Courtyard by Marriott, Chennai Review

By | December 21, 2018

After the SPG-Marriott merger I’ve shifted my stays from Westin Chennai to Courtyard Chennai as its cheaper on points compared to Westin. Also they’re kind enough to upgrade me while Westin hesitates to do that. I’ve stayed at Courtyard, Chennai multiple times and here’s my review of the property,

Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – Beautiful Room Key

Booking

  • Revenue Rate: ~Rs.6,000+GST
  • I Used: 7500 Marriott Points

I value 1 Marriott Point @ 50Ps (lowest) and so I see great value for Marriott points at this property. Hence I went with points booking as I do so usually these days.

Check-in

I usually do mobile checkin so that I can save few mins at the check-in counter. As soon as I reached the property, i got the key in few mins and meanwhile my room was upgraded to executive deluxe with lounge access.

On other day, as deluxe rooms got sold out they automatically upgraded me to executive premium room but with a wait time of 30 mins. The good part is, they took me to lounge directly instead of asking me to wait in the lobby. Nice guys!

Welcome Amenity

I got below,

  1. Fruit Basket
  2. Sweets
  3. Points (SPG Gold Benefit)

When it comes to welcome amenity, Westin is the best in my experience.

Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – Welcome Amenity – Fruits
Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – Welcome Amenity – Sweets

The Room

The room was quite spacious and i felt like i’m in a mini suite. I love those touch buttons for all lights/ac. It not only looks good but also works perfectly well. Here are some pics for you,

Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – Room
Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – Room Sofa
Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – Room_2
Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – Room_3
Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – Room_4
Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – Touch Controls
Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – AC Controls on Touch
Courtyard by Marriott Chennai – Bathroom amenity

Apart from that you could expect a typical business hotel bathroom & branded amenities. I got a premium room on other day, which typically looks very similar with little bit premium chair, bed, bigger sofa etc.

Executive lounge

I’m super surprised to see the lounge crowded, especially in the evening during happy hours. Its so much crowded one day that the lounge receptionist had to lend her chair for me to sit in front of the computer and have snacks 😀

Its good to see people in Chennai making use of lounge access but the property probably need to expand the lounge area.

Btw, their lounge food was good. They usually have cut fruits, cakes and one veg/Non-veg starter for the day. And yes, they’ve complimentary alcoholic drinks as well, which I didn’t try!

Food @ Restaurant

While I was given complimentary breakfast, I missed it as i had early morning flight to catch.

Anyway, I had lunch in their restaurant the day before, which I booked via Eazydiner as they had 25% OFF (Eazydiner Prime Benefit) and that was better compared to Amex Marriott Dining offer & discount that Marriott gives to Gold elites.

They did have huge spread for lunch and i’m sure you won’t be disappointed for Breakfast as well!

  • Cardexpert Rating: 4.5/5

Bottomline

If you’re around Chennai for a layover or for a quick business trip, Courtyard by Marriott, Chennai is certainly one of the best place to be in. You get a great value when booked on points. 

However, if you’re looking for experience, I would rather suggest Westin, Chennai which is much closer to Airport.

This is my first visit to the “Courtyard” brand. Have you been to Courtyard Chennai or just any other Courtyard? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

Author: Siddharth

A Credit Card freak minting reward points and cashback for years, started adding Airmiles in recent times. Obsessed with aviation, airport lounges and luxury travel at affordable cost.

5 thoughts on “Courtyard by Marriott, Chennai Review

  1. Captain Bishuddha Bharatiya

    Eveything looks so beautiful.
    How much you paid for lunch ?

    Reply
  2. Aditya Anil

    Hi Siddharth. Nice work you’re doing with this blog. I’ve got a small doubt. Is the upgradation available only for elites or is it available for base class members as well?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Upgrades (esp. club level) are usually for Plat Elites but they do consider Gold elites at times.

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    2. Amex Guy

      Well, if you’re a Plat Elite, you are entitled to an available upgrade, including suites.

      In practice, however, as Gold I at least get upgraded to club level very often. And a good percentage of times I get a suite. In Asia, it’s very easy to get upgraded. Even at offline hotels like ITC, and even at Courtyard where a lot of Elite benefits aren’t guaranteed — in Asia, you’d get them.

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