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Following on from our recent article about the best Marriott Bonvoy redemption sweet spots in the UK, here are some of the best value redemptions available elsewhere in Europe. Remember though that Marriott will be changing a lot of these award prices on 4th March 2020, so book now!
As a reminder, here is the current Marriott Bonvoy award chart – note the Off Peak / Standard / Peak pricing:
When selecting the hotels listed below, I’ve tried to focus more on genuinely useful redemptions, rather than simply listing the highest theoretical value per point options. As a general rule of thumb though, I personally look to get at least 0.5p of value per Marriott Point.
Best value Marriott Bonvoy redemptions in Europe
Moxy Bastille, Paris, Category 4
Cash rates are sometimes very reasonable, so do check those as well, but during expensive times of the year it’s tough to beat 20,000-30,000 Marriott Points for a well-located decent hotel in Paris. I stayed quite recently (using points) and was upgraded to a room with a massive terrace, despite only having Marriott Gold status. The staff were very friendly too.
Courtyard Montpellier, Category 2
Cash rates are rarely under 100 Euros per night, which means you’re almost always going to get good value using 10,000-15,000 points instead.
Courtyard Pilsen, Czech Republic, Category 1
With cash rates sometimes over £100 per night, being able to pay 5,000-10,000 Marriott Points instead is remarkable value.
Courtyard Brno, Czech Republic, Category 2
As a Category 2, the Courtyard Brno is a bit more expensive than the Courtyard Pilsen (10,000-15,000 points per night), but can still be excellent value.
Moxy Frankfurt Centre, Category 3
Frankfurt is one of those cities where cash hotel rates regularly go through the roof during big events, which means that using points can be a fantastic option. The Moxy Frankfurt Central is a Category 3 hotel, so it only requires 15,000-20,000 points per night, despite cash rates climbing to a crazy 400+ Euros during the busiest times of year. On quiet dates, you can book the Moxy for as little as 66 Euros though, so points certainly aren’t always the best option!
JW Marriott Absheron Baku, Azerbaijan, Category 3
Ok, so Baku might not top everyone’s travel plans, but if you are visiting, you should consider staying at the JW Marriott. As a Category 3, you’re looking at 15,000-20,000 points for a luxury stay in a prime location. Cash rates can exceed £200.
Ritz Carlton Almaty, Kazakhstan, Category 4
It’s not often you see a Category 4 Ritz Carlton. With cash rates almost always over £200 (sometimes over £400), using 20,000-30,000 points is definitely a smart idea if you happen to find yourself in Almaty.
Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel (near Madrid Barajas Airport), Category 2
If you are looking for a hotel near Madrid Airport, you could do a lot worse than the Category 2 Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel. It’s a comfortable option, with a swimming pool, executive lounge, and a free shuttle to the airport. Cash rates are usually over 120 Euros per night, so 10,000-15,000 points is excellent value.
Spain in general offers lots of fantastic value redemptions, thanks largely to the number of low category AC Hotels. Marriott currently has 20 Category 1 hotels, 15 Category 2 hotels, 10 Category 3 hotels, and 16 Category 4 hotels in Spain:
AC Hotel Istanbul Macka, Category 2
The AC Hotel Istanbul Macka is one of my favourite Marriott redemptions. The hotel itself is perfectly nice (though does lack facilities like a pool), the location in Besiktas is superb, and the value you can get using points is remarkable. As a Category 2 hotel, you only need 10,000-15,000 points per night. It used to be Category 1 (I once paid just 30,000 points for 5 nights, due to the 5th night being free for Marriott elite status holders), but it’s still a bargain at Category 2.
Four Points by Sheraton Ljubljana Mons, Slovenia, Category 2
Ljubljana is a fantastic city, and 10,000-15,000 points per night for a hotel that frequently charges £150+ per night is a very good deal.
Dublin is an expensive city – particularly at weekends! Being able to book central hotels for 20,000-30,000 points rather than £200+ is a nice option to have.
I’ll be sharing more Marriott Bonvoy redemption sweet spots – from the rest of the world – over the next few days. What are your favourites?