Marriott Hotels, Resorts and family companies is an International business with over 3,000 properties in over 70 countries of the world. It started as a family owned business, and continues to maintain the core values implemented by the company’s founder J.W. Marriott. As one of the leading providers of world class accommodations and hospitality to global travelers, Marriott strives to make your stay a pleasant and comfortable home away from home experience.
J.W. Marriott was born in Utah, the son of a farmer, and after college he started a root beer stand business in Washington,D.C. The Marriott enterprise was founded in 1927, and expanded internationally in 1992, followed by a 49% acquisition of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in 1995. In 1998 the Marriott company acquired 99% of the Ritz Carlton's business with the additional acquisition of 50%, which included 35 hotels around the world. On September 11, 2001 the Marriott World Trade Center was destroyed with the collapse of the twin towers. Today, Marriott continues to represent the ultimate in comfort and luxury for vacationers and travelers.
Brisbane- Stayed at the Marriot many times. This is probably my default hotel. It is great, good location in terms of access. The in room dining is good although gets a bit boring after a while, they should really spice it up a bit :-) The SPA is awesome, really is, it is on a balcony where you have great view and you can just sit there and relax, do it almost every day. In the room you can connect your laptop to the TV with the supplied cables and watch your movies on the big screen, this is such great services.
Houston- This hotel is classy and clean and convenient. The price per room here is HIGH but at the same time you get extraordinary service. So you get what you pay for. Spent our anniversary here and we had a good time. If you're visiting from out of town this is a great location hotel as its right across from the galleria mall. We stayed in a junior suite and it was so nice. The bed was so comfy and room was so vast. Everything is recently renovated. Not even marriott.com's website has up to date pictures. Pretty modern on the inside.
New Orleans- We were booked in advance of our arrival in New Orleansto stay at JW Marriott onC anal Streeton 2/14 on the night before our cruise. This is a 4star hotel with good recommendations online as I regularly research hotels, restaurants, etc before we leave home. I had paid and confirmed twice by phoning the front desk during the week to let them know that we would arrive late (approximately midnight). When we arrived at the airport there was a "skeleton crew" working because, we were told, most employees had not shown up to work. We waited a long time for our bags and at 12 a.m.
The BBB records reflect individual Marriott locations for the listed ratings. The ratings are based on the BBB standards. There were no complaints listed on the BBB site for any of these locations. For this review, random locations in the United States were selected:
- Des Moines, IA- A+
- Riverside, CA- A+
- Bethesda, MD- C+
- Oklahoma, OK - A+
For this review the Marriott Hotels Beachfront Resorts and Marriott International were selected.
Statistics on Alexa for the Hawaii Beachfront Resorts showed 942,381 sites with a better 3 month global traffic. There are over 412 links from other sites, which may account for travel industry users, as well as, private travelers being directed to the Marriott Beachfront Resort site for Hawaii.
The Marriott International has a three month global traffic rank of 1,356. Visitors view more than 4 pages, spending at least 5 minutes for viewing. Browsers are female and college graduates with families, earning approximately $60,000 a year.
There were several pages on Facebook for Marriott family companies. For this review the Marriott International was selected with over 114,000 likes and during the month of May 2,904 people liked the page with 8,412 people talking about it. This page lists the activity during the month of May about business with travelers posting vacation trip photos and hotels offerings from food, hotel features, services and loation scenery.
The Twitter page for Marriott is maintained by Bethesda, Maryland with 7,003 tweets, 14,702 following and 187,114 followers.
Google Safe Browsing confirms the Marriott site is safe and has not had to deal with any type of malware attacks or infection from other sites during the past 90 days. The websites are operated by a third party on behalf of the Marriott company, supporting and respecting the privacy of its users. The site appears to be safe for online transactions.
Marriott pricing varies from location to location, and is dependent on the number of travelers and level of services requested. For this review the Beachfront Resorts, Vacation Villas and a New York City package were selected. The prices are great for a full package deal, which includes a round trip airfare and hotel accomodations.
- Hawaii: Enjoy four nights and a round trip airfare from $679.
- Vacation at a Marriott Villa, with the comforts of home, and private accommodations for the whole family with four nights and round-trip airfare starting at just $409.
- New York City: Enjoy two nights and a round trip airfare from $455.
Marriott hotels have merchandise available for purchase online and at the hotels. Guests or shoppers can purchase bath robes, lamps, furniture, and linens, which can be delivered to anywhere in the continental United States. Travelers and online shoppers have the option of selecting ground shipping, next day, 2nd or 3rd day delivery schedules.
Hawaii, Alaska and International shipping prices are dependent on the final transportation costs for the area. Depending on the location duties and value taxes may also be applicable.
Marriott 's return policy requires that the merchandise returned must be in the same condition as it was delivered within 30 days of purchase for a refund or exchange. Consumers must contact Marriott and provide the form of payment used, since the information is not retained in the Marriot system. There are some items such as bedding that has been used, washed or opened, which are not acceptable conditions for returns or exchanges.
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