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“Worthwhile hotel - probably” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo

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Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1605 Calle Joaquin Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405   |  
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Ranked #12 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Menifee, California
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Worthwhile hotel - probably”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This was an attractive hotel with friendly, helpful staff. The bar was small but nice. We didn't eat there, but spoke with someone who said the food was good.

Our complaint was that we spent two nights there and our room was not made up. We were gone from 8 to 2 p.m. and then again later, but it was not done. Irritating to have to be tracking down clean towels and washcloths at night before you can shower.

Room Tip: Room No. 135 was close enough to the elevators hydraulics that the noise kept us awake the first ni...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Remi_Bordelon, Front Office Manager at Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Anne H:
I am so sorry you had difficulties with the cleaning staff. This is not a normal instance of a guest of ours not receiving service to their room and I apologize that you experienced problems with this. It is good to hear that our staff was friendly and helpful. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with excellent service and care so it is always great to hear our travelers feel the same. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on your stay. We use our guests’ feedback to see where we can improve and take all comments very seriously. I hope you are able to visit us again soon!

Warm Regards,
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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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Temecula, California
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We booked three rooms Sept. 3-6 with my co-workers and we will never stay here again. I am very easy to please and I am not bothered with little things... However, the rooms have a weird smell and my co-worker's room was so bad it smelled like b.o. Really!!! Her AC was not working and I guess it's her fault for not insisting to get to another room. We were not sure if its the curtains or carpet that smelled bad.
Marriott tag for this hotel is a joke. If they charge $170 a night then we expect better than Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn. PLUS they charge an extra $12 or so for breakfast. With the high room rates, you would think breakfast is free. I guess all they want to give out are choco chip cookies and coffee at the lobby. I would strongly suggest staying at the newly opened Hampton Inn next door. This is not worth the money. Even if the company paid for it, I would rather stay somewhere else.
For $160-170 a night, you are not getting anything special or extra. I promise!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Remi_Bordelon, Front Office Manager at Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Merlot2708:
I regret to hear that you had such a negative experience with us. It is our priority to meet and exceed the expectations of all our guests and it saddens me to know we did not meet and exceed yours. I apologize for the inconveniences you experienced at our hotel. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as it lets us know where we can improve. The level of comfort of our rooms is a top priority for us so please know we are working to eliminate any related problems.

I would really like the opportunity to get a second chance at making a great impression on you and discussing this matter further. If you are open to discussing your stay further, I can be reached directly with the hotel’s main number.

Sincerest Regards,
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Used this site because my autistic adult son loves the brand name, (Marriott). Our goal was to visit Pismo Beach and ride a sand rails on the dunes.

The hotel was located just off the freeway easy on and off. It actually sat next to 2 other business type hotels, (Motel 6, ? ) and an old school truck-stop that offers the largest portions that i every seen or read about (Margies).

So, getting to Pismo and Morro Bay was a breeze, although we passed 30 hotels on our way to the dunes.

The price was 50% higher then the other Hotels, $159, $152 with a AAA card, most hotels in the area were going for $100 (researched on the net). Marriott has a strong brand and probably can get away with a higher price because people feel safe with the brand.

The front office were professional and generally helpful ( they actually seemed interested in my stay). Free cookies were offered, free brewed coffee was available 24 hours, they offered free toothbrush and toothpaste when I asked about sundries.

Lobby interior was comfortable and pleasant. The property was exceptionally clean. The parking was near our room on the first floor, next to the pool per request. The property sits next to undeveloped hills. We saw deer from our car and horses grazing in the field, (very SLO).

Rooms are average and clean.

I was disappointed because I've been to other courtyards that were truly a courtyard, (spacious rooms etc). this location was more a motel type. Point taken away for a 500 sq ft room. All of the hotel furniture were squeezed in. The refer fell off its cubby hole, (they forgot to bolt it down). No safe in the room and the screen door leading out to the pool was broken, so it was pain to open and close, (I left it open to the side). Towels were similar quality to Motel 6, (or a budget motel). Because we were on the first floor we did not have any windows to open and we had to use the air conditioner to cool the room while we slept. The air conditioner was a quality brand, but it was loud and I had a restless first night, but got used to it the following night, ( probably exhausted from site seeing).

The pool felt deserted, no inviting vibe to it, meaning no flowers, no plants, etc. The water was warmed up, but you felt uncomfortable to stay out to long. My son, loves pools and whirl pools. It passed, but barely.

Over all we enjoyed our ride and stay. Probably will not recommend to folks or my friends. Will not use this facility in the future, unless I get reward points and stay for free, even if my son wants to go. If any thing we may use a different Marriott on the way up, or a Best Western in Pismo, ( extremely nice properties on the ocean), he likes them as well.

Room Tip: Ask for second floor, to take advantage of the cool nights, ( no air conditioner noises).
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Remi_Bordelon, Front Office Manager at Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Jeepeto:
Thank you so much for your feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed visiting San Luis Obispo and was able to see the local deer and horses of the nearby hills. I hope your son had an equally fun experience. We greatly appreciate the time you took to review and comment on our property. This allows us to address and focus on ways in which we can improve. We take all of our guest comments very seriously and I am sorry that your stay was not what you expected. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we can improve.

Sincerest Regards,
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Buellton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We have stayed numerous times at the hotel for family vacations. Usually get the suite, so we have a king bed in a separate room, and my daughter and a friend use the pull-out sofa bed in the main room. Has nice bathroom, microwave, frig, coffee maker, long counter for prepping any lunches or breakfasts if you want to eat in. The pool area is lovely, plenty of seating and some shade. It is up against a rural hillside with fields and horses grazing next the hotel. Not far from restaurants and downtown SLO. Go on a Thursday for the awesome Farmer's Market!

Room Tip: Suite on bottom floor is close to pool entrance, other suite is next to elevator (too noisy for us)
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Remi_Bordelon, Front Office Manager at Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Otter1:
Your kind remarks of our property are heartwarming and greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for taking the time to review our hotel and what great advice regarding visiting the Farmer's Market on Thursdays. It means a lot to us here at the Courtyard by Marriott in San Luis Obispo that you were satisfied with your stay. I hope your future family vacation is around the corner so you may visit us during the holidays and see our decorations. Thank you for making us a part of your family vacation and we hope to see you again soon!

Warmest Regards,
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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

great location- easy on and off freeway ---easy route to wine country, san simeon, beaches. Hotel staff was helpful ----does NOT include free breakfast....does have a restaurant and lounge. nice ambience in lobby including the fireplace going at night. hotel lounge was small but nice and welcome --nice addition, where some smaller hotels wouldn't have and don't include them. good value for the dollars.

Room Tip: don't know
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Green Features: loved that they were enviro friendly ---- like the entire area is!!
  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Remi_Bordelon, Front Office Manager at Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear DiTaylor2013:
We greatly appreciate your wonderful review of our hotel! The fireplace does add a nice touch to our Courtyard Lounge and it means so much to our staff to know that our services were noticed and appreciated. I will be passing along your positive comments to our staff. Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely comment on your stay with us and we hope you return for another visit very soon!

Warm Regards,
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Paris, France
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Hotel may not be the latest renovated Courtyard but at least they have an in house restaurant offering a proper menu.
We were delighted by our stay here
Great staff at reception, bar and restaurant
Food was good for diner and breakfast was also good.
Location cannot comment much as we were driving from SFO to LAX in a few days
Room was good maybe a bit dark (ground floor) but nothing to complain about.

We stayed at a few hotels in CA and this one is among the best we experienced !

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Remi_Bordelon, Front Office Manager at Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Maldivianairtaxi:
Wow! What a wonderful comment and thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your stay with us as that is very important to us. I am so pleased that you found our service satisfying and I will make sure to pass along your positive comments to our staff. I hope for your next visit you will have some time to enjoy the town of San Luis Obispo as well. Our staff is very familiar with the area and can give you some great recommendations. We will also be renovating this property very soon. Thank you again for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

Sincerest Regards,
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San Jose, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Picked this hotel because we had Marriott points to cover one of the nights and were tired of staying in cheap hotel while visiting our son at Cal Poly.
Were delighted to see that this place was worth the money. Our rate for the night we had to pay was a little over $235 for the two of us. The room was large, clean, well appointed and offered a nice pool view.
The room was spotless and the air-conditioning pleasant during the summer heat. Rooms were quiet and we did not hear any noise, even thought the hotel was entirely filled during our stay. Bathrooms were updated with marble countertops but only one sink. Shower was nice and strong. Products for use were Paul Mitchell, they offered a good hair dryer and there were thick plush towels.
Would not plan to eat at their restaurant or hang at their bar, there are many more fun choices in town.
We got an excellent rest and felt it was worth the 5 minute drive out of downtown to stay here. Front desk was pleasant and very efficient. No waits, prompt service and friendly cleaning crew. The free parking is nice too, we'll be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Remi_Bordelon, Front Office Manager at Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear LiliB95125:
What a fabulous review of our hotel. Thank you so much for your comments and taking the time to let us know how pleasant your stay was with us! It means so much to us that you enjoyed our property and all we have to offer our guests. Our staff will be delighted to hear how much you enjoyed their services. It's so important that our guests have a satisfying stay and comments like yours put a big smile on all our faces. We can't wait to have you come visit us again soon!

Warmest Regards,
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Address: 1605 Calle Joaquin Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in San Luis Obispo
#10 Business Hotel in San Luis Obispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo 3*
Number of rooms: 139
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Courtyard by Marriott is San Luis Obispo's newest hotel and is conveniently located near Cal Poly and is 7 mi to Pismo and Avila Beach. The Courtyard San Luis Obispo is 4 mi to San Luis Obispo County Airport with easy access to all area attractions and landmarks. Our San Luis Obispo hotel has a distinctive architectural style where you can enjoy the warmth of the California sun. The Courtyard San Luis Obispo has a customer-focused guest room design combining both comfort and functionality. Our San Luis Obispo hotel offers spacious rooms, complimentary wireless internet, as well as a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool with jacuzzi. ... more   less 
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