Just finished desert in the executive lounge at the River Gauche in Paris. The staff really goes out of thier way to make you feel welcome. My issue is that the only thing they ask is you fill out honor system slip to pay for any wine or beer etc. While watching people come in for about half a hour four couples had wine, none filled out the honor slip. When the staff asked one couple to fill a slip out they did so then took it with them so they wouldn't have to pay! During this time another couple got up and snuck out before the staff member noticed them. My wife and I left so I'm not sure about the other two couples. I'm hoping they did fill out a slip. I Know we like the lounge open and it really is great that Marriott provides this for us when we travel. I'm thinking at this rate you may have to go to the bar to order a drink. We receive free food, soda, water, etc. come on people Marriott treats us right it might be time for us to step up and do the right thing also.
Theft of alcholic beverages has gotten so bad at the West Des Moines Marriott that they don't even put it out in the evenings anymore. There are empty glasses available and if you want a drink you give an empty glass to the attendant who in turn goes into the lounge kitchen and pours the drink, fills out the honor slip, and has the guest sign it on the spot. Amazing how tight (and sometimes down right dishonest) some folks are.
I'm a regular at the Rive Gauche and the Honor system is new - until mid Feb the drinks were all free until 9.30pm. I guess teh honor system brings into line with US Hotels and perhaps reflects the straitened times at present.
That said I was caught out the first week it was introduced when I had not seen the slips and would have left without signing had the regular attendant not spoken to me!
All that said, the Rive Gauche lounge is first class.