The Courtyard by Marriott in Alexandria is a new, upscale property located near the south traffic circle on MacArthur Drive, next to the Alexandria Mall. Opened about September 2010, we had a pleasant experience during our recent stay at this new property. Check-in was prompt and courteous. The three-floor hotel is entirely smoke-free.
Our room was smaller than we normally expect in new hotels today, but the appointments and decor, centered around bright, rich reds and golds, were superbly done. Lighting is one of our major concerns with hotels today, but this hotel room was brightly lit. The room also had a large number of electrical outlets, a great amenity for those of us that travel with smartphones, iPads, cameras, GPS units and other electronica. The pillows were full, and an amble supply of towels was provided. The quality of sleep was rated "perfect ".
The room was quiet and no problems were experienced. We are a native of Alexandria, not a current resident, but know the good and bad areas of town, and felt comfortable at this property from a security standpoint.
The hotel is near the mall (not recommended), and Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Other businesses nearby include Books-a-Million, Lowes, Old Navy, Marshalls, Wal-Mart and many others. Nearby restaurants include Chile's, Ihop, Outback, Captain D's, Carinos, and McAlisters.
Most new lodging in Alexandria is located north of the city at the Airbase Road exit on I-49. Most older, less desirable lodging is along MacArthur Drive between north Bolton Street and Jackson Street; I wouldn't recommend any of these. The Courtyard is the only hotel I would recommend off I-49 in Alexandria.
On our next trip to central Louisiana, we will definitely book the Courtyard by Marriott, and recommend it to our family and friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * 3 floors, 80 rooms, 16 suites * Located adjacent to Alexandria Mall * Bistro, Starbucks and full bar; serving breakfast & dinner * 52" touch screen GoBoard which displays headlines, maps, weather and more * Full service business center * The Market provides snacks and refreshments 24/7 ... more less
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