15 years ago i used to like that place. Went back this past year and didnt see what all the fuss was about. Loud, overcrowded, seats too close, too many screaming kids, waited forever and the food was not only very average but very overpriced.
I've done a few brekkies there myself, but noticed that they really made the parking a PITA lately at that Marriott with the booth, attendant and stuff. You used to be able to just drive up and park and walk to the restaurant inside the hotel.
When you pull up to the booth, the attendant will ask if you're checking in. Just say yes, give him your name, and take the tag he gives you. Pull in and park. When you're ready to leave, just drive out. I've never had an issue, and have never paid for parking.
Oh, agreed, I used to park my car there for the day and have my parents pick me up for the holidays when I went to BC, it was the best secret place to park. Back on topic, I agree that the food is nothing special at Riverbend, but it's not bad.