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“Gets the job done but not much more”
Review of Courtyard Altoona

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Courtyard Altoona
Ranked #9 of 15 Hotels in Altoona
Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Gets the job done but not much more”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

We stayed at the Altoona Courtyard for two nights when in the area for a home Penn State Football game. While this Courtyard has been retrofitted with the new lobby configuration, the rooms are not up to date. The result is a basic Courtyard experience. Functional but in no way on par with a main brand Marriott. The rooms are a bit beat up and tired. Towels a bit threadbare, sheets a bit stiff. But clean enough overall. Good water pressure in the bathroom and a friendly staff. It gets the job done but would not want to stay here for more than a few nights.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ConcordHospitality, General Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 6 November 2013
Travelingwithwhit,
Thank you taking the time to write a review. We greatly appreciate your business and taking the time to share your comments. I will be sure to discuss during our next staff meeting.
Sincerely,
Katie Milward, General Manager
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

My friend and I stayed here while visiting the area and found the hotel to be updated and spacious. The rooms were clean, the beds were very comfortable, and the bathroom was spacious. I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the area.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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ConcordHospitality, General Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 6 November 2013
SBGAL2011,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your experience at our hotel and for recommending us. I will pass along all of your comments to our team during our next weekly meeting. We look forward to seeing you again!
Sincerely,
Katie Milward, General Manager
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Markham, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

We stayed there when we were at a Pennstate game. It was a great stay even with a small child
It offers super clean rooms, very kind staff and great breakfast. We were greated with a very warm welcome.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Nadine K
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ConcordHospitality, General Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Nadine K,
Thank you for taking a moment to write a review about your experience at Courtyard Altoona. We appreciate you selecting our hotel while attending a Penn State game. I'm delighted to hear that our clean accommodations and warm hospitality made for an enjoyable stay. Please plan to visit us again the next time you travel to the area. Thanks again for writing.

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Katie Millward, General Manager
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Bowie, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I think I just had higher expectations than this hotel could deliver. They say the rooms were renovated 1 year ago but our room was pretty run down. The pictures, bedding and wall paper are new, but the furniture and AC unit seemed very beat up and the carpet was filthy. There was just a lot of wear in general. The front desk staff (especially Dawn) could not have been nicer or more helpful, and the lobby is really well appointed. Just wish the rooms were in better condition. Perhaps all of the options in Altoona are like this. I have not stayed in another alternative recently to compare.

Room Tip: Odd ending rooms have a nicer view of the mountains. Even ending rooms face the parking lot. The car...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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ConcordHospitality, General Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 23 September 2013
BeachLvrs,
We appreciate you sharing feedback on your experience at Courtyard Altoona. We sincerely apologize for the areas we fell short in exceeding your expectations. We appreciate your feedback on these areas, and we will take your valuable comments into consideration for improving our property and overall guest experience. I’ll be certain to pass along your compliments to our staff on their excellence in service, and I’ll recognize Dawn with a special commendation. We hope to have an opportunity to extend our hospitality to you in the near future and provide a more positive experience. Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Katie Millward, General Manager
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Very clean, one of a few better hotels in Altoona. I really was surprised with the mattress, no backaches.The room and bathroom are standard nothing special.The lobby had plenty of room for guests and was inviting for conversation or playing games. And it does have a wine bar and sells Starbucks coffee.

Room Tip: 4th Floor is usually the quiet floor
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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ConcordHospitality, General Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 23 September 2013
Litagator2,
We’re happy to hear from you, and we’re glad you enjoyed a comfortable stay with us at Courtyard Altoona. We hope you’ll have an opportunity to visit us again in the near future. Thank you again for writing.

Sincerely,
Katie Millward, General Manager
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Toronto, Canada
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2013

We stayed one night on our way back from 2800 mile motorcycle trip to Robins Gap, NC. Check in was fast and easy. Room was clean, nicely laid out. Beds were comfortable. Front desk staff recommended a local steak house and even gave us 10% off card. Also advised us to not park our bikes under the front entrance since local police were by earlier and might ticket or tow since we were in fire lane. Breakfast not included as some other hotel/motel chains but that is not a deal breaker. I stayed at Comfort Suites last year and though Courtyard is rated lower, I liked Courtyard better. Much nicer lobby, breakfast, sitting area and rooms are roomier, cleaner and modern.

Room Tip: Higher floor facing the valley gives a better view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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ConcordHospitality, General Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 21 September 2013
toronegro63,
We’re happy to hear from you! Thank you for sharing your feedback on your stay with us at Courtyard Altoona. It’s wonderful to receive your kind comments about our clean and comfortable accommodations. We appreciate you choosing to stay with us while on your motorcycle trip and we hope you’ll visit us again soon. Thank you once again for writing.

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Katie Millward, General Manager
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Valley Forge
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Check in was fine, hotel looked nice inside and out. My room was reasonably well appointed (flat screen TV, full cable.) Bathroom was basic, with the basin located outside.

So why only 2 stars? There was one problem which totally skeeved me out: The AC unit. First, it's ancient. However, when I entered the room, the grill was off the unit and after I saw the filthy filter and debris, I was too freaked out to turn it on. Thankfully, the weather was cool in the evening and the window slid open.

Admittedly, if the grill were on the AC I probably have been oblivious to the issue. But I didn't remove it; how did Housekeeping not notice this?

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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ConcordHospitality, General Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Phillygwm,
Thank you for writing a review. We appreciate your feedback and sincerely apologize that the cleanliness of your accommodations was not met with our excellence in service. I will be certain to discuss this review with our housekeeping and maintenance staff inorder to make improvements and heighten our awareness of such issues. We value you as our guest, and hope to have you stay with us again. Thanks again for writing a review.

Sincerely,
Katie Millward, General Manager
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Property: Courtyard Altoona
Address: 2 Convention Center Dr, Altoona, PA 16602-5660
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Altoona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 15 Hotels in Altoona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard Altoona 3*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Courtyard Altoona hotel is meticulously designed for the business and pleasure traveler alike. Enjoy the comfort, style and functionality of our modern lobby featuring The Bistro. Eat-Drink-Connect in The Bistro offering delicious breakfast and dinner options as well as cocktails and Starbucks(R) coffee. This Altoona hotel is conveniently connected to the Blair County Convention Center and is just minutes from a variety of restaurants such as Outback Steakhouse, TGI Friday's, and Jethros. The Courtyard Altoona hotel is ideally located in the heart of Altoona and just minutes from many area attractions: Lakemont Park, DelGrosso Park, Pennsylvania Rails to Trails, Blue Knob Ski Resort, Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, and the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. Relax in comfortable guest rooms and stay productive with free Wi-Fi. Unwind in the Indoor Pool, Whirlpool or Fitness Center. Visit the Courtyard Altoona hotel, offering unparalleled service and style among hotels in Altoona! ... more   less 
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Courtyard By Marriott Altoona Hotel Altoona
Altoona Courtyard
Altoona Marriott

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