I called a Residence Inn direct to make a reservation. I was told they cannot negotiate rates that they are set by corporate and cannot be lowered. When did this start? Why can't the hotels negotiate rates
Is all what you mean by "corporate". E.G., Rates are usually set by the individual hotels ---- BUT, many Marriott-flagged hotels are run by independent management companies to Marriott standards. The hotel managment company sets the rates. So, when you received that "set by corporate" response, the "corporate" that set the rates probably meant the management company, not Marriott International.