I’m a weekend warrior, arrive on Fridays and out on Sundays. Why are all the Marriott lounges closed on the weekends? It’s so incredibly frustrating to have this “benefit” and never get to use it!!
caitilou, I agree with your frustration here. I’ve found the lack of weekend lounge access to be aggravating too. It is a cost consideration though, and I understand that the highest percentage of those eligible for lounge access travel for business and do so during weeknight stays. So, without enough traffic to justify the expense of keeping it open, they’ve made a prudent business decision to close “many if not most” lounges in the weekends. Hopefully, you are able to take advantage of receiving extra points at check-in when the lounges are closed. I’ve often be offered breakfast in the restaurant or 750 points to offset a closed lounge.
Safe travels out there!
I am also disappointed by the weekend lounge closings at many properties. Having the option for points or breakfast in the restaurant makes it a little more tolerable. Some locations do make the lounge available for water and soda even when the lounge is closed for the weekend. I wish that were standard practice. It can be disappointing to be a regular weekend traveler and only occasionally find a place with 7 day a week morning and evening offerings in the lounge, even if we understand the business decision behind it.
You can often get a free breakfast when it is closed. Ask.
Internationally, clubs are often open on the weekends, but domestically yea.
Most clubs here in Canada are open on the weekends- M downtown Calgary etc... The Marriott Crystal City in DC/Arlington was open on weekends with a lovely buffet breakfast for weekenders and a chef making the best omelettes!
Not only they are often (almost always) open. Lounges in Europe are significantly better in terms of food and selection of free booze. They are often open all through the day and just the espresso machine alone can save you tens of euros.
I find large hotels or luxury hotels lounges open on the weekends, but the average full service is not. However I've never not received breakfast in the restaurant when it's not open (with a few exceptions like Marriott Copley Place).
I find the restaurant breakfast just as good or even better than some of the weak lounges so I can't say it has bothered me a lot. In some cases I bank on no lounge or not being open for this reason.
Most lounges in the old Starwood properties are open full 7 days. Check them out instead of Marriott's.
Internationally virtually all lounges at all brands are open 7 days a week so this weekend closure issue is mainly confined Stateside.
Generally almost all USA Marriotts and Sheraton’s have lounges and most Marriotts shut the lounges at weekends whilst most Sheraton lounges are open at weekends. The presence of lounges is patchier at Renaissance and Westin properties as are weekend opening, some open, some don’t. As brilin rightly says, in the USA you’re more likely to find a legacy USA Starwood lounge open at weekends than you are a legacy Marriott brand.
skiadcock is an avid flyertalker who maintains a monster-thread at Flyertalk listing every Bonvoy full service hotel worldwide, if each has a lounge and if so it’s weekend opening status. Search “Flyertalk Bonvoy lounge thread” to find it.
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