I am a Platinum Ritz Carlton member with Platinum Marriott Rewards Visa. The Room rate was $279 plus tax. No upgrade or use of executive lounge (EXTRA $85 per night!). Paid o re $70 for breakfast with my wife. Next day walked across the street to Marriott, paid $16. Free refills on diet coke.
I had a diet coke, with 3 refills... $18 at Ritz.
They charge it BECAUSE THEY CAN!
Every other restaurant gives free soda refills!
Room & bed were very comfortable.
Marriott was much more "welcoming", even just for breakfast.