My husband and I travel extensively for his work and are Marriott Platinum Rewards members. Because his corporate headquarters is in Raleigh, this is probably our most-visited destination. The location of this particular Marriott cannot be beat - you can walk to plenty of restaurants and museums, the state house and the amphitheater. If you don't feel like walking, there are rickshaws. Almost every time we are here on a Friday or Saturday there is some kind of event happening that involves closing down Fayetteville Street - its also closed on Wednesdays for a Farmers Market.
The hotel itself is beautiful - everything is new/recently renovated and very clean. Every employee I have encountered (which is probably most of them, given how often I stay here) is friendly and eager to help. Rooms are a good size and quite comfortable. The beds are fairly comfortable - but I prefer a super firm mattress, so unless you are like me you will probably think it is great.
We usually stay in a handicap-accessible room (my husband is disabled) or an Executive King. The standard handicap-accessible room comes with a roll in shower or a tub. Both have plenty of grab bars and a hand sprayer. This is also one of the few hotels I have stayed at that actually has counter space in the handicap-accessible bathrooms. This is also one of the few handicap-accessible rooms that truly is accessible. For a person in a wheelchair the entry door may be a bit of a problem (its very heavy) but other than that there is plenty of room to maneuver around both sides of the bed (which is low enough to transfer to) and in the bathroom. And the clothes rod in the closet is wheelchair-height.
If you are offered an upgrade to an Executive King - take it. The room is somewhat more spacious and has a walk-in shower plus a bench at the foot of the bed and a couch (in addition to the chair that is included in the standard room).
Getting the car from the valet can sometimes be a little slow, but only because they get *really* busy. Just plan ahead if you have to be somewhere at a certain time.
Because the room doors are so heavy they often slam and can be quite loud, but otherwise the rooms are pretty quiet.
Also of note, the Starbucks in the lobby is not a real Starbucks. Its like a Starbucks in the airport. Its alright, but if you really like coffee you would be better off walking two blocks to Sosta Cafe on E Davie or three blocks to The Morning Times on E Hargett.
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