I recently stayed at the Fairfield Inn in Idaho Falls, ID. Saw a vacant hotel that co-workers said was a Marriott that never opened. Any particular reason why this hotel never opened? It appeared that it would be nicer than the Fairfield.
Answer to this and many other similar situations can be all over the map, but in the past three years or so it usually boils down to developer difficulty obtaining financing. Within 10 miles of my home in north San Diego County, there have been a number of both proposed and existing hotel developments (of all flavors) that have experienced delays, fallen on financial hard times, or simply cancelled during the recent recession. Most visible around here was the exit last summer of the Four Seasons Aviara Hotel in Carlsbad, CA --- which was re-flagged as a Hyatt when - according to a San Diego newspaper - the owner fell on hard times and had difficulty agreeing on financial and other terms with the Four Seasons management company. On the other hand, kudos to Marriott and its delelopers for working through three nearby developments during these difficult times: First, the brand new Townplace Suites in Vista that opened last June. Next was the San Marcos Residence Inn, which - after a year of construction financing delays - opened in Fall, 2010. Yet to turn a shovel of dirt is the planned and now revitalized downtown Esconcido full-service Marriott --- thrice delayed for lack of financing.