I like Marriotts (longtime stockholder), and I chose to stay at this one for a Sunday/Monday business meeting. Getting in on a Saturday night was regretful, as the hotel had two weddings and a massive, all-ages lacrosse group. What a mistake! Loud and boistorous doesn't come close to describing the hotel. One of the two elevators was out of order, the walk to my room was longer than at a Vegas casino (felt like 400 yards, was probably 120- still too far with heavy luggage).
I like the Northwestern lodge look of the hotel but it's getting on in age and needs some cleaning- those rafters are dusty and dirty, which you oversee from the third floor as you climb the stairs to begin the trek to your room.
I found the room cramped (tiny closet!), the toilet required multiple flushes to function, and I turned the TV on to find the volume had two options: maximum loudness or off. Subtle adjustments from the remote or directly on the set yielded the same exact results. I headed to the pool for some relaxation but it was crammed with young, unsupervised teenagers and middle-aged beer drinkers. Did I mention this hotel is not a standard Marriott? I changed and headed for dinner- a business associate told me it took 40 minutes to get a bowl of soup! I'm glad I went out and only hit the bar for a nightcap. Though I wanted to watch the baseball game, one of the wedding groups invaded and overtook the lounge so I went to bed, to have loud kids roaming the halls until 1am, and doors slamming much later. The bed was comfortable, the sheets were clean, and the wooded view was enjoyable as I toweled off in the morning, feeling like I was in a 'real Marriott' again.
Saturday and Sunday I opted to eat elsewhere (at Bonsai Japanese Hibachi and the nearby Salt Creek Grille respectively) and by Sunday evening the hotel had calmed down to a much nicer place to stay. I finally got in a swim and some time at a nice workout room, and by the time I left I was forgetting about Saturday's groups and volume.
I'm still shocked that the hotel charges $10 for minimal (and sloooooooow) internet access. I ended up going to the tiny "business center" and logged on to briefly check email, and suggest that anyone not needing 24 hours of continued access do this and tell the Marriott that they need to provide internet free of charge. I'm sure the day will come, but in the meantime, it seems that every location in the chain follows different rules.
I hope this Marriott's management engages a committment to tell travellers about the size of other groups that are scheduled when making reservations. I would probably stay here again, with caution...but would compare rates with the Westin first. I found this hotel very expensive for the lack of comfort it provided. For a conference center, it's a perfect choice for seclusion but for the other travellers it is a less than ideal experience.
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- Midway between New York City and Philadelphia, Princeton Marriott at Forrestal is a hotel in Princeton, New Jersey providing meeting and conference space, comfortable accommodations and other amenities. Perfect for business or family vacations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Princeton Marriott Hotel And Conference Center At Forrestal
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