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Courtyard Novato Marin/Sonoma
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Novato
Reviewed 12 August 2012

Renovated lobby is very nice-upscale and soothing. Front-desk staff were very helpful and efficient. I stressed my desire for a quiet room and was assured my room would meet that need. The room faced the freeway and gas station; as a result, with the exception of a few hours, the road noise was pretty steady. On the other hand, I enjoyed a nice dinner in the cafe. I also used the workout facility and, while small, found it to be well-maintained.

Room Tip: Rooms facing away from the freeway are quieter.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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Thank Catherine B
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

Since our usual accommodation was booked for the night, we decided to try this Courtyard, Marriott. We had high-hopes when we walked into the lobby. The lobby looked nicely appointed, clean and modern. Looked as though the whole hotel was recently renovated. But that is where the best experience ended. Thankfully, the only night we stayed there will be our last!

After checking in, we decided to take a dip in the pool. We noticed a strong bleach odor in the air around the pool area, but figured they'd recently cleaned the pool. Upon returning to our room, however, we discovered rashes on our chests and thighs!

If you are looking for a quiet location, you should know this establishment is close to Highway 101. Even though we had a room on the third floor, mid-way in the building, we found the road noise to be most unbearable during the night.

Oddly enough, the king-sized bed sat perpendicular to the television set. This unfortunate arrangement caused a deep dip along the side of the bed facing the TV (where guests will sit to watch). My husband fought the tendency to slide off the bed all night.

Speaking of televisions, the remote was missing. It was rather late in the evening by the time we discovered this simple over-sight, so we didn't complain until the morning when we checked out.

We also thought the price a bit too high for the quality of our stay. For nearly $200.00 a night, you should at least enjoy a free continental breakfast!

Room Tip: If you must stay here, ask for a room that is furthest away from Highway 101!
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank hikers3
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

I stared here directly after a stay at a similar Courtyard in San Diego. I could not be as positive about this experience. I did not sleep well as there were a group of teenagers in a room opposite me who behaved anti socially for the two nights that I was there. Although the hotel cannot be held entirely responsible for this they are responsible for the over loud air conditioning unit in the room and the gardeners using leaf blowers at 7:30am. Breakfast was charged for unlike at San Bernardo.
Could have been good but wasn't on this occasion,

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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Thank smilinal
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

This is one of the hotels where they have upgraded the lobby and the rooms, but the halls, maybe not. Comfortable, clean and consistent with Courtyard's standards. Front desk personnel were very nice, quick and courteous. But this was California, after all...

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Ohtobeinsandiego
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

I stayed for one night with a car as a base for Marin County. (1) The wifi worked well. (2) Despite the location near 101 it is quiet. (3) The bed was comfortable. (4) The bathroom was clean. (5) It is located next to a nice shopping center with Pete's Coffee and a Safeway - along with quite a few places to eat including a breakfast place - Toast.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Thank davispeets
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

We were visiting family and needed to be close in Novato. Very clean friendly hotel. I liked the breakfast cafe that had very fresh California menus. Great location to go to Sonoma for the day or Muir woods or Sausalito. Friendly helpful front desk and nice reception area.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Thank docnroll
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and it was great! The staff were very kind and upgraded our room to a 2 bed suite. We had enough room to enjoy our hotel stay after spending all day in San Francisco. It's about a 25-30 minute drive, but very worth it for us. The beds were comfortable and there were local restaurants and grocery store within walking distance. Free internet service was definitely a plus. We accidentally left a few items after we checked out. They immediately sent the items to our home without any difficulties. Too bad it's not closer to San Fran. Otherwise, I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Thank luzababy
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Additional Information about 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: £112 - £214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Courtyard By Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma Hotel Novato
Courtyard Novato Marin/Sonoma Marin County, CA
Novato Courtyard
Novato Marriott

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