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Courtyard Mumbai – Felt Like a Home Away From Home

Room at Courtyard Mumbai

By Lakshmi:

Just this year, work and life have deposited me at the Courtyard Mumbai three times.  Having stayed at the JW Marriott in the city not too long ago, I approached this property with a little trepidation.  It was the proximity to the international airport and needing a convenient travel base that convinced me to stay.  Across my stays, here’s what has made me feel so comfortable that I have been recommending it to family and friends.

– For those who have landed in Mumbai after a long international flight, the last thing you want to do is go stand at a check in counter waiting to get checked in in the middle of the night.  At this property, a lovely staff member greeted me, escorted me to my room and handled the paper work within the room.  A small gesture, but so appreciated.

– There is a really nice restaurant on site and the breakfast spread is substantial.  On arising early after eating insipid meals on a long plane ride, the buffet is a welcoming way to begin your day.

– The concierge team embodies service in everything they do.  We asked about getting a local SIM card late at night and they researched it.  We needed a car to get around and they recommended the most cost-effective options.  We were waiting for a while to have a friend pick us up and they asked if they could make a local call to find out what the hold up was. And when we returned within a few days for a repeat stay, we were welcomed back like some long-lost friends!

– The rooms are spacious, very comfortable, spotless and include free wifi.

– For those who may not have stayed at the Courtyard brand overseas, the Courtyard in Mumbai rivals many a full service Marriott stateside.

I will warn you that the hotel is not located in a pretty part of town.  It is on a very congested road and not really a place from which you embark on long walks and see picturesque sights.  But if you are staying in town for a short period of time and want  a very effective property close to the airport, you would be hard pressed finding a better value for the money than the Courtyard.

JW Marriott Hotel, Cairo – A Deal Ropes Us In, The Value Leaves Us Content

By Lakshmi:

As soon as we knew that we could redeem frequent flier miles to fly to Cairo on Egypt Air, we started looking for hotels that would be safe and offer a great value for the money.  Since I have worked for Marriott, have such fond memories of my time there and know some awesome people working behind the brands, I always look to see what is available locally. In this particular instance the cost prohibitive rate of $450 a night for an executive junior suite with lounge access seemed like a pipe dream.  That was until I saw an email stating that the company was having a sale and one could stay in a suite in the Middle East/Africa for as low as $100 a night.

Scanning the Marriott website, we were able to find the same junior suite for under a hundred dollars.  With lounge access providing free breakfast, snacks and drinks, we decided to snag the deal.

First, for those desiring a downtown Cairo experience (which is usually our preference), the property is situated close to the airport.  And there is nothing that is within walking distance of the hotel.  However, if you want a refuge from the hustle and bustle of downtown Cairo, the property is a haven.

Our room was lovely and spacious (see picture above).  Our breakfast in the lounge was very good each morning.  Plus, once we were done with breakfast, we could take some water and fruit along for our day trips.  In the evenings, we could have a cup of coffee, snacks or drinks, making us feel like we had hit the jackpot in terms of value.  The value added services also included a free shuttle to downtown Cairo and to the nearby Star of Africa mall, a service we used multiple times.

Unlike other trips, we tapped into the concierge quite a bit to help us find locations and particularly to write down addresses in Arabic.  The service provided was responsive and efficient.

On a couple of instances, coming back dead tired from a day trip, we did eat our meals at the hotel and the food did not disappoint.

When a hotel can be an enabler, it leaves you feeling so much more satiated about your overall experience.  And for us, the JW Marriott in Cairo did exactly that.

To learn more about this hotel, click here:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/caijw-jw-marriott-hotel-cairo/