As several others have commented, the best part about staying at the Nassau Inn is the location. The town of Princeton is very charming, and the hotel is surrounded by quaint shops and restaurants. It is just a short and pleasant walk to the campus of Princeton University, which is stunning. If I had a child attending Princeton, I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel.
We stayed at the Nassau Inn as part of a friend's wedding weekend. It is clearly a very popular destination for weddings. There were at least two or three other parties hosting weddings during the same weekend. This made the lobby feel a bit cramped, but not enough to spoil our stay.
Overall, I'd like to give the Inn 3 1/2 stars because it is better than "average" but not "very good". From reading other reviews, I think a lot of one's experience depends on which room one gets. We booked a standard room with two queen beds. It was described as "cozy", so I was prepared for a tiny room. It was just my husband and me, so I wasn't too concerned about the size of the room. But it turned out to be plenty of space for the two of us. There were two nice beds (I think they were queen size -- I didn't measure, and I'm not certain what the standard "queen" measurement would be) with adequate floor space around the beds and other furniture. The bed we chose to sleep in was very comfortable. The flat screen TV seemed new and was fully functional. There was no refrigerator. You could request one from the front desk, but I find it's nice just to already have one in the room. There was a room safe, but it required contacting the front desk for a key and making a deposit. Again, that feels like an inconvenience to me. Many, if not most, hotels at this price point would supply the refrigerator and room safe without the guest needing to make the additional request.
The bathroom was tiny but recently renovated. The fixtures were very nice. The bathroom also appeared to be clean. The water pressure in the shower was very good. The hotel provided shampoo, but no hair conditioner. I wished they had provided hair conditioner. It is far more useful than the shower gel they provided (since they also provided bar soap).
Yes, the A/C unit is NOISY. I think other reviewers have pointed this out. Fortunately, the weather was on our side during our visit. With high temperatures in the 70s (August -- wow!), we could leave the A/C on while we were away from the room, and then turn it off at night while we slept. One night I did have the "brilliant" idea to open the window, but that turned out to be not so brilliant. The trash removal folks who came by in the morning on the street outside made quite a racket.
My friend's wedding reception and a brunch the following morning were held at the hotel. As a guest, I felt both events were handled very professionally by the hotel staff. The food was very good for both occasions. Our contact with all members of the hotel staff was positive, including the front desk.
Would I stay here again? Absolutely if I found myself in Princeton, NJ again. But I would not make a special trip to the location just for the hotel.
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