The irony, of course, is that Marriott is one of the worst offenders when it comes to charging for WiFi (they made #3 on our Worst Hotel WiFi report back in April, and even Renaissance made us trek down from our room to the lobby in search of free WiFi). But could this mark a turning point? Might the influx of hip, forward-thinking digital nomads be enough to put Marriott on the path to redemption?
WiFi woes aside, the crossover between these two companies could make for some particularly engaging lobby conversation—or at least some lively virtual conversations. Marriott Senior VP of Brand Management Paul Cahill said to Daily Finance:
"Together with WIRED, we will bring provocative and stimulating experiences to our hotel guests and the local community amplified on their social networks and on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as by Marriott Hotels & Resorts' cadre of social media influencers."
Well. Marriott is no Ace Hotel (the "Culturazzi" moniker should have been your first clue). But these meetups don't sound altogether unappealing. If you happen to make it to one, we'd love to hear your thoughts on how the event went. Simply drop a comment below this story, or shoot us an email!
[Photo: Elise Amendola / AP]