by Ron Bernthal
Located just 10-15 minutes from Atlantic City’s casinos and ocean-front boardwalk (eight miles), close to the Garden State Parkway, and only ten minutes (five miles) from Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) and the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, which I wanted to visit, I discovered the relatively new (two years old) Residence Inn by Marriott tucked into a convenient residential and commercial neighborhood, near busy Tilton Road. I had driven on Tilton Road several times in the past few years, going to the Shore Diner, but never realized this great property was two blocks away.
Residence Inn, Marriott’s mid-range, extended-stay brand, knows how to please both families and business travelers, no easy task, and this southern New Jersey property had all the standard amenities (i.e., spacious rooms and work areas, free hot and cold breakfast items, complimentary Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen with appliances and utensils, including a full fridge and 2-burner electric range), plus some additional features as well, including a lovely, open-air central courtyard with umbrella tables, comfortable wicker chairs, and a barbeque grill for guest use.
My standard, one-bedroom suite was on the first floor of a four-story property, with easy access to my car, the fitness center, indoor pool, washer/dryer room, and the business center, with free Internet computers and printers. There was a separate bedroom, and a pull-out sofa bed in the living room. Both areas have 32″ flat-screen HDTV’s, a CD/MP3 player, and a total of three telephones, including the bathroom wall phone. Some of the 101 rooms in this all-suite property are smaller, studio suites, or larger, two-bedroom suites.
The lobby was nicely outfitted with tile and carpeting on the floor, skylights in the atrium ceiling, light wood furniture, and a stone fireplace. The adjacent breakfast room was large and airy, with a full selection of fresh items, which could be taken outside to the courtyard patio area. The front desk staff was friendly and knowledgeable, handling guest check-in and check-out procedures quickly and efficiently.
The Residence Inn at Egg Harbor is convenient to the attractions in and around Atlantic City, and offers spacious accommodations and lots of business and leisure amenities. And the name ‘Egg Harbor’? This dates back to 1614, when a Dutch sea captain sailed his ship from what is now New York City to explore along what is now the New Jersey coast. When he entered the mouth of two rivers in southern New Jersey the captain and his crew were amazed at the number of birds’ eggs piled along the river banks. They named the area “Eyren Haven,” which translates as “The Harbor of Eggs.” The settlement of Egg Harbor was eventually incorporated in 1858.
Residence Inn by Marriott
Atlantic City Airport/Egg Harbor Township
3022 Fire Road
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
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