I've never stayed at this Marriott property but have heard mixed reviews about it. It appears this property will loose it's Marriott affiliation this summer. Here is a copy of a letter that a friend of mine received regarding an upcoming reservation she has this fall.
Thanks for posting this. Very informative. If your friend decides to keep this reservation for this hotel, I hope he/she will not only hang on to the letter, but contact the other hotel as Marriott suggests, to confirm the reservation, and perhaps even get a confirmation email from the new ownership to protect that reservation.
Good advice Pluto. I know she has called the hotel to confirm her reservation after getting this letter but asking for an e-mail would also be good. After I made the original post here I saw on TripAdvisor someone who posted a review of the hotel claimed that the hotel lost it's Marriott affiliation after receiving a large number of customer complaints about the property and has been unable to establish another partnership. It sounds as though the hotel will try to run as an independent hotel.
My last stay at the Hunt Valley Marriott was in the mid 90's. It had a great golf course on property, if I recall correctly. It was a nice place but was getting long in the tooth even then....sorry to see it go. It may be a trend that the big, resort type properties near US cities are a dying breed. Seaview near Atlantic City left the Marriott logo behind about 3 yrs back. We loved that hotel. It was like taking a step back in time to the grand hotel lobby era.
For those who are interested of the outcome of what happened to the Hunt Valley Marriott, now called the Hunt Valley Inn. After one year of being a hotel without any brand affiliation the hotel has now partnered with the Wyndham Hotel Corporation. Since the hotel is still desperately in need of a renovations I'm guessing business is not going to increase much after the affiliation change.
I used to stay in this Marriott in the 80's and 90's, then again in the early 2000's. Over the last 6 years, I have stayed there 2-3 more times for business, as my headquarters is just up the hill. Unfortunately, when I stayed there a few years ago I was shocked to see it looked exactly as it did well over 20 years ago. It is tired, run down and looks like it is stuck in the 80's. It is a shame, too, because it was a very nice hotel. Painedplatinum, there is no golf course here. They are surrounded by parking lots and office buildings. McCormick spices is close by. When I was traveling there in the 80's and 90's, sometimes in the morning, you would head to your car to the sweet scent of cinnamon or some other spice. Was nice.
Unless things have changed, this is also a hotel to avoid on Father's Day weekend, as there is a big youth lacrosse tournament in the area and this hotel hosts many of the teams. I have stayed there for just such an occasion and if I hadn't been a coach and had a son involved, I would have hated being there.
There is a nice Courtyard, just up the hill, on International Circle. Also, if you want incredible barbeque (more Kansas City than east coast, in my opinion), head south down York Road, to Andy Nelson's. Delicious. Home