Every now and then a weekend getaway is nice to recharge the batteries. Well, I recently did just that. Crystal and I made the trek over to Fort Worth and stayed at the Blackstone Hotel (aka: Courtyard Marriott). I picked this hotel because of its location. It is smack dab in the middle of downtown. It's a block or two from Sundance Square. It's also within walking distance to dozens of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The Blackstone's location is prime.
But how did the rest of it stack up?
I decided to do valet for the night, mainly because I wasn't very familiar with the area. But it was also after 6:30 when we arrived, and I didn't want to deal with the frustration that comes with driving in circles trying to find a spot (that may, or may not be free). Valet at the hotel cost $25 per day, which is about what I expected. After checking in we learned that there are several parking garages in the downtown area that are free (naturally) to park at during the weekend.
We were given a room on the 13th floor (yes, they actually called it the 13th floor too). Some people may have been bothered by that. And if you are, I'm sure the staff would have accommodated your request to move. I'm not superstitious when it comes to the number 13, so this room assignment didn't bother me at all.
As for the room itself, it was nice. It even smelled clean. It was kinda like a faint bleach-y smell. The view was great! I like the fact that they had a fridge and microwave for any leftovers you may acquire. Or to keep your beer cold. Or both.
The amenities were up to date. They didn't, however, have HDTV. That kind of thing typically doesn't bother me, but it's worth noting. Something else that bothered me a little was the fact that the bedside alarm clock wasn't set to the right time. Not a huge deal, but I thought this was also worth mentioning.
The room was a good size. There was plenty of room to move around and store your luggage, etc.
Wi-fi: the hotel offered free wi-fi with the option of "enhanced high speed internet" for $6.95 a day. I didn't try the "enhanced" option, but the free wi-fi was a little slow (I suppose you get for what you pay for). I eventually turned it off and used the LTE from my phone.
Staff: the hotel staff was very friendly, and professional. They also answered all the questions I had for them the best they could. No complaints here!
Hotel courtyard: this hotel had a pretty cool looking courtyard that would have been fun to hang out at if it were a little warmer out. A bar there would have made it even better.
Pool: the pool was under renovation.
Price: considering we stayed over a holiday weekend and its location, I would say the price was fair. Without taxes, I paid just over $150 for the room.
I would stay at this hotel again. I enjoyed the service and the room was fine. But, in my opinion, the best part about this hotel is the location. With that said, there are still a handful of other hotels in the area that I'd also consider. What is your favorite hotel in downtown Fort Worth?
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