It's a Courtyard and it about what you probably anticipate from a Marriott. This review covers two different stays a week apart and two different room types -- the single room and the suite.
Both times I asked for a room near the elevator. Both times I received a ground floor room, but as far away from the lobby as they could possibly put me -- I felt like I was in a different state. To be fair I didn't complain or ask to be changed, but this has never happened before at a Marriott.
Ground floor rooms look out either on a parking lot or a center courtyard. Neither is a great view, but the central courtyard is quieter than the parking lot. Upper floor rooms might be even nicer, but we never got one.
Check in was uneventful, although clearly my Marriott status doesn't rate me any upgrade or special perk -- a few extra points or a small bottle of water and bag of chips. Compared to how I have been treated at other Marriott properties in Atlanta I am more than a bit surprised -- but again to be fair, I didn't complain. Just be prepared if you stay here.
The rooms were clean. I asked for extra towels and received three, which I suppose is more than two. The first room was the standard. Rather small actually and no refrig or microwave. In addition, as anyone staying at Marriotts knows, their designer somehow thinks putting the TV at a 90 degree angle from the bed is somehow chic. It isn't -- it is pain in the neck (literally). The second stay I opted for the more expensive two room suite and frankly, it was worth it. The rooms were large and pleasantly laid out. You could, for example, actually watch TV the way it was meant to be watched -- straight on. The microwave and frig were nice. Given how many hotels are installing them, I'm more than a little surprised that Marriott is still placing them only in their more expensive rooms. Come on guys.
My one complaint with the larger room was that they chose to install the smallest toilet imaginable. This decision was necessitated by using a door that swings into the toilet/shower area (the smaller room avoided this problem by using a pocket door, which freed up a lot of space). I'm a big guy and this miniscule toilet was not fun. While most travelers are hoping they don't spend a lot of time on the toilet, it is still surprising that Marriott's architects and designers are so out of touch.
Breakfast was consistent -- eggs, sausage patties (occasionally links), bacon that was almost always nearly out and limp, potatoes, cereals, waffles, all pretty much the usual. The restaurant staff was a bright spot -- always pleasant, alert, and nice. After just a day we were recognized and our order remembered.
The business center was convenient, the connection speedy (as it was in the room). Printers were free.
So, everything was fine, but I'm not sure that the facility is all that much better than a Holiday Inn Express, for example -- there just isn't much that makes it special.
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