Feb 21

Courtyard Marriott Herald Square

In June I stayed at the brand new Courtyard Marriott Herald Square in New York City for one night when I had a night out on the town planned. My original reservation was for a city view room with two full sized beds.  When I checked in I was offered a non-city view room or an executive room (King Bed and Pull out sofa) with a city view. I’m usually not a fan of pull out beds in hotel rooms, but I figured in a hotel that was 2 weeks old the bed would be in good shape.

So up I went to room 911 with a view of the city (midtown). The room was obviously nice and fresh, being only 2 weeks old. When you walked in the room you’re in a hallway that has the bathroom at the end and the bedroom area to the right. The benefit to this design was that you can’t see the room from the hallway of the hotel.

The room had a king sized bed, a small couch (twin sized pull out bed), flat screen TV, coffee table, desk, small closet with THIN full length mirror, coffee maker and a mini fridge.  I found the bed and couch comfortable and although the closet was small, it was what I would expect in a hotel in New York City.

The room was quite spacious for 2 people (by New York City standards), but it would be tight with a third person in it for more than a day or two.  They layout was good for the space, my only complaint is that if you sit at the desk you block access to the rest of the room.

Also worth mentioning is that there is security at the entrance of the hotel, while the doors open automatically during daytime hours you need a room key to enter at night.  I like that extra bit of security.

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced hotel in midtown I would recommend staying here, it was clean, secure and the staff seemed to care.

Sep 25

TownePlace Suites Denver Airport at Gateway Park

I used this hotel primary as a place to sleep when I started my tour of Colorado. What I looked for when booking this hotel was an airport shuttle and being cheaper priced Marriott.  When I saw how cheap this hotel was with points, I used points.  The airport shuttle was another issue, which is not the hotels fault.

When I booked on the Marriott site it said the hotel had an airport shuttle, of course you needed to click through to find out that it has limited days and hours.  Ouch! I ended up having to take a taxi for $35 when I arrived, but I was able to take the shuttle back to the airport. But I’m still bitter.

As for the room, it was great!  Since this is more of an extended stay hotel the room is different than a tourist type hotel, but for it’s purpose, and mine, it was well designed.

The room was a studio but I could totally imagine staying here for a week or two.  There was tons of storage, a desk with a pull out surface (perfect height to use my laptop at), a kitchenette with dishes, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, compact stove.  It was better than compact kitchens I’ve seen in some apartments.

The room itself had a King size bed, couch (I think it was a pull out), TV, and lots of storage.  The outlets were well placed, so you could access them to charge all your phones, ebooks, laptops and whatever other electronic devices you have.  There was excellent lighting throughout the room, kitchen and bathroom.  My only complaints were that the hairdryer was weak and the TV was not placed for good viewing from either the couch or the bed, but the viewing angle was adjustable.

The included breakfast was ok, it was pretty typical of an included breakfast.  There was coffee, tea, yogurt, bagels, muffins, banana, apple, and cereal. The only hot food was make your own waffle.  Yes, there was a good variety, but nothing to wow you either.

I would definitely consider staying at this hotel again if I was in the Denver area.