I would love to do this on my upcoming cruise, so I just called Platinum Reservations who transferred me to Customer Care, and they are sending messages to the properties to see if they can accomodate the request.
Usually we buy the cruise ship tour to the beach, which is often a local hotel, so I figured I just might as well use Marriott which I know will be nice.
From the phone conversation its seems that its based alot on the occupancy rate.
Will see how it goes.
I must admit I have just arrived unannounced to Marriott properties more then a few times, showed Plat credentials, and got a little "love", shall we say.
Last time was about a month ago, and my girlfriend and I each needed to use the respective bathrooms at a Springhill Suites in downtown Pittsburgh next to the Steeler stadium after a football game. It was all locked up for Patrons. One of those emergency type situations you could say (cold out). No problem with keys there.
I have more then a few times stopped at places when I have a layover before or after cruises Ft. Lauderdale Renaissance is good for this. If will sometimes just appear and have like 8 hours between cruise and flight. They will lock up my luggage, give me towels, etc.and let me use the outdoor pool and other facilities for the duration, and have never charged me for anything.up, and are very nice about the whole thing.
I am sure some places will charge a bit depending on what you are asking. Renaissance Las Vegas did let me use a room for almost 10 hours once about 2 years ago, at no charge when I had a flight delay (and I had not even been staying there, just kind of showed up!). I did tell them I would be using the restaurant in advance, which I did, and spent a few bucks, and at the end I asked them if I owed anything and they said no. Was really nice of them.
So I guess it all depends on where you are, who you are talking to, and probably things like how busy they are, but anything is possible.
I would imagine that if you called in advance or something, you are probably setting yourself up for some sort of charge. It does not have the feeling of "empowerment" that they have to charge you or not based on their graciousness when you just sort of show up. When you just look at the folks at the desk with puppy dog eyes, that helps a lot too. (I know, I am bad like that.....)
People can be really nice sometimes. Other times, well.............
Good luck to ya though!
Many times when driving on the road and needing a business center, I have stopped at the local marriott, explained I am platinum and need to use the business center, and they always give me a key to the room.
This situation is a bit different, in that I am at the port, will need to use a taxi (~$20-30) each way (~$40-60), and once I arrive there, nothing else is close by. I suppose I could just show up and wander out to the beach, but thought it might be nice to use some of the spa facilities.
When I was at the Marriott Resort in Scottsdale Arizoa, I meet lots of folks in the spa who lived in the area, and paid to access the spa facilities, so I thought this might be interesting to do and see how I like the caribbean properties, and whether I would like to stay for a longer period of time.
I did call the properties directly to ask, and their response was that it depended on the occupancy rate, and I needed to check the day of.
Then I saw this thread while indexing and decided to contact through central reservations - platinum desk leading me to customer care, who formally made a request of the properties I am interested in.
They will email me the status of the request next tuesday.
For years I have been buying the cruise ship package for the beach, which is usually some local hotel, not as nice as the Marriott. They give you transport, and a drink coupon, and that is about it.
When I read this thread I suddenly realized I could have a much nicer beach day at the local Marriott.
As I explained to the properties when I called them, Platinum Reservations, and Customer Care, I am avid user of MI, and there are some very mixed reviews on properties, so I would like to see them 1st hand by spending my cruise ship beach day there, and then decide if its a place I would like to return for a longer stay.
Both properties on Puerto Rico near the docs are completely booked at this point with the only availability being suites, so I do understand how the properties do become jaded. If not one customer than the next. During the high season its a constant influx of people.
And as one of my Puerto Rican GFs says about Puerto Rico, there are 3 things every visitor should bring
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
I like to see how things work, especially when I don't really need it to work cause on am on the cruise ship, and there is plenty to do.
Just thought it would be an interesting opportunity to scout out some new properties to see if I want to spend an extended time, or just continue to island hop.
Have been on so many cruises, that I have probably spent more than a week or two on each island, just not consecutive days.
Just heard back from Frenchman's Reef and Morningstar Resort Reservation Agent about their day rate, which is 50% of the Marriott rate (consisten with what CM has said in the thread above).
I have added this to the list of cruise ship tour options for beach & swim, and its slightly more expensive, but everyone traveling says they are willing to spend a bit more to get away from the crowded tours & tour buses. Below is a price comparison for USVI if anyone else is interested.
Comparable USVI Cruise tours (from least expensive to most expensive)
Just confirmed the reservation with Frenchman's Reef for their day rate for the day the cruise ship is in USVI. We have been to USVI many times, all the islands, so have seen most of the sites, shopped alot, etc. So we decided this trip we just want to enjoy the beach. The day rate at Frenchman's Reef is competitive with any of the rates the cruise ships are charging for a day at the beach, and we won't be stuck with a group of people on a bus, that uses some unknown hotel property's beach. Marriott Frenchman's Reef is a short taxi ride from the port ($6/pp each way), or we can take the cruise shuttle into town, and the hotel water taxi from town that runs every 30 minutes from downtown Vendo Plaza.
Just posted pictures of Frenchman's Reef and Morning Start Resort, after using the day rate at the property as our cruise stop at St. Thomas. Lovely property, and will also write review.