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A day at the park is what you make it!
It's about 30 minutes to the park from Toms River if you drive the speed limit and you only have to take a couple roads to get to the park - Rt. 571 being the main road. Not too complicated.
It's also only a few minutes away from the beach if you're interested in that.
*** Edited 7/25/2006 1:41:01 AM UTC by MrX***
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
Bordentown hotels are complete crap (and I know Jeremy has similar opinions on hotels as me).
There is a Quality Inn near the Air Force base that is just minutes from the park, it's just something like 9 miles down 537 from the park - it's not *horrible* and the proximity to the park usually wins out when we head that way.
If the distance is the main issue, then I believe that Quality Inn is as close as you can get. If quality matters more, then you will be a decent distance away.
For the record, the 'other' place I stayed was a Days Inn, also right near the AFB. That place wasnt 'bad', in fact, *I* would stay there again, but Lady T has a thing against motel (i.e. places where the door leads directly outside). But other than that, it was 'passable', I guess.... We went to the Days the first yr, and then I picked the QI because the distance was about the same as the Days, but it had an interior hallway. What a mistake!
By The by, has anyoe ever stayed in the Residence Inn or Courtyard Cranbury/South Brunswick? Marriotts are usually pretty good (and have great rates for us Federal Employees) but I know nothing of that area.
Thanks again, jeremy
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Then again, it's a Choice Hotels property - they're not just inconsistent from hotel to hotel but are inconsistent room to room. Maybe we've scored decent rooms or maybe you scored an bad one? Or both?
I'd still rather be at a hotel I can 'live with' that's a few miles from the park than one that I'm cool with as far away as you have to go to 'be cool' when dealing with SFGAdv. (still think killing the on-property hotel was one of the only major mis-steps Red Zone has made with the parks)
Outdoor entry properties are the worst. The woman has good taste. :)
You'll rarely go wrong with any Marriott property. The bad ones are certainly the exception and few and far between.
Agree, 10,000% (or more)... ;)
I've been saying the same thing, and I keep hearing "oh, the debt, the debt". Seriously, something that isn't MAKING money, that's bad for the balance sheet. *Investing* the few expendable dollars you have on something that will undoubtedly RAKE in money (like leaves during Autumn in new Jersey), THAT is still sound financial planning for the future of SFI.
(It's also why I have no idea how a place can charge $39 for a room night and still operate - it really boggles my mind as to what corners are being cut to make it work. But that's a different topic...)
Still, given the hotel situation near SFGAdv, an on-site property would have been a can't miss situation. Sure there would be major cap-ex up front, but still.
Then on the other, other hand I know what kind of issue the park has had with staffing both in quantity & quality and shudder to think of how an SF operated hotel would be run. (especially with the numerous similarities between the hotel and amusement industry - it's all hospitality in the end)
Who knows? If it were my decision, I'd have probably gone for it.
I think it was the right move to delay the hotel. Shapiro said something recently, maybe the conference call, about the lack of advertising on radio and tv. He said "I don't want to advertise a product I can't deliver". And he's totally right. Gadv is not quite prepared to handle an on-site hotel just yet. I think they need to chill with the expensive rides for 2 years and do nothing but improve the park and more importantly figure out a long term solution to the staffing problems. Once the get that done, then the hotel will make sense.
I hope that's what they are doing and not just forgetting about it.
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