Is it possible for a Courtyard by Marriott to actually be a boutique hotel? Lately, it seems that mainstream chain hotels are strategically inserting themselves into prime urban locations walkable to top amenities rather than buried in the anonymity of suburban strip development.
Marriott’s Courtyard Stamford Downtown exemplifies this trend with a sumptuous lobby enwrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows affording sweeping views of surrounding architecture and street life. Its 70 minute train ride from Manhattan makes it a bulls eye for New Yorkers plotting their weekend escapes just far enough away from the chaos and grueling press of big city living.
Car-free packages like their Downtown Beach Escape include round trip rail Metro North tickets from Grand Central with free shuttle connections to the hotel. Normally requiring beach pass purchases and the hassle of summer crowd parking especially during summer, Courtyard Stamford Downtown also provides chauffeured door-to-beach access with complimentary water and towels.
When night falls, you have 3 theaters and the multitude of eateries lining Bedford and Atlantic Streets all within a 1 block radius of your room. Napa & Co., their on site specialty restaurant showcases organic American fare along with an elegant lounge perfect for their signature barrel aged cocktails.
Many rooms have living rooms and master bedrooms with floor to ceiling city views giving you the feeling that you’re retreating to your own pied-a-terre rather than a hotel room.
Photos courtesy of Courtyard Stamford Downtown. Coverage made possible by participating in a sponsored visit.