18 Best Ways to Redeem Marriott Points for Hotel Stays [Maximum Value]

JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo

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Marriott has been in the frequent travelers’ headlines for quite a while now. With the finalized merger with SPG and category changes, there have definitely been some movers and shakers in the Marriott redemption world.

We already put together the 43 best ways to redeem Marriott points for flights. But if you’re interested in spending your Marriott points on hotels, we have you covered too!

Keep in mind that the new “pricing structure” will take effect starting in 2019. If you book travel for this year, you will definitely be able to utilize some amazing sweet spots, especially with ultra-luxe hotels in the SPG Category 7 section at the bottom of this guide.

For this guide, we looked at all the properties globally and came up with 18 of the best Marriott hotel redemptions.

How to Earn Marriott Points

If you need to boost your Marriott point balance, see our article on the best ways to earn Marriott points.

Using rewards cards is certainly one of the preferred ways to accrue a lot of Marriott points. You’ll find a number of options below:

18 Amazing Marriott Hotel Redemptions

We’ll start off with Category 1 hotel options and end with the top-tier properties available by redeeming Marriott points.

1. Courtyard Pilsen – Czech Republic (Category 1)

Courtyard Pilsen
The Courtyard Pilsen is a great place to stay while you visit the home of the Pilsner beer. Image courtesy of Marriott.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the birthplace of the Pilsner, the Courtyard Pilsen in the Czech Republic is a great place to stay during your visit that’s conveniently located in the city.

The staff is friendly, and you can enjoy a nice breakfast before you explore the city and grab a Pilsner or 2.

  • You can book the Courtyard Pilsen for 7,500 Marriott Rewards points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 5,000 points, and peak will cost 10,000 points.

2. Courtyard Guayaquil – Ecuador (Category 1)

Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador with plenty to see during your visit. The Courtyard Guayaquil provides the perfect base for your adventure as it is located near many sites and restaurants.

  • You can book a night for only 7,500 Marriott points, making it a great cheap option for long trips.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 5,000 points, and peak will cost 10,000 points.

3. Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel – China (Category 2)

Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel
The Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel is the perfect place to stay during your visit to Shanghai. Image courtesy of Marriott.

The Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel is located close to a metro station, making it easy for guests to navigate Shanghai.

The friendly staff from check-in to the hotel bar make this a great place to stay, whether you’re passing through on a business trip or visiting Shanghai for vacation.

  • You can book a stay for 12,500 Marriott points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 10,000 points, and peak will cost 15,000 points.

4. MOXY Milan Malpensa Airport – Italy (Category 3)

The MOXY hotel brand is meant to be fun and social, and you’ll get just that at the MOXY Milan Malpensa Airport. If you have an early flight out of Milan (MXP) or an overnight layover, this is the perfect place to stay.

The hotel is actually located in Terminal 2 of the airport, so you won’t have to worry at all about a transfer when catching a flight.

  • You can book a night here for 17,500 Marriott points.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 15,000 points, and peak will cost 20,000 points.

5. JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi – Vietnam (Category 3)

JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
A 5-star Category 3 property, you’re going to love the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi. Image courtesy of Marriott.

If there’s one thing that people mention about the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi, it’s the amazing service you can expect. Always friendly and ready to help, you’ll be able to relax by the pool or have a great meal during your stay in Hanoi.

  • For 17,500 Marriott points, you can book a night at this fantastic property.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 15,000 points, and peak will cost 20,000 points.

6. JW Marriott Hotel Chengdu – China (Category 3)

While only a Category 3 hotel, the JW Marriott Hotel Chengdu is considered one of the best hotels in the city. Its location makes visiting the panda reserve a breeze, and if you’re in Chengdu, you have to see the pandas!

  • Award stays can be booked for 15,000 points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 15,000 points, and peak will cost 20,000 points.

7. JW Marriott Hotel Beijing – China (Category 3)

Located near the mall, many restaurants, and a metro station, the JW Marriott Hotel Beijing is a fantastic place to stay during your visit to Beijing. If you have access to the Executive Lounge, you’ll enjoy it even more!

  • Book a stay at this hotel for 17,500 Marriott points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 15,000 points, and peak will cost 20,000 points.

8. JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel – Romania (Category 4)

JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
Enjoy the fantastic service at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Whether you want to walk to Romania’s Parliament or visit the old town section of Bucharest, the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel is a great choice for your visit thanks to its amazing location.

Like many JW Marriott Hotel properties, this one stands out for its exceptional service.

  • You can book a stay at this hotel for 25,000 Marriott points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 20,000 points, and peak will cost 30,000 points.

9. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi (Category 4)

If you like relaxing at the pool, don’t miss this one! The Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi has a massive pool and plenty of food and drink to enjoy. This is a new hotel, but this property is already receiving rave reviews for its service — particularly the Executive Lounge staff.

  • This another great option for your free night certificates, and it can be booked for 25,000 Marriott points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 20,000 points, and peak will cost 30,000 points.

10. JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic (Category 4)

JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo
For one of the best hotels in the city, check out the JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo. Image courtesy of Marriott.

If you enjoy luxury malls, the JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo is connected to a great one. If you’d prefer to relax, this beautiful property has an amazing pool for you to enjoy as well.

As is probably clear from the other JW Marriott hotels on the list, you can expect great service from the staff here too.

  • An award night can be booked for 25,000 Marriott points.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 20,000 points, and peak will cost 30,000 points.

11. JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok – Thailand (Category 4)

Located in the heart of the city, the JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok is a perfect place to stay — whether you’re traveling for work, on vacation, or just hoping to try some of Bangkok’s amazing street food!

  • For 25,000 Marriott points per night, you can book a stay at this great hotel.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 20,000 points, and peak will cost 30,000 points.

12. JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa – Vietnam (Category 5)

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa
Enjoy a secluded retreat at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa. Image courtesy of Marriott.

The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is located on an island just off the coast of Vietnam and Cambodia, and it’s just what you would expect from an island resort.

This property makes it easy to relax, enjoy great food, and rest assured that the hotel staff is ready to help no matter what.

  • You can book stays at this fantastic resort for 35,000 points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 30,000 points, and peak will cost 40,000 points.

This is also a great place to use your annual free night certificate if you have one of the co-branded Marriott cards from Chase.

13. Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection – Hungary (Category 5)

Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection
The Boscolo Budapest is a beautiful Autograph Collection hotel. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Budapest is a city full of history with many sites to see. The Boscolo Budapest, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is a beautiful property conveniently located to make your visit to Budapest easy.

Whether traveling alone or with a family, the staff here will help provide a wonderful hotel stay.

  • You can book award nights at this amazing hotel for 35,000 points each.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 30,000 points, and peak will cost 40,000 points.

14. Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa – Mexico (Category 5)

You don’t have to cross an ocean to experience an amazing Marriott property! The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in Mexico is a fantastic place to escape for a little relaxation. The staff is attentive and happy to help make this an easy vacation for you and your friends and family.

  • Stays can be booked for 35,000 points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 30,000 points, and peak will cost 40,000 points.

15. JW Marriott Macau – China (Category 5)

If you like visiting the casinos of Las Vegas, you will love Macau. That’s not all there is to enjoy though, as Macau is a fascinating blend of European and Chinese cultures.

When you’re not running around Macau taking it all in, you can rest assured the staff at the JW Marriott Macau will take care of you.

  • Stays at this hotel will cost you 35,000 Marriott points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 30,000 points, and peak will cost 40,000 points.

16. JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa – Italy (Category 6)

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
Relax on a Venetian island at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. Image courtesy of Marriott.

If you’ve dreamed of escaping to a luxury private island resort to relax, look no further than the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa.

A quick water taxi ride away from the center of Venice, you can visit a city full of history during the day and relax at the resort at night.

  • You can book stays here for 50,000 Marriott points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 40,000 points, and peak will cost 60,000 points.

17. JW Marriott Grosvenor House – England (Category 7)

JW Marriott Grosvenor House
Enjoy a life of luxury at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House. Image courtesy of Marriott.

This beautiful property has an amazing staff, and some rooms even have views of Hyde Park. Without a doubt, this is one of the best hotels in London, an iconic city to visit.

  • You can book your stay here for 60,000 Marriott points per night.
  • In 2019, off-peak will cost 50,000 points, and peak will cost 70,000 points.

18. Booking Category 7 SPG Properties Until the End of 2018

Category 8, the highest category of the new combined program, will not be launched until 2019. This means that for now, all top-tier properties will go into Category 7 beginning August 18.

Since peak pricing will also not launch until 2019, the price for a Category 7 award night booked between August 18 and the end of 2018 will be 60,000 new program points.

We can expect that most of these top-tier SPG properties will go into Category 8 of the new program when it launches, so this is definitely a limited-time opportunity. Book them for less while you can!

Cash + Points Bookings

To search for Cash + Points options, you actually have to search for award stays by selecting “Use Points” when you search a specific hotel. The search results will show you the award rate and any Cash + Points options (if availability exists).

Peak and Off-Peak

The new program will have 8 tiers for hotel awards. Within those 8 tiers, hotels will have standard, off-peak, and peak award rates. Each of the levels will also have a Cash + Points rate associated with it.

Peak pricing will not go live until early 2019, but when it does, your award night could be at any of 24 different points levels depending on the hotel you choose and what dates you need to stay.

If you are looking at potentially using a Cash + Points rate for your stay, you can add another 24 levels for a grand total of 48 different award levels.

5th Night Free on Award Stays

Another great way to use points is to book 4 nights with Marriott points to receive the 5th night free. Really you’re just getting a 20% discount per night, but the word “free” sounds great!

Use Points to Upgrade a Stay

You can also use your Marriott points to upgrade a paid or award stay rather than paying cash for the upgrade.

Final Thoughts

Marriott has a massive presence around the world and some very nice properties that make for amazing award redemptions. With so many ways to earn Marriott points, it’s now even easier to amass the points needed for a wonderful trip!


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