Is it typical of all Marriotts that WiFi is blocked unless a separate fee is paid? I can get free WiFi at any el cheapo motel or fast food joint, why does Marriott insist on charging for it, and on top of that, blocking internet access even from my smart phone? This is ridiculous and so far behind the times! I was unable to even check my home alarm system or receive emails on my phone, let alone a laptop. I couldn't even get a connection in the parking lot!
This is a major negative for Marriott.
I am responsible for choosing venues for 2 major group events per year, and the WiFi issue will be a serious consideration of which hotel to book for these events.