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Old 12-12-2011, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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These are the flagship hotels of their respective chains. However at these hotels, you don't get free internet or free breakfast or in room microwave or in room fridge like you do at their lower cost hotels such as Residence Inn, Hampton Inn, Courtyard, and Homewood Suites.

So why would anyone stay at these places? Just for the fancy chandeliers in the lobby?

It's nuts.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:12 AM
 
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You do get:

- Paid Internet
- Full Service Restaurants
- Larger, well connected conference rooms and ballrooms
- Spas, pools, golfing options
- Concierge
- Bell service
- Valet Parking
- Room Service
- Fancy Chandeliers
- Nicer beds, pillows, etc
- Larger rooms
- Luxury Suite Options
- etc.

It's nice to come back to something nice after a day out. I don't really see any drawbacks.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Chicago Suburbs
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I agree with OP! I travel a lot for business, weekly, and Marriot and Hilton have gone downhill. I prefer Hyatt over those two.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:24 AM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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These are the flagship hotels of their respective chains. However at these hotels, you don't get free internet or free breakfast or in room microwave or in room fridge like you do at their lower cost hotels such as Residence Inn, Hampton Inn, Courtyard, and Homewood Suites.

So why would anyone stay at these places? Just for the fancy chandeliers in the lobby?

It's nuts.
The Hilton Garden Inns offer the free internet and microwave/fridge in the rooms ... I dunno about the breakfast as I usually don't have time but the HGI are my preferred choice ... Always a positive experience.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I don't.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I never stay at any Marriot chain hotel. They decided they don't want my cigarette-stained money, so that's fine with me. I'll spend it elsewhere.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I agree with OP! I travel a lot for business, weekly, and Marriot and Hilton have gone downhill. I prefer Hyatt over those two.
I must admit, I had a great experience at the hyatt suites!

That being said I have never had a complaint about any Hilton's ive stayed in....


Never stayed in a Mariott, but the one in my city is beautiful, I have a hard time seeing any drawbacks.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:56 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I don't necessarily want a free breakfast at the place I'm sleeping.
I enjoy b&b's, but often I'd rather walk to a café.

OTOH I've stayed at the Rome Airport Hilton twice, just the night before we've left Italy, and we will be staying at the Madrid Airport Hilton at the end of this month, the night before we leave. They have free shuttles to the airline terminals and also the center of town.

I like the swimming pool, too.

Chains can be boring (let alone expensive!) but there are times when the convenience and predictability come in handy.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:07 AM
 
Location: The Milky Way Galaxy
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I always stay at Marriott and Hilton's for frequent business travel. Never had an issue with anything you mentioned. You probably stayed at one, had a bad experience, and now just bad mouthing the entire chain.

And I'm glad the rooms are non-smoking...your smoke gets in all the room fabrics, wallpaper, carpet and is impossible to remove without replacing everything. Who can blame the hotel chain for not wanting to accomodate people smoking cancer sticks.

Typical.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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The flagship hotels are usually in great locations (center of city) and typically have very nice rooms and other facilities. On the other hand, internet is a total ripoff and the restaurants are expensive.

I used to use them a lot on weekends. On weekends you can often get great prices on the travel websites, get breakfast at a coffee shop nearby, go to the museums, dinner at somewhere cheaper and maybe ethnic. Makes a nice, not unreasonably expensive weekend with a bit of luxury in the room.
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