Updated: May 21, 2015
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.