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Do You Know the Difference Between Marriott Hotel Brands?

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Do You Know the Difference Between Marriott Hotel Brands?

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INSIDER SECRET: There are more than 30 Marriott hotel brands now that SPG, Ritz-Carlton and Marriott have officially become Marriott Bonvoy. You can use your free night earned with the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card card at most of these hotels for award stays costing 35,000 points or less.

If you don’t know all 31 of the Marriott hotel brands, you could be missing out on redeeming and earning Marriott points at some great spots. That’s because several brands, like Protea or Autograph Collection, don’t come with the Marriott name.

Here’s a quick summary!

You can redeem Marriott points for great stays at Marriott hotel brands like Ritz-Carlton! (Photo by 4kclips/Shutterstock)

Marriott Hotel Brands

Link:   Marriott Hotel Brands

Marriott, like other hotel chains, categorizes its properties according to brand, and each have distinct characteristics that are used to market the hotel to a certain type of traveler. You can book free nights at the vast majority of Marriott hotels with Marriott points, take a look at this guide for more details on how to earn Marriott points.

The quickest and easiest way to amasses a stack of Marriott points is by opening a Marriott credit card and meeting the minimum spending requirements to earn its bonus:

You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the following cards to Marriott at a 1:1 ratio:

And if you have Amex Membership Rewards points, they also transfer at a 1:1 ratio to Marriott:

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Here are the 31 current Marriott hotel brands:

NOTE: Not all of 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 while it has now spread to other continents it prides itself on keeping a European vibe.

2. Aloft Hotels

Aloft Hotels have an open concept and modern vibe. These hotels are new and emphasize their up-to-date technology.

3. Autograph Collection

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

4. Courtyard

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

5. Delta

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

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Joseph stayed at a Delta hotel in Indianapolis for the Indy 500 (Photo by Joseph Hostetler/Million Mile Secrets)

6. Design Hotels

Design Hotels are architecturally unique compared to other Marriott hotel brands. They offer one-of-a-kind settings in environments ranging from rural to urban.

7. EDITION

EDITION currently has only 10 hotels worldwide, including five-star hotels in London, Miami Beach, New York and Sanya, China.

8. Element

Element is an extended-stay brand emphasizing sustainability and wellness. It even has its own bike-sharing program so you can hit the trails and see the sights.

9. Fairfield Inn & Suites

Fairfield Inn & Suites is a mid-level hotel brand that’s great for folks in transit who just need a rest. They have free hot breakfast, a 24-hour market and a fitness center.

10. Four Points

Four Points delivers a relaxed vibe for those looking to unwind and enjoy good company with simple, convenient amenities.

11. Gaylord Hotels

Gaylord Hotels are huge upscale hotels with gorgeous atriums, great restaurants and shops. You never need to leave their hotel complexes. They are perfect for 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.

12. Homes & Villas by Marriott International

Homes & Villas by Marriott International is a new collection of private locations offered through a home-sharing program. You can rent a castle in Ireland or a cabin in Colorado — the kind of locations you normally can’t get with other Marriott brands.

13. JW Marriott

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

14. Le MERIDIEN

Le MERIDIEN‘s roots come from the 1960s and the brand maintains this design throughout its 100+ locations around the globe. It offers indulgent travel with international flair.

15. Marriott Executive Apartments

Marriott Executive Apartments are for extended stays, such as business travel that will last weeks or months. You don’t, however, have to book a full month to stay here. The apartment complexes have laundry facilities, weekly housekeeping and a gym.

16. Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Marriott is the most well-known of the company’s brands but it doesn’t have a very unique identity. Marriott says these hotels are for “business and leisure upper-upscale travelers” — hotels for almost everyone.

17. Marriott Vacation Club

The Marriott Vacation Club brand consists of 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 and flatware and multiple bedrooms — but you may have to endure a timeshare sales pitch.

18. Moxy Hotels

Moxy Hotels are geared toward a younger crowd. They are social and vibrant, with the goal of giving visitors new and fun experiences and spurring them to do things they normally wouldn’t do at home.

19. Protea Hotels

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

20. Renaissance Hotels

Renaissance Hotels are Marriott’s upper-scale boutique hotels. They’re tailored to their locations and try to help travelers discover and appreciate their surroundings.

21. Residence Inn

If you’re looking for an affordable and upscale extended-stay hotel, try the Residence Inn brand. The properties are easy to find, with 700+ locations, and you’ll get a suite with separate living and sleeping areas in every one.

22. Ritz-Carlton

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

23. Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotels are focused on immersive nature experiences. You can not book Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotels with Marriott points.

24. Sheraton

Sheraton is a premium Marriott hotel brand that offers a luxurious community vibe. Their sub-brand of Sheraton Grand delivers an even more glamorous experience.

25. 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.

26. St. Regis

St. Regis is the cream of the crop. These hotels are each one of a kind. They are usually pricier than other Marriott brands but they are more than worth it for travelers looking for the best of the best.

27. The Luxury Collection

The Luxury Collection are similar to Design Hotels. They are architecturally unique but offer luxurious getaways.

28. TownePlace Suites

TownePlace Suites is another all-suite hotel brand, targeting travelers who plan to stay five or more nights. The brand is a notch below Fairfield Inn & Suites, but the hotels are great for families or business travelers on extended stays and looking for something affordable.

TownPlace Suites offers affordable stays for folks looking to stay five or more nights. (Photo by Karen Culp/Shutterstock)

29. Tribute Portfolio

Tribute Portfolio is a collection of formerly independent hotels, and the properties are still rooted in their communities.

30. W Hotels

W Hotels is another luxury brand. It was born in New York City and claims to bring that city’s energy worldwide. W Hotels work to stay relevant with social movements and promote equality for all.

31. Westin

Westin hotels are wellness-driven and for business travel or just for fun. With more than 250 locations around the world, it’s easy to find one of these premium hotels in most major destinations.

Bottom Line

With 31 Marriott hotel brands in over 6,900 locations, there is likely to be a hotel to fit your travel style almost anywhere.

If you want a romantic getaway, consider five-star brands like Ritz-Carlton or JW Marriott. 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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Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

  • Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • 6x points at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
  • 4x points at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping. 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status with your Card. Plus, earn Gold Elite status after making $35,000 in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Terms apply.
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Raymond Lockwood

We have a sizzling, delightful perk for you to offer your guests which we can submit to you on an exclusive basis and promote at our expense. Can we have the name and email address to a SVP to whom we can discuss the matter and send complete details?Thank you.

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Raymond Lockwood

We have a sizzling, delightful perk for your patrons on a nationwide [worldwide] scale we would like to discuss with you. May we have the name and email address of a SVP to whom we can send initial details? Thank you.

patrick clifford

just wanted to comment about my recent stay at your town suites in st. charles, mo.

this is a terrible place and does not deserve the name Marriott. rooms were not maintained, alarms were missing or disconnected. now, a month later, a 20 dollar charge was added to my credit card, which was removed earlier. why do you still have my credit card information.

will not recommend nor
stay at another marriott

You can have a bad experience at any hotel, at any time, for many different reasons. If things were not your way or you had issues, you should contact Marriott customer service or the hotel direct to have them take care of it. Most of my stays, including town place are fine. In the off chance I have an issue, I let the front desk know immediately or contact customer service, and they will take care of it.

Agreed, it’s also my experience that the hotel will do everything they can to resolve whatever issue pops up with your stay.

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

Chaz Churchwell

And they have one in Orlando

Thanks for the correction! I’ve updated the phrasing of the post.

Can you do one for Hilton as well?