I''ll be in Atlanta a lot this summer and can get same rate at available Marriott affiliated properties downtown. For most of my trips, it's a choice between the Marquis and the Ritz. As a Platinum Premier with a MR credit card, should I stay at the Ritz Carlton or the Marriott Marquis, considering points, treatment, possibility of upgrade, etc. They are very close to each other so location seems moot. Any advice?
I travel to Atlanta a fair amount on business also. I have a couple upcoming stays at the Marquis myself.
I'm sure you would receive a better "service" experience at the Ritz (never stayed at the downtown property - just the Buckhead property), but the Marquis has always been good from a service stand point. The biggest difference between the two is that you will have lounge access at the Marquis for being Platinum. You could probably swing a room upgrade at both properties, but the Ritz will want almost $100/night for Club access. The Ritz also doesn't have a pool, while the Marquis has a really nice pool area.
I've not stayed at either property so cannot comment on that aspect, but I'd like to echo what Richard has posted.
Ritz-Carlton properties act autonomously from the other Marriott properties in that they are far less likely to give you an upgrade based on status. They most definitely won't give you access to the lounge unless you purchase that option. But the lounges at the R-C's are most definitely a world apart from the lounges at regular Marriott properties. Having said that, you are guaranteed a high level of customer service and high quality accommodations.
Definitely at the Marquis you will have lounge access. There is also a really good chance that you will be upgraded.
I'd book a stay at each and weigh my preference based on that.
I've not stayed at either of those properties in Atlanta but have stayed many times at the JW Marriott in Buckhead which has an excellent concierge lounge and large rooms. The staff is very friendly and the hotel was recently rennovated. The JW is connected to the Lennox mall and the MARTA (subway) is right across the street making downtown and airport access very easy.