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Courtyard Novato Marin/Sonoma
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Novato
Norwalk, CT
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Pleasant, convenient, and affordable”
Reviewed 21 September 2011

Assuming you'll have a car, you can't beat this hotel for convenient access to San Francisco, Marin County, and the Napa/Sonoma wine country. Although it's right off the freeway, it's perfectly quiet. It's also spotlessly clean and attractively designed. There's a small food service area in the lobby but you can also walk right out the door to a large Safeway supermarket that has a Starbuck's and a snack bar. Also in that same strip mall are at least 4 nice casual restaurants (Italian, Latino, a French-influenced bakery, and "Toast" which serves excellent generic American food from breakfast through late evening). There's also a gas station with a convenience store and a McDonald's.

The Larkspur ferry to San Francisco is less than 1/2 hr drive away (depending on traffic), and 1/2 hr will also get you to the Richmond Bridge with access to the East Bay. In about 45 minutes (again, depending on traffic) you can be at the Sausalito ferry or the Golden Gate Bridge.

We totally loved the pool (outdoor) as well as the large jacuzzi (indoor) and the fact that the fitness center is open 24 hours.

We've tried several different hotels around the Bay area and this one is by far our favorite!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2011

This place is located right off the freeway in south Novato You can get up to Sebastopol in about 40 min and over to Sonoma in about 30. Good rooms and nice people. No free breakfast. Has average, but expensive cafe in lobby for small meals

  • Stayed August 2011
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Dublin, Ireland
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2011

Clean & Comfortable. Close to Mall. Generic Cortyard thats is exactly as described. Good amenities

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Placerville, California
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2011

Clean well appointed room. Didn't try the restaurant. Liked the proximity to Sausalito and San Francisco. Great restaurants in walking distance!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2011

Went to Novato for a group party of dog lovers. Were able to get a group rate but would stay here without the special rate. Nice room - king bed, sitting area, toileteries provided (shampoo, moisturizer, etc., etc.) Clean. Although I was the only one in the room, it could easily accommodate two -- and bathroom setup very good -- toilet and tub/shower in a separate room from sink area. Also plenty of room on sink/vanity to spread out cosmetics. Hairdryer and ironing board and iron provided. Coffeemaker in room, although coffee brand could have been better. Have a la carte breakfast area (good Starbucks coffee) -- believe it was open for other meals but didn't partake. Also snack items on "merit" basis -- you take what you want (water, juice, soda, whatever) and tell the front desk what you've taken and they put it on your account. Although room faced the highway, didn't hear a thing. Fitness center had a few pieces of equipment. Also hot tub. Didn't use either. Nice pool area but too cool to swim.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Sacramento
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236 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2011

if you are sensitive to noise like i am, watch out! It is a shame because the hotel is great, but next door is the "Marin Airporter", a bus station. They ideled their busses all night long, right outside our window! We like the hotel and we'll try it once more, but ask for the side facing away from the Airporter parking.
The hotel was pretty nice and the work out room looked good but I didn't get a chacne to try the pool. The jacuzzi was amazing, really hot but very, very pleasant! The hotel's offersing would be even better if they offered a complimentary breakfast, even if it's just hot good coffee (the coffee they had there was absymal) and fruit or something.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Jacksonville, Florida
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2011

Great location! Stayed for two nights to visit Muir Woods, Wine Country wineries and San Francisco. One hour away from SFO, Wine country and less than 30 min away from Muir woods. McDonalds is right there next to the parking lot, gas station and a Safeway Supermarket nearby, great places to eat around the hotel. The hotel's decor is very modern and stylish. I stayed with my husband and two kids in a double room. The beds were comfortable and the room was very clean and modern. I payed the AAA rate that include breakfast $149.00 per night. Breakfast was very good you have different selections to choose from like a choice of an entree, juice or coffee (they served starbucks coffee). Next time i'll get the room rate only since I know McDonalds is right there. Easy to check in and express check out.

Room Tip: I found a better rate thru Marriott web site than AAA web site.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Courtyard Novato Marin/Sonoma

Property: Courtyard Novato Marin/Sonoma
Address: 1400 N Hamilton Pkwy, Novato, CA 94949-6278
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Novato
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Novato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard Novato Marin/Sonoma 3*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gateway to the Wine Country, Sonoma Raceway, and business communities of Novato and San Rafael, our hotel is designed to serve both leisure and business guests. To remain productive during your stay, take advantage of our innovative lounge, which includes private media booths, community tables, an interactive GoBoard, and 24-hour Starbucks coffee. Our plush mattresses with downy bedding, ergonomic desk chairs, indoor spa, fitness center, and heated pool provide the essential level of comfort and convenience you deserve during your stay. And if that's not enough, you can multiply your options with the convenience of the MarinAirporter and local shopping and dining alternatives within walking distance! ... more   less 
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Courtyard By Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma Hotel Novato
Courtyard Novato Marin/Sonoma Marin County, CA
Novato Courtyard
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