I had an assignment between Reading and Allentown, PA. A few weeks ago, I reserved a room at a new SpringHill Suites in Center Valley, PA. I have never stayed at this SHS, so I was looking forward to the stay. I went back last week to check on my rate and found an even newer property just opened their doors. The Fairfield Inn & Suites Allentown West is actually closer to my assignment..so I switched.
The hotel is officially located in the town of Breinigsville, but that's a tiny town, so Marriott, as they often do, used the larger neighboring city, Allentown in the name.
The FFI&S opened last Wednesday, Jan 17th. As you would expect, it has a very nice, modern exterior. There is even a fire pit brick patio area in the back that, once the thaw hits, will no doubt see a lot of action. I was upgraded from a king room to a king suite. The newer FFIs feature the bedroom then the sitting area upon entering the door. The rooms are barely separated by two, three-foot wall sections on the sides. This is the first FFI that I've been in that has a leather sofa. I may be the first person to stay in this room...the sheets were brand new crisp and the towels feel as if they are right out of the box.
Being opened less than a week, I anticipated a few growing pains. Spotty Wifi, a pool not ready for swimmers, one elevator needing constant attention, etc. The staff is pumped up and very friendly. If you're in the area, I'd give them another month and then feel they'll be up to snuff.
The pictures below include what looks like a kid waterslide in the pool area. I've never seen that before.