This Courtyard has been remodeled with the new lobby and restaurant, etc. I saw the same new lobby design at a Courtyard in Seattle and it's nice and modern. I think the guest room has been updated as well. Front desk check-in could have been friendlier but different person checking me out was super-friendly.
It's your basically nice Courtyard. I think the whole place has been recently remodeled. Stayed there two years ago, was given a key to a room, and when I got inside I discovered the window was totally shrink-wrapped from the outside due to work on the exterior. It was like being trapped in a box! I immediately called the front desk and got my room changed (can't believe they didn't mention this before sending me to that room). No such incident this time.
New lobby is very nice, with a fireplace, comfortable seating, and computers. There is complimentary coffee in the morning and their restaurant is the type where you walk up and place an order. I thought the breakfast was good.
I would recommend the Stanford Grill for dinner. It is a nice restaurant in an adjacent parking lot. They take reservations but we got a table early on Saturday evening without one. Delicious food and live music.
Both times I've stayed here I have found this hotel difficult to find, even with directions from mapquest or Google maps. It's off what I would call a secondary road and I'd say it's a little tricky to find that last turn. But if you find it and get a good rate (weekends seem reasonable), it's a good place to stay on business or for a weekend in the Columbia, MD area. Don't take your luggage into the lobby when you check in -- you are probably going to have to drive around to an entrance that is closer to your room anyway, just because of the way the hotel is set up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Courtyard Columbia hotel is located near the Columbia Business Park and in close proximity to Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). This suburban Baltimore hotel is convenient to downtown Baltimore; the Baltimore Convention Center, Ravens football stadium, Baltimore Inner Harbor, and Camden Yards. In addition, the Courtyard Columbia hotel is situated between Columbia Pike/Route 29 and Interstate 95, providing easy access to both the University of Maryland and Washington DC. Designed for the business traveler, yet inviting for all, Courtyard Columbia knows what is important to its guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Columbia Hotel Columbia
- Courtyard Columbia
- Columbia Courtyard
- Columbia Marriott