It was 1962, New York's Idlewild Airport (Now JFK) and the new TWA terminal opened. Very futuristic. Portions of the original facility were demolished for JetBlue's new terminal. It opened in 2008, and now partially encircles the old TWA facility. Back when flying was fun and an adventure for all of us--not any more.
remember when it was actually "cool" to be on a plane??? They gave all the kids a toy airplane and wings, graciously handed out drinks and snacks with a smile on their face the entire time, we had leg room and there was no talk of spoiled brat frequent flyers (I include myself before you go reaming me) that complain about everything from TSA to legroom to elite seating/boarding to airline miles and broken down jalopies carrying us (most of the time...see Californian's post about almost crashing) from one destination to another, not taking all day to do it either.
yes, now THOSE were the good ole days!
Not a clue other than someone thinks they have you hostage at the airport and you won't want to leave to go somewhere else. When I've been in OKC I always tried to stay at the Oklahoma City Convention Center | Renaissance | Cox Convention Center Hotels or Oklahoma City Hotels & Suites Near Bricktown | Waterford Marriott either is always impeccably maintained.
I was thinking about the same question madmax. I think many of them are older properties that get lots of traffic, but do not have all of the amenities of similar properties not located near airports. People likely do not stay there for extended periods and therefore I think they can get away with being in not so great shape.
jakeal makes sense what you say. Most of the people who stay at these hotels are probably and most likely business travelers and already established Marriott rewards members. Therefore, they stay for convenience due to work and are used to lower level service than the average Marriott hotel. That is one way of looking at it. There is also the fact that if someone had to stay at a nearby Marriott for say overnight stay to catch another flight out next day for long haul travel or catching a cruise, they would probably not stay at any other Marriott properties after experiencing a bad stay at a "dump" hotel near the airport. In any case, Marriott should know better than anyone that strengths should be consistent in all hotels (integrity?)