In my way too many to count trips, I have stayed at many hotels and hostels, not to mention the homes of friends and family.
In my entire lifetime, I’ve only stayed one time at a Marriott hotel.
That was the Marriott Copley Place in Boston and yes, it was just for one night because one of my Circle of Sisters and I were going to a Boston Celtics basketball game.
This time, I stayed at a Marriott hotel closer to my home.
To get to the Long Island Marriott from my house, there’s two ways to get there and both are by public transportation.
I can take the Nassau bus number 4 to Freeport, then take Nassau bus number 43.
Or you can do what I did which is the easiest but not the cheapest way to go.
You can take the Long Island railroad to Freeport, walk downstairs and take bus number 43.
From there, the N43 bus takes you through the villages of Freeport, Roosevelt and finally, Uniondale, where you get off at Nassau Coliseum, walk through the parking lot and the Long Island Marriott is right there at 101 James Doolittle Boulevard.
I had never stayed here before but I had been there before with a friend to celebrate a birthday.(Mine)
Due to the Covid, a lot of things weren’t available, like the pool,fitness room, room service, and one of their restaurants, Champions, wasn’t open.
The other restaurant was open but only for breakfast and dinner and drinks, of course.
Since the hotel is located across the street from Nassau Coliseum, it’s the hotel that many of the visiting hockey teams stay at when they’re playing the Islanders.
(This includes the two New York based teams, the Rangers and Devils.)
When I made my reservation on the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, (getting the Senior Rate, doncha know), I requested a room near the elevators and with a view of the Nassau Coliseum.
I received both, but really as big as Nassau Coliseum is, there was no way I wasn’t going to get a room with a view of Nassau Coliseum.
I was even allowed to check in before 4pm because rooms were available, and thank you for that warm and very nice welcome, Marriott.
(Check out time is 11am, by the way.)
Did I like the hotel and would I stay again?
Yes, I would.
The bed was comfy, way too many pillows though, peeps.(Two is enough, don’t need 4.)
The hot water in the tub/shower was really hot, just the way I like it.
There was a Keurig coffee maker, free coffee and tea.
Plus there was a refrigerator the room, something that you wouldn’t expect to see at a Marriott.
It wasn’t wasn’t one of those mini bars either.
It was clean, empty, and seemed to be waiting for me to put some drinks in it.
My only complaint was that there were no liners in the trash cans.
No biggie though as I always carry some plastic bags with me just for this purpose.
Lots of hotels are short staffed with housekeeping, so I kind of understand.
In the grand scheme of things, that’s not that big a deal.