Just wanted to give a shout out to the The Houston Airport Marriott and the Grand Cayman Marriott Resort.
Start with the Houston Airport Marriott: BTW this hotel has had a wonderful facelift. They now have "M" lounge which replaces the CL. Great setting, now there is no more Honour Bar, but you can order drinks and a meal in the M Lounge. I was given a massive suite, actually too large for me, but hey I'm not complaining. The comp breakfast was from the Buffett, so the regular awesome buffet breakfast that you see at Marriott Flagships. Oh and great check-in staff and ML staff too.
Grand Cayman Marriott: great check-in, as I said it was a points stay, waived the resort fee, since this property is a resort they normally have no comp breakfast but they gave me complimentary vouchers for the the full buffet breakfast, upgraded room, Platinum gift of ice-cream & bottled water PLUS the 500 points, great staff too, especially the nice lady (I forget her name) who checked me in.
So there you have it, two in a row "points stays" that were second to none.
I have one more points stay in September in London (JW Marriott 6-nights), they are a great property too so I'm thinking it's going to be a HAT TRICK of points stays.
Awesome feedback jamesdean! We are glad to hear our local Houston airport FS Marriott is making a comeback! I can't wait to make the Cayman Islands trip with some friends next year. Thanks for sharing!
To be honest I was very surprised too, mind you I've stayed there before (payed stays) but NEVER had the breakfast comp vouchers BUT have had the resort fee waived (always by myself on business) but usually some resisitance.
Nice property since the reno, especially the Foyer area and new lounge & bar area.
Great news jamesdean about the IAH Marriott as for years it was pretty run down and in need of a renovation in such a bad way. I'm going to guess the M Lounge is on the top of the round main part of the hotel or what floor.
Cayman, good to hear as we did not enjoy your stay as that place was in need of a makeover as well. How was your beach view, obstructed or wide open?
The M lounge at IAH Marriott is on the main lobby level where the old fitness centre used to be. The new fitness centre in located by a main floor exit, not sure what exit name it's called. The M lounge is very upscale with a private access to the public lounge and buffet area for morning breakfasts. The roof level old lounge and restaurant is still under reno's so not sure why they have planned for that.
Regarding the Grand Cayman Marriott, the whole property has had a make-over, the rooms are good but not great. For me Im not a beach person so I really don't care, but I had an atrium facing room which is considered an upgrade. Limited rooms have actual real beach front access, I've been upgraded to those in the past but as I said it's not a big deal for me.