I own several MVC timeshares, therefore it has been a while since I stayed at a Marriott resort. Since resorts do not have Concierge lounges, what are the breakfast policies for Platinum members? I have also noticed 'resort fees' mentioned for several resort locations. Are these waved for platinum members and what do they cover?
I am considering using reward points for the Marco Island or Grand Hotel(AL) resorts, but want to be aware of my expected budget needs. Thanks for your help.
Postscript 4/15: According to my friend, Marco does not have a Concierge Lounge. BF is not included unless you book the BF for 2 rate. With Platinum go for an oceanfront. Studio, 1BR and 2BR suites are available. For dining, my friend highly recommends Verdi's.
Some resorts do have a concierge lounge, but it's an exception rather than rule. The Platinum Elite line has no clue. For example, Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire is a Marriott Resort with a lounge; but Platinum Elite did not know about it. Although the CL is unmanned during the weekend, Platinum members were allowed self-service access to bottled water and soft drinks, but there were no snacks. I was very pleasantly surprised when the Front Desk volunteered BF vouchers as well. We had a great time there and will be going back around Memorial Day. This was a paid stay and it was on the cusp of the 1/15 changes.
The Clearwater Marriott Suites & Resort on Sand Key does not have a CL but told me that they do give BF vouchers to Platinum - we'll see in two weeks - when I'm there to visit Tarpon Springs. (There's a chance we'll switch to Treasure Island or even the Renaissance Vinoy - I'm still getting feedback)
For the past two years, the GM at Marco Island has been very accomodating to two owners I know at Imperial. One is Lifetime Plat, the other is Gold. Since 1/15 the room redemption rate went to 40,000 points per night which includes an Upgrade Award. My friends rant and rave about Marco. Both are with their families celebrating Easter so I don't want to intrude. If I can get some intel, I'll post it here.
Regards the Grand Hotel, they do have a hospitality suite, it's shown on their page at Marriott.com. Who knows if its operational or not.