In the last two years, I have needed to stay at a hotel in Syracuse to break up the long drive from Boston to Cleveland. A few times I have stayed at the Sheraton near the University. The Courtyard is further from campus, but likely a doable walk.
The Courtyard and Sheraton offer equivalent rooms, though the Courtyard is brand, spanking new. The biggest plus of staying at the Courtyard is the room windows open up and have screens, allowing for plenty of fresh air which is important to me.
The Sheraton offers self-parking in an attached garage. I had no problem using the friendly valet at the Courtyard and liked the fact that I did not have to walk through a garage late at night or early in the morning.
The area around the Courtyard is in transition. I did not explore, but directly across from the Courtyard I noticed an upscale athletic clothing boutique (Lulemon) and a hair salon. The reviewer who scathingly wrote the Courtyard's neighborhood is so awful omitted that detail.
So, where would I stay again my next trip - Sheraton or Courtyard? It is a toss up and would depend on how important it is to be steps from the University (Sheraton) or sleep with fresh air from having the windows open rather than the recirculated air from the HVAC unit (Courtyard).
If you are traveling with Fido, the Sheraton allows dogs. Marriott Courtyards do not. However there is a Residence Inn attached to the Courtyard and likely it allows them. I did not have my dog with me this time, so it was not a concern.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Syracuse is located in Armory Square near University Hill, hospitals and the central business district. Distinct in its location and amenities, including indoor pool, valet parking and outdoor seating, the new Syracuse hotel is within walking distance to dozens of restaurants, shops, and attractions. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi and Marriott's digital GoBoard™. ... more less
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