Recently I stayed at the Marriott Hotel in Auburn Hills, MI with a group that had reserved rooms for a car show between 07/30/08 through 08/03/08. This car show was a pretty big deal for the members involved as it happens once every ten years.
Our experience with the hotel was great at first. The rooms were nice and the staff were great, but the final night that we stayed at the Marriott tthere was another group at the hotel that had a private party planned. I and the other guests were notified about this just from signs posted that the outdoor pool would be closed for the other party.
What we had not been warned about was that this other group of people would be turning the Marriott into a nightclub. almost all the members of this car club had drove to the hotel from great distances, including myself, and the following day we were all planning on driving a long way to get back home. As you can imagine we all wanted to get as much sleep as possible.
That didn't happen.
We stayed on the eigth floor of the hotel and could not only hear the music from the party that went on until after 2am, but it was loud enough where we could understand the words to the songs that were playing.
The Marriott was nice enough to reserve an area of the parking lot for the old cars. Unfortunately this area was right outside the outdoor pool, so that at 2am when they closed the outdoor pool, the people partying (at least a hundred at that point) moved the party into the parking lot.
Now a lot of these cars are not only valuable, they also hold a lot of sentimental value. So after the Marriott had assured our group that the cars would be safe, to see a large group of extremely drunk people partying around these cars was unbelievable.
Even when the party stopped there, it just moved into the hotel. Loud music and people running up and down the halls where what every other guest of the hotel was able to listen to all night long.
Lots of complaints were made throughout the night. Nothing was done about this.
By the next morning there was trash everywhere. Alchohal spilled in the elevators, cigarette burns all over the place. Garbage all around the old cars.
This was a horrible experience. It wasn't safe to attempt to drive across the country on less than 2 hours of sleep. In the future warn they should guests when one of the hotels plans on hosting a party that will go all night so that they can make other arrangements if nessicary. I have stayed at several hotels and motels across the country, and this was by far the most irresponsible thing I've ever seen. I don't blame the people at the party, I blame the hotel for not informing it's guests that such a party was planned. Whoever coordinates these events did a horrible job. I saw ads in the hotel for planning weddings at the Marriott, and I'm glad that it was just an old car show booked at the same time as a rave, instead of someone having their wedding reception ruined.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A contemporary full-service Auburn Hills, MI hotel, Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac is located within the Centerpoint Business Campus and is easily accessible to Detroit and nearby suburbs. We offer proximity to Bloomfield, Rochester, Troy, and Birmingham. Our Auburn Hills, MI, hotel is just minutes from Volkswagen, GM Powertrain, Chrysler Headquarters, and many Fortune 500 companies. Enjoy a peaceful environment at our hotel that only feels like you're far from the city. Inside and out, you will be surrounded with richly appointed features and conveniences like high-speed Internet access in your guest room and a state-of-the-art fitness center for your daily use. Enjoy delicious comfort food and craft cocktails at our new restaurant, Woodward's. Experience exclusive benefits in the all-new M Club Lounge. Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac also boasts an indoor and outdoor pool. ... more less
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