I do business about twice a year at a location just a mile away. I stayed here 7 years ago, when I first started doing business there, as I prefer Marriott properties when I travel. I am platinum with them each year, so when I can..I do stay. My stay 7 years ago was disastrous. The place was dirty, badly managed, and dated in decor.
Heard they had remodeled over Christmas and that it was finally nice -- and that it was under better management. So, gave it a stay. Besides, the Doubletree down the street has been getting worse and worse progressively (case in point, we stopped by there to have a drink with our client, as they were staying there, and there was a bulldozer parked in the bar. I'm NOT kidding.
Anyway, back to Courtyard. Nice new Courtyard decor. Looks like the typical 3 star Euro boutique hotels you see in Sweden, Holland, etc. I really like their breakfast thing they have going on now with the Courtyards. MUCH needed improvedment over that devilishly crappy $10 buffet thing they had going on for oh so many years. Now you order off of a board with calories and fat content by each item. Very nice. The healthy start breakfast sandwich is terrific and when paired with a tall Starbuck's....it's money.
The rooms are also remodeled with modern furniture, 32" flat screen and HD cable tv. Don't care for the new Paul Mitchell bath products at all and never have been a huge fan of the Couryard's doughy beds....but those are my only critiques. I like the rest of the remodel. I got a platinum upgrade to a king suite (room 420....no jokes, please...haha....as no smoking allowed in the hotel) that had a balcony and separate bedroom. It was relaxing. I had a mini-fridge and a microwave and ended up using both. Great room for a family to book.
Nice, friendly staff with a "can do" attitude. Will definitely stay here again when returning. It's my new Carmel hotel! Good riddance, Doubletree!
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