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Review: the Courtyard Luton Airport hotel, part of Marriott Bonvoy

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This is our review of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at London Luton Airport.

This is our first review of a hotel at Luton Airport. I chose the Courtyard on this trip, partly because – with the brand about to open at both Heathrow and London City in the next few weeks – I wanted to get feel for what it offered.

Courtyard by Marriott London Luton Airport

With the opening of a new people-mover between the train station and terminal as well as a new ‘Luton Express’ rail service in 2022, you may find Luton Airport more attractive than you do at present.

We paid for own room and the hotel did not know we were reviewing it. You can see the Courtyard Luton Airport hotel website here.

Getting to the Courtyard Luton Airport hotel

There are five hotels at Luton Airport: the Courtyard, a Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, an ibis and ibis Budget. Additional hotels are slightly further and include a Premier Inn.

The Courtyard is the newest of the lot and consequently sits furthest from the airport terminal. It opened in 2018.

Getting to the terminal requires a half-mile 13 minute walk that takes you along the main airport access road and underneath the taxiway that connects the terminal with the runway.

Alternatively, take the 100 or A local bus service that operates regularly from the Holiday Inn bus stop just up the road. This will whisk you to the terminal in a matter of minutes.

The Courtyard Luton Airport

First impressions of the hotel are good: it looks smart from the outside as you can see above.

On the inside, a fairly basic but well executed hat theme livens it up:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport lobby

Whilst not particularly large, the hotel makes good use of space on the ground floor with several meeting rooms and a small open-plan business centre:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport business centre

A seating area with airport departures:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport lobby seating

A number of check-in desks:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport reception

The ‘Market Place’:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport market place

…. and a small restaurant / bar:

The hotel also has a gym but this was closed during my stay.

Check in

Check-in was quick and easy. As a Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite I was asked whether I wanted bonus points or $10 credit as my welcome amenity. I chose the credit which I immediately spent in the Market Place.

How close is the hotel to the runway?

Very. Take a look at this screenshot from Google Maps and you can see that it is maybe 250m from the end of the runway:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport runway

Despite this, the Courtyard doesn’t have any runway views. The runway is built on raised ground and is above the hotel no matter what floor you are on.

Here is the view from my room, with the runway up the hill:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport view

I’ll be honest – take-offs are not completely silent. They are clearly audible, although not particularly loud. Luckily, although Luton Airport has a licence to operate 24 hours a day, night flights are few and far between.

Rooms at the Courtyard Luton Airport hotel

I was put in a standard king room on the 6th floor:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport king room

The rooms are a decent size and come with a good amount of storage space including a luggage rack and wardrobe:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport luggage rack

You also get a desk and chair:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport desk

As well as an odd side table with perching seat – I’m not exactly sure what this adds!

You get your usual range of amenities including (empty) mini fridge, kettle with instant coffees/teas, ironing board, hairdryer, safe etc:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport king room 2

The bathroom

The bathroom features a frosted glass door and window, which adds a nice glow to the room when the light is on. The shower is basic but functional with just one non-rainfall shower head:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport bathroom

I particularly liked the cubby hole under the sink, which seemed like a good use of space:

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport toilet

More annoying was the flush on the toilet, which was obscured when you raised the toilet lid.

Toiletries are by Nirvae Botanicals and I was pleased to find a soap dish too (my personal pet peeve):

Courtyard Marriott Luton Airport toiletries

How was the Courtyard Luton Airport hotel?

This was my first stay in a Courtyard hotel but it won’t be the last, not least because the chain is increasingly popping up at airports.

Rob reviewed the new Courtyard at Inverness Airport earlier this year and a Courtyard is due to open at both London City and Heathrow in the coming weeks.

Courtyard seems to be a decent option if you are looking for a good value but clean and well run hotel. The fact that many in the UK are new builds only makes them more attractive.

The Courtyard Luton Airport is a Category 3 hotel which means you are looking at between 15,000 and 20,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night, depending on the season.

Cash prices are just under £100 for a night in June, so you are getting acceptable value for your Bonvoy points at our valuation of 0.5p per point.

You can read our full series of London airport hotel reviews here.

The Courtyard Luton Airport website is here if you would like to book or find out more.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (August 2022)

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The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

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Comments (39)

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  • James B says:

    I am not sure if the value of this review. It’s a very basic review if a basic hotel amongst many at Luton airport. Better to trawl though TripAdvisor, Google or Booking reviews to compare some of the hotels side by side. At least they talk about staff attitude, parking and late stays etc

  • tony says:

    Alas i don’t think the opening of a rail link will make a jot of difference. This is a truly terrible airport, seems to be in a perpetual state of construction and at least pre-covid was always overcrowded beyond belief.

    Imagine the bus station at a past-its best large market town. It’s even worse. Even if you go with the very lowest of expectations, i’d suggest you’ll find yourself underwhelmed.

    • Rhys says:

      Yes, and a the rail link completely bypasses the hotels……

    • rk says:

      Not a fan!

      • rk says:

        That was meant for Tony, who appears to be not a fan of Luton.

        • tony says:

          Quite. And with the airport being such a state, regardless of how impressive the airport hotel is, i’m still going to do my best to steer well clear. I kid you not, we moved from South London to the countryside 17 years ago. Luton is – as the crow flies – our closest commercial airport. Used in in 2006 and it was a building site unfit for purpose. Vowed never again. Ended up back there in 2016 owing to time limitations, just as bad. Tried again 2019, so 13 years on and it remained a hapless work in progress. That time it took over an hour to get bags off a domestic flight (well, technically we came in from the Isle of Man).

  • Christopher Bretnall says:

    I am not sure of the source of your information about the 2200-0600 curfew, but it is incorrect. There is no such respite for local residents. Flying is permitted 24/7.

    • Rhys says:

      Looks like you are right – at the time I was looking at Signature flight support – so perhaps they restrict flying between these hours….

  • Clive says:

    Useful review of a hotel at a much improved airport. The whole point of the toilet flush being obscured with the lid up is so that you are forced to close the lid before flushing which is the recognised most hygienic practice.

  • Stephen Meyer says:

    Great review! Thank you 👍
    Fancy sharing your Upper Class tickets?

  • ChrisW says:

    I like this hotel. 6am flights from Luton are horrendous regardless of the airline so this hotel makes it slightly more bearable. It’s clean, modern, comfortable and good value. Exactly what I want from an airport hotel.

  • Tony says:

    There are good reasons why you should close the lid on a toilet before flushing…

    • TGLoyalty says:

      And this is one way to force people to do just that

    • Dubious says:

      What about those that want to flush whilst seated??

      By the way – these comments aren’t doing my lunchbreak eating much good!

  • Nkp says:

    Not sure why you would want to flush the toilet with the lid open?

    • Andrew says:

      To avoid touching the seat or the lid?

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Avoid touching the lid with a tissue the room will be covered in poo if you don’t close the lid.

        Look it up if you don’t believe me.

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