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Courtyard by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   11220 Lee Jackson Highway, Rte. 50, Fairfax, VA 22030   |  
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Ranked #9 of 22 Hotels in Fairfax
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“Pleasant Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Courtyard by Marriott Fair Oaks offered us a very pleasant one-night getaway. We had a spotless, comfortable, and nicely decorated room on the inner courtyard and could barely hear the nearby busy traffic of a main route through Fairfax. We were on the third floor and had a balcony with sliding glass doors, but alas no furniture -- and the doors didn’t open wide enough to allow us to take a chair out. The first floor courtyard rooms do feature patio furniture, but we didn’t discover that until too late. However, there is plenty of furniture available to all guests in the courtyard itself, which is a lovely retreat.

Courtyards do not offer free breakfasts, but this hotel had a bistro bar open for both breakfast and dinner which served light fare plus Starbucks products as well as wine and beer. Prices were reasonable.

The staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Canton, Ohio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Very nice hotel, very clean, quite place to get a good nights sleep when traveling. The only suggestion are the beds could be firmer in my opinion. The location was great being on the outskirts of Washington DC. Would definitely stop here again when in this area.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A very handy location for those visiting students attending George Mason University. Front Desk staff & personnel are friendly and very efficient. Bistro staff/servers need more charm and customer relations training. Smiles and warmer greetings would help. Slow to serve but product was acceptable. Fitness Center well equipped although I did point out the absence of sanitizing pads to wipe down the equipment. A quick but thorough vacuum of the Fitness Center would be nice. Noticed a hint of mold stain on the shower curtain (Room 114). May need to change more frequently or use more elbow grease. Generally extra attention to cleaning and vacuuming would benefit the overall appearance impression. May have just been a bad week! I must admit, as a Marriott owner, my standards and expectations for Marriott facilities is higher! I'm sure we'll be back - during the coming years. NOTE: No hot tub but pool appeared inviting - no time to enjoy! Hours restricted.

Room Tip: Generally off the main highway, so noise not a major issue.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Reserved several rooms here for a business trip in the Fair Oaks area. The hotel was clean, quiet and the service was outstanding. We especially found the staff at the front desk and in the restaurant to be excellent. They were friendly, helpful and continued to ask how they could help. I used a wheelchair and they were very kind. The rooms were great! No noise and lots of time to rest between meetings. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ladue, Missouri, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I stayed here for several days as part of a chorus trip and the hotel was pretty much what I expected. The hotel staff was extremely nice and helpful and the rooms were clean and comfortable. I also noticed that the property seemed to be well looked after and the lobby was bright, comfy, and relaxing. I can't speak to the value of the price/amenities because we were getting a special rate because of our large group. Overall, I would reccomend this hotel if you are looking to stay in the DC area.

That being said there are a few drawbacks:
1. The offerings at the Bistro are overpriced. Not only that, the menu is extremely limited and the food is not prepared fresh. Unfortunately, the items are prepared a day or so in advance and then reheated as needed. This practice gives off an odd aroma in the lobby and the 1st floor hallway leading to the lobby, when the breakfast items are reheated (my friend and I could best describe it as a "greasy, stale food smell"), which is not a major issue just an odd that the hotel staff has not noticed/corrected it.
-If you are looking for food options there are several restaurants in walking distance and a grocery store located next door.

2. Despite the fact that the property is a courtyard, the 2nd and 3rd floors are not connected. Your can do a loop on the 1st floor but the other two floors are divided and you must go to the ground floor to get to the other side of the hotel.

3. The hotel is not that close to the metro. To be fair their is a bus stop located very close to the hotel and that bus line runs to the nearest metro line. Just something to keep in mind if you are planning on commuting into DC from this hotel.

Room Tip: The 2nd and 3rd floors are divided into wings so if you are booking two rooms and want to be near ea...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Corey T, Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Dear Peter,

We really enjoyed hosting everyone in your group! I am glad to hear that you found our hotel clean, comfortable and well maintained. I will pass along your comments to our team as they take great pride in the service we provide to all of our guests. Many of our guests appreciate our unique Courtyard layout, it is a great public space for our guests to enjoy. The Bistro offers fresh and made to order meals for breakfast and dinner seven days a week, as well we brew Starbucks coffee throughout the day. We hope to see you again next time you are in the area!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Customer service of the hotel staff and restaurant was par excellence. Internal and external appearance of property was top notch and the room was very clean and comfortable. I would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Napa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This Courtyard Hotel obviously catered to business clientele, but for me, on vacation, it was also great. The rooms are very quiet and the staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are pretty standard, but the feature I liked the best was the refrigerator. It had a button inside that turns it off for 8 hours, then turns it back on again automatically. (I can't tell you how many nights at other hotels I've been kept awake by the buzzing of the refrigerator.)
The WiFi was easy... no password required and worked well. All in all, a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ross D, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
Thank you for reviewing your stay on TripAdvisor. I have shared your review with our team, I am glad our associates were so friendly. It's the Marriott way.
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Address: 11220 Lee Jackson Highway, Rte. 50, Fairfax, VA 22030
Location: United States > Virginia > Fairfax
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Fairfax
#11 Family Hotel in Fairfax
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The renovated Courtyard Fairfax Fair Oaks is located near Fair Oaks Shopping Center and is less than 20 miles from George Mason University and Washington, DC. It features a state-of-the-art lobby, featuring flexible spaces to work or relax in, free Wi-Fi throughout and The Bistro which provides our Huntsville hotel guests with healthy food and beverage offerings in the morning and evening dinner service with cocktails. ... more   less 
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