A Tale of Two Courtyards

Blog Post created by msannmcd on Sep 19, 2018

I generally abhor Courtyards and have found myself in 2 in the last 2 weeks. Last week it was in the soon to be closed Convention Center Courtyard in Washington DC NW. Apparently they will close at the end of October. The adjacent Gordon Biersch Brewery closes the end of this month.


I was switching from the Marquis (1 night, 1 suite upgrade) and was unable to check in early, although I had stated on the app I'd be there at 8 AM. But I wasn't too disappointed I just requested a high floor/quiet room and checked my luggage. When I returned later I received a warm welcome and a room on the 14th floor. Not clue if it was an upgrade or not! I did opt out of points to get the $10 credit which did cover the continental breakfast. No safe in the room. Bed was comfortable. Air handlers were excessively loud. 


This week I'm in the Courtyard in Atlantic City. Long travel day of delays due to the remains of Florence in the Northeast Corridor with hours stuck on the tarmac, rush hour out of Philly and torrential rains and hydroplaning on the roads. Got a warm welcome and a welcome gift of water and sweet treats for being PPE. No upgrade but a choice of second or 8th floor. I took 8th. Side view but I can crane my neck and see the ocean. Room is large. Well appointed. Not too beat up. Again took the $10 credit to cover my 2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast. Mandatory $12 valet each time you take your car out. Not cool. Just allow us to park our car already. Gave me a 2:30 PM late check out.


Still my least favorite brand. I stayed at an FFI in DC a few weeks back and actually preferred it, other than its location in Chinatown DC. Not sure I'll have cause to stay in either hotel again. 


Next trip, back to my favorite DC Renaissance on 999 9th Street.