I just returned from a Wonderful Memory filled vacation with my older children to the West Coast. Marriott made this comfortable and secure as
we were away from home for nearly two weeks. From Las Vegas, NV to Yosemite, CA to San Francisco, CA, traveled BIG SUR, CA and Los Angeles, CA... Marriott was there along the way. Our Path was over a 1,000 miles and filled with memories to last a life time.
1. I was most impressed with Fisherman's Wharf Courtyard. It was the perfect setting, quiet and peaceful and the desk assistance was A++ spot
on with help and suggestions for quality stay.
2. Another of our nicer stays was just outside Ventura, CA in Oxnard, CA... just off the highway for an upgraded room offer from the helpful ladies at
the front desk. We even were handed the mapquest directions to view the best fireworks location since we were out-of-town travelers. The best show
my family has seen in years... put on by the Military base. BRAVO ! Also... I want travelers to consider this nice Courtyard even if passing through.
NOW TELL US ALL WHERE YOU SUGGEST STAYING .... IF WE PASS THE SAME WAY... "Happy Travels to All"
I like it because January can be a busy time of the year in Scottsdale! It can also be very expensive. The RI/PV is very relaxing to me. The past three years the wonderful staff has put me in the same room. A two BR, second floor room, close to my car, and located in the center part of town. Parking is free and I have a full kitchen to use when I want to use it. I can dine out, cook, or carry in!
Going back in Jan!
A comfortable room!
jerrycoin really meant to include "grilling" on his list of enjoyable things at the RI!
Since I can have a great time virtually any where I stay (it apparently comes from years of traveling with chucklehead baseballers where as coach, you're on the clock 24/7; so when finally free to 'roam about the cabin' with the Mrs., everywhere is fun Great day to be alive!) my best travel locations with Marriott are where the properties provide top notch service and recognition (and there are many - most as recommended by fellow Insiders - thus my participation in this thread);
here's a few terrific properties where I've had the good fortune of having outstanding service - once again, caution, your mileage may vary;
Marriott Rivercenter/San Antonio
Marriott County Hall/London
Renaissance Times Sq./New York
Renaissance Wacker Ave/Chicago
Newport Beach Villas - California (altho warning: it may be harder to secure those lovely views these days)
Mayflower Renaissance - Washington DC
Muskoka Wharf Residence Inn - Gravenhurst Ontario
Marriott Chateau Champlain - Montreal Quebec (sent me to occupied room, rewarded me with suite - no one better at fixing foul ups than Marriott)
and the list goes on and on - tremendous times
Keep on keepin' on Insiders. I'm erc and I approve of this message !
Good job dlhrworldtraveler
and KatieC, GO TO ARIZONA - you've got to try both the Camelback Inn and the Tempe (Buttes) properties - the Camelback Inn is a much-beloved classic (up on the higher end of the spectrum, but super cheap in the off/hot season), and the Buttes property in Tempe was a great (unique) acquisition by Marriott a while back....
In no specific order but adding to the list created by all above spots we've enjoyed excellent service, recognition and wonderful locations:
It would seem most places we've stayed in the Marriott brand we find very good reasons to revisit and in fact do in most cases. I personally believe my all time favorite room was Scrub Island
With this view
Wow, you and erc sure do get around; between the pair of you, you've got it all covered and nicely done.
My top three Marriott properties have been:
Marriott Paris Champs-Elysees
Marriott Grand Flora Rome
Marriott Vacation Club Newport Coast Villas
Wish I had more under my belt to choose from. There are some incredible properties out there!
Take a peek at JW Phuket and a couple of other Thailand properties. Just fantastic looking. The best I can ever hope for since the likes of The Maldives and Bora Bora/Moorea are waaaaaay out of my league (as well as the G550 to get there, cuz you know, if you're gonna go to places like these, you've got to travel in commensurate style.)
Keep calling me young kid and I'll be your best stalker . (Or not.) Anyway, my doc gave me two thumbs up today. Yippee! (But no quick fix for the plantar fasciitis. .)
Bummer (about the long plane rides - but isn't that what all those banked miles are for - lie flat seats?) Anyway, I got curious about flight times, and found something. Check this out.
Your correct about those miles, gotta use them however; when the "Boss" says NO I must look for alternative travel routing. I might be able to sell the 17 hours in the Dreamliner as she loves that plane, but then it will take too many "meds" before the flight to get her on the plane and many during the flight to keep her under control.
I think I've used up most of my picks (former Athens Marriott Ledra, Ghent, West India Quay, Brussels Marriott), but I would add the Renaissance Polat Istanbul. Especially if you're going there for the first time it's like an oasis from home (as you can see from this photo it is on the Sea of Marmara and parts of the area around it look a lot like Maine). While it's near the airport, the hotel itself is gorgeous and has regular shuttles downtown. The second time I went to Istanbul I stayed in the Old City, but I think if I ever went back I'd stay again at the Polat.
No....just looking at other places to stay using points and such. Lost half my vacay time with my last nursing contract....forgive me while I whine.....lost 5 weeks...and had LOTS of timeshare and points that I meant to use with all them weeks....anyway......Scrub looks awesome and I love Jost and would be fun to be closer all the time...and get to Tortola! We have a couple weeks at Frenchmans Cove. So looking to stay and maybe some big pointers and use them up in a FUN way!
But got inspired this morning...thinking I could swing some fun 5 day vacays and not use any vacation days at work....some florida...maybe a trade for some all inclusive action in Mexico...
Thinking and smiling!
Great thoughts debbiebrown. My Sister is a contract ICU nurse and I understand you whining, no worries at all!
Some time you can get a five night stay at Scrub with the fifth night free, saves some points anyway for another trip.
Interesting (albeit open-ended) query, dlhrworldtraveler....
These threads might be of interest:
many more where those came from.... there's lots of good information out there!!!!
Some of the most beautiful I've stayed at, with great service are:
Renaissance Mayflower Washington DC
NY Marriott Downtown
NY Marriott East Side
Marriott Custom House Boston
Marriott Righa Royal (defunct?)
JW New Orleans
JW Las Vegas & Spa
Renaissance Hollywood (defunct)
Renaissance Beverly Hills (defunct)
Renaissance Boston Waterfront
Sydney Marriott Hyde Park (defunct)
Casa Magna Puerta Vallarta
San Juan Marriott
Grosvenor House London
London Marriott Kensington Park
Athens Ledra Marriott (defunct)
Message was edited by: GoldenBoy How could I forget the Berlin Marriott
I never had a problem with the location -- it's not far from a metro stop and the view from the rooftop restaurant and pool (and the suites they always gave me) made up for it not being as central as other hotels. I haven't heard any whisper that Marriott plans a return to Greece, unfortunately, since I stay there so often.