Both my wife and I have stayed in multiple Courtyard hotels through the years on business. Just a few weeks ago we had a nice stay at the Courtyard in San Ramon on a family vacation (tough to be in the city with a restless 4 year old boy). Most of the U.S. Courtyards have a pretty distinct look/feeling. It got me wondering if there are some Courtyards that break the mold or if anyone could recommend a favorite? So far, our favorite Courtyard that we've stayed in is the Courtyard in Stockholm...excellent property. So what is everyone else's favorite Courtyard?
My favorite Courtyard is Meridian/Boise West. It's a stellar property with a very nice dining area as well as a large, comfortable lobby and bar area (actually upscale for a Courtyard in my opinion). When you walk out the glass doors located on the rear wall (all glass with sheers) of the lobby bar area, you find yourself in a beautiful courtyard setting with an ornate iron work gazebo, and two round table top marble/glass fire pits. There is a large banquet room, which all adds up to a good venue prospect for a wedding. I haven't been there since October (will return this October), and I hope and pray that they haven't renovated this lovely place into the new Courtyard Bistro Design. I will be soooo disappointed if they have done that. Anyway, it's a great property with a great price. A real gem.
Great question! (And we'll keep the Courtyard in mind if/when we're ever fortunate enough to visit Stockholm.)
Thanks Pluto, such a great detailed response. We live in SLC, not far from Boise, so if there is something the takes us up there, I look forward to booking it. As for Stockholm, it's a simple walk along the waterfront to old town and also close to a subway stop. The staff is very helpful. They have an excellent restaurant with an amazing breakfast that has both American style breakfast and Swedish style breakfast options. It also has that Swedish modern design to it. I put a review on our blog if you want to read it: http://worldfamilytravellers.blogspot.com/2011/12/hotel-review-marriott-courtyard.html
Jersey City/Newport (NJ across from Manhattan). Nice, crisp, clean hotel; excellent neighborhood; subway right next door (into the city); fair parking rates - a steal compared to the city, value priced rooms. Professional staff and a large enough lobby/bistro space downstairs.
It's been some time since I've been in NYC. Nice to know there is an alternative to staying in the city. Good public transportation makes it easier to stay outside any major city. We just had a nice stay in San Ramon, CA (a suburb of San Francisco) and found it convenient to get into the city using BART. Wrote a review of it on our travel blog: http://worldfamilytravellers.blogspot.com/2012/07/hotel-review-courtyard-san-ramon.html
My favorite CY is South Boston, MA. My introduction to this property was I stayed there because I couln't get a room in the CY at Logan Airport. Am I ever glad I couldn't get that room at Logan!
I booked a rate that included breakfast (because CY doesn't provide breakfast for elites). When I arrived, the associate told me that they do free breakfast for Platinums and had noticed that I had a rate that paid for breakfast. She changed my rate to a lower rate to credit me back for the breakfast cost! Last time there they also were still doing the traditional buffet breakfast and didn't have the bistro. The South Boston CY also has an airport shuttle service and is a very nicely maintained property. The staff has been superb every time there and I don't pay the rate charged at the airport CY that is always at least double and usually close to three times more than South Boston!
In addition, the CY Logan airport is noisy and, quite frankly, a dump. I'm soooo glad they were sold out and I had to choose the South Boston CY! I stay there every time now that I need to be airport close for my trips out of Boston!
There is a brand new Residence Inn near the airport and we are using our CC certificate to stay there. It is located on the north side of town and will be a little easier for us to get to. I was thinking about using it at the CY South after reading Tef's review, but will have to try that CY another time.
Good luck with that trade into the Custom House. It's so popular that Marriott keeps the inventory when it becomes available for hotel sales. I, too have wanted to 'try it out' (since it's such a landmark), but never have been able to get it. Maybe some trip to Boston I'll stay a night for fun on their big hotel rate.
Keep trying on the Custom House! My wife and I traded in about 4 years ago and enjoyed every minute of it. Be aware, they do not have full kitchens, just kitchenettes.There is a T-rail station just outside the front doors of the Custom House. We bought a 7 day pass at the airport station and either rode the T or walked everywhere. Custom House will definitely be a repeat for us.
I forgot to mention Larkspur, CA!
What an inexpensive and peaceful way to enjoy San Francisco. I could take the ferry from the hotel to SF and back and it was such a beautiful trip. It would take me to the pier area and I could take the cable cars or trolley cars all over.
The hotel upgraded me to a nice two room suite and I could walk to a nice place to dine right across the quiet street.
Would be glad to enjoy that property again.
I like the CY in Raleigh, NC on Capital Blvd. The staff is very nice, located right outside a nice mall with a lot of restaurants.... Yes, I stay quite often for business and could stay at a full service Marriott or Renaissance right down the word, but I wouldn't trade this CY for the world.
We (our team at work) stay at the Wallingford CY frequently, and were just there this week.
The folks working there were wonderful!
I know I risk being scolded for 'branching off' but;
That entire group of Hillstone Restaurants provide great food, service, and great times (and memories for me). My wife went into labor with our first child after dinner at the Westheimer (Houston) Houston's after eating their firehouse chili (no kidding); I had a good business deal close in the Denver area at the Cherry Creek operation, I stumbled into a long lost high school pal at the LA Gulfstream and the banana cream pie is magnificent (you need a loan to get one and a personal trainer afterwards) at Bandera, which I will be saving up cash and calories for my next trip in February when I'm at the Newport Coast villas (my friend successfully maneuvered his way into a vacation club trade - harder than Jimmy Buffet tickets!).
Friday February 8th - Friday February 15th
I'm heading out the door (to celebrate Nats MLB best record - get your Sox to help my neighbors' O's out tonight).
I'll check back later tonight to see if the stars align in Newport.
PS - I'm also going to Aruba in April, so if you still decide to go in December, I'll look forward to your insights
We're there Feb 1 to Feb 8. Won't be leaving until late as we are heading to LAX Renaissance after. When are you arriving...on the 8th?
Congrats on the Nats. Best NL record. I'm really happy for the team as they have really exhibited what baseball is suppossed to be about!! Best of luck in the Playoffs....will you be attending any of the games?
We get into John Wayne at 1:25 (you know how those timeshares are about early check-in, late check out, so I took my time). If all went well could probably get to the lobby by 2.
If you're still around and I make it on time, I'll treat you to a beverage either at the pool bar or somewhere nearby and pick your brains about the property and Aruba - man, you're the guy to know for the Caribbean.
Both of those wild card teams are dangerous (and handled the Nats recently). We coached with Lombo's uncle, so we caught several games with Steven's alloted tickets (great seats as you might imagine, and even more important, terrific parking - quick exit ). I'll just have to wait and see how many family members are available, as I'm low on the food chain - ha.
If you get a chance, try the newest Hillstone Group restaurant called "Hillstone". A friend recently took me to the one in Phoenix and after I sat down and looked at the menu I mentioned that it reminded me of the Bandera in Scottsdale. He explained it was part of the same chain. It was another enjoyable meal at a Hillstone Group restaurant.
Oh man, this is perfect! Taking the family to Scottsdale for Christmas and this is just down the road. It's got the prime rib for mom, grilled chicken salad for the mrs., veggie burgers and sushi for my daughters and hot fudge sundae for yours truly (no doubt a distant relative of Adam Richman, Man vs. Food). Oh yeah baby, I'm there - thanks for the heads up.
Well, you're welcome Pluto. It's exciting to get the great tips of this forum, I'm off to a terrific meal right now at one of my NoVa favorites
2941 Restaurant (often paired with a great weekend stay at the Fairview Park Marriott - still a Cat. 4 with <$80 weekend rates w/ breakfast buffets for elites).
And may I thank you for your superb work as a steward, you, razor, and the many others do a fantastic job of keeping the mojo flowing. And now, off to act like an adult, keeping my elbows off the table.
Just had dinner there a couple of weeks ago. Fun place, my brother lives on the Tuscawilla Golf Course and Winter Park is very beautiful. Rollins is a wonderful school
See you next Wed. in Burlington, Iowa. Staying at the FF in Fenton, Mo this week and working in one of my favorite small towns, Washington, Mo!
My favorite CY's aren't necessarily the property per se, but the people. The Tuscaloosa CY and JAX CY both stand out in recent memory as places I looked forward to because of the staff. Don't ask about the condition of the facility, I don't remember, but the people were terrific!