Review: Courtyard Marriott, Pattaya

Last minute booking can always be a pain and getting reservation in a hotel you desire is next to impossible. When we booked our impromptu vacation to Thailand last month, finding a hotel in Pattaya was a task. After much struggle, we finally managed to finalize our stay at Courtyard Marriott in Pattaya. We got excellent deals thanks to MakeMyTrip through whom we had booked our flights and hotels.

After landing at Suwarnabhumi airport, we’d taken a bus from the airport to take us to Pattaya. The bus was luxurious and the ride, smooth. It was early in the morning and the sight outside kept me awake even after a night of no sleep.

Not your high-end stay, Courtyard is Marriott’s affordable range, the best things about the hotel are its staff and its prime location. The hotel isn’t great, but not bad either. Rooms are spacious and well-maintained.

The food was good, be it in the breakfast buffet, à la carte or room service. The property is not very big, and has only one restaurant – MoMo Cafe. We’d stayed at the hotel for three days and it was during national mourning of Thailand’s beloved king. The property had his photograph and flowers put up in the center of the lobby. Business was on as usual, but with a heavy heart.

The breakfast menu had provisions for Indians and vegetarians, along with a huge range of breads, fruits, juices and other delicacies. The interiors of the hotel are modern yet contemporary and everything looks very stylish.

The hotel is very strategically located. Not in the middle of the hustle-bustle, yet stone’s throw from every place important. The famous Walking Street is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Tuktuks are easily available to and from the hotel at any time of the day and 7Eleven stores are nearby. The convenience of having things within reach is most important to us and we had the luxury here. Since we both walk and trek a lot in our vacations, we prefer to stay near the buzzing areas, yet far from the noise. Pattaya’s Courtyard Marriott gave us just what we needed.

Pattaya being a beach town, has activities galore. Most of our time was spent outdoors, so we didn’t eat a lot in the hotel. However, as is expected in Thailand, the Thai green curry was absolutely delectable. And I mention this here, because this is the only food I practically lived on for the entire week we were in Thailand, and the kitchen of Courtyard, Pattaya made it the best. Heavenly!

The pool was small, quaint and clean. The hotel is located at the foothill of Pratumnak hill, and one can trek up the hill to the top from where the entire port city can be seen. The view is spectacular and a must see if you are staying so near at Courtyard Marriott.

A month later, the hotel is still in our minds purely because of the staff. In the restaurant, there was Chin-Chin. Always with a smiling face, she was a comforting person to have around despite the language problem. Otto and Audi, both the boys were pleasant, helpful and friendly. William was a welcome face, since he knew Hindi and it was nice to communicate with someone fluently. Communication in English is a little troublesome in Thailand, but the staff here was extremely helpful.

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Samarpita Mukherjee Sharma

Samarpita eats, sleeps and breathes content and her life revolves around words. She curates contents for many brands, of which The India Diaries happens to be the closest to the heart. An economist by education and a wordsmith by passion, she chose the life of a digital nomad after quitting full time journalism few years ago. A multi-tasker, this ex-journalist freelances as a content creator-cum-curator, manuscript editor, travel writer and social media manager.

0 thoughts on “Review: Courtyard Marriott, Pattaya

  • December 21, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I’ve not stayed in a Marriott, and for that reason I would associate it with high-end luxury. From what you’ve written, I’d probably be underwhelmed if I did stay here, but you can’t complain too much if its affordable. And the staff being excellent is certainly a big plus!

  • December 21, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Joe!
    Marriott has two ranges of hotels, this one was easy on the pocket and we’d got an excellent deal.
    So for the kind of amount we’d paid, I guess this was okay. J W Marriott where we’d stayed in Bangkok was thrice the price and services too were accordingly.
    Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

  • December 21, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I like the Courtyard Marriott options: like you said, not quite the luxury hotels that come to mind when thinking of Marriott but they are much more affordable, still good hotels and often their location is really good.

  • December 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I didn’t know Marriot has a parallel “budget” chain of hotel. I guess that, if they can guarantee the standards of Marriot but in a less luxurious way, it’s still ok. More money to spend outside the hotel 😀

  • December 21, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Luca, Not ‘budget’ per se but cheaper than J W Marriott 🙂

  • December 23, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Marriott is always a good experience and your account and pictures prove the same. I would have loved to see their room decor. Do you have pics of the same?

  • December 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    It’s great when the staff has an important in role in how your experience goes in a hotel. I find it that if I don’t get the attention or if the staff is not friendly, it can ruin the entire trip. The food looks very good as well.

  • December 25, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Looks really cozy. But Thailand is one of those countries that probably have to wait a few more years before we come for a visit. There are just so many countries that we want to go to 🙂

  • December 26, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Stayed in the Marriot in Doha for 3 weeks, it was a good experience.

  • December 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Great to know that you got a good deal. And although this property looks quite luxurious good to hears that it’s still affordable. May be expensive than you average accomodation, but I think once in a while it’s okay to splurge and give yourself a little treat for all the hardowork you put in.

  • December 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Having always associated Marriott with luxury hotels, this post is an eye-opener! I’ve only ever stayed in one (it was a late wedding present from my ma) and I thought that was pretty fancy cuz it had a man-in-a-suit up front and another to help you out. Hahaha.

    Though I too think that customer service can easily make or break a hotel stay.

    PS: I love the big font! My eyes are horrible and I normally have to zoom in a lot for most sites; so thanks!

  • December 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Looks like you had a great stay. Good to hear that it has the right balance of convenient location and lower cost. That’s pretty much what we look for, the sweet spot where cost, comfort and convenience meet.

  • December 26, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Sounds like a great place to stay in! I think some times simple is in fact better, provided that its a clean place. And this one sounds pretty good. And to have a great staff taking care of you just makes the stay even more pleasant. Thanks for the tip.

  • December 27, 2016 at 3:02 am

    It has a lot of valuable information. Next time when we visit Bangkok, we will check it up. Thanks for the information.

  • December 27, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Looks like a wonderful place to stay. Marriott is always top notch with its facilities. Thanks for sharing.

  • December 27, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Courtyard Marriott in Pattaya looks like a good option to stay. Though I have stayed in Marriott in India , but haven’t tried outside India. Thanks sharing it.

  • December 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    OMG! This is total pampering. Marriott have a good standard and they maintain good service too.

  • December 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Great hotel… a bit too luxurious to me. I mean, II am sued to the hard life of a budget traveller. I need to stay away from such things. But I won’t mnd the Singha beer.

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