Old Aug 1, 16, 1:48 pm
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rflor
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: ORD
Programs: UA Platinum, Marriott Gold, Avis Pref Plus
Posts: 253
As promised, here's a quick review on my stay last week:

A. The property itself is one of the more peaceful, relaxing Marriott's I have stayed it. It's located in a forested area with very little road/traffic noise.

B. Service -- Service was excellent throughout the stay. Staff members were friendly and engaging. I asked for dining tips and got a nice brochure on local restaurants along with multiple personal recommendations. Nearly ever day, I had someone approaching me and asking if everything was going well.

C. Room -- I'd give the room a solid B. I had an upgrade to a larger corner room. It had this strange bar extension and room for a reading chair and ottoman. Furnishings looked updated. Plenty of power outlets. Great water pressure and temperature. Yes, it still had a real desk with comfortable chair! Huge LG flat-screen. The only reason for the downgrade is *no* sound insulation for hallway noise. It was particularly bad the first night, and luckily got better...but any conversations in the hallway carried straight into the room.

D. Concierge Lounge/Dining -- The lounge is a definite "meh". It looks to be a converted conference room with a buffet table at one end. Options included scrambled eggs and oatmeal aside the usual continental suspects. Horribly crowded every single day at 7AM. I bypassed it in favor of the hotel restaurant, which had eminently reasonable pricing for breakfast (eg, $12 for American). This surprised me as I found Princeton restaurant pricing trying very hard to emulate their New York/Chicago big brothers.

Oh, and most importantly...they're still offering *real* room service!

All in all, I recommend staying here without hesitation as long as you're prepared to deal with hallway noise leakage.
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