Atlanta/Downtown - Marriott Marquis 4*

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Atlanta/Downtown - Marriott Marquis 4*

rmouchet
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21 Apr 2003, 14:27 #1

Just returned from our 1 night stay at the Marquis. A very nice atrium syled hotel with lots of amenities.

If you park at the hotel, they have valet parking only for $20 a night. Can be a big problem. (will discuss later)

Check in went nice and smoothly. I requested two beds non-smoking and was placed on the 27th floor. (nice view all of the way down!) My in-laws do not favor heights too well and requested a lower floor. No problem, got a room on the 1st floor.

The rooms very nice. Nice bedding and your usual in-room amenities you find in a 3 or 4* hotel. However, the rooms were kinda small for a 4* hotel. The rooms at the 3* Sheraton in Birmingham almost twice as large. But for a nights' stay, it was fine for us.

The room had a mini frige, internet keyboard, hairdryer, iron/board, coffee maker, etc. No N64 for the kids though.

The hotel has 3 full service restaurants and a deli. The steakhouse was closed for a couple of weeks.

The bottom floor had a large convention rooms. I think their were weddings and conventions going on the weekend we were there.

If you need to get around without your car, no problem. There was a walkway to the Peachtree Mall (about 70 shops), which also lead you to Marta. We hopped on it to Underground Atlanta. We were also walking distance to Hard Rock Cafe.

Elevators were horrible on the morning of check out. You would have to wait several minutes to catch an elevator down. Most of the time they were too full to get on when one stopped on your floor.

Check out went smoothly. Now getting your car!

You have to take another elevator to the parking garage. Another long line to get to the elevator. Once in the garage, another long line of people waiting for their cars. We had to wait several minutes for our car.

Overall, a nice hotel that is conviently located to everything you need or want in downtown Atlanta.
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22 Apr 2003, 03:54 #2

I stayed here on a PL stay (separately posted), and I was charged $44 for two nights "parking."

I took the MARTA, as I always do in Atlanta. At checkout, when I discovered the charge, I called the front desk. They transferred me to the parking garage where I was told the charge would be removed. Lo and behold, it was not removed, and this "parking" charge appeared on my credit card statement. Called the hotel again, which claims that I parked a car. (I do not even drive a car at home; I take taxis). I have disputed the charge with my credit card.
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26 Apr 2003, 00:44 #3

Posted by Legalwizzz on 4/24/03:

I had heard the parking at the hotel was a little pricey so I parked in a parking deck right beside the hotel. This cost $15 for the night. The next night I parked in a lot beside the hotel and parking deck for $10.

The lobby of the hotel is very nice and meets 4 Star expectations. Everyone at the hotel was very nice. I got a room on the 34th floor with a great view.

There are a number of restaurants and the hotel is attached to a mall that has other restaurants. I chose to walk a few blocks to the Hardrock cafe. Be aware that downtown Atlanta seems to have quite a homeless problem. Every time I walked downtown after five, I was asked for money/change. Seemed a visitor could be spotted in a second and quickly approached for $$. You can also go through the mall and arrive close to the Hardrock cafe.

Rooms: The bedding was great. 4 star all the way. However, I have stayed at some much nicer rooms in the 4 Star category. The room itself reminded me of a 3 star hotel which is still nice. You have your coffee maker and internet connection. Many hotels have very small exercise facilities with one machine and two or three bikes. This hotel had dumbells, a bench press, approx. 8 machines and a fair number of bikes and tredmills. After a workout, you can head to the whirlpool. Though, only a few people can fit in it. Both times I got in it, I was the only person there. The pool was nice.

I would definitely stay in this hotel again. It was a great value. The only thing that really keeps it from being a great 4 star is the age of the hotel which is apparent when going to your room. The glass elevators were nice.
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15 May 2003, 21:08 #4

My 3 night stay in this hotel was very nice and definately met my expectations. Everything in the room was clean and the bed was really comfortable. They were doing some work on the exterior of the building but the sound was only slightly noticible one afternoon. We found parking in a lot beside the hotel for $5 a day. We were within walking distance to several restraurants which was nice. Also, the internet connection was very easy to set up.
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07 Jun 2003, 03:32 #5

I have stayed twice at the Marquis on business trips, once for a week, once for a night. The building is impressive to look at (beautiful atrium design) and the views from the higher rooms of Atlanta are outstanding but overall the rooms and the amenities are average to above-average. I enjoyed the pool and the workout room, as well as the easy access to the adjoining mall. The convenience of being within walking distance of downtown is a strong plus, but I would only stay there again if I got a really good rate.
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09 Jun 2003, 13:18 #6

Just returned from 1 night stay. Went to Atlanta for the weekend to see Jerry Seinfeld at the Fox.

Concur with all comments above. Lobby nice and grand, room was 3 1/2 star at best.

The thing I noticed first and foremost was the carpets. They were wrinkled (hallways and room) and needed to be stretched and cut badly. It curled up at the walls and there was no floor molding to hide the problem.

Checkin was fast and easy, no mention of priceline and were given the room we requested.
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11 Jun 2003, 14:05 #7

My familiy spent two nights last weekend at the Marriott Marquis. We were very pleased with our $41. PL room. Thanks to Bidding for Travel for giving me an insight as to what it would take to get this room. We had 3732. Decent view, on the small side but OK for two adults and two kids. The atrium, I thought, was spectactular. Service was good and when checking in they said that the room had been taken care of on PL. Nothing snotty. There had been some comments posted about parking being pricey. It is, but when you pull in to the front of the hotel it is like you are at Caesar's in Vegas. We valeted and I felt, especially with the $41. price of the room, the price of letting them park the car and having some responsiblity for the car outweighed saving five or ten dollars a night in a near by parking lot.
LOWS: We had a rough time finding it. Most shops in the area close at five. Would have liked to had a bigger bath (but again...$41.!!)
There were a variety of eating places near. We walked to Underground Atlanta. We would stay here again, even though, having said that, we prefer the Perimeter area for our needs. Doubletree Suites $41.PL is our preference in that area. We have stayed at the Crowne Plaza Ravania and wished we would have gotten the DT. Hope this helps>
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04 Dec 2003, 22:22 #8

I stayed here for 2 nights recently.

The clerk at check-in was very friendly and helpful, as was every other member of the staff I encountered (except the concierge, ironically). The desk clerk mentioned that my room was paid by Priceline and asked if a non-smoking room on the 4th floor would be ok. I *politely* replied that I'd prefer a non-smoking room higher up if any was available and was given a room on the 41st floor.

The ride up on the glass elevator inside the atrium of the hotel is almost worth the price I paid for the room. Beautiful 70s-style modern architecture that is just stunning in its scope.

The room was smallish with 2 double beds, a desk, and an easy chair and ottoman. One of the garbage cans had not been emptied and I later discovered a used shower cap behind the bathroom door. Also, the towels were new and had not been washed yet; the bar code stickers were still affixed. Some peeling paint in the bathroom and the carpet was worn in places. The bed had a nice feather down duvet and down pillows that were quite comfortable.

Amenities were basic -- soap, shampoo, lotion, coffee with real mugs, hair dryer and iron. Nothing fancy.

Local phone calls are $1.00 each, but they offer unlimited local and long distance calls and high-speed internet for your laptop for $9.95/day. I was able to get a free wireless internet signal intermittently and cell reception inside the room was spotty (maybe I was above the cell towers?).

Valet parking is $20/night. This is the best deal if you plan on using your car at least once or twice a day, as the adjacent lots don't allow in-and-out privileges. It is a little annoying to have to wait for someone to bring you your car, but is very convenient upon arriving at the hotel. This area isn't the safest, so the valet also gave me some piece of mind.

There is a fitness center that I did not use, although I stuck my head in -- they seem to have a good deal of cardio equipment along with some weight machines and extensive free-weight dumbbells and benches. Also steamrooms and jacuzzi. The pool is smallish and not really good for lap swimming, but it is an indoor/outdoor type which might be fun in warm weather.

The view from my room was captivating -- floor-to-ceiling-wall-to-wall windows facing midtown and GA Tech. The view and a cup of coffee from the Starbucks downstairs and the free newspaper and HBO had me spending more time in the room than I usually do on vacations.

All in all, I was VERY pleased with this hotel at this price. There are probably much nicer hotels in downtown Atlanta if you're willing to spend more money, but for a Priceline rate of $41/night, this was a wonderful experience!
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05 Dec 2003, 20:38 #9

Stayed here Sun 11/16 - Wed 11/19 $43/night

Everyone on the staff we dealt with was extremely helpful and friendly. We had a problem with the thermostat in our the first night and after calling the front desk someone was there to fix it within 10 minutes. My wife was in Atlanta on business and I flew in to meet her and stay a few extra days after her meeting was done. The concierge was very helpful in offering suggestions and directions on where to go and what to see.

Room was nice but the bathroom is small. We stayed on the 12th floor and our cell phone worked great in the room. There is a Kinko's in the lobby we used for online check-in for our flight home. We didn't use the in-room internet connection as had to print our boarding pass.

No matter what floor you stay on you have to take the glass elevator to the top floor for the view of the atrium going up in the elevator and and also the views of the city from the top floor.

Only negative is the area around the hotel is not the best. Not a section you want to be walking around late at night. However the hotel is connected to the Peachtree MARTA station so is is easy to get around in the train and bus with no car.

For the price we were very satisfied.
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31 Dec 2003, 20:00 #10

Stayed on Thanksgiving, 11/27/03, $41 PL bid.

I agree with what's been said already about parking, comfortable bed, small bathroom. I was given a room in the corner on the 17th floor, and I believe it was somewhat smaller than the other rooms, due to the windows curving around the outside corner. However, I checked in alone, and they may have given me this room as a single traveler.

I did experience a few snafus - the clerk at reception had told me the pool would be open until 11pm, however they were closing the pool when I arrived at 9:45pm; the supervisor I asked about it was curt and shrugged it off with the explanation, "It's Thanksgiving" and immediately turned away from me and started a conversation with an employee. Additionally, there was pile of dirty laundry in the hallway about 5 yards from my door when I arrived, and it was still there when I left the next morning.

I spoke to the night manager, who apologized profusely, verified the opening time of the pool the next morning for me, and immediately offered a $15 credit on my room service bill. He was very concerned, and I was satisfied.

From room service, I ordered a cheeseburger, french fries and the Marriott house dessert (I forget the name). The dessert was delicious, beautifully presented, and satisfyingly decadent. However, the beef used for the hamburger was not very good; the menu had claimed Angus beef, but it did not have the flavors of good beef - it tasted as though it was not grain-fed, and had not been aged properly.

I was satisfied with my stay overall, and I expect I will stay there again.
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