Where should my next Marriott Adventure be for my next staycation? I really enjoyed this summer's staycations of 2 nights each. Instead of traveling outside of my metropolitan area, I decided to experience 3 wonderful Marriott properties right near my home. Not only did I enjoy the staycations, but I earned Marriott Rewards. One of the hotels was practically on the runway at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport. My room was facing the runway with a balcony. Believe it or not the room was very quiet with the sliding glass door closed, however, I spent most of the time sitting on the balcony watching the planes take off and land. I love planes. Another hotel was connected to the airport via the skytrain, so I took a trip on it, for experience. The last hotel was in Midtown, so I walked the neighborhood and experience some restaurants for the first time.
In addition to accumulating Marriott Rewards, I did not have to travel far, so I saved on travel expenses (just gas and parking fees); I got to experience neighborhoods outside of my own that I rarely visit; and I got a wonderful experience with Marriott (room and food).
With a birthday coming up, I am looking for a nice Marriott property for another staycation. It must have a SPA!
Try a staycation. It is wonderful
i am assuming the hotel at the airport was the Renaissance at the airport? That is a really unique hotel. Delta parks jets right by the front door. You can watch them up close from the pool as well. A very unique destination or staycation.
Not sure which midtown hotel but the Renaissance Midtown with the roof top restaurant and bar is very cool. The Marquis downtown is a must for any local to check out. The Evergreen at Stone Mountain is also a vacation close to home.
Hope those are some additional suggestions. Lots in the region as well.
I have been to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis many times, but have not stayed. I will add it to my list for a staycation. I stayed at the Marriott Marquis in NYC and it was very nice. I have been thinking about staying at the Evergreen also, so I will add it. For my birthday last year, I stayed at the Algonquin in NYC, which is a Marriott property and the Renaissance on Broadway/Times Square. Looking for something in Atlanta that compares.
Thanks. I will check the Ritz Carltons out online. I have been to the Ritz in Buckhead for dinner, but have never been to the Ritz downtown. Do you know which is the nicer? Doesn't Ritz have their own Awards program? Not sure if I can transfer them to Marriott Rewards. I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Charlotte once, but can not remember how the rewards were handled.
libralady, if you reserve RC through Marriott.com and plug in your MR number, you'll get MR points. Or if you want RC points, book through RC website and plug in your RC number. You are correct that there are separate programs, but RC does award MR points if you use that option. I don't know which one in Atlanta is better but I've never been to a RC that wasn't really luxe and posh with a spa.
Thanks so much for the suggestions. Yes, I stayed at the Renaissance Concourse at the airport, the Marriott Airport Gateway and the Renaissance Midtown. They were all very unique and enjoyable. There was a Delta plane that stayed outside my balcony by the fence at the Airport Renaissance. It is amazing how close they are. The roof top restaurant at the Midtown Renaissance was very nice, but full both nights that I was there. I ate at the attached restaurant,Community Smith, which was nice. It was a short walk up to Peachtree to the Vortex and other restaurants. I will definitely go back to both of the Renaissances for a staycation. The Marriott Gateway is right next to the convention center and a stop on the skytrain that goes to the airport. I could see the runway and planes taking off in the distance.
If you like plane watching that much, you should try one of the Alexandria or Arlington or DC properties and go to Gravelly Point next to DCA and watch the take offs and landings overhead. Picnic areas, fronts the Potomac, parking, but walkable/bikeable from the tube or other origins
Thanks, that is a great idea. I lived in the Maryland/Virginia area for many years and watched planes take off occasionally from an area so close that you could almost see the people on the plane. Not sure if this is the same area.
Two years ago, I visited the Gaylord in Maryland for my birthday. Enjoyed the hotel and the surrounding area. I was able to walk around and try some of the restaurants and shops, enjoyed spa treatment and took a boat ride from the Gaylord to downtown DC. You can get off the boat and walk around, then catch it back to the Gaylord at a later time. I will do this again one day. On the boat ride, we passed the airport and saw a few planes taking off and landing.
By The Way, the Gaylord is a Marriott property.
I've been to the Gaylord for conferences, but at the time, did not stay there as I had other arrangements. That part of DC is certainly getting beefed up. I'm not sure where the casinos are going (how close they will be) but I can't see that as a plus on many levels, though certainly a jobs provider.
While not exactly a staycation, but more of a savecation, you might also consider going somewhere during off-peak or low season, and while the weather at that time will not be what the area will be known for, you can enjoy the savings and the spa pampering--- think Camelback or Palm Springs in the summer and so on.
By The Way, I am new to the insider and am still learning how this works. I clicked on "Assumed Answered" for this thread. Not sure why I did that and not sure what that did. Hopefully, it did not close out this thread, because I am getting some wonderful suggestions for my birthday staycation and would like for it to continue. I also need to learn where to put my comments and/or questions. Perhaps this discussion was not a question. I am enjoying it and will figure it out it due time. Thanks for your assistance.
If you like staying at Ritz Carlton hotels, consider driving to Greensboro, GA and staying at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee. It is a beautiful hotel, with a spa, plenty of golf and fine dining. It also has one of the best Club Lounges I have ever been to, so pay the extra money to get Club access...You won't be disappointed.
Has anyone stayed at the JW Marriott in Buckhead or the Atlanta Renaissance Waverly? Other than the Ritz Carltons (RCs) and the Marriott Marquis, I am thinking that these may be next in line for a staycation. I know that neither will compare to the RCs, so they would not be for a birthday staycation, but I am sure I will do just a regular staycation in the future.