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Giveaway: $300 at Courtyard by Marriott to Celebrate New Lobbies Nationwide

Over the past few years, Courtyard by Marriott hotels have steadily rolled out a brand-new lobby concept throughout the United States. The new look features modern and sleek (yet warm and inviting) decor, plenty of open space and comfortable seating; laptop friendly work stations and  free wi-fi; The Bistro quick-serve breakfast, snacks and dinner menu; GoBoard touch screens for visitors to learn more about the local attractions, weather and transportation; and easy Boarding Pass printers.

The Courtyard Refreshing Business lobbies are indeed inviting, as I experienced last year during a stay in downtown Denver, one of the recently renovated locations. While business travelers certainly appreciate the new lobby services and amenities, as a mom, I think The Bistro is especially great for traveling with kids. Many of the menu items are healthy and kid friendly, plus they are prepared quickly: scrambled eggs, French toast or oatmeal in the morning, then burgers, pizza flatbreads, chicken wings and Caesar salads later in the day. Plus coffee, beer and cocktails!

As of today 500 Courtyard by Marriott lobbies throughout the United States have been totally refurbished with this new look. Over halfway done, Courtyard’s remaining 300 U.S. properties are projected to be completed in 2013. To celebrate the 500th renovation for Courtyard, the hotel brand has teamed up with The Vacation Gals to give away a $300 Courtyard by Marriott gift card to be used toward a stay at any renovated Courtyard property in the continental United States. To enter, just check out this list of renovated U.S. Courtyard properties and tell me in the comments where you’d like to stay!

Here are the details:

  • Leave a comment below telling me which renovated Courtyard by Marriott property you’d like to visit and why.
  • For another entry, Tweet the following, and then tell me you did in the comments (for a total of two comments daily maximum):
    I entered to win a stay at a renovated Courtyard by Marriott @thevacationgals: http://bit.ly/marriottlobbies
  • You may leave comments (again, up to two daily: one answering my question; one telling me you Tweeted) until 8 p.m. (Mountain Time) Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
  • The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
  • We’ll do our best to weed out repeat entries from the same household (duplicate IP addresses in one day), but we’re not superhuman. Please, as an individual, just comment up to twice daily — don’t try to dupe the system.
  • Immediate family members of The Vacation Gals are not eligible to enter.
  • You must be 18 and have a U.S. mailing address to enter.
  • We will enter the total number of comments into random.org to generate a winning comment numbers. Winners’ names and winning comment numbers will be announced at the bottom of this post May 2, 2012.
  • If winner does not respond to two emails announcing his/her win within five days, another comment number will be chosen.
  • Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.
  • The $300 gift card should cover two nights of accommodations at most U.S. locations (though depending on the time of year and the destination, winner may have to chip in for the balance, or use the gift card toward a one-night stay).
  • Gift card expires August 23, 2012.

Good luck!

This contest for a gift card toward two free nights at a renovated Courtyard property in the continental U.S. was sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott. I will also receive a complimentary two-night stay at a renovated Courtyard property. Photos courtesy Courtyard by Marriott.

UPDATE: Congrats go out to commenter #112 Gina Maddox — she’s our winner, as her number came up via random draw at Random.org.

163 Responses to “Giveaway: $300 at Courtyard by Marriott to Celebrate New Lobbies Nationwide”

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    Jonda says:

    Probably College Station, TX. My hubby and I are both Aggies, and we haven’t been up to our old stomping grounds in a while!

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    JulieB says:

    I’d like to visit the Courtyard Anaheim Buena Park for our next trip to Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland!

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    Laura says:

    My parents live over 7 hours away, so I would love to use it to let them come visit me in Atlanta! OR, maybe to go on an impromptu trip to the beach down in Gulf Shores. :-)

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    Laura says:

    I also tweeted the link from @lcl730.

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    Lauren says:

    I’d love to stay at the one in Salt Lake City, which I’ll be passing through this summer. Or New York City.

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    Aubreylaine says:

    I’d love to stay at the Oklahoma City Northwest location.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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    Adrienne says:

    I tweeted twitter.com/Adriennevh/statuses/194818404325138432

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    Adrienne says:

    I would stay anywhere far away from home, or heck even ten minutes from home at this point. Just somewhere quiet and clean.

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    Suebob says:

    Port of Spain, Trinidad because I love the Caribbean!

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    Sky says:

    I’d like to stay at Courtyard Ventura Simi Valley. My SIL and her family live in Ventura….and we’d love to visit them!

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    Suebob says:

    Oh, I tweeted too. And then noticed that the contest says US properties, so I’d have to pick Dupont Circle in Washington DC if I can’t go to Trinidad!

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    Jeanette says:

    I’d like to stay at the Courtyard Hutchinson Island Oceanside/Jensen Beach because I could really use a beach vaca right now!!!

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    fawn says:

    It would be hard to decide, but I’d go with the renovated Marriott in Boston. One of my best girlfriends just had a baby and I’d love to be able to visit without invading their small space. Thank you for hosting!

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    San Diego Marriott would be great, so much to do! :)

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    I tweeted as well

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    Ginaj says:

    Courtyard Nashville TN, Brentwood
    This summer we are doing a college visit road trip vacation with our son. Nashville is our second stop on the trip and we would LOVE to stay here!!

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    anna pry says:

    Courtyard Pittsburgh Monroeville is nearby
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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    jodi adams says:

    I’d like to stay at the courtyard-new-york-manhattan-soho

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    Jessica F says:

    I’d love to visit the renovated Courtyard in New York Manhattan/SoHo for the obvious reasons… especially love the proximity to Washington Square.

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    Melissa Arnott says:

    I would like to visit Courtyard in San Diego because I like the Marriott and I’ve never been to SoCal.

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    Jessie C. says:

    I’d like to visit Courtyard San Jose Cupertino, perfect for our summer trip.

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    Eva Smith says:

    I’d like to visit Courtyard Palm Springs — for the weekend.

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    Valerie Naas says:

    Newport News, VA :)

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    Valerie Naas says:

    I tweeted “I entered to win a stay at a renovated Courtyard by Marriott @thevacationgals: http://bit.ly/marriottlobbies

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    Rachel says:

    I would like to stay at the Courtyard in Lexington, KY to visit my brother and enjoy a day at the races!

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    Liz R. says:

    I’ll take my family to stay at the Courtyard Washington Convention Center, so that we can explore our nation’s capital together! I really want to take the kids to The Smithsonian Museums!

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    Liz R. says:

    Just tweeted @mamaontherun3!!

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    Jonda says:

    College Station TX

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    Jamie says:

    I want to visit the one in the Caribbean!!!… Why not? It sounds like fun!

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    Desiree Eaglin says:

    I would LOVE to take my family to: Courtyard San Diego Old Town! Thank you for the opportunity!!

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    Desiree Eaglin says:

    I tweeted!! @DesireeEaglin

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    Jenn Willey says:

    What a great give away! We would LOVE to stay at the San Francisco Fishermans Warf location. What fun.

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    Jenn Willey says:

    I tweeted! (toddlertrailjen)

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    Cheryl D. says:

    We would check out the Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront location! We are planning on going on a mini vacation without the kiddos!

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    Laura says:

    Charelston, SC has been on my list of places to go for awhile. I would love to stay at the Courtyard there in the historic district!

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    Laura says:

    I tweeted again. :-) @lcl730

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    jodi adams says:

    I’d like to stay at the courtyard-new-york-manhattan-soho

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    CU says:

    I’d like to stay at the Courtyard Washington Convention Center b/c we are planning a family trip to DC to show the kids the monuments, White House, Supreme Court, etc. and this would be a perfect location!

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    I’d like to check out the Courtyard by Marriott in Orlando Lake Mary!

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    Caryn B says:

    I’d like to check out the Courtyard Toronto Downtown. My husband is doing some work up there for 2 weeks and I’d love to visit him while he’s there

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    anna pry says:

    4/25 Courtyard Pittsburgh Monroeville
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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    Melissa Arnott says:

    I would like to visit Courtyard Anaheim…would love to see more of California!

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    Jessica F says:

    I would love to stay at the Courtyard in New Orleans near the French Quarter! New Orleans is absolutely one of my favorite cities and I LOVE the food there!

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    Susan says:

    I’d like to visit the Courtyard in New York Manhattan/SoHo. I’d love to go on a trip with my family and show them NYC. The kids are at a perfect age to appreciate the sights of Manhattan. Thanks!

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    Dee says:

    I’d love to visit the Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a great location and would love to travel to Georgia in May to visit friends :)

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    Dee says:

    I tweeted for an additional entry. Thanks! http://twitter.com/#!/DeeGee13/status/195394833379106816

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    Valerie Naas says:

    Newport News, VA

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    Valerie Naas says:

    I tweeted as well!
    https://twitter.com/#!/valnaas

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    Chris says:

    id like to visit the nashville one. ill be attending school there in the fall and will always have family visiting and needing a place to stay!

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    Laura V. says:

    I’d stay at the Courtyard Orlando International Drive/Convention C because it’s close to DISNEY! :)

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    Amanda says:

    I would love to win this and stay at the Courtyard in Carolina Beach! One of my best friends that I’ve known since nursery school moved there 2 years ago because her husband is in the military and they just had a baby a couple months ago. I’ve never had the chance to visit her home down there. I would love to be able to visit to meet the newest addition to her family! :)

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    Sandra S. says:

    I would love to stay at the Courtyard in Glenwood Springs, CO, because my Mother and I are planning to travel out west this summer.

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    Molly says:

    I’d love to visit San Francisco and this would make it much more possible!

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    jodi adams says:

    I think I’d like to stay at the courtyard-new-york-manhattan-soho

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    JulieB says:

    I’d love to visit the Courtyard Key West Waterfront. The keys are someplace I’ve always wanted to visit

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    Laura says:

    I have not been to D.C. since I was a kid and would love to see the sights again while staying at the Courtyard DuPont Circle or U.S. Capitol location.

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    Laura says:

    I tweeted! @lcl730

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    janis says:

    I’d love to use this to stay at the Courtyard San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf. Planning a trip for me and my die-hard 49er fan husband to go this fall!

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    Carol N. says:

    Wow, I would be up for going anywhere! I live in NY so would prefer outside of NY! Maybe Arizona, California,Colorado, Minnesota (to visit my sister), Georgia…the past 8 months has been really hard on my husband and I. we both are in th process of recuperating from major surgeries..both been out from work. He is at half pay and I am at no pay (no benefits at my job)…we surely could use a nice get away!

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    Jessica F says:

    I want to visit the Miami Beach Oceanfront Courtyard! That view would be amazing :)

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    Jonda says:

    College Station!

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    anna pry says:

    4/26 Courtyard Pittsburgh Monroeville
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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    Cheryl d. says:

    Courtyard Marriott Miami oceanfront! We are planning a trip without the kids and this looks like a nice location.

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    Megan says:

    I miss having a place to stay in San Fransisco since my uncle moved – love it there and want to visit

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    Cheryl D. says:

    We would head down to Miami and stay at the Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront!

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    Laura V. says:

    I’d like to stay at the Courtyard Orlando International Drive/Convention C because it’s close to DISNEY!

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    Jessica F says:

    the Courtyard Novato Marin/Sonoma! A wine trip weekend would be awesome!

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    JulieB says:

    I’d like to visit the Sacramento Folsom location-convenient for visiting family!

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    Jonda says:

    College STation, TX

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    jodi adams says:

    I would like to stay at the courtyard-new-york-manhattan-soho

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    Leesa J says:

    I’d like to stay a couple of nights at the Courtyard Cleveland Independence in Cleveland. Its the closest location to a park where my friends and I go to photograph wood ducks.

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    Melissa Arnott says:

    I would like to visit Courtyard Manhattan…would love to see more of NY!

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    Jeremy Branham says:

    I stayed at a Courtyard by Marriott in December and did a giveaway for them as well. I liked the new lobbies and what they are doing. I think most of their redesign is good. In my review, I called it hostel meets hotel as they take the comforts of a hotel and try to make it social with their lobbies. I saw it work pretty well but I know some people miss the continental breakfasts.

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    Gina M Maddox says:

    I would love to stay at this on Va beach-
    Courtyard > Hotel Courtyard Virginia Beach Oceanfront/North 37th Street

    This would make for a nice couples getaway!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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    Gina M Maddox says:

    tweet-https://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/196195887154868224
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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    Valerie Naas says:

    I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/valnaas

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    Valerie Naas says:

    Carolina Beach, NC! :)

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    Jessica F says:

    I would like to stay at the Courtyard Dallas Arlington South since I’m going to be going there for a football game this fall!

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    jodi adams says:

    I would love to stay at either of the NY hotels!

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    Melissa Arnott says:

    I would like to visit Courtyard in San Diego because I like the Marriott and I would like to visit SeaWorld.

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    Laura V. says:

    I’d like to stay at the Courtyard Orlando International Drive/Convention C because it’s close to DISNEY!!

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    anna pry says:

    Courtyard Pittsburgh Monroeville is nearby 4/28
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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    Sandra S. says:

    I would like to stay at the Courtyard Bowling Green Convention Center, so I could visit my Aunt in Bowling Green.

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    Gina M Maddox says:

    tweet-https://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/196560040893747200

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    Valerie Naas says:

    Jacksonville Beach, Florida! :)

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    Valerie Naas says:

    https://twitter.com/#!/valnaas

    I tweeted as well!

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    Melissa Arnott says:

    I would like to visit Courtyard in San Diego because I like the Marriott and I would like to visit San Diego Zoo.

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    Cheryl d. says:

    We would check out the Courtyard Miami Oceanfront!

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    JulieB says:

    Visiting the Courtyard Phoenix Camelback sounds lovely-a quick getaway to the Phx area is always fun!

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    Laura V. says:

    I’d like to stay at the Courtyard Orlando International Drive/Convention C because it’s close to DISNEY!!!

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    Would love to stay in Palm Springs!

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    anna pry says:

    Courtyard Pittsburgh Monroeville is nearby
    4/29
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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    Jessica F says:

    I’d love to stay in the Courtyard Ann Arbor since I went to Michigan for college and would love to go back for a football Saturday!

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    Valerie Naas says:

    Washington Convention Center!

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    Valerie Naas says:

    I also tweeted :)

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    Laura V. says:

    I’d like to stay at the Courtyard Orlando International Drive/Convention C because it’s close to DISNEY!!!!

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    Jonda says:

    I’d go to College Station for the weekend!

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    JulieB says:

    I want to stay at the Courtyard Palm Springs, we’re hoping to make a getaway trip out there soon!

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    anna pry says:

    Courtyard Pittsburgh Monroeville is nearby 4/30
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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    Joanna says:

    Courtyard Atlanta Buckhead- its where I went to college and brings back old memories!

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    Sandra S. says:

    I would like to stay at the Courtyard Bowling Green Convention Center, so I could visit my Aunt in Bowling Green, KY.

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    Cheryl D. says:

    Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront!!

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    Gina M Maddox says:

    tweet-https://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/197101514664316928
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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    Gina M Maddox says:

    VA beach oceanfront!

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    Melissa Arnott says:

    I would like to visit Courtyard in San Diego because I like the Marriott and I would like to visit the zoo.

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    Jessica F says:

    I would love to stay at the Courtyard San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf! San Francisco is one of my favorite cities and I haven’t been back in so long!

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    Valerie Naas says:

    Courtyard Bettendorf Quad Cities to see my sister!

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    Valerie Naas says:

    https://twitter.com/#!/valnaas

    I tweeted!

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    Laura V. says:

    I’d like to stay at the Courtyard Orlando International Drive/Convention C because it’s close to DISNEY :)

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    Cheryl D. says:

    We would check out the Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront on a little getaway without the kids!

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    I would love to use it to help friends or family come visit me in Atlanta! The Courtyard Cumberland Center would be so convenient for them.

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    I also tweeted! @lcl730

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    JulieB says:

    The Courtyard Carolina Beach seems like a fun place to visit

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    Joanna says:

    Would love to visit the Courtyard in San Diego- been dying to make it out west for a while!

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    anna pry says:

    Courtyard Pittsburgh Monroeville is nearby 5/1
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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    Jonda says:

    Somewhere in Texas – probably College Station!

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    Gina M Maddox says:

    tweet-https://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/197433293686317056
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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    Gina M Maddox says:

    VA Beach Oceanfront for sure!!!

    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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    Alexis L says:

    I’d like to visit either the Courtyard Austin South or Northwest.

    I also tweeted re: the giveaway!