Very good hotel; great choice for proximity to the mall and restaurants A review of Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
My family stayed at this hotel for a couple of nights. If you want to go to the mall, you can't beat the location as it's walking distance (though you definitely have to hurry across the busy road). Lots of popular restaurants (Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, etc) are at or near the mall. So is a Starbucks and a Barnes and Noble. So, pretty much everything you might want is close.
As for the hotel itself, it's very nice. I wouldn't say it's a top of the line luxury hotel, but it's certainly well appointed and comfortable. The indoor and outdoor pools are well-maintained (though during our stay, they were absolutely overrun by kids -- one downside of this place, I suppose). There is a restaurant, bar, and gift store just off the lobby. The hotel overall is clean and well-maintained. The rooms are a little small, but not to the point of being a problem. The beds are quite comfortable, and featured good quality, fluffy pillows -- not the cheap, flat ones you often encounter in hotels. You won't have a fridge in your room unless you make a special request for one, and I'm not sure of their availability. Front desk service was very courteous and professional. Parking is free (unusual these days) and ample.
Aside from a mini-fridge not being provided by default, the only minor complaints I have are: Wireless and wired Internet access is provided in the room, but costs $9.95 per day (most places are providing it free nowadays!) and our TV's speakers seemed blown (or close to it), so we didn't have very good sound from the television. We didn't bother to report it, but I'm sure they would have changed the TV or put us in another room.
Overall, this Marriott Crabtree is a very good choice, especially if you want to be in the mall area. Some would say it's out in "squaresville," and lacks the character of downtown, and there's some truth to it. But unless you want or need to stay downtown, this hotel is a good bet.