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» Friday, November 13, 2009
Motel Review: Staybridge Suites, Royersford, PA
I can't say enough about this place. I didn't think anyone could live up to the lovely Drury Inns and the place we stayed at in Washington, DC, in 2004 (TownePlace Suites by Marriott). But this place was super.

Our GPS couldn't find the hotel because the street is new; so is the hotel. It still smells new. The small suite (studio suite) we are in is about the size of my first apartment in Atlanta. The bed was comfortable and you had a choice between foam pillows and feather pillows. The shower was strong and hot. There is also a full-size sofa; two side tables we have been using to hold laptops; a desk to work at; and a side table; a closet with real hangers, not those motel things that don't come off the rail; a laundry basket; iron and ironing board; short shelves for holding things; and a hair dryer at the sink. The towels were not plush, but soft. The television is LCD widescreen. Weird cable channel choices—Food Network but not HGTV, for example, but we spent half the trip watching the progress of Ida on the Weather Channel anyway. Both wired and wireless internet access is provided in all rooms.

The kitchen corner of the room had a full size apartment style refrigerator, a two-burner electric cooktop (no oven), a large undercabinet microwave, a full-sized dishwasher, and plates, silverware, and some cooking pots. We ate lunch out and had frozen dinners for supper.

The breakfast bar served sliced fruit; whole bananas, apples, and oranges; yogurt; skim and 2 percent milk; either eggs and sausage patties or eggs and bacon; freshly made oatmeal; make-your-own waffles; four kinds of Kelloggs cereal; and English muffins, white and wheat bread, and bagels for toast with either cream cheese, butter or butter substitute. There were different juices, drinks, Wolfgang Puck coffee, two types of tea, 2 percent milk, and hot chocolate to drink, plus for the Sundowner get-togethers on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., they had beer. The Sundowners this week were chili and chips; hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill (last of the season grillout); and soup and salad. They have had barbecue, nachos, meatball subs, pizza, appetizers, and make-your-own sandwiches scheduled for other nights. Plus they had a little shop downstairs carrying packaged dinners, soups, cookies, salty snacks, and other meals or treats if you needed them.

You eat in a pretty central area with tables and chairs, sofas around a fireplace which was, at this time of year, lighted, with the serving area at the right as you came into the hotel, and a little "parlor" at the left; this area, their "business center," also contains two computers where you could use the internet for free, and books you could borrow. USA Today and the local newspaper are provided. Down the hall are a 24-hour fitness area and an indoor pool which was only closed at night.

The staff was uber-friendly, from Adam, who gave us directions when the GPS couldn't find the hotel the night we arrived; to the other regulars at the front desk; to the nice blond lady who cleaned up the breakfast buffet. We just reused our towels while we were here and housekeeping even contacted us yesterday to see if we needed anything because we had the "Do Not Disturb" sign on our door! (Yes, we needed toilet tissue. We just asked at the front desk.)

This was also a perfect base for our vacation. We were within 20 minutes drive of an Amtrak/commuter rail station for travel to Philadelphia (Paoli Station, $1 for parking), and everything we wanted to see was within an hour's drive.

So we are and have been very content with this place. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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