Courtyard Marriott Amarillo Downtown

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Courtyard Marriott Amarillo Downtown
Beyond brand typical in the Texas panhandle

By Hope S. Philbrick

By blending old and new, Courtyard Marriott Amarillo Downtown delivers on the brand promise and stands out as unique.

Located on Polk Street, once called the “best lighted Main Street in America,” the hotel is housed in the historic Fisk building, which has been carefully restored to preserve history while ensuring the comforts and conveniences of the Courtyard Marriott brand. Stay here and get a sense of the past without any compromise of modern amenities.

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Amarillo’s first skyscraper was conceived in 1926 when Charles A. Fisk, president of the Amarillo Bank and Trust, and other investors, commissioned it. The Fisk Medical Arts and Professional Building was designed by Amarillo architect Guy A. Carlander and built by the Gilsonite Contracting Company of Dallas. When it formally opened in December 1928, an Amarillo Daily News article reported its cost as “dangerously close” to one million dollars. Fisk’s bank occupied the ground floor with a mix of professional and retail tenants above. The Gothic Revival-style 11-story steel-reinforced concrete-frame building is clad in red brick with terra cotta trim. The building was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 2011 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Courtyard Marriott Amarillo DowntownCourtyard Marriott Amarillo DowntownHistoric elements that have been preserved include cast stone gargoyle ornaments at the Polk Street alcove and inlaid detail surrounding the arches at the Main Street entrance. Inside, the original Cutler mail chute and letter box at the north side of the elevator lobby remain. Of course, inside each guestroom you’ll find a pillow-top mattress dressed in crisp linens, 42-inch flat-screen TV, upscale bathrooms, ergonomic workstations, great downtown views, and more to make your stay as comfortable as you want it to be and as productive as you need it to be.

A stay here is enjoyable, not only thanks to design elements and amenities. Staff members make extra effort to ensure your stay is pleasant: A minor mix-up with my key led to extra help with my baggage, breakfast certificates, and heartfelt apologies. They seemed more disturbed by the incident than me.

Whether you’re looking for a good story, a comfortable place to rest, a convenient location to establish a home base in Amarillo, Texas, for a few nights, or just rack up some Marriott points, stay at the Courtyard Marriott Amarillo Downtown.

Essentials…
  • Free high-speed Internet access
  • Free parking
  • No smoking
  • No pets
  • Coffee maker with basic supplies in each guestroom
  • Fitness center
  • Check-in 3 p.m.; check-out Noon
  • 107 guestrooms and suites
  • Meeting/event space available
  • The Bistro, located on site, offers breakfast every morning plus dinner, beer and wine options each evening
  • Within 15 minutes from the International Airport and just blocks from I-40
  • Located within walking distance of several restaurants, the Amarillo Civic Center, and the Amarillo Symphony
  • Get a free limo ride to The Big Texan
  • Rates from $109/night
  • Odds of Encountering Children: Varies, though this location tends to lure more business travelers than vacationing families. For the best odds visit when school is in session.
More Information…

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724 S. Polk St.
Amarillo, TX 79101
806-553-4500

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– Top 3 photos courtesy Marriott; remainder © HSP Media LLC

Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion.

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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