Framingham MA 3* Sheraton

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Framingham MA 3* Sheraton

GeorgeJSanD
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Joined: March 30th, 2001, 6:21 am

October 18th, 2002, 4:21 pm #1

Very solid 3* hotel with nice furnishings (cherrywood?) and comfortable beds.

This is the hotel right at the MassPike exit for Framingham (exit 13?) that looks like a castle.

No food for you if you arrive at 11PM or later; the Molly Malones bar/restaurant stays open later than that but stops serving food at 11. The other hotel restauarant closes before that. And room service closes at 11 also. So it was off to McDonald's about a mile east on Worcester which was about the only place open in the area at that time of night..

Noticed the next morning that there is a train track directly behind the hotel but there was no noise overnight.

This is a very comfortable solid 3* hotel and I was thrilled that I got it for $55 on Priceline.
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Joined: August 28th, 2002, 10:07 am

May 6th, 2003, 3:29 am #2

Hotel remains one of the nicer properties available through Priceline in the MetroWest area. Rooms have been updated (quasi W feel with sleek fixtures, minimalist appointments, quality high thread count linens) and now have high speed Internet access for the requisite $9.95/night. Bathroom is nothing to write home about but there is coffee in the room and front desk does not look down on Priceliners -- they put me on the Club Floor almost every time in.

Recommended.
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Joined: August 4th, 2002, 3:44 am

August 14th, 2006, 12:51 am #3

We were extremely disappointed with this hotel. Offering Internet access for $11/day may have been a perk in 2003. But it's crazy in 2006 when the service has become standard at Motel 6 and Super 8 motels. It also doesn't have a fitness center of its own (though you can purchase a day pass for $10 to use one adjacent to the hotel). When we asked about a fridge, we were told it would be $15 extra a day. The elevator felt so jarring I thought it would turn my stomach. The ice machine was broken not only on our floor, but the next floor I went to. The room was pretty generic -- not particular impressive.

No mention of Priceline when we checked in. But we were given the handicapped accessible room, which seems to only happen when I use Priceline.
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August 15th, 2006, 9:42 pm #4

I forgot to add: The carpets were worn and the room smelled musty. Housekeeping didn't answer when we called for a request. Re: the fees. We were also told we would be charged $1/call if we dialed an 800 number or local call. The hotel charges even heftier long-distance fees to call Boston, 20 miles away.
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August 18th, 2007, 7:22 pm #5

Hotel was just recently renovated. New carpet throughout and bathroom was immaculate. Not all furniture was new, but still decent shape.

Was treated very nicely - chocolates at check in desk; front desk offered to print out mapquest directions when I asked how long it would take to drive the next day; basket of apples at check-in desk; manager came over to thank us for staying there and even gave us a coupon for 2 free breakfast buffets the next AM.

The hotel is at exit 12 off the Mass Pike, next to the highway. We were given a room on the 2nd floor, then asked if that would be allright. We replied "do you have anything higher?" and were given a room on the 4th floor on the back side (quiter).

All this for a Priceline customer!!!! It may have helped that I showed my Starwood Preferred Guest card at checkin, but the people there were very friendly!!!!

Free wireless internet in the lobby.

Would consider staying there again!
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Joined: August 25th, 2007, 7:57 am

September 15th, 2008, 4:13 am #6

I just bid $45 on a 2.5 star hotel for Natick-Framingham area and the bid was accepted and upgraded to a 3 star ( Sheraton Framingham Hotel ) I used the a/b site to get this. good luck to all
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September 15th, 2008, 4:15 am #7

My stay there was from 9-20 thru 9-22 sorry about that!
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October 17th, 2012, 3:10 pm #8

There aren't any chocolates or apples at the desk anymore; the elevators are still funky, and the reviews on TA at the moment are less than stellar with complaints about construction and traffic noise.  Yet for an amazing rate of 60 plus 9 bonus on a fall foliage weekend, we can't complain.  I did present my SPG card and was told I would receive points for my stay.  I didn't expect that.  Note that they do put a 50$ hold on your cc.

The "castle" is eye-catching and intriguing. Like a castle, it has a few secrets which I share below. The king bed was super comfy.  Fridge and nuke still available for 15 bucks.  Enormous pool and multiple gyms. We looked but didn't have time to take advantage of either (Parents Weekend)
 
No mention of PL at check in or ever.  Asked for and received (just in case) a quiet room and were sent to 261, in a very quiet corner at the back of the hotel.  Although there is no free wi fi in the room, there is free access in the lobby, and there are free computers and printer available in the lobby and the (secret)  business center located on the lower level.


There are two bottles of water in the room. One is marked "complimentary" and the other is 4.00. Be sure to pick the right one  You get one freebie per stay.


If you are fine with no maid service, there is a door hanger to note this.  You will receive 5 bucks a night credit towards food or starpoints.


A minor complaint and a few tips.  We awoke our first day to no hot water.  The desk attendant informed me that it would be off until noon due to an upgrade in the boosters and that I should have received a note about this at checkin (which I obviously didn't).  


Regarding elevators- there is a second bank of them hidden away that is a bit faster and slightly less clunky than the lobby ones.  The place is enormous and this second set - which we found on our own- was a better location for our room anyway.  The entrance to the hotel is not well marked and since it's on the highway and inclines at a sharp angle, it would be very easy to miss. Fortunately I knew this from a TA review.  Go slowly upon approach!  Also- getting back to 9 East can be crazy confusing, involving a very wacky turn in the middle of virtually nowhere (by Staples, according to my GPS).  Much better to exit from the secret BACK exit, which will get you there much more efficiently.


I would be very happy to receive this hotel on PL again.
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