As the title indicates, Mariotte really went the distance in making sure that I did not buy the timeshare they were selling. My girlfriend spent the weekend in Las Vegas because the last time we were there we bought some cheap weekend package to come hear about their timeshares.
It wasn’t bad really, a couple hundred bucks for a three night stay a half block from the strip and right across the street from the Planet Hollywood casino. The room, though not as nice as the one I stayed at before at the Venetian, was still a vast improvement over the one we stayed at last time at the Imperial Palace (Mind you, I have a lot of love for the Imperial Palace. It may be a bit run down, but it is cheap, still cool, and right in the middle of the strip. You don’t spend much time in Las Vegas in your hotel room anyway, right?).
Now, they did stretch out the time we were supposed to come out for this. We were supposed to do it within a year from the date we bought the package and this was more like a year and a half. Other than that, though, they did everything possible to make sure I didn’t buy.
First off, who schedules a timeshare meeting at 9am when you lure people down with a weekend in Las Vegas? That was ridiculous. Originally we had been promised 1pm. They sprung this 9am shit on us at the last minute. Then we get there and they just have us sit around waiting with a name placard until some guy comes out to talk to us. Just us, no group presentation. Really? This could only happen at 9am? We were basically just stopping by to talk to this guy. Seems like there were a lot of other times he could have been available.
Second, the guy was a prick. Not that he did anything really bad, but he rubbed both of us the wrong way. Asked meandering questions, wasted time, just did annoying things. He got us out of there earlier than we expected, but he still wasted far more time than he had to. Besides, he was doing this oily shmoozing thing that made it impossible to trust or even stomach the guy. His sell tactics were transparent and offensive. His personal manner was even worse.
Third, he kept trying to hide the cost of the timeshare. Really, the program is not too bad. You buy a timeshare, but you are really buying points. You don’t just have to come to a Las Vegas place. You can use your points at their locations all over the world. Not bad, but he kept talking around costs and usage and drawing all these stupid little diagrams that didn’t mean anything. It came across as a total con. What I wanted to hear was exactly how much you spend and how much vacation you get for that. He didn’t tell me that, instead drawing little diagrams showing money spent on normal vacations disappearing because it didn’t go to a deeded property. He acted like I was ignorant and he definitely talked himself out of any possibility of a sale.
Bottom line, they wanted us to be spending at least around five grand a year just to get enough points to spend a week in Las Vegas or equivalent (pretty much just hotel, you can get things like airline tickets but you need points for that). On five grand a year we could do a week in Las Vegas and a week in France. This just wasn’t worth the money and all it gets you is Mariotte rooms in different places. Not worth the money and not worth going.
Then, he said we had to decide on the spot. No going home to check financials, what our vacation needs were and how many points it would take us to meet those, decision time, or anything. Of course, we said no.
When we said no he insisted he wanted to invite us back in a year. He took us to another guy who was supposed to be doing that. No, that isn’t what he was doing. He was trying to sell us another weekend at double the price of the one we were on. I mean, the hotel isn’t bad, but it isn’t an experience by any means. Just another Mariotte that happens to be close to the strip. Almost everyone who stays there is old. They must like uniform experiences. We walked on that too. If I’m going back to Las Vegas again, I want it to be a different experience. Stay at a new resort. Something.
I’m sure these guys must sell enough of these things, but I really don’t know who to. I didn’t really want to go to all kinds of different vacation spots just to stay in the same hotel over and over. I didn’t want to spend two or three times what I would have to for a vacation just because I bought their package. Hell, I didn’t even want to be in the same room as these guys after the questionable way they went about their song and dance. I mean, no matter how much I would have wanted to buy, I wouldn’t have afterward. It was some of the worst salesmanship I have ever seen. They should save it for the old people who must go for that kind of approach. I’m not buying it.