WOBURN (BOSTON), MASSACHUSETTS -- The Courtyard at Woburn is about 25 minutes out of Boston and I found myself booked thereby my company when hotels in Boston were full. I had early morning meetings in Cambridge both days of my stay. The short story is that the taxi service in Woburn is overwhelmed in the morning and never responded to the call (second day never responded to a fixed appointment made the day before). After a 30 min wait the manager made a special arrangement for a private town car and offered me extra reward points for my trouble.
The second day there were more troubles. By the time I needed a taxi at checkout the manager waited only 10 minutes before getting out her own car and taking me to the airport shuttle. I appreciated her care for my situation, her solutions, and her aggressive work to ensure that I could make my appointments and my plane on time. Congratulations, **! I will recommend your hotel to everyone! I hope that Marriott also rewards your exceptional service.
LONDON -- I booked a six-night stay at the London Regent's Park Marriott on the internet for a decent, yet unspectacular rate of $225/night. I cancelled the day I was supposed to arrive, and Marriott has charged me for the full six nights. I got absolutely no service for this; only the chance to play around on the Marriott website. A decent cancellation policy would be to charge for one night and provide credit for the remainder.
Marriott will not refund or allow me to rebook. This is the worst policy I have heard of with any hotel chain. Do not book with a Marriott when you have so many other choices. It's just not worth it. Also, their complaint channels are anonymous and faceless. It's hard to get a full name out of anyone you might complain to. They all run and hide. It's very unprofessional.
CORK, IOWA -- I cannot say how stressful my wife and I have found our recent experience with their Cork Centre. We were the proud owners of three timeshare weeks at Marbella (Beach Club). Two were fully paid for and one was being paid for monthly. I became very ill and made an arrangement to pay a larger monthly sum to them 300 dollars rather than 200 dollars to make up for five months missing payments. They continued to take my 300 dollars every month - which was very hard to find in our circumstances but refrained from advising us that they had revoked our ownership.
£5000 circa which had been paid to them over several years has been lost as well as the ownership and additionally we have experienced the most awful service from Cork office. Their senior will not speak to us but relies on inaccurate records. His staff and administration has lost documents, sent others to wrong addresses and generally caused us considerable heart ache and trouble. We are now £5000 down and have nothing.
Beware - do not get involved with this organization who were once excellent. J W Marriott who wrote The Spirit To Serve would I know take a very dim view of ** team and their inefficiencies. Has anyone tried to make a complaint about Cork to Salt Lake City? Try it. Cork intercept the complaint and keep it from their chief office over the water.
FLORIDA -- Make sure you read everything and ask a ton of questions before buying with Marriott. They make it sound so easy to use and even easier to sell when you need to but GOOD LUCK. After 7 years of ownership, our resort is still not sold out and you can not resell. We were told 18 months and we could resell. THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE PEOPLE ARE USELESS AND TELL YOU NOTHING BUT THEIR COMPUTER SCRIPT. BUYER BEWARE.
DANA POINT, CALIFORNIA -- I mean no disrespect to the individuals that have posted positive remarks on the reviews... However I did not have a great time during my stay. I had sent a letter to the hotel expressing my disappointment with my stay and they offered me an upgrade for my next visit. They couldn't pay me to come stay there again! I respectfully wrote back and told the hotel manager that the least they could do was reimburse me for the time I spent there and the hotel manager never even acknowledged my last letter.
I intend to write a letter to the head of the company. I am so angry at the way I have been treated. I am happy to spend a bunch of money, but only if it is worth it. I had a better experience staying at the Courtyard by Marriott - I seriously mean that! I even sent a letter acknowledging the customer service I received with them. It was fantastic. But here I am paying ~1200 to stay for two days ($1200 is the same as my rent for the month!) and had a horrible experience compared to the Courtyard where I was paying $160 for two days!
The more people I share my story with, the more I hear the same experience that they had themselves. I would highly recommend considering a different hotel if you want to stay in this area or you will set yourself up for disappointment!
I am only giving the highlights of my stay at the Laguna Cliffs Resort and Spa here. There were many things that happened that would take pages for me to share my experience. There are many things they do not tell you up front - such as you have to pay $22 for parking (and valet costs the same) but there is not always parking available.
On a side note here, the funny thing I noticed was there was a lot of junk stored in the garage taking up parking spaces. I had left to run to a local store and when I returned, there was absolutely no parking left. My effort to get assistance from the front desk as to where to park resulted in my being told to park on the street where it clearly says "No Hotel Parking".
Also, be prepared to bring a ton of money to eat in their restaurant. We forked out $13 for 4 shrimp. One cocktail - $10. We called the concierge and asked for a restaurant recommendation for dinner - he gave us one but could not tell us what time it closed and the directions he gave us were wrong - we never found the place after driving around for over half an hour.
Be warned too if you call the front desk for help, you will be bounced around from department to department. Another thing that amazed me was that they charge for internet access. I travel a lot for work - in my $80 a night Courtyard by Marriott room I have free internet access and free parking - at this location you have to pay $10/day and they don't tell you that it starts at noon and ends at noon. So my fiance went to use the internet and only got 3 hours of use before it was shut off and then they charged us twice for it.
Oh and then there is a lovely Sunday champagne brunch - absolutely fantastic - wonderful selection and wide variety and you can eat outside and see the ocean - what you don't know is that it cost 45/person. No one mentions that, there is no sign, no menu, no nothing. That was a unexpected surprise when we received the bill. I do have a couple of positive things to say about the location though - the spa is outstanding. You totally get what you pay for. The service is exemplary! Also, the exercise room is fantastic. Wide variety of well maintained equipment.
I submitted a three page letter to Marriott regarding an extensive number of issues we had while we stayed at the resort (I barely touched on them here) and I never received any response from the Property Manager until after a month had passed. His response was to offer me an upgrade. Who would want to go back to a place that was such a source of stress and frustration? In talking to others, they shared similar experiences. It's unfortunate but my experience has made me want to spend my hard earned money elsewhere.
I suggest that anyone with a Marriott Rewards account review their account after each stay to ensure that you receive your rewards points. For 3 different stays I had to spend approximately 2 months going back and forth with Marriott to finally receive my rewards. I will avoid Marriott stays in the future and probably use Hilton since they are much more responsive and helpful.
MAUI, HAWAII -- Do not buy a Marriott timeshare. We were told a 2 bedroom lockout room at Maui Ocean would be easy to used to come to Magi, or trade to go other places. This is not true. If you want to travel during school holidays or summer good luck. We have submitted requests on the opening day, for multiple resorts, and multiple dates. We have been successful one time. We can't even go to our home resort. Unless you can take your kids out of school to travel you will be bummed.
WASHINGTON, DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -- I stayed there for a weekend with my Pitbull. That is right with my dog. The staff was great. Nobody gave me grief about the type of breed, and was very sweet to him. The room was immaculate. The complimentary breakfast was ample with plenty of variety, fresh and delicious. The staff is extremely helpful in all matters and very polite. They made my DC visit a pleasurable experience and I will be staying there again upon my future visits to DC.