I am heading to Manchester (UK) Marriott very soon. I found out they have no concierge lounge. As a Gold member am I offered a free breakfast in the hotel restaurant or any alternative to no concierge lounge?
Also, I am heading to London after Manchester (County Hall) and heard their concierge lounge you have to pay for and not just the usual alcohol. Is this actually true?
Do not know about Manchester, but I do about County Hall. There has been no charge to CL unless you bring more people than they allow per room. I never had to check on the maximum number of people, but I think it is two free and after that there is a charge for the extra people. Very nice lounge! They have beer and wine complimentary.
You may want to check out older "insiders" reports on Manchester and London to help you plan your trip.
My experiences of Europe and the Middle East is that there is very little consistency. Mostly I have found wine and beer to be free -- even sometimes in the Middle East where it is not out there on the table with the hors d'oeuvres all you have to do is ask for it. When waiter associates get to know you, they often fulfill your wishes without even asking for it.
For those places with Exec or Concierge Lounges, my reminiscences suggest that it was the UK where I mostly had to pay for glasses of wine. If a hotel in Europe does not have a lounge, my experience has been that they often give you more than the equivalent -- whether it be phenomenal breakfasts, or, as one of my favorite Marriotts (Ghent) does, both breakfast in the restaurant and vouchers for a drink and an hors d'oeuvres from the bar (the hors d'oeuvres could easily serve as dinner).
Ref Marriott Manchester: First, which Marriott are you visiting? If it is the Victoria and Albert, there is not a Concierge Lounge - and incidentally, no gym either. The Lounge Bar is an excellent place - especially if Ganesh is working - but it isn't free. Gold Elite does qualify for a free breakfast. If, however, you are staying at the Marriott Airport, there is a Lounge and a gym - but it is 10 miles out ofthe city. Enjoy yourself
I would support the Prof's assessment. Whether this relates to the existence of more franchised operations, I couldn't say with any authority, but it is a factor. Any consideration is "opening days"; some do not open at the week-ends, but a few do not offer free breakfasts either on these days - e.g. the Munich Marriott.
It is a little odd, I agree. As far as a lounge is concerned, the management will probably answer that the very old structure of the building - an old warehouse - puts a premium upon any available space; their answer to the gym question will probably that there is a nearby gym at which guests get advantageous terms
I'm currently staying at County Hall and can confirm that for a Gold member like yourself the lounge is completely free for you and one other guest. Breakfast in the mornings, canopies after work and then brownies and cookies after that. Free beer and wine 5:30pm - 9:30pm and it's open until midnight for the drinks in the fridges and then the snacks. Fantastic gym and pool as well - possibly the best in London.
Just got back from my UK trip and happy to report the London County Hall was all free and open on the weekend. Very nice. Kind of a small lounge, but funtional and friendly.
No lounge in the Manchester Marriott got us a free breakfast at the buffet - only after we were billed were we told it was "continental" only. Not much, at all, to the continental portion - pretty minimal actually. Nothing else offered being a Gold Member.
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