Courtyard Boston-South Boston
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Well run establishment. Handy to Boston, Airport and attractions south of Boston.
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Bumpy start, but they accommodated me well
Our check-in experience was less than desirable at the Courtyard South Boston. We reached our room and found that the roll away bed we requested with our reservation was not there. I went to the desk to request one, but was informed that they could not put a roll away bed in my room as it was a fire hazard. They claimed roll away beds were only available in suites, but it did not say this anywhere on their website. After a bit of arguing and showing them my reservation confirmation, they offered me a second room at no charge. I also requested that our room be moved from the first floor and this request was honored quickly and without a problem.
Other than this I was very satisfied with my stay. Their free parking and internet were all very nice features, as this would have easily added $30/night to my bill at comparable hotels. The rooms were large, contained a fridge, iron, hair dryer and coffee machine. The beds and pillows were very conferrable.
Their proximity to the "T" (subway) was decent. In order to reach the T it was necessary to take a 5 minute walk through a rather quite area. Another reviewer mentioned that it was an sleazy area, but I was not too bothered by it, although I would not have taken that walk alone at night. On one occasion, we called the hotel when we arrived at the station and they sent a shuttle to pick us up within minutes.
We ate breakfast at the hotel twice and the food was good, although a bit pricey. The food is buffet style and included a make your own waffle station, scrambled eggs, home fries, yogurt, fruit, bagels (likely the frozen variety), toast, bacon, cereal, and danishes (I am sure there was a few more things as well). There was also juice and coffee All you can eat (and drink) breakfast cost $11 and was $12 if you wanted a custom made omelet. Hours were early if you sleep late though, it was only open until 10 during the week and I believe slightly later on the weekends.
The fitness center contained 2 bikes, 2 stair machines and 2 treadmills. It also included a multipurpose weight machine and free weights, although the free weights only went up to 45 lbs. It was open 24 hrs.
I did not use the pool but it was open until 10:00 PM.
Great Value for the money
We spent 2 nights in Boston at the Courtyard and found that the hotel was well above average especially given the room rate. The room was fantastic, very well appointed, large and clean. The beds were very comfortable too! The staff made our stay enjoyable and were well acquainted with places to see, restaurants, shopping etc. The hotel is out of the CBD but is an easy taxi ride into downtown on the I93 (expect a $10 - $15 fare). Also close to the subway if you want to catch a train but not sure how safe that would be at night.
Great Value, Very Comfortable
I've stayed at this Courtyard by Marriot South Boston a couple times now, and I really like it. The hotel is actually easy to get to, once you know the tricks of the one-way streets, and free parking & internet will save you a bunch too. It's a couple blocks' walk from the Andrews Square T subway station, so while it's not walking distance to downtown Boston, it is only a few minutes' ride on the T. The hotel isn't more than a year or two old.
Contrary to a review by another user below, there IS a gym at this hotel, adjacent to the swimming pool, and is equipped with treadmill, stair-stepper, lifting, and includes bottled water and towels. The hotel also has a cash bar and comfortable lobby area, for relaxing without having to leave the premesis (closes around 11pm, so don't expect to be boozin' it up late!) Breakfast is served (for a charge) in the mornings.
The rooms are totally comfortable, and I've had rooms with two queen beds, or a king bed plus sofabed. There is a refrigerator (but no microwave), in-room coffee (and in-lobby coffee as well), and the decor is very pleasant, with recessed lighting, and clean carpeting. The climate control worked flawlessly.
The bedding was very comfortable, with a down comforter, feather pillows, clean sheets, and quality mattress. The bathroom was roomey, with granite countertops, shampoo/conditioner/lotion/soaps, plenty of clean towels, and a wonderful shower with a nice massage setting. And the exhaust fan in the bathroom works!
I really have no complaints whatsoever about this hotel. It's not opulent, but it sure beats any motel-grade hotel you might find, and it was clean and comfortable. The staff was quite pleasant.
This hotel is certainly above expectation
This Courtyard is not in downtown Boston nor by the airport, but is not far from either.
For a nightly stay of $169 plus taxes the hotel offered a very clean and cmfortable stay. There is no gym or restaurant, but the hotel does provide free Internet access and parking.
As well, the rooms are either new or recently renovated and are quite clean. Additionally, the staff is friendly and accomodating.
stayed 3 nights end of August 2006, hotel out of town but no great inconvenence only short taxi ride away or use nearby T. rooms large enough for two adults and 2 children, well equiped and spotless, pool wonderful for children. Breakfast pricey but diner only short walk. Large shopping mall almost completed next door. Staff very friendly and helpful, had a really relaxing and enjoyable stay can truly reccommend this place.
Nice hotel, not the most convenient location
Stayed at Courtyard South Boston for 3 nights in July. We had two rooms which were connecting. The rooms were nice and good size, I assume recently remodeled, with very comfortable beds. The staff was friendly and helpful.
The shuttle bus picked us up from the airport and also took us back there. Otherwise we used the subway to get to downtown which is only few stops away. The subway station is a little walk away thru not so nice neighborhood. I would not like to walk thru the area by myself at night.
We used Marriott Point Saver points for our stay so the price was right for us. I would stay there again even though the location was not the most convenient.
Great hotel but you may leave hungry.
The hotel is very nice and the staff is excellent. Shuttle from the airport was great.
There is a shopping center next door with a Target, a grocery store, and a Home Depot, but there are very few options for food. I walked about 1/2 mile in several directions and only found one small local restaurant and two fast food chains. There is a Denny's style restaurant in the Holiday Inn next door but it looked pretty run down.
The subway station is not too far from the hotel physically but it is a difficult walk with traffic and no direct path. I believe that the hotel shuttle will take you to it if it is available.
For Boston, the rates at this hotel are pretty good. Just hard to get around to anywhere.
Long weekend to Fenway
I am so glad the room at this courtyard was nice because the weather certainly wasn't. Since it was rainy Fri thru Monday in Boston this weekend 6/23-6/26 we were stuck in our room a little more than planned. The standard king room that we stayed in was huge for the $189 per night we payed. We had a sitting room with couch, tv, desk and small kitchenette(microwave and frig!) plus a very big bedroom with another tv and a nice sized bathroom. The staff was extremely nice and the small bar in the lobby was a plus too. There is a breakfast every morning in the lobby that we never made it to as well as a snack stand with soda, icecream, cookies etc. that is open 24 hours. The rooms were cleaned daily and the hotel was very clean in general.
OK so the draw backs..... you can't walk to anyplace in the city from this hotel. You need to take a cab or the bus provided by the hotel. You need to make ressies with the desk for the shuttle ahead of time and I believe it leaves twice an hour. We took cabs all weekend which can get a little pricey at anywhere from $12 to $20 depending on where you need to go.
We had a very nice stay and I would stay here again for the money it saved me for a popular summer weekend in boston.
Great hotel if on a budget
We spent Friday & Saturday nights here 03/31 - 04/01. The room we were in was great. It was very large with one King bed and a sofa. There was a desk an armoire and a refrigerator with a small bar above it. The bathroom was very large for a hotel room and had the curved shower curtain rod which was nice. The bed was the most comfortable hotel bed I have ever slept in. The only bad part of the room was that there was absolutely no water pressure in the shower. I was looking forward to using the nice looking massaging shower head but when The water came on I was very dissappointed, I could have dumped a cup of water over myself and got more pressure.
We used the shuttle a couple of times. Yes you do have to wait for it to get to you. People need to remember that they are not the only ones staying at the hotel and that other people want to go to different places in the city, you may not have a direct ride to the place you want to go. The hotel has it set up so there are only 5 or 6 pick up/drop off spots so that it doesn't get too complicated. We were dropped off and picked up at the Prudential Center (it took about a 1/2 hour to get there and we had to wait for 45 minutes to be picked up) When you see the traffic it is understandable that it is going to take a while for them to get to you. We just kicked back and relaxed and saw some great parts of Boston. If you want to use the shuttle on Saturday morning we found that you should make a reservation. I called the front desk at 9 am and was told the next one we could get on was at 11:30. We walked to the subway instead. The T station is only about a 5 minute walk from the hotel. We used the subway all day then took it to Quincy Market and called the shuttle to pick us up that night. It only took 25 minutes for them to get to us that time.
I would definately stay here again it would be better to stay right in the heart of Boston if you can afford it but our budget just wouldn't do it this time. The hotel isn't in the prettiest area (our view was a big lot of cement mixers and dirt) but it seemed to be a safe area, we never felt uncomfortable. It looked more like a middle class city neighborhood to us.
Great room and brkfst but inconvenient to sites
My wife and I spent a Sat night here and enjoyed the new-looking room and bedding - one of the most luxurious and comfortable beds we've ever slept in. The indoor pool is small but no one else was swimming in the morning when I went in Sun morning. Breakfast buffet was great with eggs cooked to order and Belgian waffles, etc. Staff is friendly and helpful.
Parking is free so we left our car and took the shuttle over to the Spring Flower Show but we were very disappointed in the return trip. It took way too long to pick us up and then we ended up driving all around the city route for well over an hour before returning to the hotel - and the shuttle was over crowded with no supports for those standing to hang onto. We opted for a $25 round trip taxi ride to get to Quincy Market area for dinner but were at least lucky to get a ride since it was a very busy night and others had long waits for taxi service.
Can't comment on price since we used a Marriott 'Point Saver' offer with our Rewards points but that was a very good deal.
We'd return but plan our transportation better next time.
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