Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards - Fairfield Inn - extra person in room, extra charge?
Aug 27, 09, 5:36 pm
I booked a Fairfield Inn stay for an upcoming stay. Originally, I reserved the room for 2 people and have emailed confirmation. When I revised the reservation online to 4 people in the room, the confirmed rate stayed the same. I know most hotels charge an additional pp charge for 3 or 4 adults in a room. Continental breakfast is included.
Does anyone have experience if this is normal, a quirk in the system, or will I get an additional charge when checking in?
Aug 27, 09, 8:01 pm
I've never seen an extra charge for additional people while booking my stays (in the US). I've heard here a ($10?) difference in rates between a King and Double bed room at some SHS's. I don't think anything is set in stone Marriott wide and any increases would be property specific. I think you are OK esp with a revised confirmation record. But then again, I never bother to change the # of people whether its me alone or the entire family and I've never been challenged.
Aug 28, 09, 8:08 am
Motel-type properties such as Fairfield Inn rarely have an additional charge for 3rd/4th person in room, especially in the US. This is more common in hotel properties in major cities like NY, although even here it's not an automatic.
Aug 28, 09, 8:26 am
There are some hotels that do charge for additional people (i.e. 2, 3, 4). There was a post at another forumn (not a Flyer Talk forumn) about hotels charging for additional people.
As a Marriott Reward member for over 11 years and a Marriott Reward Platinum member for several years, I have stayed over 1,000 nights at Marriott brand hotels and I have never noticed or experienced a fee for additional people (sometimes my wife and son travel with me on my business trip). For example, you can book a room for six individuals at a Marriott Residence Inn (2 Bedroom Suite at a Residence Inn will sleep six…two in the queen bed in bedroom # 1, two in the queen bed in bedroom # 2 and two in the sofa bed in the living room) at the same rate as two guests or four guests.
I just went to the Marriott's website and the rate is the same if there was one guest or four guests at a Fairfield Inn, Courtyard, SpringHill Suite and etc.
Aug 28, 09, 8:34 am
I've mostly observed this at higher end properties - never saw it at an FI or similar property.
Even for the properties where there was a charge, it was only for "adults". I've had my kids in the room (4 total) many, many times without any charges.
I do understand Europe is a different story, and many properties in NYC don't allow more than 2 (and even 2 is a tight fit in some of those rooms).
Aug 28, 09, 8:37 am
FS Marriott properties in HI will charge extra for a third adult in one room. I think the extra charge is $35/person/day.
Aug 28, 09, 9:06 am
Thank you for all your insightful responses. I decided to call the hotel directly without mentioning my existing reservation. As most of you have correctly noted about the FI properties, the one I am staying at does not charge an additional pp room fee. On a side note I do find that interesting, not because of the actual stay in thr room, but in essence, they are giving away free continental breakfast for 4 people for the same price as 2. Of course we are not talking about a gourmet breakfast, but interesting nonetheless.
Aug 28, 09, 10:11 am
"Extra adult charge"????????? (rant) (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/marriott-rewards/976188-extra-adult-charge-rant.html)
You wouldn't happen to be staying in Baltimore, would you?
Aug 28, 09, 12:30 pm
no, Bloomington, Indiana - but good to know not to head down to Baltimore to the FFI with more then 2 in a room....