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A typical Courtyard by Marriott, in Herndon, Virginia
A courtyard Marriott pool in Albany.

Courtyard by Marriott is a brand of hotels owned by Marriott International. Courtyard by Marriott is designed for business travelers. Its rooms feature large desks, couches, free high speed Internet access, and "big" breakfasts. The majority of locations have full-service restaurants, and all have 24-hour "mini-marts," called "The Market". A hot breakfast buffet is available for purchase or may be included in the cost of the room with a special overnight stay package. It competes with other mid-priced business-oriented hotels like Wingate Inn and Hilton Garden Inn.

History

The first location was built in 1985 in Atlanta and was Marriott's first sister brand. The brand was always meant to target business travelers who wanted quality service at affordable prices. However, over the years, it has come to cater to the leisure traveler too. Most now have a swimming pool or fitness center, microwaves and mini-fridges for rent, and family rates.

Marriott spent $2 billion in the mid-1980s on building out the Courtyard by Marriott chain in order to target Holiday Inn's clientele.[1]

References

  1. ^ Leslie Smith, "Marriott Stakes Out Hotel Territory", New York Times, 22 September 1985, F1.

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