PHENIX CITY, AL—Courtyard by Marriott this week is opening a unit here featuring the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and flexible space, according to the company.
Located at 1400 Third Avenue, the 99-room Courtyard Columbus Phenix City will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Ram Riverfront, LLC and managed by Ram Hotel Management, LLC. The hotel offers guests convenient access to downtown Columbus, Georgia, Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex and Fort Benning. Rates begin at $169 per night.
“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what business travelers want from a hotel,” said Janis Milham, vice president and global brand manager, Courtyard. “Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. The Courtyard lobby invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or be entertained, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.”
The hotel’s lobby welcomes guests with vivid, contrasting colors, including blue, green, orange and red. The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals for more personal and private interactions when guests check in and allow staff to show guests the lobby features and provide assistance. Seating options range from a communal, to private media booths with high-definition televisions, to a semi-enclosed lounge area.
Dining has also been completely redesigned with The Bistro–Eat. Drink. Connect., offering casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer. The hotel also features The Market, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries.
A key component of the Courtyard lobby is the GoBoard, which presents local information, maps, weather and headline news on a 55-inch LCD touch screen. The GoBoardalso features mobile integration, enabling guests to send directions from the GoBoard directly to their smartphones. Guests can also touch the screen for immediate access to detailed flight information for local airports, popular entertainment and local event information, as well as walking directions.
Throughout the hotel, guests can connect to complimentary WiFi, and there are ample electrical outlets in the lobby to power digital devices. The business library features several computer terminals, along with a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.
Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal are conveniently located by side exits.
The four-story hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and guest laundry, and offers 3,754 sq. ft. of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 341 people.