14 Replies Latest reply: Nov 2, 2014 12:05 PM by mbiggs RSS

Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn

alwweb Platinum 4 Reviews
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Is it just me and the particular Residence Inns that I have been staying at, or has there been a drastic decline in the evening socials. First, Thursday nights have been dropped completely. Tonight, the location I was at listed Tune In as the evening social theme.  It was tortilla chips, salsa, lemonade, and ice tea. This is not what I have been used to in the past.

 

Has anyone else run into this?

 

With 5 points per dollar for rewards, and the new more limited evening socials, I'm thinking RI is going to move down my favorite list for business trips.

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Waynesboro, Virginia, USA Residence Inn By Marriott Residence Inn Waynesboro
  • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
    Far East Man Platinum 1 Reviews
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    I don't use RI hotels because they only give you half points for your stay.

    You get the 5 points by using the Marriott credit card but only half the points for the stay.

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  • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
    ks77 Gold 23 Reviews
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    Probably still better than staying at Courtyards.

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      alwweb Platinum 4 Reviews
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      My last choice in the Marriott brands is Courtyard.  As a platinum rewards member, I get free breakfast at full service hotels either in the concierge lounge or if there is none, at the restaurant.  Fairfield, RI, Springhill, etc all come with free breakfast for everyone.  Although they are typically nice locations, I only stay at a Courtyard if it is the only one in an area, or there is a great discount.

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      • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
        ks77 Gold 23 Reviews
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        Exactly how I look at it also.

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      • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
        tamaramunoz Platinum 11 Reviews
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        That's how we feel, too. It seems petty, but as a platinum member, I feel no benefit at all staying in a Courtyard. We only choose them if there's no other Marriott property available, or if it's a BIG difference in price. I love the new decor though. There is that.

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  • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
    superchief1 Platinum
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    I have always experienced a wide range of offerings at the RI's I've stayed in. Some offer basically snacks and limited beverages, and others offer a full meal with wine and beer. I haven't stayed recently, so I'm not sure whether there has been a decline or you just experienced one of the subpar locatioins. I have found the evening receptions at Homewood Suites to typically be much better than RI's, so I've recently converted more stays from RI or Courtyard to Homewood and HGI, depending on the length of my stay. 

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  • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
    erc Platinum
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    The last couple I recently stayed out (Richmond Va. and Oxnard Ca.) still had excellent breakfasts and evening provisions.

    As long as we know the rules of 5 points per rate dollar, I've had no problem factoring it into my lodging equation. If the rates make sense, I always prefer today's dollars over future (declining value) points. And as a breakfast self paying player, I totally agree with ks77, to me, still much better value than a CY.

    alwweb, this is something worth keeping an eye out for as more and more properties chase margins specific to their market. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
      alwweb Platinum 4 Reviews
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      The breakfast is still very good, but I can typically get good breakfasts at Springhill or Fairfield for less per night.  There are times on a long trip that the full size refrigerator and all.

       

      I too agree on the CY as I mentioned in my reply to ks77.

       

      Someone mentioned the lack of similarity in hotels within the same chain. The dependability was something that I really appreciated about Marriott in the past.

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    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    Haven't been to an RI in a few years, but will be staying soon at a new RI so will see if they have the evening gatherings.  Appears more and more franchises are doing their own thing so we see less and less of the similarities within each Marriott brand.

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  • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
    skiadcock Platinum 4 Reviews
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    Marriott dropped Thursday offerings a few years back so that the RIs could offer more robust offerings on the remaining 3 nights & things would be "consistent" amongst all RIs. The only consistency is the inconsistency that still exists.

     

    Cheers.

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    • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
      alwweb Platinum 4 Reviews
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      Too bad some of them still haven't updated the web sites.  I didn't realize it had been so long since I had stayed a full week at a RI. 

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  • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
    fschumpert Platinum 22 Reviews
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    HHaven't you seen that satisfied giraffe and those penguins sleeping and enjoying TV at Residence Inn? No mention of lounge or evening socials.

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  • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
    tamaramunoz Platinum 11 Reviews
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    It's not just you. Residence Inn is our preferred brand for long-stays for business, which is most typically how we travel in the US. We have noticed the decline in the past couple of years, but haven't investigated any official policy. There's still a wide range of offerings from property to property, but those that offer the evening social M-TH are few and far between. Some spots are even down to just Mon and Tues! We miss being able to relax a bit after a long day, or grab something light when we're driving a vehicle that's too big to take to a decent restaurant, etc. I can also see the challenge of maintaining it, since so many people seem to abuse it. It's a pet peeve of ours to see people fill 3-4 plastic cups with wine at a time, and fill to-go boxes to take back to the room as if they were grocery shopping for the next few days. Ugh.

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    • Re: Decline of "Evening Social" at Residence Inn
      mbiggs Platinum 20 Reviews
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      OK I am a platinum member and had no idea we only get 1/2 the points at Residence Inn's.  I like the spacial floor plans and if you can get an upgrade to a two bedroom it beats a one room at the Marriott where the windows do not open.  I agree with you tamaramunoz on the people hoarding food doesn't make it seem so much like a social.  The other thing I found is that many times people treat the Residence Inn as their homes (basketball and swimming into all hours of the night with plenty of family and extended family members) and sometimes that is a little uncomfortable for those of us who are only there for a night or two. 

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