I have always really enjoyed staying at all the Marriott properties and in the past have actually modified my travel plans to ensure I ended up in a city that had at least one Marriott property if at all possible. But for the last year plus I have pretty much stopped staying at Marriott properties as they have made it perfectly clear they no longer want my business as a smoker. I have no issues with not allowing smoking in any public place, but to not offer smoking rooms is just unacceptable to me. I really miss the great service I used to get when staying at Marriott - I have to say they are one of the best hotel chains in the country.
Not to single you or any smoker out, I'm stunned by the statement, "I have pretty much stopped staying at Marriott properties as they have made it perfectly clear they no longer want my business as a smoker."
Nine years and ten days ago, federal legislation was passed prohibiting smoking on all scheduled passenger flights. It took about 30 years to cross that threshold since the introduction of no-smoking sections in the early 70's.
Do you no longer choose to fly on regularly scheduled flights with the major carriers because the carriers comply with the law?
Creating a lodging environment that accomodates non-smokers and smokers is not sustainable nor prudent financially. Accomodating smokers requires separate heating and cooling along with specialized ventilation and air purification not to mention the increased cost of insurance that the risk of fire poses. The room recovery fee of $250 doesn't even encompass the cost of the health care that associates would incur due to upper respiratory illnesses caused by repeated exposure to second-hand, third-hand smoke, carcinogens and toxins.
From a business perspective - which is the basis of your post - I'm not sure I understand the value proposition in Marriott accomodating smokers. But, I am open to discussing the subject.
OVER 30 YEARS TO GET NO SMOKING ON PLANES*1973: No-smoking sections introduced.