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A Tour of the Newly Renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Syracuse

Yesterday, I toured the newly renovated Courtyard Hotel by Marriott in Syracuse. I was very impressed with its new lobby.  

Over the last two or three years, Marriott put big effort on transforming the Courtyard brand with a “refreshing business lobby.” Personally, I have stayed in several Courtyard hotels with the new lobby concept in different locations, but I have to admit that I really love the new lobby of this Courtyard in Syracuse. 

Like many other newly renovated Courtyard, this hotel’s lobby also has many functional zones. It also has a cozy feel. What I like the most about this lobby, however, is how seamlessly one functional space flows to another. These functional spaces look great as individual zones, yet they are nicely put together as different components of the lobby. I also love the blue and orange accent, which blends with the SU theme very well. I feel relax in this welcoming atmosphere. 

As food retail has become more important in hotel operations, I also saw the Market and the bistro in the lobby. Courtyard is the pioneer who responds to the proposed health-care legislation by posting the calorie information of all menu items in the lobby.  

Overall, the hotel has gone through an impressive transformational change since my last tour in April 2011. To check out more pictures I took during the tour, please visit the photo album on my Facebook page --- don’t forget to “Like” my page!

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  1. When I use Firefox, the layout of this post look just fine. I don't why it does not turn out that way when i check it on IE. Difficult to make things work perfectly in every platform, I guess.

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  2. I haven't had a chance to visit the Courtyard, however, it seems to be transforming in a very positive and progressive way. I feel as though when you discuss their efforts in responding to the proposed health care reform, this points out a good way in which this transformation is giving the Courtyard a competitive advantage amongst other hotels in Syracuse. This will attract more consumers who are focused on an all-around experience rather than just a stay in a hotel. I also think the business lounge is a very good idea because most of the target market of Syracuse hotels are business travelers seeing as Syracuse is not a hot vacation or travel destination! I'd be interested in touring this hotel because I've only toured the Gennesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse and I'd like to see what chain hotels are like in this city.

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  3. Jessica Hwang HPM314December 16, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I have yet to visit this current Courtyard, but since Courtyard Marriott was my first official full time summmer internship two summers ago, I do have a soft spot for the brand! The minor differences between various locations are interesting to see and I like the fact that Courtyard is shifting to provide a more health based menu for customers. With the hotel being a limited service, I felt their breakfast menu could always improve given Marriott is such a worldwide hotel. I would like to personally visit this hotel to actually see the differences!

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