Aug032010

Marriott Autograph Collection at 11 Hotels and Growing

The concept behind the Autograph Collection is high-personality independent hotels. The properties are upscale and luxury hotels located in urban and resort vacation destinations. Marriott projects around 25 Autograph Collection hotels within the next year. The independently run hotels gain access to Marriott’s worldwide promotion network and 32.5 million Marriott Rewards members gain familiarity with a new set of desirable hotels.

Marriott announced last March the first member of Marriott’s new Autograph Collection was Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine. This hotel is one of seven Kessler Collection hotels to become part of the Autograph Collection to date.

Hotel Duval in Tallahassee, Florida is the 11th member of the Autograph Collection. The 117-room hotel originally opened in 1951. The hotel served as student housing for Florida State University in the 1970s and was remodeled into a Radisson Hotel in the 1980s. In 2007 the hotel underwent a $15 million renovation.

“Each one of the six floors of guest rooms and suites features a dedicated color palette (blue, green, neutrals, orange, red, and yellow) and you can select a color based on your mood or personal preference!”   http://www.hotelduval.com/

Some news articles state the entire Kessler Collection of hotels became part of the Marriott Autograph Collection. I came across a standout last week in Colorado. Perhaps the Beaver Creek Lodge in the gated resort community of Beaver Creek a few miles west of Vail located at 8,100 feet on the ski slopes above the town of Avon will become part of the Autograph Collection in the near future. As for now this Kessler Collection property, just a short walk from the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, is not yet a member of the Autograph Collection. However, I noticed the Spa & Lodge link on Marriott’s Autograph Collection webpage states “Coming Soon”. 

Beaver Creek Lodge would be a nice hotel addition to the Autograph Collection for Marriott Rewards members.

Beaver Creek Lodge, Avon, Colorado (Kessler Collection hotel, not yet in Autograph Collection)

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. There is absolutely no town in Avon, you would have to drive to Vail or Aspen for anything to do during the summer.

  2. Anything to do?

    I throughly enjoyed swimming at the Park Hyatt pool, eating lunch at the Blue Moose, hiking around the Beaver Creek complex and partaking during seven hours of Happy Hours that I found at just three locations.

    And I never got around to horseback riding, cross country road trip to the higher country (there is still 3,000+ feet of terrain above the resort village of Beaver Creek).

    I didn’t come off the mountain long enough to see Avon, except to see the Westin Riverfront from the car.

    After being in crowded Aspen, step out your St. Regis room and mingle with the day crowds. I appreciated the remoteness of Beaver Creek, yet the proximity to Vail.

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