Guests of the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa always have known the hotel was special. Situated on Mobile Bay in Point Clear, Ala., the Grand Hotel, which originally opened in 1847, offers fishing piers, a beach, bayview dining rooms, bicycles, boats and an array of resort amenities, but doesn’t charge resort fees. Also, as part of PCH Hotels & Resorts (the Resort Collection of the Alabama Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail), a portion of its revenues goes towards supporting the pensions of retired state employees, such as police officers, firefighters and teachers.
In the January 2011 issue of Travel + Leisure the Grand Hotel not only was named one of the “Top 500 Hotels in the World,” it received higher ratings than famous luxury properties like New York City’s The Plaza Hotel, the Fairmont San Francisco, Chicago’s Drake Hotel and The Bellagio in Las Vegas.
“The more I study the results, the more humbling this honor is,” stated David Clark, general manager of the Grand Hotel. “We also scored higher than such legendary resorts as The Broadmoor in Colorado, The Homestead in Virginia and The Greenbriar in West Virginia. In the Southeast, we scored higher than every hotel in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama and all of the hotels in Atlanta. That says a great deal about our staff, our resort, our ownership and our commitment to our guests.”