It was the last two days of my month-long Southeast Asia trip, and I’ve had the privilege of spending it at the newly-opened Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak.
I traveled from Ubud, and despite being new, my taxi driver didn’t have a hard time finding the hotel. It’s located just a few minutes away from Seminyak Beach and high-end beach clubs, and a stone’s throw away from restaurants, shops, ATMs, and foreign exchange.
The cheerful staff welcomed me, and offered a welcome drink and cold towel. Check-in was quite a breeze too.
I arrived earlier than the official check-in time, and had to wait a bit for the room to be ready. While waiting, Melinda, one of the front desk associates, chatted with me and shared some info about the hotel. We also talked briefly about my trip.
Immediately noticeable from the lobby is the Pool Bar.
The room may be modest in size, but the amenities are complete.
The closet, though small, has ample space for your things. Bathrobes, slippers, and electronic safe are also found inside the closet.
The writing desk has a number of universal power outlets, and was easily my favorite spot. I spent most of my time here catching up with work. I just wish there was more space between the desk and the closest as it could be a nuisance sometimes.
Of course there’s the usual coffee and tea making facility, mini bar, and complimentary bottled water that were replenished daily.
The bathroom was spotless and very spacious – almost half the size of the room, actually.
Toiletries, grooming kit, and towels were aplenty, and were replenished/replaced daily.
Buffet breakfast is served at Seminyak Kitchen which has a casual and cafe-like feel.
Since I have an early morning flight back to Manila, I decided to pre-arrange the airport service with the hotel. And when the front desk staff found out that I need to check out by 5:00 am and wouldn’t make it to the buffet breakfast, they made sure I’ll have a breakfast box ready when I check out. They filled it with Danish pastries and bottles of fruit pastries. It was a really sweet and thoughtful gesture that I have never experienced anywhere else. 🙂
Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak successfully blends the comfort and security of a hotel, the playful yet relaxed ambience of a resort, and the personalized service of a bed and breakfast.