We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua (Maui) and we did receive Marriott Rewards, as a Platinum Elite member, we were not allowed to use the lounge. I paid extra to use the executive lounge but for what we got, it was worth it! We did not have to go out for dinner or breakfast and the items served were just "over the top". The staff was also the absolute best. We felt like royalty. Ritz Carlton Kapalua provided us with our most memorable (38th) anniversary!
which is why I don't stay at Ritz properties. no lounge=. Its too bad, since I am a Marriott PE, but we Marriott Platinum riff raff don't get this privilege. BTW, last time I did stay at a Ritz (Philadelphia, about 2 years ago), I had to wait 30 minutes to check in (no apology), they gave me a room with two double beds (despite my call in advance to request a king, and then when I went back down to FD, had to wait another 20 mins and they told me OK, here is your king room (again no apology). I wrote to the hotel and told them after my check out, the GM wrote me back said sorry, they had a few new people at FD who were new and didn't have the supervision they needed, and would I please come back and give them another chance. No way. I have stayed at Ritz in Santa Monica, CA, Tyson Corner, Va and other locations. But now, this experience turned me off Ritz properties. The service is uneven, their people often not well trained or supervised, and without reciprocal benefits to MR Elites, why stay at a Ritz? If the Starwood merger goes thru, maybe the St Regis team can make the Ritz chain better. and maybe we lowly MR Platinum's will get lounge privileges at the St Regis chain (and they will tell the Ritz they should as well). One can dream, can't one?.
If you read the Ritz-Carlton Rewards details, it's virtually identical to MR terms with the exclusion of lounge privileges and upgrades exclude Club level rooms. So it's not a free perk for anyone (except Ritz-Carlton credit card holders who get club level upgrade certificates to use each year). You should not feel entitled to a benefit that's not given to anyone else. I imagine they expect people (yes, even PE Ritz Rewards members) to pay for the benefit because their club lounges far exceed anything at any Marriott.
Yes you do get MR points staying at ritz as well as if you use your marriott credit card. You don't get any points for extras such as food though. There's some ritz properties that don't participate in the Marriott rewards program which should be noted. As for lounge, you must pay for it. There's been very rare occasions when someone does get comp lounge but that's like finding a unicorn. From my experience, I'm glad that they are strict with their lounges because I really enjoyed the privacy and offerings compared to the overcrowded marriott lounges.