Over a recent 5 day period, I visited 4 full service Marriotts and 1 Courtyard. All had some variation of bottled water in the room. I think all had one or two small bottles of water available free of charge (maybe one didn't ) Several also included larger bottles with hang tags indicating how much would be charged to the room if they were consumed. The price was somewhere in the $3-4 range (I didn't look took closely as I had no intention of purchasing).
I did partake of the free bottles of water at least half the time.
What has been your experience with bottled water during Marriott stays? Did you buy? Would you? Or will you only drink the free stuff?
Seems totally hit-or-miss to me. RC usually gives you complementary bottles and also has expensive Fiji water for sale in the room. CLs sometimes have those mini bottles and sometimes don't. I think CLs do have them more often than not. Some properties give you two free bottles for making in-room coffee.
I never buy the water they have in room. I do drink the free ones or use to make coffee. I use a Brita pitcher at home and don't buy bottled water at home. I will occasionally buy it on the road at a grocery or convenience store and schlep back to my room if the hotel doesn't have bottle water and the local water might be questionable.
In my experience in the UK, I have always had at least one bottle of water provided in the room. I will admit to being mean, and if we don't use it, I put it in a drawer or the fridge is there is one, so if we come back parched one day, we have plenty.
Executive lounges in the UK don't like food taken away (quite rightly) but are very happy for anyone to take a bottle of water.
Seeing both the free water and the bottles for sale just got me wondering. I've often grabbed a couple bottles from the CL when that's an option. At the Edition in NYC, when evening turndown service was offered, bottled water was also available.
Marriott has certainly made free bottles readily available either in the room or the CL. It makes me wonder who would buy the larger bottles in the room. Marriott must occasionally sell a few or they wouldn't keep putting them out.
I have not found provision of water at FS properties to be an issue. Usually we are provided with a couple of bottles, when we get there and they are replenished through the stay. On the bottle of water that sits there with the $3.50 tag on it, I often wonder if that same bottle has been there since the hotel opened. Same goes for the tray of snacks at highly inflated prices.
Those snacks do get consumed on occasion, if I've been unfortunate enough to have brought my family with me to that location. They are great profit centers for the hotel, costing them very little and targeting people like my wife who will impulsively throw the snacks at the kids who are driving her crazy after a long day wherever we have been, instead of making them wait until we go back out for dinner in about 5 minutes to get something to eat. This causes me to automatically add 50% to what should be the cost of a trip, and still run over budget most of the time
I carry a complete kitchen sink with sprayer, temperature control, 5 filtration settings, and a parakeet to test local tap just in case this whole contraption fails. Sure, I have to buy an extra seat for it on every flight, but it pays for itself 10 times over in conversation and clients.
Old school here. No way do I pay for water. Only exception was when my daughter once opened a bottle when she didn't know any better. I think that was $2.50 5 years ago. Anyway I will drink bottled water when it is free (concierge rm) but can't stand the idea of paying for it unless I am out of the country and don't trust the local H2O.
Only hotel I've stayed in so far with free in room bottles was the ritz pentagon city.
Most others have water for sale in room (as mentioned, $3-$4 no thanks) but rarely do I see free water.
When I was in germany this time last year, there was a massive heatwave and the hotel (Koln Marriott) sent out a letter to each guest stating that the fees for the in room bottled water would be waived, since their A/C wasn't really cutting it. Boy did I take advantage of that. The bottles were like 3 euro each, so it was a big money saver.
IF I stay at Marriott properties that do not have concierge lounges, I always bring my own water bottle and re-fill it with the FREE bottled water in the exercise rooms. They alway have chilled purified water available. Why pay for more bottles when you can re-fill them there??
I read this thread while we were visiting Florida recently. As you can see, the bottled Fiji bottle available in the room was $3.50. We bought 28 bottles of the Florida water for $2.50 at a local grocery store. I try very hard to find places where we can recycle the empty bottles.
We were offered unlimited bottles of cold water at the Springhill Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruiseport where we stayed our last night. Cold water was also offered at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay front desk as well as in the Concierge Lounge.
At the Ambassador Wichita (Autograph property) free bottled water was available not only in the room, but also at the front desk and the fitness center.
I'm still puzzled. If none of us are buying the stuff, why is it still in the room at so many locations. Must be for the non-Marriott Rewards guests who don't know any better.