by Amanda Geronikos
Opened in 2007, the Courtyard Burlington Harbor still feels brand new, with an upscale seafood restaurant (a rarity at the chain’s other properties) and a lovely little courtyard where you can bask in the sun by day and then huddle around a fire at night. The hotel also offers an indoor swimming pool, plus complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms that include the conveniences of mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers.
The Courtyard Burlington Harbor is centrally located in Burlington, Vermont, though it’s not directly on the water like the name may suggest. It is, however, just a few blocks from Waterfront Park, where you’ll find the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and Burlington Bike Path, and in the other direction, Church Street Marketplace, a picturesque hub for shopping and family-friendly dining.
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- Indoor swimming pool
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- Central Burlington hotel
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- Free Wi-Fi
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The hotel has a total of 161 accommodations, all of which are equipped with mini-fridges, coffeemakers, flat-screen televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi. Microwaves are available in some rooms, and can also be requested free of charge for rooms without them.
Pullout sofas are included in all guestrooms, but not suites. Rollaway beds and cribs are available upon request, as are connecting guestrooms on all floors of the hotel.
Guestrooms are equipped with one king bed or two queens, plus a sofa bed - which means that in the rooms with two queen beds, you can sleep up to six guests! Options for room views include City View (which likely means you'll be looking at a parking lot), Lake View (partial view of the lake), and Lake Champlain View (fully fronts the water).
The hotel has three suite options, all of which feature a whirlpool tub and king bed; they are truly best for single travelers or couples since they only sleep up to two guests. A rollaway bed or crib can be added to them, though, or you can request a connecting room.
Of note are the two Hospitality Suites, featuring large balconies with tables and chairs and stellar views of Lake Champlain. The outdoor spaces are great for large or multi-generational family gatherings. Grandparents can claim the Hospitality Suite and let the kids and grandkids in as they please!
I often fly out of the Burlington Airport first flight on Mondays and I will stay here the night before. The hotel is close to Church St dining and shops but far enough away to be quiet. Lake view rooms have nice view overlooking the area. Rooms are clean and nicely laid out, there is a pool though I've yet to swim. Parking is easy right at the hotel.
I was put up here for business for just 1 night and didn't spend much time in the room but it was nice and more importantly, clean. They booked me a king sized bed which was nice and there was a mini fridge and a coffee maker, neither of which I used but they were there. The valet and the 2 people at the front desk when I checked in were very nice and helpful, made me feel very welcome as did the 3 different people I saw and spoke to the next morning when I checked out. The bar down stairs was nice, very comfortable, and the bartender Frank was great but I didn't have any food there or eat at the restaurant in the hotel so I can't speak to either. The meeting room the next morning was nice and the breakfast and lunch provided were both good. I've never had a bad experience with a Marriott and this time was no different regardless of the fact that it was a comped visit.
The hotel has an indoor saline pool, ranging in depth from three to five feet. It's open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. There's also a hot tub.
Open for breakfast, dinner and on weekends, brunch, Bleu features locally sourced seafood -- including fish from Lake Champlain. Dishes include Pan Roasted Rockfish, Cod & Clam Bouillabase, Seafood Paealla and Whole Maine Lobster. You don't have to like seafood to enjoy Bleu, though; the indoor-only restaurant also serves steak, a pasta dish, and sandwiches, along with a menu for kids. Bleu is undeniably upscale, however, so it may or may not be a good fit for your family.
The Courtyard Burlington Harbor is actually one of just five hotels within the popular budget chain to offer an upscale dining option. Bleu is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.
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All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is complimentary.
The hotel's fitness center, located adjacent to the pool, is open 24 hours and offers a few cardio machines, dumbbells, a lift chair, and a multi-use strength training machine. Key cards are required for access to the gym.
The Art of Smart Timing
The Courtyard Burlington Harbor is busiest in the summer, as well as the early fall, when the weather in Burlington, Vermont (and the overall area) invites visitors to enjoy outdoor excursions on Lake Champlain.
Fly into Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Canada (Quebec; two hours away) or Albany International Airport in New York (about three hours away). While Burlington, Vermont has an airport, it is serviced by regional flights only.
You don't need a vehicle to get around Burlington; most Burlington, Vermont attractions -- including Church Street Marketplace and Waterfront Park -- are within a short walk of the hotel. But you'll want a vehicle to explore the rest of the Lake Champlain Byway and its other charming Vermont towns.
You can park your car at a parking garage adjacent to the hotel for $12 per night. Upon arrival, guests can park in a 15-minute spot close to the hotel's private entrance, check in, and unload their luggage.
For Mom and Dad
Sip on a glass of local wine or beer at the Bar at Bleu, or, if time allows, enjoy dinner for two at Hen of the Wood, part of the Hotel Vermont next door. The dim-lit restaurant sets the tone for a romantic evening, as does the delicious selection of small and large plates.