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“A Model Courtyard”
Review of Courtyard Altoona

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Courtyard Altoona
Ranked #9 of 15 Hotels in Altoona
Olney, Maryland
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525 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“A Model Courtyard”
Reviewed 22 June 2012

Some people wouldn't like the fact this hotel is a little off the beaten path...in an area that has been built as a convention center. Up on a hill. But I thought it was beautiful...which nice views of the valley. And, oh yes, it was a very good hotel. The front desk man Nigel was very helpful, conversational and friendly. The cafe area, which exists at a number of Courtyards, offers some very decent sandwiches and flatbreads and salads (I had the quesadilla: tasty), along with some beer, wine and liquor choices. Special kudos to the patient cook who was patiently handling a crazy number of orders on a very busy night. (Management: he could have used some help!) The room was super. This is a super-clean, very contemporary Marriott hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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, Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 26 June 2012
Thanks very much for your kudos bagnato1! I especially appreciate you mentioning Nigel; he’s a great asset and was very excited to be included in your review. Your feedback on the cook needing an extra set of hands is very helpful as well.

Best wishes,

Katie Millward, General Manager
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

I had to be in Hollidaysburg for business and I stayed at this hotel. The room was nice and clean, the staff was extremely professional and helpful and it is convenient. We used a small conference room to prepare for our meeting the next day and the staff, including at the restaurant, was very helpful in making sure we had everything we needed. The food was pretty good. Beautiful view overlooking the Allegenies too. If I am ever in Altoona or Hollidaysburg again, I will definitely stay here.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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, Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 26 June 2012
Dear TravelinMan08,

Thank you for your kind comments, I’m glad to know we took great care of you; we all look forward to your next visit.

Best,

Katie Millward, General Manager
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Reviewed 9 June 2012 via mobile

This hotel is clean, bright and modern. Coming off the road after a long trip to PA, the modern ammenities were a welcome sight. Checkin was quick, the room was clean and new and quiet and the bed was comfortable. Had a great nights rest. 12oclock check out also a plus. Not rushing.

  • Stayed June 2012
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, Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 22 June 2012
It’s great to hear you loved our hotel Emlovesyellow, thanks very much for the fantastic review! Please visit us again the next time you travel this way, it would be our pleasure to see you again.

Have a great summer,

Katie Millward, General Manager
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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2012

I’ve stayed at the Altoona Marriott Courtyard a dozen plus times over the past few years and always found it good value, very clean and well managed. Last evening I stayed for the first time since the recent renovation’s completion and have a few observations. (I’d stayed there twice during the protracted renovation, and was anxious to see the result knowing the grand opening had occurred before this latest visit.) Again, a very good renovation indeed, but with a few wrinkles. The lobby is quite stunning and the new placement of the coffee bar and Bistro are well done, eye appealing and very upscale. However, I do have a few negative comments; first, upon approach to the main entrance, one is struck by the barrage of piped-in music that seems thought to be a welcoming feature upon entering. It is not. Further, sitting in the newly configured Bistro, the music at 6:30 in the morning is pervasive, irritating and inescapable. Should the management reaffirm the need for noise pollution, then a better selection of sounds should be provided. I was really annoyed by the ‘upbeat’ (and up volume) ‘ambiance’ polluting the lobby area making it difficult to simply enjoy the quiet and carry on a moderate volume conversation. If I want a disco not a bistro, I’ll go to one. Further, the super health conscious Bistro posts each selection’s calorie count to educate the customer on the deliberate health conscious selections offered for our enjoyment. What if I want a glazed donut or fresh pastry with my Starbucks (yes, a new add)? Suggestion: have some fat food for us not concerned with calorie count patrons. Further the lack of any bell staff to assist in carrying bags to the room is an inconvenience, and ought to be address during the surge hours when the self-use hand carts are all taken and not available. Again, a well managed hotel with an upscale facilities, but I suggest a little less innovation reclaiming some of what has work well in the past may be a formula for a better stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Thank memjfm1
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ConcordHospitality, Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 9 May 2012
Thank you for your review and your loyalty to our hotel memjfm1! We appreciate your repeat business and wish you had been in town for our renovation celebration. I’m sorry to hear you don’t enjoy Marriott’s new Bistro concept, I’m sure that because it’s new, Marriott will use valuable feedback from guests such as yourself to make enhancements in the future. We look forward to your next visit.

Best wishes,

Katie Millward, General Manager
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

Fantastic value, fantastic location...
I was visiting friends at Penn State Altoona and will definitely stay here again. Everything you would expect from the Marriott brand!

  • Stayed April 2012
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ConcordHospitality, Manager at Courtyard Altoona, responded to this review, 3 May 2012
Thanks very much for your five star review Lutolf; we’re thrilled to know you enjoyed our hotel and hope you had a great visit with your friends!

Best regards,

Katie Millward, General Manager
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Additional Information about Courtyard Altoona

Property: Courtyard Altoona
Address: 2 Convention Center Dr, Altoona, PA 16602-5660
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Altoona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 15 Hotels in Altoona
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,459 - ₹ 11,885
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard Altoona 3*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Courtyard Altoona hotel is meticulously designed for the business and pleasure traveler alike. Enjoy the comfort, style and functionality of our modern lobby featuring The Bistro. Eat-Drink-Connect in The Bistro offering delicious breakfast and dinner options as well as cocktails and Starbucks(R) coffee. This Altoona hotel is conveniently connected to the Blair County Convention Center and is just minutes from a variety of restaurants such as Outback Steakhouse, TGI Friday's, and Jethros. The Courtyard Altoona hotel is ideally located in the heart of Altoona and just minutes from many area attractions: Lakemont Park, DelGrosso Park, Pennsylvania Rails to Trails, Blue Knob Ski Resort, Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, and the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. Relax in comfortable guest rooms and stay productive with free Wi-Fi. Unwind in the Indoor Pool, Whirlpool or Fitness Center. Visit the Courtyard Altoona hotel, offering unparalleled service and style among hotels in Altoona! ... more   less 
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Courtyard By Marriott Altoona Hotel Altoona
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Altoona Marriott

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