to go to Sesame Place, which was about a 30 min drive to PA. It wasn't bad at all.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Tristen M, Guest Relations Manager at Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our hotel. I am pleased that our hotel provided a relaxing, convenient place for you to stay while visiting Sesame Place. I do apologize that your room became humid when the AC was turned off. We have had an extremely hot and humid summer with many rainy days. Our AC units have been working overtime. I would like to hear a little bit more about the lack of housekeeping service in one of your rooms and do some research as to why this happened. At your convenience, please contact me at tristen.whiteman@marriott.com to discuss this further. Thanks again.
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

I tend to stay here on business every year and every time I stay it's always very pleasant. Staff are always very friendly (even during busy times like graduation). Food was great even though it's also very close to other restaurants and shopping areas (for those with a car). Parking is convenient though can also valet if you wish to.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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morristown
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

I recently took my wife to this hotel and spa based on a coworker's recommendation (he had heard about it but ever been there). We decided to go for a spa afternoon and an overnight. I don't think we will do that again at this hotel. When we arrived, we were supposed to eat lunch then have massages. When we got there we were told that the spa manager had changed the schedule and, without notifying us, moved our massages up 30 minutes so our choice was to rush through lunch or wait and have it at 4 pm after our treatments. We were hungry so we chose the rush, but reluctantly. We put on our robes and then were led to a private area within the hotel's public, indoor pool for lunch. With the kids playing at the pool and the rush, it was not at all a good, relaxing start to an expensive spa package. That said, the food was good - huge portions for a spa lunch - and the waiter was extraordinarily nice. Once done we walked back through the public areas of the hotel and past a graduation party - all in our robes - and back to the spa. We were then led back into the public Corredor to get to the treatment room. Our massages were excellent. The facilities were not. When done, we paid and went tour adequate, but older room. The rest of the stay was, from a hotel standpoint, uneventful. The next morning, we had a good brunch at the hotel and then played tennis at a facility adjacent to the hotel. There was a fee to use the courts, but it was reasonable and worth it. Overall, the hotel is more lodge like than we expected - a decent hotel that we might return to if we need to spend a night in the Princeton area, but not for the spa.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tristen M, Guest Relations Manager at Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
We appreciate that you took the time to review our hotel. We are glad to know that you enjoyed the brunch at our restaurant and were able to utilize the tennis facility on property. However, It is very disappointing to know we did not provide you with a better experience during your spa appointments. We will definitely use your feedback to keep improving and we hope you give us another opportunity in the future.
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Additional Information about Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

Property: Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
Address: 100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540-6613 (Formerly Doral Forrestal)
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Princeton
#6 Business Hotel in Princeton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Princeton Marriott at Forrestal 3.5*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Midway between New York City and Philadelphia, this Princeton hotel provides meeting and conference space, comfortable accommodations and other amenities. Perfect for business or family vacations. ... more   less 
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Princeton Marriott Hotel And Conference Center At Forrestal
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