Seven Great Marriott Hotels in the United States

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I recently devoted a few posts to the Marriott Rewards program including a post on how to get 12 award nights from that one sign-up bonus.  Of course to get 12 nights out of 80,000 points, you will be looking at the lower category properties, which will work great for some people, but not for others 

Today I looked at the opposite end of the spectrum, and want to focus on some of the upper category Marriott properties in the United States that really call out to me as somewhere I would enjoy visiting.  The higher category properties are often pretty pricey, at least during peak nights/seasons, so that can make them great candidates for using points from the co-branded credit card instead of cash.

Here are seven Marriott properties in the United States that look great and that I would love to visit using points.  These are all Category 8 and 9 properties that regularly go for 40,000 – 45,000 points per night, but remember that if you stay for five nights on points then the 5th night is free.  Also keep in mind that if any of these properties become available via PointSavers that will drop the price 5,000 points per night.

Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in Maui

This resort is a Category 8 property that goes for 40,000 points per night for up to four people in a room with one king or two queen beds.  The hotel has a water slide, child’s pool, is close to Wailea and Ulua beaches, and looks like a great spot for a family vacation.

Wailele Pools & Slides

Wailea Beach Marriott Executive Suite View

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach

This Category 8 property is located on the beach in Fort Lauderdale and not far from the Florida Everglades.  The resort has a beautiful pool and children’s club for kids ages 5 – 12.

Florida Resorts

Marriott Mountain Valley Lodge Breckenridge

This Vacation Club property is close to great skiing and goes for 40,000 points per night in a standard studio suite with a queen bed and sofa bed that sleeps 4.  However, if you need more space you can spend 45,000 points per night and get a one-bedroom villa that is rated for 6 people with two bathrooms, a kitchen, two sofa beds, and a separate bedroom.

One Bedroom Villa Living Area

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa

This property is calling to me (in my dreams) right now as I’m up at night with diapers and feedings as a great spot for a future adults-only getaway.  It is in wine country, has a spa, poolside service, and more… What else could you ask for?

Resort Setting

JW Marriott Essex House NYC:

This iconic NYC hotel has been around since the 1930’s and is located on Central Park South in NYC.  It goes for 45,000 points per night for standard rooms with a king or queen bed.

Exterior View

If you need more space, family suites are available for 45,000 points + $200 per night.  That may sound like a hefty co-pay, but suites are often tough on the budget in NYC so this could be a good way to get extra space at a somewhat reasonable rate.

NYC Family Suites

Marriott Stanton South Beach

Another Marriott property that screams “adults-only weekend” to me is the Marriott Stanton on South Beach in Miami as it has infinity pools, is close to the beach, and looks like a swanky joint.  It is a Category 9 property that runs 45,000 points per night.

Miami Beachfront Restaurant

South Beach Accommodations

Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

This property is just 150 yards from a gondola at the base of Vail, which is great for skiing families who value convenience.  Cash prices at ski resorts can get crazy during the winter, so I love the idea of using 45,000 points instead of hundreds of dollars.

Winter Exterior

What Marriott properties in the US do you enjoy using your points at?

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    • Bill, that may be true to some extent…but to me it is 75% about location. Pools and on-site services like Kid’s Clubs are a very nice added bonus though. 😉

      • Same here. Selecting a hotel now is not so much location and cost but about what they have for the kids. We just stayed at Gaylord Palms (Marriott property) in Kissimmee, FL.. I paid cash for it rather than 40k a night because it was only $150/night and kids ate free at the hotel restaurants off the kids menu. Had a fantastic pool, water slides, played kid movies on a giant screen at the pool every night, alligators, turtles, koi pond. Kids had a blast. I could have stayed at the nicer, fancier and maybe better Ritz Carlton or JW Marriott in Orlando… but would not have been the same for the kids.

        • Oh totally – always compare prices. Some of these properties will sometimes be cheap enough to not warrant using points.

  1. Good post and hope to see similar for the other chains – one of the reasons I keep an eye on your posts. Only so much CX/SQ/EK F you can read when all travel is + smallies 🙂

  2. Not sure I would spend that many points on the Wailea Beach Marriott. It’s pretty much the lowest priced “major brand” hotel on Maui and definitely the lowest priced one in Wailea. Pay cash instead.

    • All depends on cash position though. If you can get a good rate you can pay then do it for sure. If the rates are high for your dates, or just higher than your budget allows, and you can get 4 nights of a family vacation by both partners getting this card then go for it.

  3. I was very underwhelmed when we stayed at the Lodge at Sonoma a few years ago. The Napa Marriott was also a disappointment. There are some wonderful places to use Marriott points, but these aren’t them. There are much better options in the area.

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