Updated: December 2017

REVIEW - Burlington Harbor Courtyard Hotel:

We came back through Burlington, VT after our trip to Montreal in July 2010. Burlington is a small town that is dominated by the college on one side beautiful Lake Champlain on the other. Years ago I had visited Burlington after taking a ferry crossing from New York into Burlington. This time I had a wife and 2 kids, so my accommodations needed to have some amenities for my family. I typically stay at Marriott hotels when I travel, and it was nice to know that the Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel had just opened up a few months before and was in an excellent location for our 1 night stay. There is also the Hilton Burlington Hotel just around the block along Battery Street, but we went with the Courtyard instead. Keep in mind that these hotels are not cheap - seems like $200 plus was the going rate for almost any hotel in this region during the summer months. I paid $225/night to stay at the Courtyard Burlington.

Best Hotels in Burlington - If staying near the waterfront of Lake Champlain is important, then you have 2 choices, the Courtyard Marriott or the Hilton Harbor Burlington. Both offer rooms that overlook the waterfront or downtown region. Other hotels are tend to be close to the I-89 and Hwy 2 interchange were there are restaurants and shopping malls. You can find hotel chains like Doubletree, Sheraton, Comfort Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn, and Best Western just a few miles from the downtown district of Burlington. It's still convenient - just take Hwy 2 which turns into Main Street and head towards the waterfront. Not having to drive anywhere after a few beers at the brewery is a nice bonus when staying in downtown. It's worth the piece of mind to me and worth the extra $$ we paid to stay near the lake. The college town of Burlington offers great restaurants and lots of breweries to choose from. You can take a ferry out on Lake Champlain or just walk around the marketplace at Church Street. Our room overlooked the sunset on Lake Champlain which was another bonus. Room rates are about $100 a night cheaper when staying closer to I-89, so take that into consideration as well. Tripadvisor does a great job of rating all hotels in the Burlington area - so be sure to check out their website for details and rankings of the best hotels in Burlington, VT.

Courtyard Marriott Hotel Burlington - Location:

Downtown Burlington isn't all that large, so location of hotels is really not all that important. However, if you want a nice view of Lake Champlain, then consider the Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel since it's literally one block from the waterfront and offers rooms with tremendous views. We watched as ferry boats came and went across the lake. The sunset at night was amazing as well as seeing the thunderheads build up right in front of us. We approached Burlington from the north and took the Hwy 2 exit off of I-89 and headed towards the waterfront. It's easy to get to the Courtyard, follow Hwy 2 (Main Street) until you reach Battery and then turn right until you reach Cherry St. The Burlington Courtyard is located at the corner of Cherry/Battery with parking that is just across the way in a parking garage. The hotel was new when we arrived so the parking situation was a bit confusing, but worked out just fine. Check in first and then the staff will point you towards the garage which has access to the hotel from the underground parking spots. The location is just 3 blocks from Church Street where you can find restaurants for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We ate at the Vermont Pub & Brewery, which is actually off of St. Paul St. and College St. Ask the hotel for directions, as there is a slight shortcut as you leave the hotel which will save you a little walking. The map of Burlington (below) gives you a good visual of the layout.

Burlington Courtyard Hotel Amenities - Pool - Food:

Staff - All staff were courteous and friendly to me and my family. They showed us a map of the downtown area explaining where to catch the ferry, which restaurants were kid friendly, etc. Rooms - Our room was large with 2 queen beds, a little sitting area, flat screen TV, ample sized bathroom, and offered a reasonable view of Lake Champlain. The bathroom was tidy and clean (the hotel is new so I expected nothing less). Pool - My kids were excited to use the pool and we did. There was no one else in there, so it was very nice. A little chlorine smell, but nothing that disturbed us. Other Amenities - I used the two computers downstairs in their business center several times and even printed out boarding passes for our flights home. At night, we ordered a drink at the bar and they put the bill on our hotel charge. Breakfast was decent, although I strongly recommend getting out of the hotel and trying one of the several breakfast places in town. Overall, the parking ($8/day) was convenient, the rooms were big, and the place was clean. I would strongly recommend the hotel if you don't mind spending $200+/night.