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“Average Courtyard Inn” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma

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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 #2 of 6 Hotels in Novato
Houston, Texas
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28 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Average Courtyard Inn”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2006

Stayed there three nights in June. The hotel is your typical, average Courtyard Inn. Found the rooms clean and appearance average. The location is good for visiting the San Francisco area but the actual location of the hotel in Novato is poor. There is only a McDonalds next to the hotel. There is a Jack in the Box and a higher end resturant about two miles nearby. Most of the resturants are in a shopping center about two exits north of the hotel on the 101. Novato is a good location for a stay overall if you want to visit both the city and wine country. It is about 20 miles north of San Fransciso and about 30 miles west of Napa.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Orange County, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2006

We have stayed at this hotel two or three times a year for the past four or five years to visit family in Marin and Sonoma counties and have almost always had a pleasant stay. The outdoor pool is small, it's not near any attractions (that I'm aware of), and the only restaurant within walking distance is McDonald's, but it's still a decent hotel to use as a jumping point for day trips or to get some sleep.

From experience, I would suggest requesting a room well away from the elevators and ice machines as the walls seem a little thin. Also, make sure you aren't staying there during prom (again, from experience). Overall, a decent hotel, just off the 101 freeway.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2006

Stayed here while we took a class at Sears Point (Infineon Raceway) which is about 15 minutes away. The rooms and hotel were very clean and the linens were quite nice for a chain hotel. The only drawback is that the walls are a little thin so we could hear other rooms and the freeway a bit.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mashpee,mass.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2006

It has been a while since we stayed at this Courtyard. October 2005. We needed a place that could get us to S.F. but was also an easy drive to wine country. This hotel did the trick. It is adjacent to McDonalds and the Marin shuttle service to the S.F. airport. We used rental car in Novato that brought and picked the car up for us. We also used the ferry service nearby to go to Fisherman's wharf. You can take a cab or park your rental. We have a problem driving at night so all these transportation picks worked very well for us. Clean rooms,nice staff,free internet in lobby, decent breakfast so all in all it more that served our needs.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2005

If you want a hotel near absolutely nothing, please choose this hotel. The rooms at $ 139.00 were over priced. Absolutely nothing special about this hotel. We can never get in to the full service hotels in the area. They are full. Yet, the Novato Oaks Inn is delightful in Novato. This Marriott has complacentv staff an management. The rooms are small and the breakfast so passe'

  • Stayed December 2005, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Denver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2005

This is a great hotel if you are travelling through the area and headed for Northern California. It is nothing special; however, the rooms are clean and the service is good. They offer a great little place to have breakfast in the morning and have a little snack & amenity area, which is nice. I would recommend this for business travelers and would definitely stay here again if I had business in the area.

  • Stayed July 2005, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2005

Standard courtyard design and location. Close to Hwy 101 and McDonalds - it's a highway motel - not too far from wine country. No charm, no location, no view, but pretty good value and easy-to-use... A good starting point if you're arriving late from San Francisco like we did, but if you're out for Wine, try and stay somewhere a little more central and charming...

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma

Address: 1400 N Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949
Location: United States > California > Marin County > Novato
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center 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 by Marriott 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
Novato Marriott
Novato Courtyard
Courtyard By Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma CA - Marin County

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