During a recent road trip, we decided to stay at the Marriott Residence Inn to give ourselves a much needed break. I had booked the one bedroom suite but upon arrival, was pleasantly surprised to see that we had been upgraded to a 2 bedroom suite. Seeing my name on the notice board that welcomed rewards members was a really nice touch too!
Although I have stayed at several other Marriott chains in the past, this was my first time at a Residence Inn. I have however stayed at Hilton’s version (Homewood Suites) a few times and based strictly on esthetics, this Marriott fell a bit short. First impressions were that the building/structure was clearly on the older side. The suite was very spacious and clean though. The front door opened to a living room/kitchen area, complete with appliances, pull out sofa bed, flat panel tv and gas fireplace. Each bedroom was equipped with its own bathroom (toilet and shower in enclosed room with sink/vanity open to bedroom), very comfortable bed and flat panel tv. Unfortunately, this room faced the highway and being a light sleeper, I really didn’t get much sleep, which defeated the whole purpose of the stay. Also, the pull out sofa bed was not very comfortable.
The staff at the hotel more than made up for the noise though. Everyone from reception, to the cleaners, to the ladies running the breakfast room (more on this later) was incredibly friendly and seemed very genuine. The hotel offered a complimentary breakfast and they did not take the easy route with cereal and pastries. The ladies running the breakfast were exceptionally good and kept bringing out freshly cooked eggs, sausage, potatoes etc. They somehow also managed to get around on multiple occasions to each table and ensure that the guests were satisfied. Outstanding!
I did not have the opportunity to explore the hotel’s amenities so I can’t comment on those. On a semi-related note, there is a Japanese buffet/teppanyaki restaurant literally across the parking lot, which offered great value ($6.99 per person for weekday lunch). I’ll post a separate review on the restaurant shortly. There are plenty of other dining options in the area as well, most within walking distance.
Overall, and despite my comment regarding freeway noise, I would definitely recommend this hotel without hesitation. If you are cursed with being a light sleeper, just ask for a room that faces something more quiet and you will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover award-winning service and convenience at the favorite extended stay hotel- the Scranton Residence Inn! Our superior location is only a few miles from major highways and over 50 restaurants, shops and entertainment destinations. In addition, our hotel is in the heart of Northeastern PA's Oil and Gas region and only minutes from many healthcare facilities including CHS, Geisinger, TMG, and Allied. You'll feel right at home with complimentary perks that include daily hot American breakfast buffet and a social hour three nights a week featuring light fare with beer and wine. Guests enjoy access to our 24-hour fitness and business centers, indoor pool, and grocery shopping service. Our spacious suites feature fully equipped kitchens and free Wi-Fi. We're pet friendly, too! Are you a frequent Marriott guest? Take advantage of the exclusive Marriott Rewards Program. Whether traveling for work or play, make the smart choice of extended-stay hotels in Scranton, PA - Residence Inn by Marriott Scranton. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Scranton Hotel Scranton
- Residence Inn Dickson City
- Dickson City Residence Inn
- Scranton Residence Inn