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Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Marlborough
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120 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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“Great conference center”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is not a "pull off the Interstate" for a quick night's sleep place. This is a conference center well away from the freeway, in the woods, in a somewhat hard to find location outside Boston. Because they are not near highways, every room is very quiet.

If you're looking for an "easy off/easy on" overnight, this is not the place. For a conference, it has everything you'd need at reasonable prices. With all discounts and taxes applied, our guest room was well under $125. They have 425 plus rooms.

The property is old but well maintained and exceptionally clean. Our guest room was spotless, we had a huge flat screen TV and acceptable WiFi. Download speeds are not great, but fast enough to get work done. They spent some serious money on the desk chairs...multiple adjustment options. Like most older hotels, the number of electrical outlets is too low. They need to put one or two power strips in the rooms.

The room service menu was short but offered adequate options, the food was fresh, well prepared, very moderately priced and the portions huge.

However, the best part is that these people are geared to meetings. We spoke to 700 in the main ballroom, but there were 15 breakout sessions in rooms that could handle 100 plus. Their inventory of A/V equipment must be huge. They had 5000 lumen projectors in many rooms, audio sound mixers to handle multiple mics and a tech who knows his stuff.

Good meeting spot.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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rickskinner60, General Manager at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, responded to this review, 29 May 2014
Thank you for your glowing review! I’m glad everything went well with your meeting. Whether you’re a group of 10 or 100, we make sure all of your needs are met. We’ll see you for your next meeting!
Many thanks,
Rick Skinner
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Lynn, United States
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

The staff was very friendly and the breakfast buffet was exceptional! The hotel offered lots of amenities such as, arcade, fitness room, pool, restaurant and separate bar and lounge. It was also conveniently located near shopping and chain restaurants.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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rickskinner60, General Manager at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, responded to this review, 29 May 2014
Exceptional is the perfect way to describe our breakfast and service. I’m glad we were able to go above and beyond to make your stay special!
Come back soon!
Rick Skinner
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Leominster, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Really impressive hotel located outside Boston in peaceful setting while still less than 2 minutes from the highway, very well located.

There are so many genuinely nice and considerate employees at this hotel, the lobby is beautiful, hard to imagine finding these amenities at this level of quality outside Boston.

In addition to its meeting/ballroom spaces located within the hotel, the trade center is an excellent resource for companies looking for such space/value.

The food is very good quality, reasonably priced and, as many have said previously, the breakfast (hot and cold, impressive quality/variety food) and breakfast staff are excellent as are so many at the front desk and within the other departments (sales, housekeeping, management, maintenance, etc.)

Appreciating that it must be quite the task to run such a large hotel (over 400 rooms!), it's a pleasure to recognize the efforts and successes of all those responsible for making this hotel worthy of recommendation.

Naturally, there is always more to be done (elevators may well need updating as it can sometimes take a long time to arrive even when not busy, rather small fitness area for size of hotel) and updating is an ongoing reality.

Considering the importance of quality/value, this hotel presents an excellent option for both business travelers and families.

The grounds and indoor pool area (with attached outside deck) are in excellent updated condition and there is a nice arcade area and car rental in the beautiful lobby area.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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rickskinner60, General Manager at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, responded to this review, 29 May 2014
Thank you for your detailed review! Providing you with the highest quality stay for the best value is our motto. We appreciate you recognizing our efforts and for sharing your amazing experience. We look forward to your next stay!
Rick Skinner
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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

I stay at this hotel just about every year when I attend a conference there. It's adequate, but nothing over the top. Let's start with some of the positives. It's conveniently located right off the highway and near lots of stores and restaurants. There is a huge hotel parking lot, so no issues trying to find a spot. There are four elevators and I have never had to wait very long at all. Check in is quick and efficient. The room will run you about $120.00 a night. It's value priced. The staff in the restaurant for breakfast are super attentive and check on you all the time to make sure you have everything you need. There is a hot and cold breakfast buffet option that saves you time if you are in a rush. The rooms are generally clean and well stocked with towels. Wifi is free and the connectivity good. There is a room service menu in the rooms and it looks like they have many choices for guests and the prices are reasonable. I have never ordered it myself.

Now for the negatives. The entrance for the hotel is easy to miss because your GPS will have you turning into a shopping plaza with the hotel in full view behind it and no way to get to it from there. You actually have to go past the shopping plaza and turn right about 1/8 mile down the road. The interior of the hotel is dated and could use some sprucing up. My phone never seems to work in this hotel. I get a "no service" signal all the time. The workout area is extremely small and I have never been able to use it because all of the equipment is occupied. I think they have two machines and a weight bench in there. It's tiny for the size of the hotel. The water pressure is crazy low and it is difficult to rinse off soap and shampoo. I hate the shampoo and conditioner combined in one bottle because that really never works on my hair. There is no rapid check out where the bill is slipped under the door in the wee hours of the morning so you can bypass the front desk for check out. There is no safe in the room. I have also never seen a guest services book in my room to let me know about the hotel amenities. This time when I arrived in my room, all the drawers were wide open and all of the cushions up on the sofa and the chair. Maybe housekeeping got interrupted and left it that way?

I only stay one night here when I visit. It's seems like an okay hotel for a couple of days for business, but not exactly a hotel for vacation.

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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rickskinner60, General Manager at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave a detailed review. Your feedback will be mentioned during our next meeting. We’re confident that we offer excellent accommodations for both business travelers and vacationers alike.
Many thanks,
Rick Skinner
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Sharon, United States
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

I found the facility to be clean, the hotel staff very helpful, price was reasonable ($110 With taxes), restaurant was clean and the waitstaff was professional, clean and friendly. I found nothing off putting with my stay. Check out in the morning was quick and easy. Breakfast was plentiful, looked appealing and proved tasty and was hot.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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rickskinner60, General Manager at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
That’s what we love to hear! We want every part of your stay to be as comfortable and easy as possible. Thank you for sharing and we hope to see you again soon!
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Rick Skinner
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North Adams, United States
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

I would highly recommend this hotel for business meetings and for overnight stays when in the area, it is very close to a variety of areas and easy to get to from all points within the state. The lounge and bar staff at this hotel are very attentive and ready to please.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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rickskinner60, General Manager at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, responded to this review, 13 May 2014
Thank you for your recommendation! Our staff is something else. They’re always willing to go the extra mile to make your stay special. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you’ll come again soon!
Rick Skinner
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New York, United States
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

The room had no glasses just plastic cups. The fitness center had different hours on website, hotel room info book, and on the door. The tv guide was completely wrong. The Allstar Bar is one of the best places to eat in Mass.

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rickskinner60, General Manager at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, responded to this review, 13 May 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I’ll be sure to look into the hours listed for the fitness room. I’m sorry you didn’t find your stay satisfactory and I will personally investigate these issues to make sure they’re resolved asap.
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Rick Skinner
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Property: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
Address: 181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752-1840
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Marlborough
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Marlborough
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center 3*
Number of rooms: 431
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