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First time in the Marriott

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First time in the Marriott
« on: October 14, 2015, 09:57:18 AM »
So, this will be my first time actually staying in the Marriott.   My friend was lucky enough to snag a room this year(I guess his computer and the server gods were on his side).  Hell, I haven't even been in a host hotel since 2011.  Even then, it was the Sheraton(so, barely counts).

Question time....
What are some of your Pros and Cons of staying in the Marriott? (other than the normal "elevator wait times, and being in the center of everything")

Second question:  Does anyone think anything will come to fruition with the wrist bands that the Marriott has been telling people they'll be giving out to restrict room floor access?

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Re: First time in the Marriott
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2015, 11:27:20 AM »
I think we have other threads that point out some of these, but for me you have stated the major pro... close to everything, and it cannot be understated.  Being able to swing by the room for some downtime, change costumes, get gear, drinks, a shower, etc... so nice.  Marriott is also arguably the most impressive looking hotel. 

Cons:  Rooms are smallish, especially if you start packing people in, and no microwave and mini-fridge impacts some utility to the room.  It is pretty noisy. 

Second Question:  I think it will, and honestly, I think it is both starting to be needed, and is good for the general population who are buying con tickets and rooms... it becomes harder for people to "sneak in"... I would personally like it if they had a quick and easy system to filter out those who have not paid for badges from the con in general and the hotels at all, but there are multiple sides to all of this. 

I do predict that this will mean that the balconies on the versus floors of the Marriott will have a different type of utility... there are now effectively more "exclusive" access to these social gathering points. 
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Re: First time in the Marriott
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2015, 11:55:22 AM »
Sorry about kinda reposting.
Guess I was just excited about finally making it into the Marriott.
I didn't know the Marriott didn't have mini-fridges.  That kinda sucks.   As far as microwave, generally not a problem, as we eat the majority of our meals at the Food Court or Con-Suite.
I had also read somewhere that the noise isn't that bad once you get past the 10th floor or so.

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The issue with the wrist band thing is, we currently have 4 people in the room.   We may end up having as many as 6 in the room.   We weren't planning on telling them we have that many people.
This would mean that 2 people wouldn't have wrist bands/not be able to even get to the rooms.

I doubt they'll actually enforce the wristband rule, but it still bothers/worries me.   I'm sure its just a liability issue, so when the fire marshal comes by... They can point at all the people with wristbands and say "We're keeping track of how many people are in the building and allowed to the rooms... see"

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Re: First time in the Marriott
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2015, 12:29:15 PM »
No worries.  I think the wrist bands will only prevent access to elevator lobby, but I doubt it will be to the staircases, so technically if you are the the hotel, I think you can still get everywhere.  Also... if this is true... you could go up to the 3rd floor, go to the elevator lobby on that floor, and then go wherever. 
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