(Closed) Nassau Inn, Princeton NJ: has anyone been to any weddings there?

posted 10 years ago in New Jersey – North Central New Jersey
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

My best friend got married there 2 years ago, and it was beautiful.  The wedding coordinator is wonderful and there were no problems all night – and if there were, we never heard about them!  There is also a really great hair salon right around the corner (walking distance, a block or so) that did our hair/make-up and it all came out beautiful.  The food was really good – we have butternut squash soup for the first course – it was to die for.  The lounge where they had the cocktail hour was fantastic, with big leather chairs and a great bar… the whole ambiance was really great… very posh and luxe, but historic, too (if that even makes sense).  Really had a great feel to the whole night, very special.  Also, Palmer Square (where the Inn is located) is very fun, with lots of shops and great little places to eat for your overnight guests.  the only downside is that rooms at the Inn are a little pricey, but other than that, it really was fantastic.  If you have any specific questions, PM me and I can put you in touch with my bestie!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

ArtichokeHeart, I haven’t been to a wedding at the Nassau Inn, but I live very close by and my mother stayed there about six months ago.  We were both extremely disappointed in the hotel facilities.  The rooms are small and dimly lit and have frumpy, unimaginative decor (seriously, it’s no better than a Holiday Inn).  The walls are also thin — my mother was kept awake half the night by a very, um, amorous couple.  For $200+ a night, I was really surprised at how cheap everything seemed. 

It sounds like ktdid23’s friend’s experience with the wedding coordinator and facilities was very positive, and I do have to say that the front desk staff was efficient and helpful (there was a problem with the bill and they sorted it out right away).  Plus, Palmer Square is a lot of fun, and there’s a great cake bakery, Chez Alice, there.  If you’re only looking for a reception venue the Nassau Inn might be great.  But if you’re looking for a hotel where your wedding party and guests can stay, I just can’t recommend it.  The rooms are wildly overpriced for what you get.

Also, the restaurant downstairs, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, is mediocre to awful (I’ve eaten there a few times). Make sure that’s not the chef who’s doing your catering!!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Here’s the thing about the Nassau Inn… it’s a histric building with a lot of charactor.  If you’re looking for a new, modern, fancy hotel, this is just not it.  If you’re looking for historic, quaint, and full of charm, the Nassau Inn is where it’s at.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

ArtichokeHeart, one of the big frustrations about having family members visit me is that there are so few hotels with easy access to Princeton!  The Peacock Inn, a small B&B, is the only other hotel I know of that is within walking distance of Palmer Sqaure.  Otherwise, it’s all chain hotels on Route 1.  Some of these hotels have shuttles that will drop you off in the Palmer Square area, but none are within walking distance.  That’s part of why the Nassau Inn can get away with charging such outrageous prices, it really is the only hotel option in downtown Princeton.  I wish I had a more encouraging answer!!

I would ask to see a few rooms during your visit.  It’s possible that my mom just got a particularly bad one. Oh!  And be sure to ask about parking for your guests as well.  Parking in downtown Princeton is really limited, and almost all metered.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Hi, I did not attend a wedding at the Inn but was put up there for a week by a pharma company in the area.  It was an awful experience and the company no longer uses the Inn.  Even though the Inn was newly renovated the wall were paper thin allowing you to hear everything even if people were just having a conversation in normal tones.  The staff was unhelpful and outright rude. Housekeeping left my door open one day and I came back to find another guest in my room "searching for towels".  Also on the Friday night I was there a group of 20+ people showed up for a meal that they had arranged with the event staff and the front desk kept insisting there was nothing booked even though a woman had emails from the Inn and a credit card slip.   In years of traveling for business this is the only place I ever complained to a sponsoring company about.  The only good thing I can say about this place is that the location is excellent for people who are going to be visiting students at Princeton or are coming to town without a car.   

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Hi, I did not attend a wedding at the Inn but was put up there for a week by a pharma company in the area.  It was an awful experience and the company no longer uses the Inn.  Even though the Inn was newly renovated the wall were paper thin allowing you to hear everything even if people were just having a conversation in normal tones.  The staff was unhelpful and outright rude. Housekeeping left my door open one day and I came back to find another guest in my room "searching for towels".  Also on the Friday night I was there a group of 20+ people showed up for a meal that they had arranged with the event staff and the front desk kept insisting there was nothing booked even though a woman had emails from the Inn and a credit card slip.   In years of traveling for business this is the only place I ever complained to a sponsoring company about.  The only good thing I can say about this place is that the location is excellent for people who are going to be visiting students at Princeton or are coming to town without a car.   

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If you know an alum or faculty member of the university you can also try Prospect House.  There are some other venues near by like Jasna Polana ($$), Cherry Valley CC and Trenton CC.  My wedding will be at CVCC in August and we looked at all of these places.  They are not necessarily in the heart of Princeton but, they are certainly close.

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