Thanks to the Courtyard Marriott in Larkspur CA for Their Contribution!

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

October 18th, 2010 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

A number of individuals and corporations have made it possible for Dancing with Pain to progress to where it is today. I’d like to particularly thank the Courtyard Marriott in Larkspur, CA for two nights’ lodging for my cameraman and me, when we were filming B-roll that has been used in various Dancing with Pain videos.

It’s no secret that I love the Marriott and that I am loyal to the hotel chain whenever I travel. The Marriott has everything I need — firm yet comfortable beds, jacuzzis, gyms, and consistently pleasant service, despite my high-maintenance needs. I’ve been to Marriotts around the country, and a number of the features at the Courtyard Marriott in Larkspur, CA made it one of the more enjoable Marriotts where I have stayed.

For starters, my cameraman and I rolled in very late at night. I was delighted to discover that this Marriott location had real, solid, healthy food available all night long in the 24-hr market. This feature may seem like a little thing to some people, but as someone who both needs hard-core protein every four hours (for pain management) and who keeps kosher, it gets a little dicey foraging for food after 10 pm. At this location, however, I had my choice between a tuna sandwich or egg-salad sandwich, both on whole grain bread and with vegetables. I got the tuna two nights in a row, and it was not only healthy but also yummy.

Second, this Marriott is located in both a very convenient and very beautiful area. It is across the street and up the road just a teeny bit from the Marin side of the San Francisco Bay, and the ferry entrance is right there. Unfortunately I didn’t have time for sight-seeing, but if I did, I’d be tickled pink that the ferry was so close by. It’s also just on the edge of a shopping mall, with access to restaurants, cafes, and a bunch of stores, which some visitors might appreciate, though I did not make use of the mall.

What I did very much enjoy was the neighborhood. After tossing my stuff in my room and eating my sandwich, I headed off to the edge of the property and up a hill, into an area with lovely homes and a little river running by them. There was a mystical sense in the air, and I hung out for a while, just delighting in the sensation. When I came back to my room, I also enjoyed the balcony that opened from my room and looked over the courtyard below. Again, there was something magical in the night air.

Of course, as is to be expected at a Marriott location, I slept well on the comfy bed. The next day, my cameraman and I had breakfast in the totally adorable hotel restaurant, which had a 1960s feel to it. Breakfast was delicious and a lot less money than at numerous other Marriott locations, which was a definite plus! As we walked out the door, I noticed that this Marriott had a feature I had not seen elsewhere — an electronic, interactive ”go board” on which visitors could get information about local destinations, as well as news, weather, money markets, and so on. Cool.

What most interested me was the jacuzzi! This was quite possibly the deepest jacuzzi I’ve seen at a Marriott, and the jet was higher up than in other locations — which I really liked. I could get my lower, mid, and upper back massaged. Sa-weet!

All in all, I had a great experience. Thank you, Courtyard Marriott in Larkspur CA, for the great food, jacuzzi, bed, and view. And a special thanks for your generous contribution to the Dancing with Pain videos. We could not have done it without your help!

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