When I recently stayed at the Marriott Dallas City Center property, I visited the redecorated Concierge Lounge (I believe that this was a former Westin property). The Concierge Lounge is nicely decorated and very large. The two great attendants thought it might be the largest hotel Concierge Lounge in the USA. Being Texas, that might be the case. My only criticism was that there were no holiday decorations!!!! The two attendants indicated that they would see what they could do later in the week. Sadly I left Dallas and did not check. Does anyone care that Concierge Lounges have some holiday spirit??? For that matter, should individual hotel properties reflect any holiday spirit???
are you saying the HOTEL didn't have any decorations, or the CL did not?? If the CL did not, but the HOTEL did, I have no problem with that. In fact, I have been in several CL's over the past 3 weeks and I cannot remember one that had any Holiday decorations. However, each of the properties had stuff up in the Lobby.
By the way, the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa is offering free drinks to all Elite members in the CL throughout the Holiday season. Nice touch.
Just enjoyed a delicious Aloha Hour, as mentioned here on Insiders (terrific half priced wines, beers, and appetizers that could serve as meals, like wagyu beef sliders & lobster potstickers) at the Roys in the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Az. The entire property was gorgeously decorated in the sights and spirit of the season. Gingerbread houses, being constructed by the chef while we were there, poinsettias, wonderfully decorated trees and displays throughout the huge lobby all created a terrific atmosphere (the Redskins victory of course, added a lot to the holiday spirit). Terrific job Marriott.
We then drove to the Westin-Kierland resort (also nicely decorated, just a notch below the JW) where they showed what was called 'Paintscaping', lovely computer audiovisuals on their outdoor, twenty-plus story high courtyard walls, along with holiday music. Combined with the small crowd of young children (meaning; perfect crowd size of 15-20, just enough to bring the joy and excitement, but not be overrun by them) gasping at each nutcracker, reindeer, and toys, a wonderful atmosphere of the season was created next to the firepit (it was 40 degrees) enjoying our hot chocolates. Now, off to hike up Camelback and then onto a snow coverered Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. Happy holidays to the great group of Insiders, who by sharing ideas, enhance the travels of all of us.