The 14 Best Marriott Luxury Hotels to Book With Points for Maximum Value

Alex Miller of Upgraded Points, Maldives, W Spa

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The Marriott Bonvoy program has had several changes over the last few years. From its Starwood acquisition to its move to off-peak and peak award pricing, there’s been a lot to digest.

This article is part of a series focusing on which luxury hotels from the Hilton Honors, World of Hyatt, IHG Rewards Club, and Marriott Bonvoy programs offer the most value in terms of cents per point.

A few assumptions were required when putting together the best values for the hotels on this list:

  1. Peak travel dates from the Google Travel Guides were used to determine the most popular time to visit
  2. We used the cash rate for a weekend night over 2 different months during the peak travel time
  3. We averaged the cents per point value over the 2 months to determine the value the hotel offered

With this series, the goal is to uncover which luxury Marriott hotels offer the most value on a cents per point basis. Both cash and points rates will fluctuate depending on the time of the year, so the value you receive may be different than what is shown here. We intend to show travelers the value of what’s possible when booking luxury Marriott hotels.

Now that we’ve crossed that bridge, it’s time to jump into the best luxury Marriott properties to book with your hard-earned Marriott points. Holding Marriott elite status makes your stay at any of these properties more enjoyable. That’s why we’ll first cover which Marriott credit cards help you to earn elite status.

From there, we’ll highlight the luxury Marriott properties that made our list. Before closing out with Final Thoughts, you’ll see the other ways you can earn Marriott points.

Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

Not only did Marriott revamp its award program, but it also had a complete overhaul of its co-branded credit cards. American Express and Chase are the 2 financial institutions that issue Marriott credit cards.

There are currently 6 personal and business credit cards that earn Marriott points directly with your spending — 3 are offered by American Express and 3 are offered by Chase. 2 of these 6 cards are no longer open to new applicants, so the total number of cards open to new applicants today is 4.

With that said, below are the co-branded credit cards offered by both Amex and Chase. There are several restrictions to which new cardmembers are eligible, so it’s helpful to research eligibility requirements before applying.

American Express Credit Cards

Chase Marriott Credit Cards

For travelers looking to evaluate these credit cards, we have an entire article comparing the best Chase Marriott rewards cards. Concerning the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card, the way to maximize the most value is to utilize the annual travel credit.

If you’re not sure which credit card to start with, check out this detailed guide to the best credit cards for Marriott loyalists.

Bottom Line: Chase and Marriott business credit cards will not count towards your Chase 5/24 limit. For those wanting to learn more about this rule before applying for these cards, here is everything you need to know about the Chase 5/24 rule.

Marriott Award Chart

Hotel CategoryOff-PeakStandardPeak
15,0007,50010,000
210,00012,50015,000
315,00017,50020,000
420,00025,00030,000
530,00035,00040,000
640,00050,00060,000
750,00060,00070,000
870,00085,000100,000

Best Luxury Marriott Hotels

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Redeem Marriott points to stay at a St. Regis in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Image Credit: Marriott

The Maldives is one of the most talked-about destinations in Asia amongst U.S. travelers. And why not? It has some of the most beautiful beaches and water in the world.

The St. Regis Maldives spans more than 22 acres in the Dhaalu Atoll. Lush rainforests compliment the white-sand beaches on this private island where there’s a variety of activities and excursions at guests’ disposal.

This hotel is insanely expensive, averaging more than $1,400 per night during peak dates. For travelers with a stash of Marriott points, 85,000 points per night yields nearly 2.5 cents per point in value.

Hot Tip: The seaplane transfer round-trip flight to the resort from Velana International Airport (MLE) is $695 per adult, $399 per child (ages 2-12 years), and complimentary for infants (age below 2 years). The cash rate shown above does not include this cost.

Category: 8

Points Required: 70,000-100,000 points per night

December-April Rate: $2,111 per night

Points Value: 2.48 cents per point (85,000 points per night December-April)

Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
Relax by the pool and watch the sunset at the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. Image Credit: Marriott

Beaches, upscale shopping, pro sports, and quality restaurants. Los Angeles has something for everyone, including hotels from all of the major hotel brands.

Located downtown next to the Staples Center, the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles is the first U.S. hotel to make the list. This hotel offers easy access to the sites of the city and provides an incredible rooftop pool view to watch the sunset.

Summertime cash rates average more than $1,000 per night with plenty of nights going for 50,000 points per night. This means that you’re receiving a little more than 2 cents per point in value.

Hot Tip: With the changes to the Marriott award chart, Category 7 off-peak pricing is now 50,000 points per night. 

Category: 7

Points Required: 50,000-70,000 points per night

April-July Rate: $1,008 per night

Points Value: 2.02 cents per point (50,000 points per night April-July)

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort (French Polynesia)

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Use Marriott points to stay at this beautiful resort in Bora Bora. Image Credit: Marriott

Like the Maldives, Bora Bora is a destination many U.S. travelers want to travel to. And when you see pictures like the one above, how could you not want to make the trip?

This luxury resort has a secluded white-sand beach to relax on, as well as a Lagoonarium, which is a lagoon for protected fish and coral. The St. Regis Bora Bora also has several swimming pools, a spa, and is home to the largest overwater villas that start at 1,500 square feet for a standard room.

Cash rates are surprisingly much cheaper at The St. Regis Bora Bora compared to The St. Regis Maldives. Just under $900 is the per night rate with many June-August award nights requiring an off-peak rate of 70,000 points per night.

Hot Tip: The St. Regis Bora Bora airport boat transfer costs $130 per person round-trip. Guests can arrange the boat transfer in advance and the ride takes about 20 minutes to get to the resort. The cash rate above does not include the boat transfer cost. 

Category: 8

Points Required: 70,000-100,000 points per night

June-August Rate: $1,323 per night

Points Value: 1.89 cents per night (70,000 points per night June-August)

W Maldives

W Maldives, Overwater Suites
Image property of Upgraded Points.

Heading back to the blue waters of the Maldives, another luxury Marriott property that offers value is W Maldives. The hotel vibe at the W will be different than what you’ll find at The St. Regis Maldives.

W Maldives is located on Fesdu Island in the North Ari Atoll. Bungalows and overwater villas are what you’ll find at this resort, along with a spa, pool, water sports, and a private 80-foot yacht.

Off-peak award pricing of 70,000 points per night during December-April may be hard to find, so expect to pay the standard rate of 85,000 points per night. With an average cash rate of more than $1,000 per night, travelers are receiving nearly 2 cents per point in value.

Hot Tip: Seaplane round-trip transfers to the resort from Velana International Airport (MLE) are $505 for adults (ages 12+), $235 for children 3-11 years old, and complimentary for infants (less than 3 years old). The cash rate listed above does not include the seaplane transfer cost. 

Category: 8

Points Required: 70,000-100,000 points per night

December-April Rate: $1,588 per night

Points Value: 1.87 cents per points (85,000 points per night December-April)

Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay (Half Moon Bay, CA)

Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is another great place to catch a sunset from the West Coast. Image Credit: Marriott

The second U.S. luxury property to make this list is another California property — the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Offering beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, this resort sits atop the rugged northern California coastline.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a mere 30 minutes south of San Francisco. What makes this resort unique is the amenities. Not only will guests find on-property dining and spa services, but they’ll also have access to a golf course.

Cash rates for this hotel from June to August average just shy of $750 per night. Standard award pricing of 60,000 points per night is what travelers will likely pay during this peak travel time, translating into nearly 2 cents per point in value.

Category: 7

Points Required: 50,000-70,000 points per night

June-August Rate: $1,105 per night

Points Value: 1.84 cents per point (60,000 points per night June-August)

Ritz-Carlton Tokyo (Japan)

Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Experience luxury in Tokyo at the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo. Image Credit: Marriott

Tokyo has no shortage of hotels, including luxury hotels that are in the Marriott portfolio. From its incredible food scene to its iconic temples to the city’s public gardens, Tokyo has something for every traveler.

In the city’s tallest building in Tokyo Midtown is where you’ll find the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo hotel. The property boasts an impressive 7 restaurants, a spa, and a view overlooking the downtown skyline.

This category 8 hotel will most likely require 85,000 points per night if booked during the May to July peak travel timeframe. With cash rates averaging more than $850 per night, award travelers will be able to receive more than 1.5 cents per point in value.

Category: 8

Points Required: 70,000-100,000 points per night

May-July Rate: $1,301 per night

Points Value: 1.53 cents per point (85,000 points per night May-July)

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
See one of the best views of Central Park from the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Image Credit: Marriott

There’s no shortage of sites to see in New York and its world-class restaurants are hard to beat.

Nestled in Midtown, the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers one of the best views of Central Park. Guests have access to several onsite amenities during their stay, including dining and a spa.

At nearly $1,300 per night from May to August, this hotel isn’t cheap. Standard award pricing of 85,000 points per night is what guests should expect to pay during this timeframe. This equates to a little more than 1.5 cents per point in value.

Category: 8

Points Required: 70,000-100,000 points per night

May-August Rate: $1,291 per night

Points Value: 1.52 cents per point (85,000 points per night May-August)

Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (Maui, Hawaii)

Ritz Carlton Kapalua Pool Maui Hawaii
Relax by the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Pool. Image Credit: Marriott

If Bora Bora or the Maldives do not work out, look no further than the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. When the winter months hit the U.S., Hawaii is a great place to kick back and enjoy the sun.

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is a luxury hotel on Maui that offers 6 restaurants and bars, club-level access, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and a spa.

Guests will need 60,000 points per night to book this hotel that averages $868 per night during peak travel dates. You can expect to see a return of ~1.45 cents per point.

Hot Tip: The $35 daily resort fee includes fitness classes, high-speed internet, resort shuttle services, a photo session, discounted golf fees and preferred tee times, cultural history tours, and resort activities (basketball, tennis, shuffleboard, croquet). Valet parking is not included and will be an additional $30 per day. 

Category: 7

Points Required: 60,000 points per night

December-August Rate: $868 per night

Points Value: 1.45 cents per point

W New York – Union Square (New York City) 

W New York – Union Square Rooftop New York City
Redeem Marriott for a luxury stay in Gramercy Park. Image Credit: Marriott

The Ritz-Carlton Central Park is certainly at the top of Marriott’s New York City luxury hotel offerings. However, W New York can be another luxury option if you’re looking to stay further south.

Located in the early 1900’s-era building overlooking Union Square Park, W New York has a cocktail bar, a fitness center, and a Mediterranean restaurant.

Cash rates during peak travel time average nearly $800 per night. Depending on when you book, you will need 50,000-60,000 points per night. The result is a return of 1.4 cents per point.

Hot Tip: Other New York hotels evaluated for this list included The St. Regis New York, JW Marriott Essex House, The Chatwal, and W New York Times Square. The cent per point values ranged from 0.6 to 1.2 cents per point. 

Category: 7

Points Required: 50,000-60,000 points per night

June-September Rate: $794 per night

Points Value: 1.4 cents per point

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort Rio Grande Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is an easy beach get-away for mainland U.S. travelers. Image Credit: Marriott

It is no secret to U.S. travelers how amazing the Caribbean is, including Puerto Rico — one of several U.S. territories. What’s great about Puerto Rico is the sheer number of nonstop flights from mainland U.S. cities.

The St. Regis Bahia Resort is located on a former coconut plantation. The hotel offers 3 restaurants, a bar, a golf course, a seaside pool, and a spa.

The points return on this hotel is ~ 1.38 cents per point during peak travel dates. Cash rates are an astronomical $1,171 per night, while you can book this hotel for 85,000 points per night.

Hot Tip: Guests are required to pay an $82 per day resort fee. This fee includes high-speed internet, kid’s club access, driving range access, inflatable water toys, kayaks, resort bikes, tennis, umbrella, towels at the beach/pool, and welcome drinks.  

Category: 8

Points Required: 85,000 points per night

December-April Rate: $1,171 per night

Points Value: 1.38 cents per point

The Park Tower Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel (London, England)

The Park Tower Knightsbridge a Luxury Collection Hotel London England
London luxury can be found at the Park Tower Knightsbridge. Image Credit: Marriott

London has no shortage of luxury hotels. No matter the brand, including Marriott, you can find a luxury experience at nearly every corner. 

The Park Tower Knightsbridge is just outside of Kensington Palace. Hotel amenities include a bar, a fitness center, a lounge, and a spa.

Cash rates average $765 during peak travel dates, which is also the time that you can use 60,000 points per night. As a result, the return on your points is a value of 1.27 cents per point.

Category: 7

Points Required: 60,000 points per night

June-September Rate: $765 per night

Points Value: 1.27 cents per point

The St. Regis Mauritius Resort

The St. Regis Mauritius Resort Pool
Access beautiful beaches and a pool at The St. Regis Mauritius Resort. Image Credit: Marriott

Mauritius is not an island that gets talked about like the Maldives. We get it. The Maldives are beautiful. However, you may want to put Mauritius on your radar after you see the pictures.

For those of you looking for a beach vacation near Africa, check out The St. Regis Mauritius Resort. This hotel is located along Le Morne Beach and offers everything you need: 2 bars, 6 restaurants, a fitness center, a kid’s play area, a spa, a pool, and water sports.

50,000 points per night are the number of points you will need to book a free night. Cash rates during peak travel dates average $632, netting you 1.26 cents per point in value.

Category: 7

Points Required: 50,000 points per night

December-February Rate: $632 per night

Points Value: 1.26 cents per point

The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

The St. Regis Washington D.C. night exterior
The St. Regis Washington, D.C. offers guests a luxury experience in our nation’s capital. Image Credit: Marriott

Like most major U.S. cities, D.C. has plenty of luxury hotel options. The great news for Marriott loyalists is that you have a luxury hotel in the heart of the city.

The St. Regis Washington, D.C. exemplifies old-school luxury. A mere 2 blocks from the White House, this hotel is perfect in terms of location. On-property amenities include a bar, a fitness center, and a Mediterranean restaurant.

Averaging $724 per night during peak travel dates, this hotel can be booked using 60,000 points per night. This means that your Marriott points are worth 1.24 cents per point.

Category: 7

Points Required: 60,000 points per night

May-September Rate: $724 per night

Points Value: 1.24 cents per point

Bottom Line: If location and luxury in the nation’s capital are what you’re after, consider booking a room at The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach (O’ahu, Hawaii)

The Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach Ocean View
Find luxury in Hawaii at the Ritz-Carlton Waikiki Beach. Image Credit: Marriott

If you get tired of the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui, hop on over to O’ahu and stay at the Ritz-Carlton Waikiki Beach.

This hotel offers a fitness center, 2 infinity pools, 3 restaurants, and a spa. Guests also have a quick walk to the beach to soak up some sun during their stay.

Hotel guests will receive 1.23 cents per point on average during peak travel dates. Cash rates average $733 per night while you will need 50,000-70,000 points per night to book an award stay.

Category: 7

Points Required: 50,000-70,000 points per night

December-August Rate: $733 per night

Points Value: 1.23 cents per point

Other Ways to Earn Marriott Points

For non-Marriott elite travelers, the most efficient way to earn Marriott points is to both sign up for and put your spending on Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. With 4 co-branded cards open to new applicants, anyone should have an easy time quickly earning Marriott points.

Another way to earn Marriott points is to become a loyalty member and stay at Marriott. Members earn 10 points per $1 spent at Marriott with elite members earning an additional 10% to 75% bonus points.

There’s also the option to transfer American Express and Chase Ultimate Rewards to Marriott. However, we recommend redeeming those transferable points with their high-value airline partners instead.

All in all, the best way to earn Marriott points is to earn elite status and put your spending on Marriott co-branded credit cards. When you factor in a sign-up bonus on top of earning bonus points during your Marriott stays, it’s fairly easy to rack up Marriott points.

Final Thoughts

Marriott stumbled its way through the Starwood acquisition, and now we are finally seeing what the new program looks like. Unfortunately, many luxury properties increased the number of points required so high-value hotel redemptions may be a thing of the past. For this reason, we are putting Marriott second in our rankings behind Hyatt. Hilton comes in third with IHG coming in fourth.

What Marriott lacks in cents per point value compared to World of Hyatt, the hotel makes up for in the sheer number of luxury properties around the world. Almost all major cities and many mid-sized cities have a luxury Marriott property making it extremely easy to find a luxury property to book.


Frequently asked questions

What are the nicest Marriott hotels?

EDITION, JW Marriott, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, and W Hotels and are the brands listed in the Marriott luxury category. Hotels in this category would be considered nice hotels.

What is the best Marriott hotel brand?

From a cents per point value standpoint, out of the 46 hotels evaluated for this article, St. Regis and The Ritz-Carlton had the most hotels in the top half of the list.

Is JW Marriott a luxury?

Yes. JW Marriott is a luxury hotel brand.

Does Marriott have all-inclusive hotels?

Yes! Marriott has an entire page listing its all-inclusive properties.

What hotels does Marriott own?

Marriott has 30 brands that include AC Hotels, Aloft Hotels, Autograph Collection, Bulgari Hotels & Resort, Courtyard by Marriott, Delta Hotels, Design Hotels,, EDITION Hotel, Element by Westin, Fairfield Inn, Four Points by Sheraton, Gaylord Hotels, Homes & Villas, JW Marriott Hotels, Le Méridien, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Vacation Club, Moxy Hotels, Protea Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Residence Inn by Marriott, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, SpringHill Suites, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, TownePlace Suites, Tribute Portfolio, W Hotels, and Westin Hotels.

Michael McHugh

About Michael McHugh

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn't travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since. Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend's phone about a mistake fare.  That's where the love affair with points and miles began.

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1 comment

  1. Brendan Skeen October 23, 2020

    Should add The Bodrum Edition to this list. Beats out most St Regis and Ritz hotels and it only costs 50,000 points per night in off season, which happens to be the best time to go.

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