Courtyard Milwaukee Airport

 
 
 

About the Hotel: The Courtyard Milwaukee Airport, a Marriott Bonvoy Category 3 hotel, is less than 5 minutes from Milwaukee International Airport. There is a free airport shuttle. It doesn’t run on a scheduled basis, so call the hotel for pickup once you have your bags.

Parking: Parking is free for hotel guests. Park and fly rates are available, but you have to call the hotel directly for rates.

Executive Lounge (Qualified Access Required): Courtyard Hotels do not have an executive lounge. Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elites and higher receive a food or drink voucher, that in 2019 was worth a one-time use of $10.

Other Amenities: There is an on-site gym and indoor pool. The gym has several treadmills, stationary bikes, and other exercise machines, in addition to free weights.

Dining: All Courtyard Hotels feature The Bistro, a standardized restaurant across the brand that offers a limited menu of New American cuisine in the evenings and breakfast options in the morning.

Officer Wayfinder’s Review: There are currently three Marriott properties at the Milwaukee Airport - a Four Points, a Fairfield Inn and Suites, and the Courtyard. I haven’t stayed at the Fairfield, but the Courtyard is MUCH nicer than the Four Points. As a brand, I prefer Courtyard over Fairfield, though it does not include a free breakfast like Fairfield.

I stayed at this property with my daughter and parents before heading to see family in the region, so I used one of my Suite Night Award Requests that I received as a Bonvoy Platinum Elite or higher (my first time doing so). I received a notification five days ahead of my stay that my request went through.

I was incredibly impressed by the friendliness of the staff (this is the Midwest after all). The shuttle driver offered to take all of my luggage (which is a lot when traveling with a three-year-old) while I checked in, and seemed surprised when I tipped him. We got dinner at The Bistro, and the chef came around to each table to ensure everyone was enjoying their meal, even though I had just ordered a simple burger and fries.

The hotel itself seemed relatively new and was in excellent condition. The upgraded room was very large, though be advised that the pullout couch is only a twin bed.

Courtyard is a great brand that is usually economically priced, if you don’t want to pay higher rates at other Marriott properties. I often fly into Milwaukee when visiting family and will definitely look at this property over all other airport hotels and recommend it to anyone looking to stay near the airport.

I used one of my five Suite Night Award Requests and received the upgrade confirmation five days prior to my stay.

I used one of my five Suite Night Award Requests and received the upgrade confirmation five days prior to my stay.

Marriott allows you to check-in two days prior to your arrival

Marriott allows you to check-in two days prior to your arrival

All guests can select an arrival time, and certain Bonvoy Elite tiers are entitled to guaranteed late check-out (I checked in the day before Platinum Premier Elite became Titanium Elite).

All guests can select an arrival time, and certain Bonvoy Elite tiers are entitled to guaranteed late check-out (I checked in the day before Platinum Premier Elite became Titanium Elite).

Once you select your check-in time hit Confirm Check-In.

Once you select your check-in time hit Confirm Check-In.

Rooms are not guaranteed to be ready before 3 PM, but Bonvoy Elites are prioritized. My flight wasn’t scheduled to arrive until after 5 PM so it wasn’t an issue either way.

Rooms are not guaranteed to be ready before 3 PM, but Bonvoy Elites are prioritized. My flight wasn’t scheduled to arrive until after 5 PM so it wasn’t an issue either way.

This is the confirmation screen after you finish the check-in process.

This is the confirmation screen after you finish the check-in process.

Marriott has gone away from the older, traditional style Courtyard design with an actual courtyard.

Marriott has gone away from the older, traditional style Courtyard design with an actual courtyard.

The entrance to the Courtyard Milwaukee Airport (it was 10 degrees when I took this photo).

The entrance to the Courtyard Milwaukee Airport (it was 10 degrees when I took this photo).

There are a couple computers with complimentary printing in the lobby.

There are a couple computers with complimentary printing in the lobby.

The hallway leading away from the elevators.

The hallway leading away from the elevators.

This was my first time staying at a Marriott property after Bonvoy was officially launched as the new Marriott loyalty program. It was only one day after the launch, so I was curious to see if they had done a full replacement or planned to use up current inventory before fully switching over. I didn’t care either way, but was pleasantly surprised to see that all Marriott Rewards branded items were replaced with Marriott Bonvoy (all except my $10 meal credit).

This was my first time staying at a Marriott property after Bonvoy was officially launched as the new Marriott loyalty program. It was only one day after the launch, so I was curious to see if they had done a full replacement or planned to use up current inventory before fully switching over. I didn’t care either way, but was pleasantly surprised to see that all Marriott Rewards branded items were replaced with Marriott Bonvoy (all except my $10 meal credit).

The living room area of the King Suite.

The living room area of the King Suite.

There is a lot of open space, including a wet-bar.

There is a lot of open space, including a wet-bar.

The couch pulls out into a twin bed.

The couch pulls out into a twin bed.

Small desk in the living room area.

Small desk in the living room area.

A nice welcome message on the TV.

A nice welcome message on the TV.

There is a closet in the living room in addition to the full closet in the bedroom.

There is a closet in the living room in addition to the full closet in the bedroom.

King sized bed in the bedroom - I slept on the pullout couch but my parents said the bed was comfortable.

King sized bed in the bedroom - I slept on the pullout couch but my parents said the bed was comfortable.

Surprisingly, there were no USB charging ports next to the bed, but there were 110V power outlets on the wall on each side.

Surprisingly, there were no USB charging ports next to the bed, but there were 110V power outlets on the wall on each side.

There was a small TV and chair in the bedroom.

There was a small TV and chair in the bedroom.

The bedroom had a single sink, but had plenty of counter space.

The bedroom had a single sink, but had plenty of counter space.

There was a bathtub/shower combination.

There was a bathtub/shower combination.

The pullout bed was only a twin, so unless you have a small guest (such as a three-year-old), don’t expect to sleep four people in the room.

The pullout bed was only a twin, so unless you have a small guest (such as a three-year-old), don’t expect to sleep four people in the room.

The pool was smaller than older style Courtyards. There was also a hot tub.

The pool was smaller than older style Courtyards. There was also a hot tub.

The workout room had. decent selection of equipment, especially considering it was freezing cold outside during my stay.

The workout room had. decent selection of equipment, especially considering it was freezing cold outside during my stay.

The bar at The Bistro.

The bar at The Bistro.

Simple dinner, thought the burger was actually very tasty. I wouldn’t expect to get anything too fancy at The Bistro, but if you’re looking for quick and simple, it is a good option.

Simple dinner, thought the burger was actually very tasty. I wouldn’t expect to get anything too fancy at The Bistro, but if you’re looking for quick and simple, it is a good option.

 

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