Why would a hotel no longer be affiliated with Marriott?
I tend to travel to Panama City Beach FL for work multiple times a year. I used to always stay at the Baypoint Marriott Resort there, and always had great experiences- from food, staff, and rooms. Last year however, they switched from being the Baypoint Marriott to the Wyndham Baypoint Resort. It was (probably still is), a nice hotel that always seemed busy. Any idea why it's no longer a Marriott? I could guess that it might be for several reasons:
1. They lost their franchise? It was looking a bit worn down, faded and peeling paint, grounds not looking like other Marriott hotels. Does Marriott rescind brand affiliation?
2. Franchise fees went up and the owner sold/sold out to Wyndham?
3. Franchisee lost their lease and the property owner sold?
4. Wasn't doing as booming of a business as Marriott may demand/need from it's franchisees?
This is the only hotel I've seen in the Marriott stable that changed to a different hotel brand. Anyone seen this from others? Any idea why this occurs?
I miss using this hotel as it was close to the Naval Base there (<5mins), close to the beach, luxurious, and I could get a great rate year round. Now I have to drive 20+mins to stay in a CY or TPS. Not horrible, but not the same either.
1. might be the reason. If a hotel needs upgrading, Marriott gives the owner a list of renovations needed to maintain the franchise. They have a time limit. If the hotel does not meet the requirements, they lose the Marriott name.
The others also sound like possible's. Wyndham might have offered them a better deal. I am not sure that you will ever find out what happened.
It is frustrating when you like a hotel and then it is no longer there for you.