2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 29, 2011 5:18 AM by lakeshore RSS

Best Use Ever of Free Stay Cert., Chicago Oak Hills Resort

marshallp Platinum
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I rack up a lot of free stay certificates from the credit card promotion, but many times I find it difficult to use them before the deadline b/c they are only for category 1 - 4.  However, I recently hit the jackpot when using one of them.

 

I had to be in the western suburbs of Chicago with my family last week, so I did a search for Marriott properties.  There were a lot of them, but I picked the Marriott Oak Hills Resort because it was a Category 4 and looked the nicest, plus I was hoping that maybe I could get a free upgrade based on my platinum status.

 

I showed up and sure enough, they gave me an upgrade to the Presidential Suite.  I have stayed at hundreds of different hotel rooms around the country and Europe, and this was the largest room I have ever stayed.  It was ridiculously large, with a dining room, 2 baths, a kitchen, 2 living areas, and 2 balconies overlooking the golf course, etc., etc.  Plus, the hotel itself was a very nice golf resort with an nice outdoor pool, nice landscaping, etc.

On top of all that, I selected the wine and chees options for my incoming Platinum gift.  My wife and I finished that, so we called down and they sent up 2 more bottles and another wheel of brie cheese - for free.

To make things even better, we got some Starbucks coffee and rented a movie during our stay.  On the morning of our checkout, the hotel had a problem with the water pressure, so the manager agreed to credit our account for the coffee and movie, so that was free too.

To think I got a free stay in a Presidential Suite at a nice golf resort, plus free wine and cheese, a movie, and amenities - all for a free stay certificate was very nice indeed.  That is why I am a Marriott loyal person.  The rare times that I am dissapointed by something are heavily outweighed by experiences like this.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Re: Best Use Ever of Free Stay Cert., Chicago Oak Hills Resort
    versel Alumni Steward Platinum
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    That is indeed the jackpot. I've been upgraded fairly often. In fact, I'm sitting in an upgraded room right now. However, whenever I reserve a room expecting an upgrade it almost never happens. I'm not usually a superstitious person, but this has me wondering...

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: Best Use Ever of Free Stay Cert., Chicago Oak Hills Resort
    lakeshore Platinum 11 Reviews
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    Fantastic!  Thanks for sharing!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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