Courtyard Marriott Contest

By Away Staff

Heading through Houston, Phoenix, or Baltimore/Washington airports this holiday travel season? You might find an out of place hotel lobby smack dab in the middle of the concourse. Courtyard Marriott is debuting a new lobby concept in the airport terminals of these three major hubs hoping to introduce business travelers to what they see as the future of the hotel lobby.

As we've reported recently, there are big changes underway in the public spaces at Courtyard Marriotts nationwide. First, they overhauled their food and beverage offerings. Now, Courtyard Marriott is hoping to create a communal and helpful atmosphere for travelers by way of their lobbies. The idea is to allow guests to stay "connected, productive, and balanced." But the concept goes beyond WiFi hotspots. "Media pods" allow guests to hold mini meetings with up to three other people. Communal tables are designed to entice business travelers to enjoy a glass of wine while checking their email at happy hour, and to meet other guests also in town on business. Interactive television screens called GoBoards, developed by Courtyard and FourWinds Interactive, let users send directions to their smartphones or check flight information before heading to the airport.

“We are thrilled to present this new technology to our guests,” said Janis Milham, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard by Marriott. In fact, the company is so excited to get feedback, they're giving away two free nights in a Courtyard Marriott to one lucky reader, just for giving your opinion. 

Simply post a comment in the Comments section of this blog post telling us what you think of the new lobby concept. Would you spend time there? Do you find it a friendly place? How does it compare to other hotels you’ve stayed in? Would you use the GoBoard? When traveling for business, do you want a place to hang out and meet other business travelers?

We'll pick the most useful comment and that user will get a free two-night stay at a Courtyard Marriott anywhere in the continental U.S. Restrictions apply.*

The new lobbies are being rolled out to Courtyard Marriots nationwide. For a list of properties with the new lobby, check here. Courtyard Marriott is also providing a free stay to to check out the new lobbies.

*Click here for terms and conditions.

Published: 13 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 21 Nov 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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