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“Clean Comfortable Newer Property” 4 of 5 stars
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Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1400 N Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Novato
Northern California
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“Clean Comfortable Newer Property”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Marriott Courtyards remodeled their properties over the past few years. They now have a clean, minimalist decor and all look very similar. This particular property was a 10 in cleanliness and front desk check-in. I now prefer the King extended room over the regular-size rooms. It does make a difference. We have stayed at the Best Western Plus in Novato (loud freeway noise and dark halkways) and Embassy Suites in San Rafael (rooms worn and outdated). We like this hotel best for the area.

Negatives: I agree with another reviewer that the Jacuzzi is oddly situated in a small room, with a full wall of windows looking into the workout room. Makes a person feel a bit self-conscious. Also, the towels are thin and rough. PLEASE get better towels Courtyard Marriott!! The restaurant is very limited. I recommend 'Toast' for breakfast or lunch, one exit North on 101.


Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tim H, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Hello and thank you for your review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed our newly remodeled lobby and Bistro. We are sorry, however, that you were not wholly satisfied with our towels and the location of our spa. We are in the process of phasing out our old towels and replacing them with our new towels, which are both soft and durable. Thank you for your suggestion concerning our Extended King guest rooms. The spacious design and additional amenities of these rooms certainly provides an extra level of comfort to one’s stay. Please come stay with us again soon.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cary, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Staff was helpfull to guiding us places. The lobby was very nice. In this area all the prices are high. Good location to San Fransico and the vineyards. A good "chain" place to stay. There is not alot of things within walking distance, although there is a McDonalds. We were with friends so we could sit and visit.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tim H, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Hello and thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that your stay with us was satisfactory; our location is certainly a major asset to our hotel. Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Tim H.
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Mesa, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We stayed for four days during our trip to SFO. We wanted someplace nicer near the city without city prices. The front desk staff upon arrival were completely useless. We arrived early and had to wait a half hour to check in since housekeeping won't update the room list until 12:30. We asked about transportation into the city and both of the desk clerks had no idea of any options and referred us to the computers in the lobby to seek it out ourselves. Our room was near the back so we never went through the lobby again. We left in the morning for sightseeing and came home in the evening to relax. The pool area at this propery is really great. There is a lovely firepit with chairs around it for relaxing in the evening. The hot tub is inside and surrounded by windows. It was a weird feeling to get in and have everyone in the workout room watching you as well as the hotel lobby. We didn't go back. The rooms are spacious and adequate. The beds and linens were wonderful after a long day of sightseeing. The room rate was pricey but it is Napa so I figured it would be high. Not as expensive as staying in the city, so that was a plus. We loved the breakfast place located right behind the hotel in the Safeway shopping center, "toast". It is a perfect breakfast spot. If traveling through the area, we would probably stay again.

Room Tip: A room in the back that overlooks the pool is a nice choice.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tim H, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Hello,
Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear about your initial interaction, but are pleased that you found your room comfortable and the adjacent shopping center convenient and enjoyable. We appreciate your feedback and hope that you consider us again in your future travels.

Tim H.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I was travelling on business for an event at the Sonoma Raceway and stayed here due to the proximity. The room rate was quite high for a Courtyard Marriott but I believe it was due to the race. The front desk staff were very helpful and hospitable. Thank you to the General Manager who allowed my boxes of supplies to occupy his office before my arrival! The room was comfortable and clean, I was well rested in the morning. It was nice to be able to enjoy a Starbucks latte before my event each morning...great plus.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tim H, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. I am pleased that you found your room comfortable and our staff accommodating and hospitable. Lastly, I was very happy to accommodate your supply boxes and please come stay with us again soon!

Tim H.
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Irvine, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

A typically fine chain biz hotel along the lines of a Hilton Garden Inn. Nice lobby. Some parts of the room a bit tired, but certainly acceptable. This hotel is located close enough to the Napa wine valley and close enough to San Francisco to make both a destination, by car. I suppose that is what you're paying for as it was a good $60 or so more than what I'd usually expect to be charged for such a night's stay. Stay off the freeway side for best quiet. The convenient part about this hotel is that it's right in the middle of a shopping area. McDonald's next door. Safeway grocery store. Gas station. And several non-chain, strip-mall restaurants that are pretty good. Nice staff. Everything I want and expect in a chain biz hotel. Just make sure the room rate is OK for you. If there were a similar competitor just up the road, and cheaper, I'd go the extra distance.

Room Tip: Stay off the freeway side for best quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tim H, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Hello and thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that you were not wholly satisfied with your stay. We are pleased, however, that you found the nearby Hamilton Marketplace and the close vicinity of San Francisco and the Wine Country to be so convenient.

Tim H.
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Room was clean with nice linens; plenty of good restaurant choices nearby. We were in route from Eureaka to Monterey and didn't want to stay in the city, so we chose Novato as a stopping point after a long drive down the coast. The hotel is located near a large shopping center with lots of restaurants and a Safeway, so we were able to grab dinner and some fruit and yogurt for breakfast. Not sure I'd want to make this my base for visiting the Bay area, but was fine for the night.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tim H, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Hello and thank you for your review. We are pleased that you were able to utilize some of the surrounding shops and restaurants. When making a decision regarding accessibility, keep in mind that our location is not only proximate to San Francisco, but to the Wine Country as well. Thank you for your feedback and we encourage you to come stay with us again soon.

Tim H.
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Demarest, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We made a last minute reservation here on the way back from Northern CA. Our intent was to get close to SFO Airport without having to stay overnight in the city. The building is located in a shopping center, very close to a McDonalds, but we were pleasantly surprised by the bright, colorful lobby/commons area. Our room was clean, spacious and comfortable. The only problem we had was with noise coming through the ceiling. It sounded like a bunch of kids were jumping off their beds. After 15 minutes, we phoned the front desk to request an intervention. It took another 15 or 20 minutes for the noise to abate. Not sure if the staff ever initiated a call to the room, or if the kids simply got tired and stopped.

Breakfast was decent, but not great value. At checkout, the desk clerk gave us a helpful routing suggestion for our trip to the airport.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tim H, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Hello and thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you found your room both comfortable and spacious. We are sorry to hear about the noise level, but thank you for informing us, thereby giving us an opportunity to alleviate the issue. Rest assured that our staff immediately addresses all noise complaints. Thank you for your feedback and please come see us again soon!

Tim H.
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Address: 1400 N Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949
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Location: United States > California > Marin County > Novato
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Novato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma 3*
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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