Usually, I seek out independently run hotels or inns; however, this particular Courtyard (which is a franchise) is located smack in the historic district across from the Visitor's Center. I've stayed in Marriott hotels before but not in a Courtyard Marriott so cannot compare them. I will say they successfully designed this hotel not to feel like a chain. There is original, local art and photography throughout the rooms and common areas. And, there is a really cute little Bistro/Starbucks in the lobby which serves B/L/D with an attractive bar area. Though I chose to eat at local restaurants downtown, the little Bistro looked quite appealing, especially if one is pressed for time. The reservations staff had assigned me to room 437 which was very quiet, facing the back of the hotel with a decent view of town. The only noise was the occasional train whistle which was muted by a double storm window which appears to have been added since the hotel opened in 2009. The original windows were designed to slide open horizontally to allow fresh air. Perhaps some of the windows still do; and, if you're a fresh air aficionado as I am, it might be wise to ask the front desk about this possibility. The majority of my stay was cold and rainy so it was not as much of an issue. The room was designed not to feel like a typical box. There was a shelf over the desk area with three framed photos from local artist as well as architectural flourishes that softened the feel of the room. The bath was modern, spacious and spotless. Last but not least, all the staff were exceptionally nice and helpful. Lauren at the front desk patiently advised me about the parking options and many other questions proffered. Thanks Lauren for going out of the way to assist me. I would highly recommend this hotel and look forward to staying again in the near future.