Just enjoyed a nice, brief (one night) stay in the Minneapolis downtown Courtyard. I found much to recommend:
- Very nice location, particularly if you want to attend a game at US Bank stadium - might not be as close as it looks, but I'm assuming it's still walking distance.
- Enthusiastic, high energy greeting at the front desk.
- Placed/upgraded in(to) a splendid room - high floor, corner room, multiple gorgeous windows. (View includes mobile phone pic, above.)
- Lots of my favorite creature comforts:
- lots of outlets, all over the place
- plentiful, diverse, attractive lighting options for all areas of the room
- the rolling under desk (for your laptop computer) that you can use to make your desk an L or set up the desk looking out the window, etc.
- in room coffee (single serve) machine
- Bed - very comfortable
- having said that, I remain flummoxed by the bedding. I always feel like I've been "short-sheeted" at Courtyard, and I need to untuck the entire bed to enjoy the sheets/bedding.
- Trendy, attractive, sliding glass shower door - slick design.
Over time, I've softened on my aversion to Courtyard, where your loyal Marriott status doesn't earn you a free breakfast. Among other things:
- Much as I enjoy (OK, I really enjoy) a good Marriott or Renaissance breakfast, I find that I rarely bother to eat what's offered for breakfast at Residence Inn or Spring Hill Suites anyway.... In other words, if I don't want to eat it, I'm not impressed by a free breakfast.
- City for city, I find that Courtyard offers very competitive rates, comfortable rooms and ... well ... value.
- Granted I still find Courtyard's toiletries substandard - they surely aren't Aveda (or even Thann) - but I wouldn't chose a hotel on that alone....