PRINCETON, NJ: Westin Forrestal Village

As a fan of Westins, I was quite pleased to learn that my new company has designated this Westin as its hotel of choice. I've stayed there twice in the few weeks I've been on the job, and been delighted both times.

Prinecton, New Jersey came into existence when the U.S. was young because it was a one-day ride on horseback for riders bound for New York. Also the home to Ivy-league Princeton University, I am pleased that it is also the home of this very nice Westin.

The staff members -- from the people who work the front desk to the housekeeping personnel I encountered in the halls -- are uniformly delightful. Everyone was interested in seeing that my experience was the best it could be.

Breakfasts at the on-site restaurant Parallel 40 were delightful, with perhaps the best egg white omelet I've ever had. (I order them because I know I should, not because they're my favorite -- but the chef here could make a convert of me!).

Nibbles and drinks at The Latitude Lounge were equally well-prepared and nicely presented.

If hotel fare isn't your preference, it's an easy walk to a Ruth's Chris, an Italian eatery, and a smokehouse.

The one criticism is that the on-site gym has four treadmills but only a single elliptical -- my machine of choice. But generally the fitness center is well-equipped and certainly well-maintained.

All in all, I'm glad our main office is so close; I'm looking forward to becoming a "regular" at the Westin Princeton.

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