I live in the South Bay but wish I lived in San Francisco, so any weekend that I can spend in the city is a treat. This is why when I recently had the opportunity to stay as a guest of the Courtyard Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf to see their recent remodel and share my experience with UpTake readers, I jumped at the chance.
Prior to my stay:
My impression of Courtyard Marriott was that of a reasonably-priced and dependable hotel option that is popular with families.
After my stay:
My impression of Courtyard Marriott was still that it is a reasonably-priced and dependable option (as you would expect from a brand like Marriott). But, it offers much more. I was pleasantly surprised by the modern lobby, friendly service and the bright, spacious and well-appointed rooms. It does seem like a great hotel for families, but also a great option for business travel, romantic getaways or a vacation with friends. I saw all of these types of travelers while milling around the lobby.
The Fisherman’s Wharf location has upgraded to their new state-of-the-art lobby. You can check out the features of their new lobby, here. Upon checking in, I noticed the very warm yet city-chic decor. There were numerous sitting areas where guests were using the hotel’s free-wifi (big plus in my book) or reading a magazine.
The coolest new lobby feature was the GoBoard. This was an expansive flat screen computer monitor on the wall of the lobby with local weather and news information for San Francisco. It had an interactive touch screen that pulled up maps and allowed you to search for restaurants and things to do in the area; even showing you how to get there from the hotel. I felt like I’d been projected into the future!
As I said, the room was quite nice with a large sitting area, multi-use desk space and a large LCD HDTV. My favorite feature was the bed, however. The sheets were silky soft and the pillow-top mattress had me snoring through the alarm the next morning.
While I usually prefer to stay in San Francisco’s smaller and quieter neighborhoods, the location at Fisherman’s Wharf made everything very convienent. The hotel is within walking distance of lots of popular restaurants and bars in North Beach as well as along the water. It is also near to many popular tourist attractions like Pier 39, the Aquarium and the ferry to Alcatraz. I sat with my coffee and a newspaper on Sunday morning in a nearby park with views of Golden Gate Bridge and watched the trolly cars go by. Not a bad way to spend your weekend!
Overall, I would say that the Courtyard Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf is savvy to a modern traveler’s needs. Its new look is attempting to blends style, convenience, technology and comfort quite seamlessly and I would say, successfully!
Photo credits to the Courtyard Marriott website