Congratulations, glad to see Marriott is recognizing your milestone.
Yikes psudad, just think of the number of miles you have traveled during that period of time! I wish you many more happy years of Marriott travels and the memories that will come with them.
Did you receive any bonus points???? 30 years is a very long time to be loyal to anything; should have been worth 5K to 10K in bonus points!!!
No points. They just suggested I update my profile and change my password. :-)
CONGRATULATIONS on your milestone !! That a lot of journeys...do you have a favorite?! We would love to know.
Enjoy the day-
Marriott Rome Grand Hotel Flora
Renaissance Aix en Provence
Marriott Castle Harbor Bermuda (former)
Marriott Ghent Belgium
Courtyard Boston North (Woburn, Unicorn Park) - Because it is so close to the North side of Boston, yet it is only a Category 4. Nice spot, with a restaurant and full bar, nice workout room and indoor pool. For a Courtyard, it is pretty nice and very reasonable and maybe 10 minutes or so to get to Quincy Market and Northend Boston.
JW Marriott DC
Courtyard Embassy Row DC - They have a nice restaurant downstairs, that is just renting space there. Nage. Great location, nice rooms and reasonably priced for DC.
Marriott Lyon. Right on a bus line, next to a huge park, views of the Rhone and a nice restaurant and bar.
I am sure I will think of more.
These are amazing! what a variety of adventures you have had. Thanks for sharing and keep them coming....ps..I am adding that Courtyard Embassy Row DC suggestion to my list as I am planning a trip in the fall.
I think you'll like it there. It is on Scott Circle. If you walk out the front of the hotel and turn right, around the corner, you are looking straight down 16th street at the White House.
As you walk toward the White House, just before you get to Lafayette Park, on the right is the Hay Adams Hotel. They have a lovely, grown up bar downstairs called 'Off the Record'. A movers and shakers kind of place. Worth stopping in, particularly if you are dressed to hit the town.
Over on N Street, a few blocks northwest of the hotel, between 17th street and Connecticut Avenue, is the Hotel Tabard Inn. Beautiful old building and, in my opinion, the best brunch in DC. Dinner is awesome there, as well. If brunch, make sure you get a plate of the homemade donuts to share.
On Jefferson Place, just a block or so from Tabard, between Connecticut Avenue and 19th street, is St Arnolds, which is a fun little neighborhood Belgian spot with great Belgian beers and excellent mussels and fries - rivals what I had in Belgium.
If you need more spots, I could keep going . . . .
psudad You had me at homemade donuts! Thank you so much for all of this These suggestions are so fantastic, now I have to go...
Dreaming of DC,
I love Off The Record! Expensive, but the drinks and 'complimentary' nibblies are fabulous.
Headed to Aix next month (staying at the Ren). Do you have any recommendations for dining and off-the-beaten path places to explore? What are your favorite towns in the area? I'm excited about the markets! I'm cashing in on your offer from a few months back. Hit me, please!
pluto77 , you bet I do. Give me a day to dig some of my notes out from last year.
https://insiders.marriott.com /people/pluto77 So, here goes. We prefer doing day trips and then having dinner within walking distance of our hotel. Aix en Provence is very accommodating, in that they have a number of great restaurants. We have a tendency to research all of our dining, to include lunches, most places we go, leaving little to chance. Occasionally we make game day decisions, but we like to have something locked in that we believe we will really enjoy and others have confirmed. Aix is a wonderful town to just walk everywhere. To get the blood flowing in the mornings, I either took off and ran past the Rotunda fountain, down Cours Mirabeau to the Famille Perrin wine store and back, sometimes cutting down some of the side roads, or hit the gym downstairs. Forum des Cardeurs has a number of cafes and outdoor bars to pass time. It is a wonderful town, to where I would move tomorrow if I could talk my wife into it. Enjoy!!!!
A few notes on the hotel.
Here are the restaurants in Aix where we had dinners. You can either call and make reservations or ask Jakob or another concierge at the hotel to do so, on your behalf. Most of our reservations were between 8:00 and 9:00pm, which is when most people dine there. The rose wines in Provence are wonderful. Very dry with beautiful fruit. Also excellent reds and whites. Every restaurant was very helpful, if I asked for recommendations.
Le Petit Verdot, 7 rue Entrecasteaux, Aix, +33 (0) 4 42 2730 12, www.lepetitverdot.fr
Very French, small, casual and bustling.
Bistrot des Philosophes, 20 Forum des Cardeurs, Aix, +33 (0)4 42 21 64 35, https://www.lebistrotdesphilosophes.com/
Small, limited menu but very good.
Le Bistroquet, 27 Place Ramus, Aix +33 (0) 4 42 26 75 55, www.lebistroquet.fr
It is on a small piazza or square, we ate outside. Had an excellent meal.
L’incontournable, 14 Rue Lucas de Montigny, Aix, +33 (0) 980 32 86 32, http://bit.ly/1Npr8o0
We sat outside in the courtyard, right next to the fountain. Limited menu and the food was a bit inventive, but wonderful staff, delicious food and very romantic setting.
Resto L’Epicurien, 13 Forum Des Cardeurs, Aix, +33 (0) 6 8933 49 83, http://bit.ly/1pt3L1m
As with many in town, small with limited menu but excellent.
Le Zinc d’Hugo, 22 rue Lieutaud, Aix, +33 (0) 4 42 27 69 69,www.zinc-hugo.com
If you like steak, definitely go here. Intimate, old world feel. In the back of the dining room is a large fireplace where they cook the meat. From the moment you walk in you will salivate! Great people, great meat, great wine recommendations. Loved it.
There are so many great little spots and cafes around town for lunch, just pick one and enjoy. Brasserie Les Deux Garcons is right on Cours Mirabeau and a nice place to sit outside and people watch over a nice rose, beer or Pastis. It is where Cezanne used to hang out.
At the end of Cours Mirabeau, is a Famille Perrin wine store. They are a big wine family in Provence and the Rhone region. They produce the wines from the Angelina and Brad Pitt winery, Miraval. But they make some excellent reds – most notably Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape!! A 2010 followed me home. We also scheduled a tour at Beaucastel in Chateauneuf, on our way to Lyon, after leaving Aix.
The markets are great and move around town between a few different squares. The food market at Place Richelme was very nice and I believe every morning. Also on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, I believe, there is a mostly clothing market on Cours Mirabeau.
In Aix, you can tour Cezanne’s studio. We walked up there. It’s a hike but we are walkers.
It is a small town on the Mediterranean. Beautiful spot. Have heard it referred to as a poor man’s St.Tropez, but we really loved it. From there, you can take a tour boat into Les Calanques. Highly recommend it and tour at least 5 Calanques. They are incredibly picturesque limestone cliffs and coves. Beautiful. Cool off with a beer outside, along the harbor at Bar de La Marine. Also, if you will be down there for lunch and want to eat somewhere pretty special, make areservation at La Villa Madie. It is just north of downtown Cassis, on the coastal road at Avenue de Revastal, Cassis, +33 (0) 4 96 18 00 00, www.lavillamadie.com. Michelen starred chef, on the Mediterranean, in a cove next to a large cliff. The food and wine was fabulous, as was the view. We were there three hours. Also, as you are coming in to Cassis from the highway, there is a small winery on the left side of the road called Domaine duBagnol. They make a delicious white wine.
Beautiful town with significant Roman ruins. They have a coliseum/arena built in 90AD that is still in use. Across the small street is a Roman theatre, also still in use. We had lunch at Le Criquet, 21 rue Porte de Laure, Arles, +33 (0) 4 90 96 80 51, http://bit.ly/2wat8K7. Excellent lunch. I had a seafood platter with a great selection of steamed treats. The rose was flowing!
The seat of the Catholic Church for about 100 years. When a French Pope was elected, he refused to move to Rome and basically took over Avignon, building a new Vatican City, for lack of a better way to describe it. Over the course of the 100 years, it kept getting expanded. Quite spectacular. For a period there was both a Pope in Avignon and one in Rome – that time is referred to as the Papal Schism. Avignon finally ceded power. There is a really cool market in Avignon –Marche des Halles in Place Pie. Great place to grab lunch and a glass or two of wine.
We also visited St Remy,Les Baux (spectacular) and Lourmarin.
Hope this helps!!
By the way, if you are looking for a lazy day, close but out of the way, go visit Chateau Beaulieu winery just north of Aix (their wines are excellent. Still have a red in the cellar), then drive a bit farther and stroll around the small village of Lourmarin. Maybe have lunch there or hit the market in Aix before you go and pack a picnic. There is a famous French philosopher and author buried in a tiny cemetery there - Albert Camus.
Le Criquet link didn't seem to work this morning, so here is a better one: Le Criquet, Arles - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos - TripAdvisor
OMG, A thousand thank-you's to the Moon and back!!
This is the Aix Mother Lode if there ever was one! I have always been impressed with how the pair of you roll in Europe (in particular, France). I am so very grateful for you taking the time and effort to help this fellow traveler. This is a game changer... I simply cannot ever repay you in kind (though I wish I could!)
Just enjoy! That is thanks enough.
And you must try one - or a few - calissons. They are a distinctly Aix delicacy. You get them at Patisserie Bechard, right on Cours Mirabeau, about a block from the Rotunda Fountain, on the right.
For exceptional pastries and coffee, there is a wonderful little place, on the left of Cours Mirabeau, just past building where the Famille Perrin store is. (the road splits at that building, just go left. Patisserie Riederer.
There are a handful of bars in this tiny square called Place des Augustin, on Rue Espariat, just off Cours Mirabeau near the fountain that always seemed to be hopping.
Place de l'Hotel de Ville is a beautiful square about a block north of the main daily market. Town hall, decorative tower. Walk beneath the tower, inside. There is a plaque commemorating US Forces' liberation of the town in WWII.
Patisserie Weibel makes wonderful pastries. It is on one of the corners of the market at 2 rue Chabrier. We happened to be there last year for Pentecost, and they make this special cake for the occasion, that was outstanding. Everyone was coming in to pick up their order. They were also selling slices to folks like us.
We went to Mass on Pentecost Sunday at Saint Sauveur, on Rue Gaston de Saporta. Beautiful church, was very crowded because they were also doing first communion. Standing room only.
I envy you pluto77 and psudad for getting to Aix, We were 4 days from leaving for Paris, Normandy and Aix when I got sick at the end of 2015. Instead of all that fun, I had chemo. The good news is I remain cancer free and my next scan is in November. Perhaps we will replan that trip and get some recommendations for it at TIPPLE2.
phctourist So sorry to hear of your challenge. Congratulations on remaining cancer free and best of luck in November. Hopefully, in November, we'll hear all about your upcoming plans for the spring - in France!
I really hope you get there, phctourist. Had tea yesterday with my brother, who's been there, and he gave me some more good little Aix nuggets. I can't wait!! It will be my pleasure to share all I can with you at tipple2, if not sooner. psudad's advice here is so fantastic.
- Santé !
Can't wait to hear your report pluto77
pluto77 Can't wait to hear all about your trip! Safe travels.
Very cool. Congrats
Wow now thats loyalty
I still have some of the original Marriott Marquis luggage tags. For you youngsters, that is what the program was originally called.
Great job!!! 30 years went quick, didn't it?? Do you recall your first official stay 30 years ago?
painedplatinum The first Marriott I remember staying at was on City Avenue in Philadelphia. (summer of '79) They had an awesome Polynesian restaurant. The rewards program started in '83 I believe. Very early on, I often stayed at the Marriott Hunt Valley, in Hunt Valley/Cockeysville MD - starting in '83 - '84. That may have been my first on the program. I also stayed at a number of Courtyards early on. Since the company I was with back then favored Holiday Inns and Hamptons, Courtyard wasn't too much of a stretch.
Congrats, they should have awarded you 30K bonus points!
verysuiteboy I think that is a FINE IDEA!!!!!!!
Congratulations psudad!!!! That's remarkable loyalty! In thinking about all those years, is there a primary reason for your loyalty? Something that sticks out to you that hooked you early on?
I'll bet it was the slippers
painedplatinum You nailed it!!! Marriott and I have the same initial.
nationwide I just liked the brand from the beginning. The M logo just started to feel like home. The Courtyards were all the same, so you had that familiarity. (and coffee was free!!). Many of the Marriotts were very similar, as well. Just felt comfortable, they were where I needed to go. Many were close to the airports I traveled to. It got to be habit, I was treated well and have never had an experience so bad or one that wasn't resolved, to make me drop the brand. I have stayed on points in Bermuda, California, DC, New York, Boston, Gettysburg, Florida, Savannah, New Orleans, all up and down the east coast, Belgium, France, Italy. They have been good to me. Now that I am traveling on business again, I look to hit a few milestones soon. Currently 62,000 points from Gold Elite Lifetime. Expect to hit that by year end between trips to NYC, Boston, DC, Dallas, Budapest and others. Have about 615 nights. Next stop Lifetime Platinum. There were a number of years I didn't travel at all or seldom.
Congratulations on your achievement. Did you join when the Marquis program was first introduced? I joined at the inception of the program (in 1981 or 82) and my membership number is 0005..., but have never been recognized for my longevity. I don't think they have records back that far.
My experiences have been outstanding over the years and my family has enjoyed many great vacations due to MR. Unfortunately, the value of the program has diminished greatly over the past 5-7 years so I will rely on my MVC timeshare weeks for my retirement travel.
Yes, it was Marriott Marquis when I joined. Still have the luggage tags. The program started in '83. They celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2008. I joined in '87.
I think the Marquis or a previous program started in 1981 or 82. I know I signed up for the initial program at the Indianapolis Marriott as they were first handing out sign up cards. My job at the time required travel regularly to Indy, so I know it was no later than 82, because my responsibilities changed at that time. I guess Marriott doesn't have record of our earlier memberships, and I was also a member of the first Courtyard program.
superchief1 Yes, the program started off as the Marriott Marquis Club, in 1983. That is what I originally joined, in 1987, before it turned in to MR. I actually thought I would have had more nights, but am not entirely sure if they kept up with nights stays back in the day, or even carried all points forward, but am going on the assumption they did, since I can't prove to the contrary.
Since I moved to California in 1983, I know I signed up for a Marriott program at least a year earlier when I was frequently traveling to Indianapolis. I recall receiving the Marquis luggage tags. Perhaps there was a test market in my area, but I am sure I signed up in 81-82. There was also a Courtyard program. Was 1983 when they combined programs and officially started MR? I know I'm getting old but I am confident in these dates because key career events occurred at that time. I hope that other 'oldtimers' or community managers may have more information regarding the history of preceding programs.
All of the 'recognition' emails I've received have been based on Marriott Honored Guest/ Rewards programs and don't include my previous memberships in Marquis or Courtyard clubs.
The first Courtyard opened in 1983. Our Story
Marriott Rewards program started in '83. Happy 25th Anniversary Marriott Rewards! - Marriott on the Move
If there was something before '83 and the Marriott Marquis, turned Marriott Rewards, I am not aware of it.
superchief1 - what may have happened is Indy started their own program. They mention that the program grew out of individual hotels starting their own programs to reward frequent guests.
That is a distinct possibility because I primarily traveled to Indianapolis at that time. I didn't start staying at Courtyards until after I moved to California in 83 and I began traveling to more destinations. The Indianapolis Marriott may also have been a test market. I don't recall ever signing up separately for the Marquis program and definitely received the luggage tags. Everything was done by paper at that time, so there probably aren't many records of previous program stays. I frequently am told that my MR # is the lowest anyone has seen. It is 000 5xx ***. I wonder if that means anything.
Pretty cool, psudad! Congratulations!
Congratulations. Love the pic of the open road and a cheerful passenger on a wayward journey towards whatever destination comes to mind. Whether at the start of the day full of anticipation of what lies ahead or towards the end of a magical day of celebration.
Regardless, I'm sure your looking back at the 30 years with a smile. again congrats!
30 years isn't as long as it used to be. Congrats on this epic milestone! Here's to 30 more psudad
I hope I've got 30 more.
You & me both!!!
Wow! That's awesome, psudad!! Congratulations!
Congrats psudad You've got 3 1/2 years on me. I got my 25 year greeting early in 2016. I do bet, I had my first Marriott stay, before yo: June 19, 1966!.
You are probably correct. If I stayed at a Marriott before then, Dad would have picked up the tab. Actually, IBM would have probably picked up the tab. The first stay paid for by me, that I recall, was '79.
Congrats! Loved reading all of your stories from the past 30 years. It's great when a brand becomes like family.
Post pictures of old media or pictures of old hotels here as well!
I know most of us stayed all over the place, but 30 years of loyalty is huge in this industry. I bought a new house 20 years ago and have lived more in Marriott properties than the house. I really like the Marriott brand, but 30 years I would think that would be commemorated with a set of bedroom sheets and comforter or a bathrobe.
I like your thinking!
Does anyone know how to check how long one has been a member (other than contacting MR CSRs)? It is not on my profile, but I believe I've been a member since MR was introduced in November, 1983. I only wish I could remember the name, "Admirals Club"?
Marriott Marquis Club. I believe the only way to know is to ask. You can send an email to the Rewards program.
Gosh, psudad, that makes you a member almost since the beginning of Marriott Rewards, quite the achievement, congratulations!
Thanks. Yes, I believe I missed the kick-off by less than 4 years.
BTW, got the email that I have hit 24 years and that I should change my password. Like that is ever going to happen.
This is really what I call loyalty. You should have been compensated with some points.
You're preaching to the choir, as they say. :-)
Congratulations psudad! Wow what a milestone!
Congratulationspsudad That's a long road traveled for sure!
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