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Courtyard by Marriott St John's Newfoundland

8.5 | Very Good
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Highly praised downtown St John's hotel near harbour with views, dining & free valet parking

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • All rooms come with a mini-fridge and microwave
  • Many reviewers praised the views of the harbour from their rooms
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Some guests had good views of the harbour from their rooms
Cons
  • A few guests complained about the limited number of on-site parking spaces
  • A couple of reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by noise from the shipping docks
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 5, 2015
Overview
This hotel is situated on the waterfront in downtown St. John's and is ideal for guests who prefer to explore the downtown area on foot. Boutique shopping venues are about a 6-minute walk away, while the Signal Hill Historic National Park trail system may be accessed in 5 minutes on foot (the summit is about a 30-minute walk away).

This property is 100% smoke-free and pet-free and all rooms include air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a work desk, a TV with pay-per-view movies, and bathrobes. Rooms may be furnished with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds. Suites at this property provide more spacious accommodations with separate living and bedroom areas. Suites are furnished with 1 king bed and a sofa bed. Select rooms and suites also include some of the following features: a jacuzzi tub, a fireplace, and/or a kitchen table.

Free valet parking is available on site. On-site amenities include free coffee and newspapers in the lobby, concierge services, safe deposit boxes, coin-operated laundry machines, a business centre and a fitness centre.

The Fish Bowl Restaurant & Bar offers scenic views of the harbour and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is also available.

Other downtown attractions including Mile One Centre (arena and concert venue), the St. John's Convention Centre, the Visitor Information Centre, and George Street (22 bars within 2 blocks of a pedestrian-only street), may be accessed within a 16-minute walk. 

The Quidi Vidi Brewery is about a 5-minute drive from this hotel and the St. John's International Airport (YYT) is 17 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, most guests described positive experiences at this hotel.

Many guests described their rooms as clean and several reviewers found their beds to be comfortable. A few guests thought that their rooms were well appointed and a couple of reviewers described their rooms as spacious.

Many reviewers praised the pleasant views of the St. John's Harbour from their rooms.

The staff were frequently said to be friendly, helpful, accommodating, and efficient. One reviewer said that the front desk agents provided "amazing service".

Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area, the waterfront, and Signal Hill on foot. Guests described walking to restaurants, shops, and George Street.

Many guests praised the menu prices, attentive wait staff, and the food at the on-site Smitty's restaurant. Several guests specifically mentioned enjoying the breakfast menu.

Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent. Guests mentioned the following amenities as value-added features: large in-room work desks, free parking, free coffee in the lobby, and the on-site coin-operated laundry machines.
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The Bad
As mentioned above, most reviewers described positive experiences at this property, among the reviews sourced for this analysis. However, there were a couple of common concerns mentioned by guests.

A few reviewers complained about the limited availability of on-site parking. A couple of guests were unable to find a parking space and they said that the hotel staff valet-parked their car in an off-site lot.

A couple of guests were disturbed by noise from the shipping docks, specifically the beeping sounds of trucks reversing.

There were also a couple of other isolated complaints found for this hotel. One guest said that housekeeping staff came to his room for cleaning too early (8:00am) and another reviewer thought that the alcoholic drinks at the on-site restaurant were expensive.
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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.8 out of 5.0, with 100% of 28 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #3 out of 20 properties in St. John's, from 135 reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 4.8 out of 5.0, based on 16 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
8.5
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hotels in St. John's

Rated 8.5/10 based on 794 reviews

Ranked #4 out of 19 hotels in St. John's

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Location
Map Marker Courtyard by Marriott St John's Newfoundland
131 Duckworth Street, St. John's, NF