They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Courtyard by Marriott in Bali
We have nothing against Courtyard By Marriott Hotels. In fact, we quite like these places as they now sport stylish lobbies (some with media pods) with tasty cafe fare and the internet is free in the public space. But if we're going to make the trek to an exotic place like Bali, we're not so sure we'd want to stay at Courtyard. Yet, the option is there.
The newest Courtyard has opened in Bali Nusa Dua and features 250 guestrooms with 32-inch LCD, your choice of rainshowers or deep soaking tubs in the bathrooms, a private balcony or terrace and even robes and slippers.
The hotel is not on the beach but the website promises the waters of the Indian Ocean are just a 10-minute stroll from the hotel. Should you want some immediate hydration, the hotel has its own lagoon swimming pool.
And as for those cafes we love so much? They get a different twist here:
MoMo Café, Courtyard's Asian culinary innovation, presents a menu that blends western dishes with local favorites. Fresh local ingredients blended with the chef's creativity makes the quality food a delight for guests. The open kitchen and wood-fire oven produce delightful aromas that create a warm home-like ambiance. MoMo 2 Go is open 24-hours a day, providing "on the run" guests with a "grab and go" kiosk filled with sandwiches, pastries and a wide variety of beverages.
Lastly, only Courtyard can make a stay in paradise so affordable. Rates typically start at $96 a night but the hotel offers last-minute rates for just $70 a night.
The one big bummer? There aren't many photos of the hotel on its website and they are all obstructed by the Courtyard menu box (see above.) Hopefully, they will add a gallery soon. We'd hate to travel so far only to get something different than what we were expecting.