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Is it possible for a Courtyard by Marriott to actually be a boutique hotel? Lately, it seems that mainstream chain hotels are strategically inserting themselves into prime urban locations walkable to top amenities rather than buried in the anonymity of suburban strip development. Car-free packages like their "Downtown Beach Escape" include round-trip Metro North rail tickets from Manhattan's Grand Central Station with free shuttle connections to the hotel. Courtyard Stamford Downtown then provides chauffeured door-to-beach access with complimentary water and towels. This normally requires beach pass purchase, checking in at the gate, and the hassle of crowded summer parking, None of that here.