Now that doesn’t mean you have to stay there every time but if you can give them a majority of your business and maybe combine it with a branded credit card the possibilities are endless. I still stay with other hotels, but honestly every time I do, I find myself wishing I had stayed with Marriott.
A couple years ago when I really propelled myself into the credit card points earning, I knew I would need a hotel choice. I like the choices they have for everything from a family trip to a romantic getaway or a tropical vacation. They really have choices. So, for me that was Marriott.
In what could be a whole other post that propelled me to 80,000 points via a credit card sign-up bonus, which eventually lead me to a Marriott points and miles package. That secured me a free 7-night stay at Marriott and 125,000 Southwest points which also earned me the companion pass for Southwest. But again, that’s probably a discussion for another day. Back to hotel stays.
First off, they are family friendly and have a wide variety of choices no matter what kind of trip I am taking. In addition, they have combined with SPG (Westin, Sheraton, etc) in the last year to add even more hotels.
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First off here are all the things I love about the Marriott Brand of hotels and what I get:
- The APP-The app is amazing. Recently I have stayed with other brands and there is no comparison. I can see my points, book reservations, check in, make requests ahead of a stay, and check out. They will even tell me when my room is ready which can assist with earlier than normal check in times. This is convenient with my travel schedule sometimes.
- The variety of brands-I really like the choices I have. They have family friendly room set ups. I really like Residence Inn and Townplace suites for the family options of a separate bedroom. Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites can work as well depending on the location. If you are a business traveler or want something a little higher end, you can go with Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph collection, Westin, Sheraton, etc. They also have vacation clubs and resort locations which is great for a family vacation or timeshare opportunities. For those like me that love Las Vegas, they are partners with the Cosmopolitan which is a great luxury option.
- Value-Marriott brand provides great value, I can get a room from anywhere around $80 in off season or off-peak times to about $175 on average. Many times, that is for a suite as well.
All good reasons to value a hotel. Anytime I have had an issue with a stay (which has been twice), they have come through in a free stay or points. In being completely honest, my only complaint would be the lack of upgrades for a Gold member. I think if I could get platinum status, I would be good, but that wont be anytime soon. One other thing I do enjoy is I have the credit card which gets me 5 points per dollar spent at Marriott. This includes lobby purchases and billing anything to my room.