Do You Know the Difference Between Marriott Hotel Brands?

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If you don’t know all 20 of Marriott’s hotel brands, you could be missing out on redeeming your points at some great hotels!

That’s because several brands, like Protea or Autograph Collection, don’t come with the Marriott name.  So some folks might see a hotel with an unfamiliar name, and miss a chance to redeem their points!

And now that the Chase Marriott card comes with 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, there’s even more reason to become familiar with Marriott’s hotel brands.

Marriott Hotel Brands

You Can Redeem Your Marriott Points for Great Stays at Fancy Ritz-Carlton Hotels

I’ll give you a quick summary for each of the Marriott hotel brands!

Marriott Hotel Brands

Link:   Marriott Hotel Brands

Link:   Fantastic 100,000-Point Marriott Sign-Up Bonus!

Marriott, like other hotels, categorize their hotels according to brand.  That’s because each hotel brand has distinct characteristics they use to market their hotel to a certain type of traveler.

There are currently 20 Marriott hotel brands:

Not all these hotels participate in award nights.  Let’s take a look at each one.

1.   AC Hotels

Marriott says AC Hotels are primarily for business travelers.  The brand began in Europe, and has now spread to other continents, but prides itself on keeping a European vibe.

Marriott Hotel Brands

You Can Stay at the AC Hotel Nice, France, for Between 30,000 and 35,000 Marriott Points per Night

2.   Autograph Collection

Autograph Collection Hotels are between upper-upscale and luxury hotels.  They are independent hotels that Marriott has chosen for its uniqueness, like original architecture or fun location.

3.   Bulgari

Bulgari is an extremely small hotel brand at the moment (just a few hotels worldwide), but extremely luxurious.  You can NOT use Marriott points for award stays at these hotels.

4.   Courtyard

Courtyard by Marriott is by far the largest Marriott hotel brand, with more than 1,000 hotels worldwide.  It’s mostly for business travelers.

5.   Delta

Delta Hotels are located primarily in Canada.  It’s an upscale hotel brand that targets mostly business travelers with things like large work spaces and business facilities.


EDITION currently only has 4 hotels worldwide.  So you probably won’t stay with this brand unless you’re trying really hard!  EDITION has 5-star hotels in London, Miami Beach, New York, and Sanya, China.

Marriott Hotel Brands

Spend 40,000 Marriott Points for a Free Night at EDITION Sanya

7.   Fairfield Inn & Suites

Fairfield Inn & Suites is a mid-level hotel brand for folks who aren’t looking for anything fancy.  Great for folks in transit who need a rest!  They have free hot breakfast, a 24-hour market, and a fitness center.

8.   Gaylord Hotels

Gaylord Hotels are huge upscale hotels with gorgeous atriums, great restaurants, and even shops!  You never need to leave the complex.

They are perfect for business conferences because of their size.  Some Gaylord hotels have nearly 3,000 rooms, and up to 600,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

Marriott Hotel Brands

The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville Is Like an Indoor City!

9.   JW Marriott

JW Marriott is a luxury brand with hotels on 5 continents.  It’s a great choice for folks who don’t want to spend the points (or money) for an ultra-luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel, but still want a fancy stay in an amazing location.

10.   Marriott Executive Apartments

Marriott Executive Apartments are, according to Marriott, for folks who have an extended stay, like business travelers who need to relocate for weeks or months.  But you don’t have to book a full month to stay here.

The apartment complexes have laundry facilities, weekly housekeeping, and a gym – things you’d need for a longer stay to feel more like home.

11.   Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Marriott is the most well-known hotel brand, but it doesn’t have a very unique identity.  Marriott is for both “business and leisure upper-upscale travelers”.  It’s a hotel for everyone, essentially.

12.   Marriott Vacation Club

The Marriott Vacation Club brand are timeshare hotels in places like the Caribbean, Hawaii, Orlando, and Thailand.  In many Marriott Vacation Club rooms, you’ll get facilities like a full kitchen, plates & flatware, and multiple bedrooms.  But you may have to endure a timeshare sales pitch!

Marriott Hotel Brands

This 2-Bedroom Villa at Marriott Cypress Harbour in Orlando Is Just 40,000 Marriott Points per Night

13.   Moxy Hotels

Moxy Hotels are geared more towards a younger crowd.  They are social and vibrant, with a goal to give folks new and fun experiences, and spur them to do things they normally wouldn’t do at home.

14.   Protea Hotels

Protea Hotels are Marriott’s African hotel brand.  They are generally mid-range hotels, but some are extremely nice.  And they’re all very unique!  Here’s my post about how to get a great deal at Protea hotels in South Africa!

15.   Renaissance Hotels

Renaissance Hotels are Marriott’s upper-scale boutique hotels.  They’re tailored to their location.  And try to help travelers discover and appreciate the area.

Marriott Hotel Brands

The Fancy Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club Costs 35,000 Marriott Points per Night

16.   Residence Inn

If you’re looking for an affordable and upscale extended-stay hotel, take a look at the Residence Inn hotel brand.  They’re easy to find, with 700+ locations.  And you’ll book directly into a suite, with separate living and sleeping areas, no matter which location you’re at.

17.   Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton is the best Marriott has to offer.  The hotels and resorts have 5-star service and 5-star facilities.  But Ritz-Carlton hotels are only in the top cities and destinations around the world.

Marriott Hotel Brands

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong Can Sell for $500+ per Night. But You Can Book a Free Room for 70,000 Marriott Points

18.   Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotels are focused on an immersive nature experience.  You can NOT book Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotels with Marriott points.

19.   Springhill Suites

Springhill Suites is the largest upscale hotel brand where every room is a suite.  Team member Joseph used 7,500 Marriott points for a night at a Springhill Suites in Oklahoma, and was amazed at the oversized room!

20.   TownePlace Suites

TownePlace Suites is another all-suite hotel brand, targeting folks who plan to stay 5+ nights.  It’s a notch below Fairfield Inn & Suites, but a great hotel for families or business travelers on an extended stay and looking for something affordable.

Marriott Hotel Brands

You’ll Spend 7,500 Marriott Points for a Night at the TownePlace Suites Chicago Lombard, About 20 Minutes From Chicago

Note:   You can also use your Marriott points to stay at Starwood hotels!  That’s because you can transfer your Marriott and Starwood points back and forth from your accounts at a 3:1 ratio (3 Marriott points = 1 Starwood point).

Bottom Line

Because of the terrific improved sign-up bonus for the Marriott card, I decided to take a closer look at their 20 hotel brands.  This makes it easier to choose the one that best fits your upcoming trip!

If you want a romantic getaway, consider 5-star brands like Ritz-Carlton or JW Marriott.  Or if you want to stretch your points to stay longer, consider the affordable Fairfield Inn & Suites with free hot breakfast or TownePlace Suites.

Which Marriott hotel brand is your favorite?

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4 responses to “Do You Know the Difference Between Marriott Hotel Brands?

  1. Can you do one for Hilton as well?

  2. They have a new Delta Hotel by O’Hare Airport near Chicago now