This Washington Post article, while complimentary to Marriott, says that it is difficult for any independent hotel to remain so. I wonder if this is true, since I live in the shadow of one of the most famous of them (The Lodge at Pebble Beach and associated golf course, and associated properites like Spanish Bay (The Inn at)? In hard times the fittest seem to survive, as in the fittest of the fit--this case Marriott moving in to take over ailing properties.
I hope and think the Greenbrier will become better with a rebranding by Marriott. Time will tell but I would hate to see the alternative, bankruptcyand eventually being sold off and taken down.