Updated: December 2017

Courtyard Marriott Stockton California:

I just got back from a trip into Kings Canyon National Park and I stayed at the Courtyard Stockton location in California on my way down. I used to live in California years ago and was familiar with the central valley but wasn't sure about staying in Stockton. I had heard there was foreclosures and increased crime in this area, but to my surprise the hotel was in a nice area of town with lots of restaurants nearby and the location was clean and inviting. This newer hotel was more than I could have asked for at $120/night with a pool and excellent buffet breakfast that filled us all up. When we arrived on a Sunday night the weather was almost 100 degrees in August and so the pool was the first thing we dipped into. The staff was accommodating and helpful in telling us about the local restaurants and we choose El Toritos down the street. I was a bit surprised to see a security guard standing in the parking lot of the restaurant but he said there had been some car breakins lately and the restaurant had hired him to patrol the lot.

The Stockton Courtyard hotel is big enough with 3 floors, 82 rooms and 7 suites. They have 2 meeting rooms if you need them for business purposes. There is complimentary wifi Internet access but I used the computer they had in the lobby to check email and the Olympic sports scores. The room we had was located on the first floor away from the elevators but we had easy access via the door that led to the side parking lot. The 2 double beds were newer and the bathroom was very clean. There was a small sitting area with table and chairs off to the side of the room along with a business size desk with the Internet connection. The AC worked great in the room and kept us cool inside while the outside temperature stayed around 85 degrees even at night. The morning buffet breakfast was a reasonable $8.95 and offered up Belgian waffles, yogurt, muffins, eggs, cereals, and much more. Although the hotel was supposedly booked full, it never felt too crowded in the breakfast dining room and service was great. I would definitely recommend staying at this Marriott Courtyard Stockton location for anyone passing through town or staying longer for business or pleasure. The rooms were large, had clean towels, and noise was never a factor late at night. There was plenty of free parking around the hotel and the Internet access in the lobby was great. It would be nice to see the breakfast buffet be complimentary but you can't have everything I guess. The king guestrooms are $119/night as well as the the 2 double beds. You can get a king suite for $169 if you need more space than the traditional hotel room. Rates do change slightly from weekends to weeknights, but they are still reasonable compared to other larger cities. The towns of Lodi and Galt are a touch north on I-5 and Manteca and Modesto are located along Hwy 99 just south of Stockton if you are looking for other options. The Fairfield Inn in Modesto was offering rooms at $85/night but we still decided on Stockton as our stopping point. The Courtyard Marriott hotel in Stocktons homepage is located online HERE.

Stockton Location:

As you travel along Interstate 5 (I-5) in central California there are countless small towns and cities to choose from, but Stockton is one of the larger cities along the way. It may not be the ideal destination, but for those of you just passing through it's a great place to stop at. You can view an excellent interactive map online HERE. That page also has written directions from the Sacramento and San Francisco Airports which were easy to follow. If you are traveling on I-5 (north or south) just get off at Exit 476 and go west on W. March Lane. The hotel is located in a newer business park that is well taken care of and clean. The actual address is 3252 West March Lane in Stockton, CA 95219. Their direct phone # is 209-472-9700 or toll free at 800-321-2211. The restaurants nearby include places like Marie Callendars, Outback Steakhouse, Tony Romas, Applebees, and El Toritos. It's easy to find and there's plenty of spot to eat at locally.

Room Rates and Reservations:

Room rates run about $120/night, check for specials on the main website for this hotel (see below). You can make reservations right online HERE with their easy to use date and availability calendar. For those of you who like to talk to a real person and ask questions, feel free to call them at the phone #'s listed above. We found their staff to be more than friendly and they answered all our questions. The double beds were large enough for 2 to share them and the king suite was nice and roomy. Rates on the weekends were a little cheaper than weekdays since there aren't as many business travelers on Friday and Saturday nights.

Nearby Attractions/Activities:

Stockton isn't exactly the "Fun" capital of California but there are a few things to do if you are here for a day or 2. Just down the road in Manteca is a huge waterslide park that offers tons of fun in the sun. With the weather reaching 100 degrees many days in the summer, the waterslides would be a great getaway trip if you have the family with you. The Micke Grove Park And Zoo is located up north in Lodi and is worth it for a few hours if you have the time. Otherwise, enjoy the pool at the hotel and relax in the sun before you must get on the road again and drive to your destination.