It is really hard to believe that August is here already. Wasn’t it just June? In any case, I am back with another travel review, and am sharing our experience at the Fairfield Inn & Suites at State College. We were out in State College to visit the Pennsylvania State University at University Park during their Spend A Summer Day program.
I still can’t believe sometimes that my son will be going off to college next year. After all, wasn’t it just yesterday that he was learning how to walk? In any case, we have been visiting colleges since the Summer between his sophomore and junior years, and have continued doing that this Summer.
I have to say, so far the P.S.U. is his top choice in colleges. You can see how much he lights up when he is on the campus, how engaged he is listening to professors and other students, and enjoying an ice cream at The Creamery. See what I mean?
Excuse the messy hair, it was HUMID on the day we took this picture. We came out the day before the #SASD16 program, which is why we needed to stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites at State College. Read on to hear the rest of my review.
First off, make sure you are a Rewards Member and have the mobile app.(Before I go any further, this is not a sponsored post on behalf of Marriott. This is just me sharing my honest and unbiased review). We did the prepay in full at booking, which gave us a lower rate. Keep in mind, however, it is non-refundable once you book it.
Having the mobile app allowed us to check in early in the morning, and I received a text when our room was ready. I have to say, that was a great perk. We gave them an approximate time of arrival, and we only needed to stop at the lobby long enough to grab our room keys and give our payment for incidental charges.
The other great thing about booking direct from Marriott’s website is that you can make a few requests that they do their best to accommodate. For us, it is a high floor room, extra feather pillows, and extra towels.
The elevator is a short walk around the corner. After a walk down the hallway, we arrived at our room. The room had two double beds. It worked out well for 3 of us, but if our other son would have been there, it would have been a little tight.
Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of floor space. You can see it from this view as well. There was a nice closet as well with a luggage stand. I think the rooms would benefit from more than one luggage stand, in my opinion.
The room also came with a dresser with a nice flat screen TV. One of my other concerns is with a family of 4, one dresser is just not enough. There was enough room that a second dresser could have been in the room.
One of my biggest concerns about a hotel space is how large and functional the bathroom space is. The bathrooms here are definitely large and functional.
And the best part of this bathroom is it had a fan. The last Fairfield Inn & Suites we stayed at did not have a fan in the bathroom, which made it steamy and stinky because of my men.
There is also a very nice work space. Along with the free wireless internet, it made a really great place to get some blogging done while on the road.
There was also a nice chair and lamp to make an area for reading and relaxing.
Some other features of the hotel:
A business space.
A nice breakfast area.
A nice eating area.
And a lovely fireplace with a seating area.
There is also a pool and an exercise area, which we did not have time to take advantage of. Bonus? For you Pokémon GO fans, there is a Poké Stop right outside the lobby doors at a nearby restaurant. Score!
The only concern I had was a small bit of a cleanliness issue in the room. I did not want to make a fuss as we were leaving and had a full day ahead of us. I did inform the front desk staff, and they offered us a complimentary item from their To-Go area. It was a kind gesture that we did not have time to take advantage of. I think we would have preferred a few extra 1000 rewards points instead, LOL.
But in any case, we did enjoy our stay there, and will probably make it our home away from home if my son decides to go to Penn State University.