Courtyard By Marriott is Courting Europe in a Major Way
Last year, we were tres excited by the opening of the Courtyard By Marriott in Paris as Paris is one of our favorite cities and Courtyard is one of our favorite budgie brands. Starting at 81 euros a night, we don't have to fret about spending all our money on a hotel room, just train rides into the center of town. (And sadly, on WiFi which is not gratis here as it is stateside.)
And it looks like Courtyard is tres excited about being in Europe as well since they are planning on adding 80,000 rooms in Europe by end of 2015. These rooms will also be brand-new room layouts, designed to be a "haven for business travelers" with 42" LCD TVs, ample work spaces, spa-like bathrooms and multiple, accessible outlets.
Downstairs in the lobbies, the European Courtyards will feature a hybrid of dining/meeting/relaxing layouts, very much like what we see in the U.S. right down to the 24-7 market, an all-day Bistro and the interactive GoBoards with the latest news, weather and local information.
But while the concept is very similar to what you see here at home, the Euro Courtyards will have a certain European flair from the Mediterranean color palettes in the guestrooms, to the European stones and woods in the public spaces and local tastes and dishes on the Bistro menus.
Right now, the Euro Courtyard look is still in development but the first two hotels to have it will be the 194-room Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen and the 230-room room Courtyard by Marriott Cologne which are set to open in 2013.
In the meantime, if you're looking to go budget in Europe, remember our Golden Rule--newer is better. Find a hotel that's only been open for about a year or less. That means way less people have slept in that bed before you.
[Renderings: Marriott News]