New article with some food for thought.
Marriott Needs to Revamp Its Dining Strategy — and Knows It
I’m glad that Marriott is taking the position to have local, independent & unique eateries rather than one-size-fits-all!
I agree with you that it's great when you are at a property located in a more remote location it's nice to have the option of dining at the property and experiencing the local flavors rather than having the "Marriott Burger" dotting all the menus. However; I can honestly say for myself/us having lunch/dinner at a hotel/resort hardly happens while having a beverage at the bar is much more likely on the way out for dinner or on the way back for the night.
Sure there have been occasions such as last year while staying at the lovely JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort in San Jose' del Cabo, Mexico, and a few years prior we've very much enjoyed dining at two of their excellent restaurants yet also equally enjoyed getting into San Jose' del Cabo to mix with the locals to enjoy their culture and food.
When we stay even in small towns that have restaurants near we are much more likely to venture out of the hotel to find something local not to mention when in a large metro area. There are simply far to many spots to try out or return to from previous visits to stay in the hotel even when highly rated.
I applaud Marriott for making a step forward, my preference would be to see some other upgrades in other departments as well.
iahflyr, we had a wonderfully tasty late lunch at the Houston JW Galleria recently. Lamb lollypops and an amazing burger that J&I shared. Excellent service, too. C
It must have been raining sideways with blowing snow, three foot drifts and a humid 94 degree day, otherwise you missed out on a great number of joints near!
Agree, verysuiteboy! One of our very favorite restaurants is in a nearby Marriott Hotel and happens to be managed by a local restaurant group. C
I`m reading the first two sentences and wondering: how does this rhyme with the Courtyard Bistro!?
Thanks, bejacob, for sharing this article. C
Yes, thanks, bejacob, this is very interesting. Like iahflyr, I/we rarely dine in hotels where we stay but do appreciate the ability to get a glass of good wine, especially if there is no CL or its hours or choices are limited.
Not every article I find about Marriott is interesting, so it's worth posting those that are. Like others, I occasionally eat at the hotel restaurant, preferring to see what's in the neighborhood more often. When I have opted to 'dine in,' sometimes the food is great, other times it is, as the article mentions, 'consistent and convenient' aka 'boring and uninspired.'
It's nice to know Marriott is trying to up its game.
I recall at least one a discussion asking about good hotel restaurants. .
Marriott/SPG with noteworthy restaurants...Recommendations?
I saw this is the article
After recently upgrading Courtyard Bistro’s food program and adding an evening wine tasting and cocktail experience, Marriott saw an increase in sales, including a 7.2 percent jump in breakfast sales, a 6.9 percent increase in dinner sales, and an 8 percent uptick in beverage sales.
I have stayed at more than my fair share of Courtyard in the last year, and my first question is where ??
It has been the same old/same old everywhere I have been.
Premade crust flatbreads, salads and burgers ....
I actually posted a similar thought several years ago. I had been on a trip to Savannah and Charleston and the dining in both cities, in our FS Marriott hotels had been atrocious.
In recent years things have improved some, but in general, this is the area where Marriott needs improvement, the most.
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