we have a couple of times discussed whether we eat in hotel restaurants . I don't often but when I do I find a them empty . I have a couple of experiences over last two years with two Ma hotels . One in Burlington and one in Newton . The Newton Marriott has both a eating bar area as well as a separate sit down restaurant . The one time I ate in the sit down it was empty. The bar area always seems busy and vibrant with many people eating dinner. The hotel in Burlington has gone to a chops concept with no separate dining room . The last two times I was there including this week it seems to be always busy and vibrant. I ate off a full dinner menu and food was very good . I don't know if this is a trend but at least for this place it seems to be workIng
jerryl I don't know if this is a trend or not. Quite frankly, if it is just me and my wife we prefer to eat at the bar in a lounge. There is more activity and it is fun to engage the bartender or other patrons in conversation. It's amazing what you can learn from someone else in the space of an hour or two!