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- The world’s largest hotel chain, Marriott has more than 5,000 properties just in the US.
- Travelers can use Marriott Bonvoy points at more than 30 hotel brands, ranging from budget to luxe.
- We rounded up some of the best Marriott hotels in the US, whether you plan to earn or use points.
After a year of depressed travel, hotels are bouncing back – but so are prices, with some hotel rates reaching all-time highs to meet the increased demand. If you’re excited to take advantage of being fully vaccinated but don’t want to spend your hard-earned cash on the jaw-dropping rates, you might consider trading in accumulated loyalty or credit card points for a hotel stay at a Marriott property through its Bonvoy program.
The Marriott Bonvoy portfolio consists of a staggering array of hotel brands, with everything from uber-luxe stays like the St. Regis and the Ritz-Carlton, to classic properties such as Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, and W, to budget and extended stay properties such as the Towne Place Suites and SpringHill Suites.
Travelers wishing to trade in their Marriott Bonvoy points can choose design-forward properties like AC Hotels, hip hotels like Aloft, social stays like Moxy, or business-travel-friendly spots such as Residence Inn. Thanks to its sheer breadth of offerings, there’s genuinely a hotel for everybody in the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio. And, of course, if you don’t wish to spend your points but instead to bank them, these are great properties to book even with your cash. (And then you’ll earn points to redeem later!)
As an avid Marriott Bonvoy user, I’ve personally used points to stay at hotels all over the world, ranging from international locations like the Ritz-Carlton Moscow on New Year’s Eve (a category 8 spend!) to excellent value city stays from Dallas to New Jersey.
If you don’t already have a Marriott Bonvoy account, you can sign up for free here to start receiving perks like free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in. For more info on Marriott hotels and the Bonvoy program, jump to the bottom of this page.
These are the best Marriott hotels in the US, sorted from low to high by category and price.
Marriott hotels at the lowest categories are not typically that unique – that’s why they’re only category 1 or 2 stays and priced with points accordingly. However, the amenities at this trendy Aloft are truly standout, making this an exceptional stay for the category.
This hip hotel is equally accommodating to business travelers and to younger crowds in search of a cool but affordable stay in a historic city important to civil rights. Travelers can take a dip in the outdoor pool, lined with white lights and a stone firepit, pick up pre-packaged to-go food at Re:fuel, or grab a cocktail in the surprisingly elegant WXYZ bar. Weekends offer live music and, on occasion, fun food trucks.
Rooms are loft-inspired, with nine-foot-high ceilings, platform beds, and tables that double as workstations or dining tables, as well as offering sofas, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Bathrooms, meanwhile, feature rainfall showers and Bliss bath amenities, with eye-popping design choices like whimsically patterned wallpaper.
Aloft Little Rock is located in the West Little Rock Chenal area, with easy access to Verizon Arena, River Market District, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and Two Rivers Park.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Dallas Plano/Legacy
A brand new extended-stay hotel in Dallas’s upscale Plano/Legacy area, this all-suites hotel provides travelers with a higher-end stay than one would expect from a category 1 hotel, and an easy jumping-off point for access to North Dallas’s sprawling suburbs.
Suites are clean and sleek, and all include kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, dishwashers, and stovetops. Beds are comfortable, with thick mattresses and duvet covers, and coffee/tea makers are available in-room. Each suite also features a separate sleeping and dining area, as well as a fold-out sofa bed, a work desk, a 43″ flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.
The hotel’s In a Pinch Market offers beverages and snacks 24 hours a day, while nearby food options include a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
SpringHill Suites Denver Tech Center
A newer all-suite hotel next to Fiddlers Green Amphitheater, SpringHills Suites Denver Tech Center features exceedingly stylish, clean, and comfortable rooms. Amenities include an indoor pool, a ’round-the-clock snack market, and business services from printing to overnight delivery.
Suites are sleek and striking, with a modern, upscale vibe that easily feels like a hotel two or three times the price. In fact, all furnishings are from West Elm — a stylish bonus. Each suite offers a kitchen, and all come complete with microwaves, fridges, and coffee/tea makers, as well as iPod docking stations and cable TV including HBO.
The hotel offers a free breakfast buffet, as well as free hot breakfast, plus a sundry store for food and conveniences. It’s also an easy jumping-off point to reach the University of Denver, Coors Field, the Denver Zoo, Pepsi Center, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Red Rock Amphitheater.
Aloft Chattanooga Hamilton Place
Well located in the heart of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Aloft Chattanooga is a brand new hotel from the brand, that opened June 2021. The hotel’s hip, young vibe is evident in its communal spaces, from the bright colors of the WXYZ Bar to the bold design of the hotel’s indoor Splash pool. Other welcome amenities include the outdoor pool, as well as a gym, meeting spaces with AV, and free Wi-Fi.
Like other Aloft properties, rooms are designed with high ceilings and platform beds. Rooms offer 55-inch LCD TVs, large windows, and bathrooms with an exceptional amount of counter space. Travelers will also find Bliss bath amenities, as well as a walk-in rainfall shower.
Guests can also expect occasional live performances from acoustic and up-and-coming bands.
Sheraton Flowood The Refuge Hotel and Conference Center
Close to the airport and about 20 minutes outside Jackson, Mississippi, the brand-new Sheraton Flowood The Refuge Hotel and Conference Center provides an incredible amount of value for a category three stay.
The new resort-style hotel and conference center boasts a full-service spa, 24-hour fitness center, and a large outdoor pool featuring a lazy river. Located next to The Refuge Golf Course, guests can enjoy a round of golf in between meetings before grabbing a drink at the rooftop bar or pool bar. There’s also a stylish eatery, Rebecca’s, featuring American dishes, while travelers in club-level rooms have access to a special business lounge.
As a business-centric hotel — the conference center is 25,000 square feet — rooms feature ergonomic workspaces, while some also feature golf course views. And for those traveling with the whole family in tow, the hotel is close to Trustmark Park, LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, and the Outlets of Mississippi, as well as the Mississippi Children’s Museum and Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.
Renaissance Chicago Glenview Suites Hotel
For travelers hoping to explore the Windy City, as well as get further afield, the brand-new Renaissance Chicago provides a terrific deal given that its fun decor and upscale amenities wouldn’t feel out of place among a category 4 or 5 hotel.
Located 10 miles away from Evanston and Northwestern University, in the North Shore Glenview suburb on the edge of Kenicott’s Grove Nature Preserve, the all-suites hotel is a TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice property for 2021, a rarity among category 3 properties within Marriott’s portfolio.
Communal spaces are striking, including a giant mural and modern light fixtures in the lobby. Rooms, meanwhile, feature bold, oversized prints above beds, mini-fridges, coffee makers, microwaves, and cable plus internet TV. A Tesla charging station is located right next to the hotel.
AC Hotel Miami Aventura
Just outside Miami and the trendy Bal Harbour area sits Aventura, with the AC Hotel Miami Aventura an excellent option for guests seeking a sleek South Florida option. The hotel is close to a variety of entertainment options, including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Gulfstream Park Racecourse and Casino, upscale Aventura Mall (with shops ranging from Zara to Cartier), and both South Beach and Palm Beach within an easy drive. And, of course, the hotel itself is close to the water, with the beach only a few blocks away.
AC Hotels are known for being exceedingly design-forward, and the Miami Aventura location is no exception, from its sleek pool surrounded by white lounge chairs to its cream-colored lobby filled with sculptures and modern art. For guests who want to hunker down at the hotel, there’s the AC Lounge, with small plate appetizers and craft cocktails.
Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection
Travelers who want a bit of authentic Texas ranch will love the recently opened Hotel Drover, a playful Autograph Collection property steps away from the Fort Worth Stockyards. Of course, the Stockyards are a draw, but guests who stay on property will be rewarded, too: there’s live music in the hotel’s “Backyard,” handcrafted cocktails and margaritas at the Lobby Bar, and mouthwatering Tex-Mex at 97 West Kitchen & Bar.
Rooms are picture-perfect, in true Autograph Collection-style, including patterned-tile bathrooms complete with deep soaking tubs, plush robes, walk-in rain showers, and Los Poblanos bath amenities. Decor is colorful and eclectic, with a vintage southwestern theme and locally-made Rio Furniture, plus a curated minibar and Marshall Bluetooth speakers to bring the party inside.
In addition to live music, the hotel’s “Backyard” offers a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, complimentary sunscreen, fire pits, yard games, and cabanas with swing-style hanging daybeds and chandeliers. There’s a Lucchese western gear shop in the lobby, while pint-sized guests are welcome, too, receiving rodeo-themed welcome amenities upon check-in.
The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Nestled in the center of Atlanta’s tony Buckhead neighborhood, this elegant, newly renovated hotel offers an ample dose of Southern charm. The hotel’s central location, just off Peachtree Road, gives travelers easy access to popular local attractions including Lenox and Phipps Plaza, with downtown and midtown Atlanta close by.
Luxury is in full supply at The Whitley, with 400-thread count Frette linens, oversized bay windows, iPod docking stations, espresso machines, and flat-screen TVs with HBO. Marble bathrooms are opulent, with rainfall showers and backlit mirrors just right for selfies. Club-level rooms are available for an added dose of hospitality, with access to the level’s Whitley Club, a private concierge, cocktails and wine, and treats like caviar tastings.
The hotel offers three dining options, including Trade Root, upscale Southern-inspired cuisine in a whimsical, design-forward setting.
Morrison House, Autograph Collection
Housed in a Federalist-style mansion calling to mind Hamilton and company, this B&B bustles with refined charm. The 45-room boutique hotel, an Autograph Collection property, is located off King Street in historic Old Town Alexandria, providing easy access to Washington D.C. just across the Potomac, as well as further afield area attractions including National Harbor, The Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, Mount Vernon and the National Science Foundation.
Rooms are chic, with an elegant but eye-popping design. Think preppy blue and white patterns, blue velvet chairs, and marble fireplaces. Each room features a mini-fridge and pull-out sofa, with evening turndown service, a 43″ flat-screen TV, and marble bathrooms with walk-in showers.
Walt Disney World Swan – A Westin Property
For people who want to visit Disney World in style without breaking the bank, there’s the Walt Disney World Swan, a Westin property. Located on the Disney grounds off Lake Buena Vista and close to Hollywood Studios, rooms are fairly standard but include convenient offerings like mini-fridges, coffee makers, and Westin’s famous Heavenly beds.
Amenities are plentiful at the Swan, including five pools, waterslides and grottos, DJs spinning tunes, a waterfall, and rock caves at the three-acre pool complex, while 13 restaurant options range from offerings by Todd English to a steakhouse to sushi. There’s also a full-service spa for pampering after a long day Disneyside (or simply exploring Orlando).
As a major bonus, guests who stay at the resort receive special perks to help make their Disney stay easier, including free shuttles to and from the parks, FastPass+, character dining, and Extra Magic Hours.
Gaylord Opryland Nashville
There’s more than a hint of Vegas at the crowd-pleasing Gaylord Opryland Nashville, an equally appealing and over-the-top resort on the outskirts of Nashville. The lush, nine-acre, three-atrium resort boasts its own upscale indoor/outdoor water attraction, called SoundWaves, complete with lazy river, multiple pools, waterslides, and other water amenities and delights. At night, one of the atriums comes alive with laser lights, a fountain show, and live music.
Rooms are clean and elegant, many with balconies overlooking the green foliage and hubbub below. They also feature mini-fridges and coffeemakers, with iPod docks, cable (including HBO), a coffee maker, and sumptuous pillowtop mattresses.
Although guests hoping to be in the walkable center of Nashville will be disappointed, Gaylord Opryland has its own claim to fame, as it’s next door to the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry (as well as Opry Mills mall). There’s a daily shuttle into Nashville center while a wide variety of restaurant options —17 in total! — run the gamut from sushi to Mexican to Italian to steak.
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Set on 78 breathtaking cliffside acres overlooking the Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is a sublime getaway that feels more Catalonia than California. As befits its location in a city known as The America Riviera, rooms and public spaces have a Mediterranean flair, with red-tiled roofs, wrought-iron balconies, and alabaster stucco aplenty.
Although it’s tempting to while the day away by relaxing at the resort’s beach or one of its three pools, activities are plentiful. Everything from horseback riding to painting to a 42,000 square-foot spa can be found here.
Rooms are quietly luxurious and extremely spacious, offering plush beds, Frette linens, wooden beam ceilings, and a surprisingly large private balcony or patio, as well as a separate shower and soaking tub. Many rooms have fireplaces and all offer nightly turndown. Guests who check into one of the club level rooms, meanwhile, have access to the private, standalone club lounge villa — one of the only standalone club lounges in the Ritz portfolio — with a dedicated concierge, outdoor terrace, garment pressing, an art exhibition, and a daily rotation of complimentary breakfast, lunch, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and fine wines and spirits.
As befits the area’s status as a major wine region, oenophiles are in good hands here: the resort’s six restaurants include Angel Oak steakhouse, with more than 12,000 bottles of wine, while Santa Barbara’s nearby Funk Zone is known for its myriad of tasting rooms.
The Cloudveil, Autograph Collection
Offering rustic luxury, The Cloudveil is a just-opened Autograph Collection property that matches the upscale-but-low-key vibe of its Jackson, Wyoming surroundings. The resort is ideally situated in the center of Jackson’s town square, right at the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Highlights are numerous, including a rooftop terrace overlooking Snow King mountain with programming including yoga, stargazing, and wildlife talks, as well as an outdoor pool and a fitness center with Peloton bikes.
Rooms at The Cloudveil are chic but unpretentious, with natural materials and an abundance of light. Amenities in-room include a 55-inch LED TV with Smart Room Integration, Vertuo Nespresso machine, a fireplace, rain shower, double vanities, and mini-fridges. There’s also a communal guest pantry with water, coffee, tea, and locally-sourced snacks.
The hotel’s brasserie restaurant, The Bistro — from renowned local restaurateurs Gavin Fine and Roger Freedman — offers inventive, Instagram-worthy seasonal cuisine, including outdoor dining, a fresh oyster bar, house-made pastries, and an extensive cocktail menu. Guests who wish to explore Yellowstone can create a customized excursion with the hotel’s concierge (known in Cloudveil parlance as a Pathfinder).
St. Regis Aspen
Almost unimaginably luxurious, the St. Regis Aspen embodies everything wonderful about the St. Regis brand: it’s a gorgeous property with spectacular service and a keen sense of place. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, it’s within easy strolling distance of most of Aspen’s top nightlife, restaurants, and shops, with a Cadillac Escalade available to chauffeur guests around town.
Rooms are exceedingly luxurious, with all-white marble bathrooms, mountain views, and plush bedding. Rooms also feature deep soaking tubs, Ralph Lauren furniture, sitting areas, a minibar, Illy coffee machine, and toiletries from chic brand Remede.
Like all St. Regis properties, the hotel offers a daily afternoon champagne sabering. Another vaunted St. Regis tradition: the custom Bloody Mary unique to each property. In Aspen, it’s the Downhill Snapper: a version with cornichon, olives, and bacon. There’s also a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, a Remede spa, and, in the winter, a heated outdoor igloo called The Keep.
St. Regis New York
An impeccable Forbes 5-Star and AAA 5-Diamond property with the highest attention to detail, founded by John Jacob Astor, the St. Regis New York reopens in late May — and not a moment too soon. The property is sublime. Every guest receives complimentary butler service, with service offered such as packing and unpacking, morning wake-up with shades drawn plus coffee and newspaper, and garment pressing. A Bentley house car is also available for drop-offs within a 10-block radius.
Even the smallest rooms are incredibly opulent, with a crystal chandelier, bold jewel tones, silk wall coverings, and leather trim. Bathrooms boast Italian marble countertops, double sinks, rain showers, terry cloth robes, an in-mirror TV, and Remède bath amenities.
The hotel’s swanky King Cole Bar, with its iconic Old King Cole mural done by Maxwell Parrish, is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary. It’s a must for hotel guests — or those lucky enough to snag the hotel’s single bookable table for non-guests, Table 55.
FAQ: Marriott Bonvoy
How many properties does Marriott Bonvoy have?
Marriott Bonvoy provides access to over 7,600 properties around the globe, with more than 5,000 hotels in the United States alone.
With over 30 hotel brands in its portfolio, brands range from Aloft and Moxy to the boutique Autograph Collection to storied luxury options like St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton.
How do you make a reservation using Marriott Bonvoy points?
To make a reservation using Marriott Bonvoy points, travelers can visit the Bonvoy website and then choose either the hotel you are looking to book, or see how many points you have and select options accordingly based on which properties are available in certain categories.
What are the Marriott Bonvoy categories?
Marriott groups its Bonvoy properties into categories from 1 to 8, with 1 being the lowest spend (typically 5000 points during off-peak) and 8 as the most expensive category (up to 100,000 points during peak times such as holidays).
Hotels can also be viewed by specific dates, or through flexible search options for travelers wishing to scope the best deal but who aren’t wedded to a specific date.
Because Marriott separates its Bonvoy spend into standard, peak, and off-peak pricing, you can expect to pay more when visiting, say, Hawaii at Christmas, and less in, for example, Chicago during the dead of winter.
Does Marriott Bonvoy have any deals if you redeem points?
If you redeem points for more than four nights at a Marriott Bonvoy property, you’ll receive a fifth night complimentary, known as their Stay for 5, Pay for 4 program.
What are the Marriott Bonvoy membership levels?
Marriott Bonvoy offers six different standard membership levels. To gain Member status, you can sign up for the Bonvoy program for free here. The membership levels are outlined here:
There are also three lifetime elite levels, with benefits lasting forever and points never expiring. Lifetime status is based on the total number of years guests have been elite members, plus the collectively earned Marriott Bonvoy number of nights. The tiers are as follows:
What are the best ways to earn and maximize Marriott points?
In addition to accruing points through hotel stays, Marriott Bonvoy points can be earned in a variety of other ways, including car rentals through Hertz, cruise bookings through Cruise with Points, several flight partners including United, Emirates, and American Airlines, and more than 11,000 restaurants in the US through Eat Around Town by Marriott Bonvoy.
Guests can also earn points through a participating credit card, such as two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards through Chase, and two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards through American Express. Benefits vary, but each card allows guests to accrue points through dollars spent, and some cards — such as the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card — grant complimentary Gold Elite status.
When should I use points and when should I pay for a hotel?
On average, Marriott Bonvoy points are worth 0.7 cents per point each according to Insider’s points and miles valuations. Always pay attention to the math to determine whether the stated points redemption is better than paying for a night.
How else can I use Marriott Bonvoy points?
There are many different ways to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points, ranging from flights and car rentals to shopping at outlets like Apple, Bloomingdales, and Best Buy. An unexpected use of points: donating to charities including the Marriott Disaster Relief Fund, the International Federation of the Red Cross, and UNICEF. Donated points are transferred into the equivalent cash value for charitable purposes.
Points can also be redeemed for gift cards, and Bonvoy users are also able to purchase and gift up to 100,000 points per calendar year.
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