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Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn
Ranked #15 of 15 Hotels in Princeton
1 review
“Disappointed in Princeton”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

This place is attached to a lounge which I didn't know. I guess that's why they don't take its guests vehicle info. The lobby had poor lighting the day I was there. The room itself was less than mediocre. I couldn't figure out the tub and shower. I finally did. I was cold all night because there wasn't any indication anywhere that the heating^cooling unit didn't work and in its place was a unit up near the ceiling that turns on with a remote control. I expected more I guess you get what you pay for. Overall I was disappointed because the town is Princeton...it couldve been any city evidently.

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Cleanliness of Room: Good
Comfort of Bed and Pillows: Very Good
Condition of Furnishings: Average
Room Size: Large
Shower: Average
Breakfast: Good
Smoking Smell: None

Comments: Hotel is older and strangely laid out. Floors are creaky. Staff was ok.

Room Tip: Request top floor unit so you can avoid hearing creaking floors above you.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Delaware
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

We stayed at the Clarion going through Princeton because we like to stay in Choice Hotels. The lobby looked like a New York style hotel. We were given a room in the courtyard. Although the door did not seal fully, the room was neat, clean, and cool. The bed was very comfortable and relaxing. Since I usually have a difficult time sleeping at hotels, I was very surprised I was able to get a decent night's sleep here. The sound-proofing is limited, especially the upper floor noise. We were on the ground floor and the room upstairs was noisy. We heard all the feet walking back and forth all night. Once the noise stopped it was a quiet night. The breakfast room wasn't very bright and the selection of food items was not too well presented. The bananas were brown and bruised. The english muffins and yogurt as well as the coffee was very good. The tables were sticky and should have been cleaned after each use. I would recommend the hotel for its comfort and relaxation. Let's work on getting a more appetizing breakfast.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the 2nd floor so you don't hear the noise from the room above you.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

I booked this hotel on Route 1 outside Princeton for one night for my teenage son and myself. I found it on an internet booking site. It looked perfectly fine from the photos online. When we arrived, we noticed that the lobby was dark and very tired-looking. Worn carpet, walls and furniture. Access to our room was from from an outdoor balcony and there appeared to be a group of construction workers staying in the nearby rooms. Room smelled bad, was very dark and there were old, frayed bedspreads on the bed and the type of foam-board ceiling you would find in an old basement. Decided not to spend the night, even though we had prepaid for the room.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

This is what you expect from a Clarion. I stayed here with my kids because I knew this area and we didn't want to spend the money to stay in NYC. We took the train back and forth plus I had friends I wanted to visit in this area. The room was clean. The people were really friendly. The bathroom had some mildew on the grout. Nothing a little bleach wouldn't kill so that was a bit disappointing and the pillows weren't all that comfortable and very small for Queen bed. The pool was outside and cold. There are trees around so it wasn't as clean as it needed to be but then again the trees could add to that. We didn't swim. One day I asked the house keeping service to wait while we went to breakfast to clean. Turns out breakfast was over and the cleaning person was in the room. I asked her to leave so I could finish getting ready. However, I hope it was that she didn't hear me because she stayed in the room even though my things were obviously on the bed. I asked her again to let me shower and return. She agreed and we were out of the room in 15 minutes. It was strange to have someone clean the room so early 935. Other than that it was a good stay. Its by a strip mall with a Dunkin Donuts, Whole Foods and Staples. So if you don't want their breakfast or need some thing to eat you don't have far to walk. The fitness room was horrible. Good thing the river was close by (go toward the Princeton Country Club behind the hotel) to run on. I love that about this area. Close to the Princeton Junction Train station and Princeton. Over all, I got what I paid for. Some rooms opened to the outside. Our opened to a hallway with windows to the outside. Some rooms opened to the inside.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

This hotel is located directly on US 1 outside of Princeton. It is part of the Clarion chain, which is supposed to be one of the upscale brands of Choice hotels. The property has two sides wings of rooms on either side of a pool area. There are not internal corridors; rooms are entered directly from outside walkways. Overall, the location is convenient. However, we were unhappy with several aspects of the stay and probably will stay elsewhere if visiting Princeton again. Our room was rather small, but it was well equipped with a safe, microwave, flat screen TV, etc. Some of the features of the room were not in good repair, such as the faucet of the sink and the shower curtain rod. Furthermore there was a very slow drip from the ceiling of the bathroom indicating a leak somewhere on the floor above. In addition, noises of people moving about in the room above could be heard. Breakfast was another disappointment. On two days of our stay it was moved from its usual location because of some private gathering. The result was a limited menu served in a less comfortable room. It is also fair to mention that when these matters were brought to the attention of the person at the front desk all that was offered was a grudging apology. However, when mentioned again during check out, the desk person on duty then provided a reasonable deduction from the bill to make up for it.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2013

My daughter and I only stayed one night, but the place was very nice. I am picky and the bed was very comfortable. The front desk manager was really nice. The food was great. The choices included waffles, but we also had eggs, sausage, and potatoes. The coffee was really good too! I would stay there again!

Room Tip: Choose a room over looking the pool. These rooms are very nice.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn
Address: 3499 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540-5925
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Region: United States > New Jersey > Princeton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #15 of 15 Hotels in Princeton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The upscale Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn is conveniently located just two miles from Princeton Unversity. This Princeton, NJ hotel is near popular attractions like Six Flags Great Adventure theme park, Sun Bank Arena, Rider University and The College Of New Jersey. The hotel is next to Whole Foods Market, and across the street from Carnegie Center office complex. The award winning PURE RESTAURANT and LOUNGE is located through the hotel's lobby and features casual to fine dining, with celebrity chef-prepared sushi, along with steak and unique menu items. Our signature cocktails are a great way to enjoy a relaxing evening in the lounge. Over 12 domestic and imported beers are available on tap and served ICE COLD. Our breakfast buffet is by far the finest in the area, and it's INCLUDED at no additional charge! You'll enjoy high-speeed wireless internet access, and we have refrigerators and microwave ovens in EVERY ROOM. All amenities are included in your room rate. Why stay at other hotels that charge fees for every item you touch? HBO, ESPN, and over 40 other channels are available on flat screen Televisions. Shuttle service to Princeton University is available at no additional charge (call us for details on the shuttle availability). Call us today to make reservations with one of our friendly representatives! ... more   less 
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