If you don't mind the anonymity and predictability of a chain hotel—and don't mind staying outside of Boston proper—this is a decent choice. Five colleges sit less than 5 miles from the Courtyard by Marriott, making it popular with visiting families. The T is right outside the door, as are ample neighborhood restaurants. (An on-site eatery is open for breakfast and dinner.)
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The recently-renovated guest rooms are pleasant and clean. Filled with locally-inspired decor, they feature plush beds with cotton linens and fluffy pillows, Sony alarm clocks, flat-screen HDTV's with premium movie channels, writing desks with ergonomic chairs, coffee makers, and mini-fridges. Newspapers can be delivered to your room upon request.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some guests say the walls are a bit thin.
Bathrooms have recently been updated with bright, white vanities and walk-in showers. Bath products and hair dryers are also provided.
The lobby feels like a classic living room, with lots of gray and deep navy furniture, offset by wood paneling and a large cozy fireplace. There's a Business Center for sending emails, as well as a Boarding Pass Station. There's a beautiful, grassy lawn right outside, with some patio seating.
A small indoor heated swimming pool looks out of floor-to-ceiling windows onto a scenic view of Brookline.
The 24-hour fitness center is filled with cardio equipment and free weights.
The Bistro is the hotel's on-site restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner. The Market has quick convenience store- type items, and the on-site Starbucks sells breakfast sandwiches.
The Coolidge Corner and Summit Ave. stops on the MBTA Green Line are of equal distance from the hotel, allowing guests the opportunity to hop on and head into the city very easily.
The Coolidge Corner area has plenty of great, reasonably-priced restaurants. Anna's Taqueria (4-minute walk) is a beloved Boston mini-chain of burrito joints right around the corner. Zaftigs Delicatessen (5-minute walk) is a Jewish Deli-style restaurant serving up everything from bagels and lox to delicious desserts. If you want to find authentic ethnic food of almost every variety, stroll into the Allston neighborhood, which is about a 25-minute walk from the hotel.
The neighborhood definitely quiets down after dark, as it's much more family-friendly than nightlife oriented. However, there are a few great bars in the area, like the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse (4-minute walk), which has great bar food, and Hops N Scotch (x-minute walk) which has over 40 beers on top and over a hundred varieties of whiskey, scotch, and bourbon.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you're looking to avoid having to drive into Boston proper, Coolidge Corner is a peaceful and extremely safe enclave.