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Marriott offers top-notch lodging in city

More than 10 years ago, downtown Williamsport was all but devoid of hotels for out-of-town travelers and others looking for lodging.

But since that time, fueled in part by a natural gas boom, a number of hotels went up in the city including TownePlace Suites at Marriott.

Dina Makar, general manager, said the hotel remains busy from a decade ago.

Located at 10 W. Church St., the hotel is strategically located near restaurants, night life, businesses, and other attractions of center city.

“It’s very convenient for those who want to use the river walk,” she said. “You don’t need a car. It’s an excellent location.”

In fact, the hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Susquehanna River in the shadow of the Market Street Bridge.

She pointed to a wall map off the lobby of the hotel that lays out city and how to get to different nearby places.

Hotel guests, she said, love the downtown.

It perhaps goes without saying that Little League World Series week in late August is the busiest time for the hotel, but the Marriott finds many of its more than 80 rooms reserved much of the time.

“We are often filled,” she said.

Makar points to the hotel’s amenities.

“What sets us apart is it’s extended-stay,” she said. “We are geared to that. We do a lot of group stays.”

Many of the rooms offer fully equipped efficiency kitchens.

Guests can choose to purchase groceries at the nearby Wegman’s or other food markets and bring back food to cook in their rooms.

“We have a party patio,” Makar said. “They can grill outside.”

The hotel’s lending program allows guests to borrow appliances for use too.

Guests can enjoy a swim in the pool or soak in the spa on the hotel’s first floor, or get a workout in the equipment-rich gym.

Extended stay guests have use of a laundry area, too.

Each morning, a hot breakfast is served.

“We are award-winning for customer service,” Makar said.

The hotel was renovated in March 2019.

“Every seven years we are required to do a soft goods renovation,” she said.

That means replacing carpeting, drapes, matresses, and furniture.

COVID-19 posed its share of challenges for the hotel businesses, and the Marriott was no exception.

“We actually closed for three months in 2020,” Maker said.

But like many businesses, the Marriott has emerged from the pandemic and is poised to continue to be a viable player in the area hotel market.

“Williamsport is a good location,” Makar said.

The Marriott is pet friendly and convenient for the busy professional, according to its website.

Many attractions and tourist sites in the region as well as the many outdoors activities of central Pennsylvania make the Marriott a perfect place to stay for families and vacationers.

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