Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village Hotel

, Princeton, United States
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Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village Hotel

201 Village Blvd - Princeton - New Jersey - 8540 - United States Hotel Website | 609-452-7900
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Horrible Experience

from LMBurgoon
Please be aware if you are planning to stay at this hotel
1. It is not next to the Princeton campus
2. The pool area/workout facilities are inadequate and very dirty
3. The level of service is poor!
4. The japanese resturant is great but again the service is horrible.
5. The rooms are layed out very weird, I had to walk a mile to get to my room and then had no space to put my suitcase down.
6. Just a horrible experience.

There are better hotels in this range.

from smum
I make 3-4 trips to Princeton each year. My accomodation is often booked for me. This is my fourth stay at the Westin in the past three years. It is always the same and always a problem. The staff is not unhelpful unless you are there with a conference, course etc. As a writer, I think they see me as "a housewife" and therefore dismiss my existence. I asked if the shuttle were available to Princeton. 4 visits and for some reason the shuttle is never available for me. I finally gave up on having breakfast at the hotel. I am generally placed in a corner and never see coffee or a waitstaff again. This is not a hotel for women travelling alone or even with a group. Requests are never met, it is just not a "friendly" place. I am a huge Starwood fan, but this hotel doesn't hold up to the Westin image. Try the Doral or the Nassau Inn.

Nice hotel but.....

from A TripAdvisor Member
I love the location of this hotel. My family stayed in this hotel few times this year. On our last day of stay we found a bug in our bed and we reported this incident to the front desk but they did not pay any attention. The front desk staff need some re-training.
Parking is very easy. I would stay in this hotel again.

OK weekend overnight, probably a great business hotel

from sgeim
Just spent 1 weekend night at the Westin. We are a 2 parent and 3 child family. As a result, we needed two connecting rooms. The hotel lobby looked nice. The rooms were clean and nice, but could use just some minor maintenance (such as some touch up paint). Over all the rooms are good, but small (I have stayed in bigger rooms in NYC). However, we felt it was a good value as the prices were very reasoable.

The staff was nice and very responsive. The restaurant, Fresh, seemed generally understaffed, although everyone tried hard to please.

Our children enjoyed the pool although it was warm one day and freezing the next.

Great Hotel, BUT...

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Westin Princeton Forrestal village for two weeks. Here's my review:

LOCATION
In Princeton, most of the chain hotels are on Rt. 1, with a few independants, like the Nassau Inn, in downtown Princeton. Most of the chain hotels on Rt. 1 are near large mall shopping areas, with the Doral and the Westin being the exception. The Forrestal Village is like a Western ghost town most of the time, with no shoppers or visitors. You will have to drive everywhere you go.

BUILDING/ROOMS
The rooms are very nice, and as with all Westins, the beds are fantastic. The lobby is fairly stylish and well decorated. However, the workout facilities are pathetic. The weight/workout room is akin to what you would find at an Econolodge. For this alone, I would give the Hotel an overall rating between POOR/AVERAGE The pool area is fairly nice. Hower, on the website, you see a pool with lap swimming lines. However, the only thing that could swim a lap in this pool is a goldfish.

RESTAURANTS
Fresh is okay for breakfast, but not really worth the price. I don't mind paying $15 excluding tip for a breakfast, as long as it's good.

Great hotel!!

from Ginger9708
Every year me & hubby go away for our anniversary just for a quick night away and thought this would be something different for us.
This hotel was very nice! it was in the middle of a little shopping center which i liked, I was able to get a break for a while by myself while my husband stayed in the room and read. it wasnt congested at all so it was very pleasant. There were a few clothing stores and an Italian Restaurant and a few other snack places. The room was nice as it also had windows which you could open which was good because it there was alot of dry heat. The bed was great! very very comfortable one of the best nights sleep i ever had. We had a reservation at the Japanese Restaurant and it was excellent, service also excellent.
We were on club level which included a breakfast in the morning. Also one of the best free breakfast buffets I've ever had at a hotel (they had a made to order omelet station and smoked salmon) along with the usual breakfast items, etc. nice surprise after some of the breakfasts I've had at other places. The staff is also very nice and professional. I would definitely stay here again. Its great for a quick little get away. This was located in a nice area which wasnt congested at all and very easy to get to and from Route 1.

I just wish I had stayed here sooner!

from omarcarbomb
I just finished a one week trip to Princeton. One of several that I will be doing on a quarterly basis for the next year. After my last trip where I was put up in expensive but lame suites by the compnay thats footing the bill. I decided to try my own luck and save the customer money as they paid way to much for the poor lodging.
On this last trip I stayed in princeton 5 nights and stayed at 4 hotels.
I wanted to find one I liked, and I'm happy to say I have and It's the Westin.

This hotel was the best of 4, and I can see why its rated number one in Ptown.
I will make it my first pick next time.

From the minute you drive up to the front door you will know what I mean.
After being greated by a friendly and helpfull porter (wow! they still have those) you walk into the elegant lobby and are greeted by a helpfull desk staff. They answered my questions and got me off to my room in good time.

The room was just what I needed after a long day. Clean and comfortable; it was stylishly apointed in leather and wood. Central air here no loud window unit. Actullay had a window that opened and nice blinds instead of tacky drapes. The bed is the best I have come accross in a good while. Mental note, buy a new mattres when I get home, or buy theirs - there so proud of it, they have an order form in the room. (probably got tired of people asking how to get it)

The fitness center was small and the equipment could use some updating but it served my needs. I did like that it had a gym style locker room with sauna attached to it. Also I do pilates and the hotel had pilates balls and matts in the fitness center and on the in room programming a free exercise channel (thier own!) that was doing pilates exercises for travellers. If you travel a lot and struggle to exercise on the road I suggest you look into pilates. Funny name but simple concept, stretches and exercises you can do in your room by yourself. They help support your back for that long flight home!

The pool was in a large atrium and was an indoor outdoor pool - fancy!
There was contruction going on at the hotel but it was contained. I had a beer at the lobby bar and had a nice conversation with the bartender.

When I got the document I was working on done , I wanted to print it out but the business center was closed. The business center had poor hours and was not worth the time when open. You could't print from a laptop :(.

However one of the desk clerk offered to let me email it to her and print it out for me. Did I mention a staff with a can do attitude - way to go Westin!

You got my number one vote!

Westin Quality with a Great Club Lounge

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you like to stay at Westin Hotels, then you will enjoy your stay here. The beds & bath fixtures were standard Westin issue. We were club level, which I recommend. The evening snack was more than enough for dinner -- coconut shrimp, cheese, fruit, grilled vegetables, humos, chips, etc. When the shrimp ran out, they brought up pot stickers & spinach-stuffed mushrooms. At breakfast, there was an ample selection that even included freshly made scrambled eggs, bacon & sausage. We had an enjoyable stay without any problems. The room was quiet & very comfortable. Everything was in good condition. Enjoy!

Great Wedding and excellent shopping

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I had gone for a wedding and have nothing but nice things to say. We had a great room with a comfortable bed and great furnishing also. The wedding went excellent and was very well organized. I kept seeing the hotel planners who attentively took care of all our needs.The wedding party had taken both presidential suites- one for the bride and one for the groom-which was a great convenience. During our down time, we would go shopping-the outlets are right across and be able to have a quick meal at their food court. They also have a shuttle that was great about picking us up from the train station- ( we just caught the train when we went to NY) The only minor thing that I can think of is that the bathroom and shower were okay but not as heavenly as the bed. Definitely worth visiting.

Great service!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Unfortunately on a gift that was sent to the hotel my name was misspelled, the other box arrived after my departure - no problem, the hotel sent BOTH to me (to Germany! free of charge!).

Top Local Tips for Princeton

SALT CREEK for Wine and Jazz Call ahead. Very nice place. Great wine list. Fireplaces with cozy nooks both inside and outside. Great place to take clients or friends during a conference.

The Ferry House Be sure to make a reservation for dinner at the Ferry House on Witherspoon Street in Princeton. Bring a fabulous bottle of wine to enjoy with their fantastic food.

Sunny Garden, Princetonian Diner, Grounds for Sculpture Great Meals, and wonderful sculptures, you must not miss these places

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  • Address: 201 Village Blvd - Princeton - New Jersey - 8540 - United States
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