Just spent two nights at this hotel for a nearby wedding, and had a very good experience with almost nothing to complain about. Face it, this is not the type of hotel you are going to visit for a honeymoon or a romantic weekend. It is a business hotel in a business park on the outskirts of Princeton, but they do a very good job.
We came from Newark airport and took the train to Princeton Junction (surprisingly easy!). We were picked up by the hotel shuttle... a few minutes later than arranged, but hard to complain when it is a black Escalade. About six minutes to the hotel, which is located in a non-descript red-brick business park. The hotel itself is one of those standard three or four story Hyatt's with the central atrium... a little dated, but going through some renovation ( the pool was closed during our visit, but it looked nice). Check in was smooth and very welcoming, and we received coupons for free breakfast buffet. (Not sure if this was a special deal for our group or normal). Some of the lobby areas could do with a good interior decorator ( a bit of an airport waiting room feeling) , but our room must have been an updated one. It was very comfortable and we slept well in the bed. The walls are a little thin, but I wear earplugs to sleep anyway. There is a decent gym with good equipment... unfortunately a low ceiling, so a 6 footer cannot use the ellipticals without hitting his head on the ceiling... but otherwise good, and there are saunas in the men's and ladies rooms.
The best thing about this hotel is the service.... everyone we dealt with was delightful and well-trained. When we wanted lunch around 3.30pm on Friday afternoon, and there was only one waiter covering the bar and the lobby restaurant, and he was suddenly faced with a full bar after a Christmas lunch.... he was stretched, but professional and charming, and lunch came quickly and it was good. In the evening we showed up at 8.30pm with 11 people for dinner, and they rearranged tables to seat us. I was worried that our food would take forever to come, but Marissa did an excellent job, and everything came smoothly as ordered. Dinner prices are a bit on the steep side ( my recollection is something like $12 for a salad and $35 for a sea bass main dish), but the food was really quite good and we had a fun evening. And the breakfast buffet is just fine.... again with really charming and helpful staff.
All in all, the experience exceeded our expectations and Hyatt should be proud of whoever is in charge of training at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Princeton's Carnegie Center, the Hyatt Regency Princeton is minutes away from the proud home of one of the most "prestigious universities in the world ” Princeton University, historic sites and upscale shops. Princeton itself hosts many Fortune 500 companies including Dow Jones, IBM and L’Oreal, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dow Jones, and Siemens. Enjoy the city without the expensive hotels rates as we are five minutes away from the AMTRAK/NJ train station with service to New York and Philadelphia; just one hour away. ... more less
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- Princeton Hyatt Regency
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