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My family and I recently spent an overnight at The Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center tucked away on the 370-acre ETS campus. My husband and I both agreed that it felt like we were much farther away from home because of the relaxed, bucolic setting. Since The Chauncey Hotel is not sitting right on Route 1, it might not be the first lodging option that comes to mind when you’re looking for a place to stay in Princeton, but I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a combination of a country estate with luxurious and state-of-the-art amenities.
The Chauncey is right off Carter Road on the border of Princeton and Lawrenceville. It’s a few minutes away from Lawrenceville, from routes 95 and 295, and 15 minutes from downtown Princeton. There are no sounds of cars rushing down Route 1 and no views of parking lots. It was originally built as an exclusive ETS facility, but it has since become a popular destination for weddings and conferences. Its cozy ambiance has also made the CBar a local favorite among residents in the area, myself and the POL staff included. It’s one of those hidden gems that shouldn’t be so hidden anymore.
My husband and I have been to the hotel a few times before for post dinner drinks, but this would be our first time staying overnight as guests. My girls were excited to stay in a hotel and I was just excited to get out of the house for a night- it didn't matter how far we went. Fortunatley, the weather report looked good and we would be able to have a complete experience of the hotel.
The check-in process was as to be expected: nice and smooth. The girls excitedly rushed up to our room and squeeled upon arrival. I love hotel rooms - especially the crisp white linens and soft pillows that promise the best sleep ever. We were greeted with a lovely welcome basket with a hotel pool towel (yes!) and lots of helpful information of what Chauncey has to offer. The highlight of the room was the personal balcony (all the rooms have one) that looked over the wedding tent. We couldn't wait to have dinner, go to the pool, and try and get a peek at the wedding!
While the end of summer is normally quiet for conferences and meetings, it's an active wedding venue. Since the campus has both The Laurie House (the B&B) and the hotel on one property, it's the perfect all-in-one pacakge for a couple planning their perfect day. As you'll see below, there are lakes with fountains, scenic walkways, a tent that stays up all summer long, and an elegant ballroom. As an outsider looking in, it made me want to relive my wedding day over again. It also made me appreciate the privacy of the property as a hotel guest.
After we settled in, we got started experiencing as much of the hotel as possible! Here are a few highlights:
When it came time to checkout, we all talked about returning on a regular basis for Sunday lunches or dinners. Even though it was only a 15-minute drive home, it felt like we had escaped to someplace farther away. Many thanks to The Chauncey Hotel staff for wonderful stay and for giving me plenty to talk about! To learn more or to book your next stay, visit www.chauncey.com.
Hilary Morris is the community manager for Princeton Online. Get a peek into her life as a marketer, NJ influencer, girls fashion blogger and mom of 3 girls at @mrsmonj
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