Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott is a brand of hotels owned by Marriott International. Courtyard by Marriott is designed for business travelers but also accommodates families. Its rooms feature desks, couches, free Internet access, and breakfasts. The majority of locations have full-service restaurants, and all have 24-hour "mini-marts."
The first location was built in 1983 in Atlanta and was Marriott's first sister brand. The brand was always meant to target business travelers. However, over the years, it has come to cater to the leisure traveler, too. Most now have a swimming pool or fitness center, microwaves and mini-fridges for rent, and family rates.
- Leslie Smith, "Marriott Stakes Out Hotel Territory", New York Times, 22 September 1985, F1.