The hotel is conveniently located right of the PA turnpike (exit 28) and next to several restaurants, making it a good overnight option for our drive to NJ.
The hotel lobby is large and inviting, and was well-decorated for Christmas...it had a real classy look. The front desk staff was very friendly, both at check-in and check-out. In fact, I found people in Mars, PA quite friendly overall, which is welcome in this day and age.
The rate we got was good, but not great - $80.99 with AAA discount.
The number one perk - you get a discount at several area restaurants by showing your room card - 20% off at King's, 10% off at Perkins, 15% off at Maxx & Erma's, and so on. Ask at the front desk for the latest run down on who gives what discount. If you're planning on eating first before checking in, either tell them you're booked at the hotel or just check-in first to get your room card. We ate at Maxx & Erma's before checking in at Comfort Inn and didn't know about the discount.
There were a few downsides; the room quality was so-so and not commensurate with what you might expect when you walk into the lobby. Beds were a little soft, and you could tell the housekeeping staff isn't that expert. The carpets had a slightly dingy feel. The tube light in the bathroom didn't work properly - it stayed dim and wouldn't fully brighten - I ended up showering in almost dark. Then, it suddenly became full bright when we were about to check out! There is a continental breakfast, but I've seen better choices and quality at comparable hotels (My wife especially did not like the lack of bananas). And the worst thing from my perspective - the house coffee provided with your in-room coffee maker - terrible. It was so thin, I didn't even drink it. (Yes, I had the right proportions). When it brewed, it looked like water with a brownish tint. I wanted coffee, not colored water.
On a side note, the area we stayed in, Mars, PA offers a nice alternative to Monroeville, PA - they have comparable stuff in the town and is a little more convenient.
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