I was at the JW in San Antonio and was given a silver pin to wear. I was told it was to help employees recognize those with elite status. I wore it out of curiousity. No one came up to me, which was fine, but I was wondering if wearing the pin does bring recognition, perks, etc...just found it interesting. Anyone else get one of these?
Hi Faireone - No, I've never received one and that includes a stay at the JW in New Orleans last month. Most of my stays are at Renaissance and/or full-line Marriotts. It will be interesting to see if any of my future stays include such a thing. I'd probably wear it for the same reason as you did. What would be really interesting would be to know what sort of training all employees received regarding customers with such pins. Obviously, I wouldn't expect expect employees running in front of me sprinkling rose petals, but it would be interesting to see if, for example, at dinner, they comped a drink or a dessert (or even just said, "Thank you for your continued loyalty".)
LLike you, ramoneur I've never seen such a pin in over 500 nights at Marriotts. Mind you it is a JW Griffin and I've only stayed at 2 JWs, Dubai (the old one almost 10 years ago) and London, during the recession when it sometimes offered cheaper rates than the old Chancery Court Ren. I guess I was too cheap to get a pin (or badge as we call them here).
update to my pin. I don't think it did anything. I think I've lost it at this point. I probably should have taken better care of it, but frankly, it was small and my daughter really liked it so I gave it to her. I felt odd wearing it anyway. Still not completely convinced that it did/does anything. I might have failed the test of ownership and will never be invited to the secret griffin club, but that's fine.
My guess is that they wanted to make sure you're entitled to access elite benefits like the lounge, free breakfast etc', so they won't have to verify your identity each time they see you and bother you (probably because the facilities in this hotel are supervised).
You shouldn't have expected to receive any extras... but the pin is lovely though
misterchk - in the words of Nnanny McPhee - "while you need me but do not want me, I must stay, when you want me but no longer need me, then I must go"
MRI needs you, however much we don't want you, so you must stay
I always covet the griffin statute at the front desk of the JW Chicago, but that might be a little hard to smuggle home in my luggage. Looks like you could buy your own, though: Griffin Bronze Monument JW Marriott Hotels
Now the M lounge is a different thing. I'm actually surprised there's not more talk of it around her. Got to go check that out now. I SF or NY aren't on any of my regular travel rotations. However, I just noticed that there is now one in DC I might be able to get to. I might just have to check it out.
II've not visited an M lounge but I think it's more an American thing to address lounge overcrowding, standardise food offerings and give franchisees the opportunity to make some F&B sales by moving it downstairs nearer to the kitchen. Here in Europe, concierge floors are a rarity, the exec lounge can be situated on the Ground floor, second floor or a higher floor. Concierge floors are unusual as is lounge overcrowding. With no real reason to move exec lounges, the big changes to convert to M aren't going to happen at any speed here and the motivation to do so will probably largely be a branding exercise once much of North America is on the M format.
I have thought about staying my last night after my September trip to Houston at IAH Airport Marriott, just to try out the M there, but it would be economically silly as I have nabbed a room for 2 nights at a total cost of $120 at the Marriott North where I need to be the day before and it runs an IAH shuttle. If I cancel that I'll have to pay a total of $400 to spend the 1 nights at Houston North and the second at IAH, and $280 extra just to sample the M lounge seems a bit strong to me!
(what a great way to start the new month)
brightlybob We would be most appreciative if you would be honest in your postings and opinions.
You sounded so "cavalier" offering to "take one for the team" by inconveniencing yourself to "try out the M lounge near IAH"
We know the real reason is the change of hotels will count as a "Stay" on the next mega bonus!!!
I say "Shame on you sir"
You know me too well, I was indeed thinking that by staying that extra night at Houston North rather than moving on I was losing 500 welcome points and a megabonus "stay". But since over the 9 night visit I am staying at 6 different properties I do think that's enough "stays" to qualify for any megabonus certs, and although I am leaving maybe 1,500 welcome points on the table, it's just not worth the hassle.
But, yes, I am ashamed to say I did think it through in terms of lost stays and welcome points!
If there is a cat in a closed box and we don't know if it is dead or alive, can we think of it as both dead and alive, simultaneously. This is known as Schrödinger's cat and it is considered to be a thought experiment.
Finally if a tree falls on my car but I am not there to see it fall will I still have to have the damage to my car repaired and will the insurance company raise my premium.