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Good For Solo
I really love this place
From the moment I arrived, the staff was friendly and super accommodating. I was there on a timeshare trade, but they treated me as though I were an owner. I checked in early, and I got a unit in the exact building and floor that I wanted. The concierge gave me an owner's card, which entitled me to several discounts both in the resort and with local businesses. The suite was wonderful! Two bedrooms with wonderfully comfortable king-size beds, a full kitchen, a livingroom area with a 47" flat panel HD TV, a gas fireplace, and a screened terrace! Both bedrooms had flat screen HD TVs, and the master BR had a roman tub plus double sink area, and separate toilet and shower room. All very nicely decorated, and clean.
Oh yeah, and there are TWO golf courses, and an on-site golf school with great practice facilities at your beck and call! At night, you are five miles from the Atlantic City boardwalk/marina, where there's plenty of 24-hour action, theater, dancing, food, beach...everything. During the day, there is a great yoga studio on Route 9 called "Yoga Nine," a museum, and a nature conservatory. The on-site walking and jogging trails circle the Pines golf course and the rest of the facility, and the main hotel has a grill room and restaurant reminiscent of the good old days of grand hotels.
And don't be shy about exploring some of the local supermarkets and restaurants! There's some wonderful stuff in the fairly immediate area if you drive down Jimmy Leeds Road. I recommend Santori's market for fresh veggies and cold cuts, and while you're there, check out the daily specials at Fishtales Seafood Restaurant (323 E Jimmie Leeds Rd Galloway, NJ 08205). Eat in or take out, you won't be disappointed here!
Unique Quality: When you are a Marriott Seaview guest, whether at the main hotel or the villas, you are entitled to use the Elizabeth Arden spa facilities free of charge. There's a great indoor lap pool with small whirlpool in the room, and there is a gym area and exercise room. But in addition, there's an absolutely delicious experience for women. You enter and are given a comfy and plush terry robe and non-slip rubber slippers to use while there. The staff will put eucalyptus in the steam room for you, if you'd like. Then there is the wonderful whirlpool, and sauna with cold plunge. You can always splurge on the Elizabeth Arden extras like facials and massages, and even makeovers....but no one will pressure you, and your use of the facilities truly is a free amenity with your stay at the Marriott.
I can't wait to go back. In fact, I've already booked Thanksgiving week. :)
Directions: NJ Turnpike to Smithville/Galloway exit (Route 9).
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