“How Many Big Macs does it take?”

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Goodman Giants: Nick, Shelly, Savannah, Boston, Houston, Tacoma. Giants love to travel, and love sharing this family travel blog with the world. Experiencing as much of the local culture as possible, all while maintaining a safety net of comfort food!

One of the aspects of travel that the Giants have trepidation about is the local fare. As much as enjoying new places, new foods, and new cultures creates found memories, there are some picky eaters in the midst of Giants. No matter where family travelers go in the world, there is almost always a McDonald’s nearby. If the oftentimes exotic food does not go down so well, Giants can fill up on Big Macs! As American Giants this group is well qualified to say that McDonald’s tastes better outside of the States. Could be that it is a reminder of home? Not likely the case – the Big Macs around the world look like the pictures in the American ads.

The family gauges experiences eating local foods by seeing “how many Big Macs it takes” to fill up after an experience meal. Consuming 6 Big Macs means the group is not going back. If post dinner only takes 1 or 2 Big Macs then consider that a win!

The family rates everything from accommodations to the local water with this “how many Big Macs does it take” system! For the purposes of this blog, a 6 Goodmans scale is used:

All 6 liked it!

5 and a half Goodmans liked it!

…and so on.

Experts in the following categories with all Goodman Giants voting:

Nick = Transportation
Shelly = Water
Savannah = Friendliness to Tourists
Boston = Food
Houston = Activities
Tacoma = Chocolate (milk, white, specialty). Dark will get no mentions and no ratings because no Goodman likes dark chocolate!

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Marriott on the Falls – Niagara Falls, Canada

We went to Niagara to see the falls and saw them we did! The view from the beautiful one bedroom suite was exceptional. Picture above shows the two story room we stayed in and a nighttime view of the falls.

Since there are 6 Goodman Giants our booking was for 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom accommodations (with bedding for all). When we arrived for our reservation we were informed that what they had available was a 1 bedroom / 2 bathroom / 2 story space for our family. The initial staff member as well as the supervisor each made it very clear that this unrequested change was an upgrade from our booking and that we should be very pleased. The two stories made the usable space crammed and privacy impossible – views were amazing! The arrangement would have been ideal and luxurious if there were only the 2 founding members of the Goodman Giants staying for the two nights. We received 1/2 the rooms at all of the rate. If persistent complaining would have resolved the issues or mitigated the bill then that end would have been achieved.

Responsiveness to the lack of consideration was poor, which was explained away by judgmental employees who shared that with the Thanksgiving Holiday leadership was not onsite. We followed up by phone, email, and delivery snails to little resolution or engagement.

We rate the accommodations:

2.5 Goodmans

2.5 Goodmans

Great views: simply keep commitments Marriott, have friendly staff, and this property would have received 6 Goodmans. Staff at the property and the wrong room unresolved knocked off 3 and 1/2 happy campers.

October 8-10, 2017 MarriottOnTheFalls.com