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The Courtyard pairs comfort and convenience, making it a draw for both business travelers and hardcore shoppers
With five floors and 241 rooms, the Marriott Courtyard Bellevue -- which caters primarily to business travelers whose work takes them to this eastside Seattle suburb -- is standard hotel fare: clean, nice, comfortable, convenient...nothing to knock your socks off, but nothing to offend. What will knock your socks off is the local shopping, which includes the elegant Bravern complex directly across the street from the hotel -- a destination even for Seattleites living in an entirely different part of town.
The Courtyard’s perfectly pleasant theme begins with a spacious lobby, which includes (in addition to a decorative waterfall and plenty of seating) the requisite Starbucks, a mini grocery store that sells beer and wine, and a 24/7 front desk staff. You’ll also have access to the Courtyard Cafe, where an ample breakfast buffet is served each morning (the $15 fee is, unfortunately, not included in your room rate), as well as classic Marriott services like a business center and fitness facility. There are certainly other hotels along the Bellevue business corridor, but if you’re looking for easy access to the Meydenbauer Center, shopping, and the freeways, this is a decent choice.
Drop your bags and head out the door for a meeting or a manicure at this strategically placed eastside location
This newish hotel straddles the corner of NE 8th Street, putting it across the street from some of the best shopping in town. Fact is, even Seattleites -- who don’t live in the suburb of Bellevue -- frequently drive across the 520 bridge to visit The Bravern, a thoroughly posh shopping complex that houses the only Neiman Marcus, Hermes, and Jimmy Choo stores in the Seattle area; Bellevue Square, an even bigger mall, is just a few blocks farther. If business is the matter at hand, The Courtyard makes commuting easy, as it sits only two blocks away from the Meydenbauer Convention Center, which is known as much for its grand conference facilities as it is for its 410-seat theater that showcases performances throughout the year.
Important to note: Though Seattle is merely a bridge away from Bellevue, that bridge is commuter central, since there are Bellevue-ites who work in Seattle, and Seattleites who head over the bridge to Microsoft. Rush hour can be brutal, so keep peak hours in mind when you’re planning travel time into the city or to the airport.
241 mid-range guestrooms -- many of which have comfortable sitting areas conducive to a longer stay
In addition to spacious digs (the smallest guestroom at the hotel is 310 square feet), the Courtyard offers a decent menu of room choices, which include 12 suites that offer significant living and dining space. Decor is your fairly standard beige and blue, but the bedding is plush and comfortable. For those wishing to luxuriate in a whirlpool tub while communicating with family members who are watching TV, a convenient (?) accordion shutter-ledge separates bathrooms and living rooms in the larger suites. It’s an interesting feature, but one that you might want to keep, well, shuttered.
All Rooms Include:
All the necessary amenities are available to you here -- but some may cost you extra
A breakfast buffet and a Starbucks
If eastside convenience is what you’re looking for, the Marriott Courtyard Bellevue is a solid choice. Standard amenities, a neutral, appeal-to-everyone decor, and the ability to walk to major shopping and conference locales are hallmarks of this clean and comfortable chain hotel.
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