We stayed overnight at Decatur's Courtyard Marriott on our way back from a Florida vacation. Thanks to the business travel my husband does, we tend to collect a few free stays at Marriott hotels every year, so we selected this particular hotel only because we could stay for free. Sometimes saving a buck or two pays back big dividends, and this was one of those times. We were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves in a surprisingly luxurious hotel in the middle of Alabama.
Our room was spacious and looked to be newly decorated. It was very clean. There was a nice balcony that we could actually step out onto. Despite the hotel's location on a main thoroughfare, you had to drive down a lane away from the highway to get to it. There didn't seem to be other businesses nearby, so there was little to no traffic noise. The lobby was large and several families seemed to be enjoying the comfortable space to visit and enjoy a televised basketball game.
As it turned out, there were a lot of families and groups of young people spending the night there because of a tennis tournament in the area. The hotel was large enough and well constructed enough that when we were in our room, we couldn't hear a thing. The dining room was a little crowded in the morning, but there was plenty of hot food for everyone.
Breakfast was excellent. There were several meats too choose from, along with potatoes and eggs cooked a couple different ways. There was also an excellent selection of fresh fruits and a cereal bar with a variety of toppings.
We didn't stay long enough to try out the pool, but from what I saw it seemed like a standard hotel pool--maybe a little on the small side. I did get to see the fitness room, which was in good condition.
I don't know that we'll ever pass through Decatur again, but if we do, this is where we'll stop for the night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recently completed full hotel renovation including all guestrooms and public spaces. Newly Opened Bistro Proudly Serving Starbucks. Breakfast and Dinner and Full Bar Service. The Courtyard is convenient to restaurants, shopping, local attractions and corporate businesses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Decatur Hotel Decatur
- Decatur Courtyard
- Decatur Marriott