Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, hotel operator Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Marriott's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Marriott facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Bethesda, Md. (1971)

Market Cap

$13.1 billion


Hotels, resorts, and cruise lines

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.0 billion


CEO Willard Marriott, Jr. (since 1997)
COO Arne Sorenson (since 2009)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity


Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years)


1-Year Return



Intercontinental Hotels Group (NYSE: IHG)
Starwood Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HOT)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 31% of the 444 members who have rated Marriott believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include JackCaps and kurtdabear.

Just last week, JackCaps offered two good reasons why investors need to check out of the stock: "Marriot has too much debt and too little operating income."

In a pitch from one month earlier, kurtdabear also explained why Marriott seems less than hospitable:

Regardless of how good a brand is, [Marriott] is in a business whose tide is going out -- and will stay out -- for years to come. Closing floors, laying off staff, etc., can cut costs short term in a business downturn, but it doesn't change fixed costs and debt service that were taken out in better times for a bigger business model.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.