The smart phone idea was one that caught my eye. Man, pretty soon, I'm not going to be clever enough to stay at a hotel (they won't let me enter the lobby with my 3g flip top alexander g. bell jitterbug phone). Possible new Platinum benefit; someone to let you in your room; or more likely, $10 higher rate for a key .
A follow up (for the six folks reading, if it was a Marriott stay, I'd make a separate post, but this can be our secret); Speaking of Isle of Palms, a barrier island outside of Charleston SC, we stayed (1st weekend in Oct) at The Wild Dunes Resort secured through a charity silent auction (we'd have bid more if they gave Reward points) and had a very pleasant extended weekend. Walked the streets of Charleston seeing the sights and enjoying dinner on the harbor at http://www.fleetlanding.net/ (casual, but tasty, well prepared, fresh seafood).
Back in nuhusker's haunts of Mt. Pleasant (just across the bridge from Charleston) we had good times and delicious food at http://www.pagesokragrill.com/ and one of his faves http://www.shemcreekbarandgrill.com/ordereze/default.aspx (along with Rudy's in Az. that makes nu 2 for 2 in my book, he knows his food).
Over on the barrier islands we walked the beach in comfortable 75 degree weather and rode bikes all around the island on well laid out bike paths (the resort had nice pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, golf courses and a general store with - that's right, local craft beers, yeah baby, great for watching the baseball playoffs and college and NFL games). Isle of Palms wasn't big on culinary delights but the nearby (a brief inlet separates the two islands) Sullivan's Island had excellent offerings at http://poestavern.com/sullivans-island/menu/ (terrific sandwiches and burgers) and excellent seafood and salads (and of course Palmetto beer on draft) at http://www.saltstation22.com/.
We kayaked all around the harbor and creek, sighting egrets, storks, cranes, turtles, pelicans (on a sanctuary island where there were literally hundreds and the air smelled like the elephant tent at the circus!) etc. etc. as well as dolphins. Here's a photo taken by a dolphin (since like IAH, I only carry on, I didn't have any camera equipment like our artiste, ssindc).