Alex Robertson stays in Ogden, Utah, at Courtyard by Marriott.


Just one block back from Historic 25th St and close to restaurants, shops, bars, coffee, museums and transport hubs. Pretty much ideal.

What's in the neighbourhood: The old Union Pacific Building is a two-minute walk with an art gallery, cafe, bar and rail museum. 25th St is a block away packed with antique shops, boutique stores, restaurants and bars. Heart of the city stuff.

The style: In the process of being remodelled when I visited. The 1960s buildings were being bulldozed, while the recently built facilities are in red brick to match the surrounds. Comfortable, but with a bland interior, as you would expect from a business-traveller focused hotel.


Room: Spacious and well-appointed with low-key decor, satellite TV, mini bar, lounge area and wireless internet.

Something to eat or drink: The bistro offers a full-on cooked breakfast as well as an on-the-go quick fill, and limited evening meals and cocktails.


Gymnasium, pool and hot tub (whirlpool) with towels provided. Very popular with families and great for that post-piste soak after a day on the mountain.

The bed: Huge and firm with lots of downy pillows. Just about ideal for me. Cured my jet lag overnight

A room with a view?: Historic Ogden laid out from my sixth-storey window, with the Wasatch Mountains beyond.

Noise: I could hear traffic and street noise with the window open, but nothing at all with it closed.

Bathroom: Modern, twin basins, bath and great shower. Very nice shampoo, soap and moisturisers.

Would I return? Absolutely. Well-priced and comfortable, in a great location with good facilities.