We love Courtyard by Marriott hotels because of their free and fast-working WiFi but sometimes the bland decor and furnishings can feel too much like a boring business hotel--an extension of the cubicle perhaps.
But there's some great news. Courtyard is getting a new look in their lobbies, starting with the Courtyard By Marriott Fair Oaks in Virginia. Above is a video tour of the new lobby.
The signature piece of these renovated lobbies is the exclusive Courtyard GoBoardTM:
a 52-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines. Guests can navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.
The lobbies also sport more colorful decor, tons of places to sit and do work (using that free WiFi we heart so much) or to just hang out and watch TV. There's even a bar, Centro, that looks like a bar you might actually hang out. We spied some women in this video drinking martinis!
The hotels will also feature The Market, a 24-hour shop for snacks and beverages and even toiletries like toothpaste and a toothbrush. What we like the best? A free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.
You can find out more about the lobby and its new accessories at GoCourtyard.com which has a schpiel by Brian King, vice president, Global Brand Manager for Courtyard and real guests talking about the new lobby. A minimum of eight more hotels this year will get the new lobby look and as many as 100 will get it in 2009.
Find out which Courtyards will get the upgrade after the jump.
Courtyard by Marriott Hotels set to receive the new lobby look:
1 Courtyard Baltimore BWI Airport, Md.
2 Courtyard Mt. Laurel, N.J.
3 Courtyard Orlando International Drive, Fla.
4 Courtyard St. Louis Downtown, Mo.
5 Courtyard Chicago O'Hare Airport, Ill.
6 Courtyard Irvine John Wayne Airport, Calif.
7 Courtyard San Diego Sorrento Mesa/La Jolla, Calif.
8 Courtyard Atlanta Perimeter Center, Ga.
9 Courtyard San Mateo Foster City, Calif.
10 Courtyard Dallas Plano Parkway at Preston Road, Texas
11 Courtyard Phoenix Airport, Ariz.
12 Courtyard Rye, N.Y.
13. Courtyard Newport News, Va.