Marriott adds Boscolo Exedra Nice, France to its Autograph Collection at category 9 for a hotel reward night at 45,000 points. Four Boscolo Hotels joined the Autograph Collection by Marriott in 2011, followed by Boscolo Milano and Boscolo Exedra Roma in late 2013. Boscolo Hotels are a luxury hotel brand in Europe founded in 1978 by the family Boscolo of Venice.

Boscolo Exedra Nice, Autograph Collection fills a luxury gap on the French Riviera in Nice city with only an AC hotel prior to this point in time.

Boscolo Nice

Boscolo Exedra Nice is a fully restored 1913 hotel on the French Riviera by architect Charles Dalmas in the Belle Epoque style. The hotel features 112 guest rooms with six junior suites and three specialty suites.

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Marriott Rewards members staying in Canada have an opportunity to earn up to 5,000 points per stay at 74 participating hotels. That is 84% of the 88 Marriott brand hotels in Canada.

Marriott Rewards Promotion Offer: Earn 1,000 points per night at 74 Canada Marriott brand hotels, up to 5,000 points per stay, for stays through June 1, 2015. Promotion Code: M12. Promotion link (in French).

Update: March 19 – (English)

French Lesson

The funny aspect of this promotion is the Marriott press release widely published in online trade news yesterday does not have the correct link to the promotion in English. The embedded link is for Marriott Rewards MegaMiles registration. Note: deadline to register is March 31 for either MegaMiles or MegaBonus points promotions running through April 30.

The French-language link in the press release works and includes the list of 74 Marriott-brand participating hotels in Canada.

Marriott Canada 2015 promo French

To compound the wrong link for the English language version of the promotion, if your Marriott Rewards account is set for points, you might only see an error page.

Marriott Promotion Error page

Fortunately, there is Google Translate for those of us less than fluent in our French lessons.


Earn up to 5,000 points in 74 hotels across Canada

Spring is in the air.

Book a stay at hotels in Canada and earn points.
From 15 March to 1 June 2015 , members of the Marriott Rewards program can take advantage of an exclusive offer includes:

– Accommodation in a room or a deluxe suite
– 1000 Marriott Rewards points per night , up to 5,000 points per stay.

This offer is valid 7 days a week in more than 70 participating hotels in Canada.

This offer is for a limited time. Book today.
Reservations are subject to availability. See below for the terms and conditions and the list of participating hotels.

To book:
Click ‘ Check’ to make the reservation online or call US 1-888-236-2427 or our toll-free numbers outside the US and quote the promotional code of this offer.

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Canada Participating Hotels

  1. Courtyard Toronto Brampton
  2. Fairfield Inn & Suites Toronto Brampton
  3. Courtyard Calgary Airport
  4. Residence Inn Calgary Airport
  5. Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel
  6. Courtyard Edmonton West
  7. Courtyard Edmonton Downtown
  8. Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel
  9. Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort
  10. Residence Inn Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf
  11. Fairfield Inn & Suites Guelph
  12. Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
  13. Courtyard Halifax Downtown
  14. Courtyard Hamilton
  15. Fairfield Inn & Suites Kelowna
  16. Courtyard Kingston Highway 401/Division Street
  17. Residence Inn Kingston Water’s Edge
  18. Courtyard London
  19. Residence Inn London Downtown
  20. TownePlace Suites London
  21. Residence Inn Toronto Markham
  22. Courtyard Toronto Markham
  23. Courtyard Toronto Northeast/Markham
  24. TownePlace Suites Toronto Northeast/Markham
  25. JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
  26. Residence Inn Toronto Mississauga/Meadowvale
  27. Courtyard Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West
  28. Courtyard Toronto Mississauga/Meadowvale
  29. Residence Inn Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West
  30. TownePlace Suites Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre
  31. Fairfield Inn & Suites Toronto Mississauga
  32. Fairfield Inn & Suites Moncton
  33. Residence Inn Moncton
  34. Courtyard Montreal Airport
  35. Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain
  36. Residence Inn Montreal Airport
  37. Courtyard Montreal Downtown
  38. Residence Inn Montreal Downtown
  39. SpringHill Suites Old Montreal
  40. Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway on the Falls
  41. Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa
  42. Fairfield Inn Toronto Oakville
  43. Courtyard Ottawa Downtown
  44. Ottawa Marriott Hotel
  45. Courtyard Ottawa East
  46. Residence Inn Ottawa Downtown
  47. Residence Inn Ottawa Airport
  48. Quebec City Marriott Downtown
  49. TownePlace Suites Red Deer
  50. Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, Richmond, BC
  51. The Algonquin Resort St. Andrews by-the-Sea, Autograph Collection
  52. Fairfield Inn & Suites St. John’s Newfoundland
  53. Courtyard St. John’s Newfoundland
  54. Fairfield Inn & Suites Sudbury
  55. TownePlace Suites Sudbury
  56. TownePlace Suites Thunder Bay
  57. Courtyard Toronto Airport
  58. Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel
  59. Courtyard Toronto Downtown
  60. Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
  61. Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
  62. Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel
  63. Residence Inn Toronto Airport
  64. Residence Inn Toronto Downtown/Entertainment District
  65. Courtyard Toronto Vaughan
  66. Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
  67. Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown
  68. SpringHill Suites Toronto Vaughan
  69. Residence Inn Toronto Vaughan
  70. Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
  71. Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs
  72. Residence Inn Whitby
  73. Fairfield Inn & Suites Winnipeg
  74. Courtyard Winnipeg Airport

This week’s hotels on Marriott eBreaks March 19-22, 2015 include St. Kitts and Chile, in addition to hotels in 26 states. Marriott eBreaks hotel discounts are sent to Marriott Rewards members each Monday for email subscribers.

















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St. Kitts

Rates are per night. Thursday requires a Friday night stay. Sunday requires a Saturday night stay.

Marriott St Kitts

Marriott International seems to add an Autograph Collection hotel member every week. There are three new hotel members of Autograph Collection making news this week. Autograph Collection Hotels add Dubai, Palm Springs and Portland, Maine.

Triada Palm Springs has a 75-year history as a desert resort getaway for the Hollywood set. The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture of the property was known as the Ambassador Hotel from 1948 to 1972 when the widow of actor Alan Ladd purchased the hotel and renamed it Alan Ladd’s Spanish Inn. In 1982 the name was shortened to The Spanish Inn after Sue Carol Ladd died.

In 2012 the hotel was purchased and remodeled by Pacifica Host Hotels. Each of the 56 guest rooms in three hotel wings is unique and many offer kitchens. Beds with 300 thread-count linens, 42-inch TVs, free Wi-Fi and Keurig coffee makers bring the hotel to 21st century comfort.

Autograph Triada Palm Springs

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai

The first Autograph Collection property in the Middle East is Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai. The hotel offers private beach access in its location next to the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach. The 446-room 5-star hotel is Marriott Rewards category 8 at 40,000 points per reward night.

Autograph Dubai


The Press Hotel, Portland Maine

The Press Hotel will open May 2015 in the former Portland Press Herald building. The interior design is focused on print and words with newspaper content incorporated into various aspects of the design. 110 guest rooms are inspired by a 1920s writer’s office including a vintage-style journalist desk and playful newsroom references. The lobby bar is called The Inkwell.

Room rates starting at $299 seems ambitious to me. It has been almost 20 years since I lived in Maine, but I doubt the main tourist season from Independence Day to Labor Day has changed. I will be interested to see what the room rates are next March 2016. I’ll bet they are well below $300 per night.

Autograph Press Hotel PWM

Marriott is growing Autograph Collection quickly with 80 hotels and expanding. Last week there was a city council meeting in Menlo Park where details of a $100 million new build 11-story 250-room luxury hotel beside Highway 101 in the San Francisco Bay Area was described as an Autograph Collection hotel member with rooms starting at $400 per night. This is a development proposal that is still months away from ground breaking.

The city council liked the proposal and the projected hotel tax revenue. I can see Menlo Park fetching $400 per night, even for a hotel by Highway 101. Four Seasons Palo Alto makes the freeway location work for a luxury hotel.

Of course, being California, development hurdles are immense.

Council members said they were impressed with the proposal but encouraged Bohannon’s team to explore a design that won’t endanger birds from flying into glass buildings.

Menlo Gateway project gets council’s enthusiastic blessing – March 11, 2015 – San Jose Mercury News


Triada Palm Springs

The Press Hotel Portland Maine

Facebook – Autograph Collection

Marriott Autograph Collection

Hotel News Now has insight from the 18th International Hotel Investment Forum with expert critiques of four new hotel brands geared for millennial guests. Marriott Moxy, Radisson Red, Jumeirah Group’s Venu and Mangalis Hotel Group Yaas are four new hotel brands being offered to hotel investors.

I attended a hotel investment conference at JW Marriott LA Live Los Angeles two years ago and gained some insight to the hotel industry brand development process. Hotel chains offer sessions and sales booths for potential hotel investors with details on the cost to build hotels and management contract fees. Securing hotel construction finance loans from the banks is made easier when the project is aligned with a major hotel chain like Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Marriott and Jumeirah.

Marriott Moxy Hotels

Moxy Hotels by Marriott currently has one hotel property at Milan Airport MXP Italy. Moxy Milan is Marriott Rewards category 2 at 10,000 points per night and dropping to category 1 for 7,500 points on March 19, 2015.

This is how the Moxy Hotel Milan is advertised on the website:

We’ve got this:
• Laid-back lounge
• Meeting spaces
• 24/7 food and drinks
• A stocked bar

Welcome to your room. Kick off your heels (or whatever), slip into something comfortable, and tuck into the softest bed with front row seats to your 42” TV. It connects to just about any device, so go ahead and stream away. Oh, and there’s free Wi-Fi. Yep, free.

The website for Moxy Milan only shows one photo of a standard room.

Moxy Milan room photo

The room looks like a basic bed with large TV and several easily accessible electrical outlets on the wall.

There appears to be very little differentiating this room from a standard room in Starwood’s Aloft Hotels, except for a less vibrant color scheme.

The experts said this brand will likely succeed with hotel industry giant Marriott’s backing, but the design lacks hipness.

Marriott plans significant growth for Moxy Hotels in Europe by 2020.

Loyalty TravelerMarriott to Moxy and Courtyard Europe (March 3, 2015)

Radisson Red by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carslon Rezidor Hotel Group announced Radisson Red at their February 2014 annual Radisson conference. The idea is the same as Moxy, offer a relatively low cost hotel for investors with a design geared for millennials.

Radisson Red will be the new upscale, lifestyle brand launching in 2015. Think something on the lines of Starwood’s Aloft where the lobby is a place to play and hear music and the room is designed for function.

The hotel industry is gearing its growth for the millennial market. Radisson Red is the brand entry for Club Carlson members.

Loyalty Traveler Radisson Red and Quorvus Collection to be two new Carlson Rezidor hotel brands Feb 19, 2014

There are no Radisson Red hotels open yet, so the website is simply design mark-ups and marketing speak.

The hotel industry experts liked the Radisson Red concept for its character that allows it to stand out from the myriad of lifestyle hotel brands launched in recent years.

This is how Radisson Red is described on their website



Radisson Red

The room design shown on the website is a mock-up. There are no photos of actual hotel rooms yet. Carlson’s first Radisson Red hotel is scheduled to open with 300-room Radisson Red Shenyang Hunnan in 2016. Carlson plans to open 60 Radisson Red hotels by 2020 with half in Asia Pacific market.

Radisson Red room design

Venu by Jumeriah Group

Venu is probably the most interesting new hotel brand of these. The design is marketed for the affluent millennial seeking a modern Starwood W-like hotel experience. Hotel industry experts liked the concept as something fresh and appealing.

VENU is inspired by the spirit of Dubai: bold, ambitious, energetic and cosmopolitan, infused with a can-do attitude and a powerful blend of style and substance. This is reflected in the design of the new brand’s logo. It is simple and unpretentious, modern and creative, offering a sense that everyone who visits, stays at or works within a VENU space has the freedom to write their own story, create their own narrative, build their own scene.
The essence of the new brand is that of a ‘social catalyst’ – a social place where good things happen, where people feel welcome and at ease, surrounded by a crowd they love, a smooth machine that offers everything they need and nothing they don’t.

Jumeirah Group – Venu brand announcement

The first property planned for Dubai is Venu Bluewaters Island Hotel, scheduled to open in 2017. Venu was originally announced in 2010 and then put on hold for four years due to global financial crisis.

I did not find any room design images for Venu.

Yaas by Mangalis Hotel Group

Yaas by Mangalis Hotel Group is a budget hotel design for Africa. The company is seeking to penetrate Africa with branded hotels on a continent where only 6% of hotels are branded. Mangalis Hotel Group has 16 hotel projects with 2,400 rooms in 13 African countries. The focus of Yaas will be basic accommodation initially focused on East Africa countries.

Created with the budget traveler in mind, the hotels will be located near city centers, airports, train stations and main highways, Jacquin said.

Hotel News Now – Mangalis on a mission to blanket Africa

Oct 14, 2014.

The experts gave Yaas a thumbs down. The rooms were too small and public spaces too institutional, in need of better design.

Do millennial travelers need hotel babysitters?

A couple of weeks ago I thought about writing an article on Marriott Moxy and Hyatt Centric to pose the question, “Do millennials need babysitters?”

The hotel industry trending design concept is based around attracting millennials to major hotel chains through new upscale small basic room hotels with large public social spaces. The concept seems to be that millennials do not need personal space within the hotel room. Provide a bed, bathroom and TV with lots of electrical outlets around the room and the millennial will be content with their personal electronic device pleasures.

Hotel public spaces are for socializing and meeting people or perhaps simply a place to be seated around other people while you pursue your own self-interests in public. The focus on the public space suggests to me a hotel industry marketing ploy to generate more revenue per stay from hotel guests through purchases at the hotel store, restaurant and bar.

PEW Research Center survey cites millennials state use of technology as the greatest differentiator for millennials from other generational cohorts.

Cell phone check-in and key entry with the ability to order food and drinks by phone or a bar counter iPad are hotel trends that have emerged in the past couple of years.

Moxy, Radisson Red, Hyatt Centric, Venu, Even, Aloft, Hyatt Place. Create upper midscale hotel brands and market them as hip, fun and social places to stay.

Is there truly a significant difference between new hotel brands and old hotel brands? Besides more electrical outlets.

Courtyard by Marriott is opening its 1,000th hotel this month in Walla Walla, Washington on March 31, 2015. There will be an estimated Marriott Rewards 50 million points giveaway on March 31 to celebrate the Courtyard brand milestone.

50,000,000 points would buy about 1,500 to 2,000 nights in the upper category hotels. You could even pack in a few million airline miles with Marriott’s Travel Packages for 7-night stays and 120,000 miles or even 132,000 miles with United MileagePlus.

Don’t get too excited though about a lifetime of free points travel.

On March 31, the opening day of the 1,000th Courtyard by Marriott, all guests worldwide staying at a Courtyard who are Marriott Rewards members will receive 1,000 bonus points. This is estimated to be 50 million points.

What confuses me though is Courtyard had almost 25,000 rooms worldwide on December 31, 2014. Assume every Courtyard room worldwide is occupied on March 31 by a Marriott Rewards member and all rooms earned 1,000 points. This is only 25 million points.

How did they come up with 50 million points?


Courtyard DTW

One of Marriott International’s major acquisitions was the purchase of Africa’s largest hotel chain, Protea with more than 100 hotels. The first 26 South Africa hotels joined Marriott Rewards February 23, 2015.  Another 83 hotels will join Marriott Rewards later in 2015 after system upgrades.

The initial 26 hotels to join Marriott Rewards are in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. More than 80 other hotels are located across South Africa and other African countries.

Marriott Rewards-Protea

Participating hotels joining Marriott Rewards February 23, 2015

Cape Town

Category 5 at 25,000 points per night:

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town

African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa

Category 4 at 25,000 points per night:

Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge Waterfront

Protea Hotel North Wharf Waterfront

Protea Hotel President

Protea Hotel Sea Point

Protea Hotel Victoria Junction Waterfront

Protea Hotel Cape Castle Waterfront

Category 3 at 15,000 points per night::

Protea Hotel Tygervalley

Protea Hotel Durbanville

Protea Hotel Mowbray


Category 5 at 25,000 points per night::

African Pride Melrose Arch

Category 4 at 20,000 points per night::

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch

African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Category 3 at 15,000 points per night::

Protea Hotel Wanderers

Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton

Protea Hotel Parktonian All-Suite

Protea Hotel Midrand

Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport

Protea Hotel Samrand

Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport

Protea Hotel Roodepoort


Category 3 at 15,000 points per night::

Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

Protea Hotel Umhlanga

Protea Hotel Edward

Marriott Rewards redemptions are not available for booking until February 23, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

Protea Hotels in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban will participate in Marriott Rewards® starting February 23, 2015 after some necessary system upgrades. The remaining locations across Africa within the Protea Hotels portfolio will join Marriott Rewards in late 2015 after the same necessary system upgrades. Until then, Rewards members are unable to earn Elite benefits, Elite nights, points or airline miles for stays made prior to these dates.

When is Protea Hotels joining Marriott Rewards?

Protea Hotels will participate in Marriott Rewards at 26 select locations in South Africa starting February 23, 2015 after some necessary system upgrades. Members will enjoy Elite benefits and earn Elite nights and points or airline miles for stays arriving on or after this date.

Why is Marriott Rewards only available at select locations within Protea Hotels?

We are excited to launch Marriott Rewards at 26 locations across South Africa starting February 23, 2015 after some necessary system upgrades at these locations. These upgrades will help provide the excellent program and service delivery our members expect from a Marriott Rewards participating brand. The remaining locations within the Protea Hotels portfolio will join Marriott Rewards in late 2015 after the same necessary system upgrades.

When will I be able to earn and redeem Marriott Rewards points at the Protea Hotels remaining locations?

After some necessary system upgrades across the remaining locations, they are targeted to also participate in Marriott Rewards in late 2015 (exact date TBD).

When and how will members be notified when the remaining hotels will participate in Marriott Rewards in late 2015?

At this time, an official date has not been determined. Marriott Rewards members will be notified when an official date is chosen for late 2015 through our Marriott Rewards communication channels, including: Insiders, email notification

Will retroactive night credits and points be credited to my account if I stay at a Protea Hotels location that is not yet participating in Marriott Rewards?

No. Members who make stays before February 23, 2015, when the first 26 locations start participating in Marriott Rewards, will not earn points, miles or nights retroactively. Additionally, members who make stays before the end of 2015 (exact date TBD), when the remaining locations start participating in Marriott Rewards, will not earn points, miles or nights retroactively.

Will I be able to book a room using points for a free stay at Protea Hotels prior to February 23, 2015?

No. Until the 26 Protea Hotels locations officially participate in Marriott Rewards on February 23, 2015, members will be unable to secure a reservation using points through any Marriott booking channel, including, global reservations or our Marriott app.

If I made a reservation prior to February 23, 2015 for an arrival date after February 23, 2015 at one of the 26 Protea Hotels locations participating starting February 23, 2015, will I receive Elite night credit and points for that stay when I checkout?

Yes. If you made a reservation prior to February 23, 2015 for an arrival date after February 23, 2015, you will receive Elite credit and points upon checkout as long as your reservation contains your Marriott Rewards account number.

As an Elite member, will I receive any of my Elite benefits from the program during my stays prior to Protea Hotels joining the program?

No. Until a Protea Hotels location officially joins Marriott Rewards either on February 23, 2015 or in late 2015, members will not receive the Elite level benefits they normally receive at participating brands.

When Protea Hotels fully participates in Marriott Rewards, how many points will I earn for my stay?

For participating Protea Hotels locations, members will earn 10 points per US dollar on room rate only.

When participating Protea Hotels locations become part of Marriott Rewards, will members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® also earn points, miles, Elite nights and enjoy Elite benefits at that time?

Yes. As the exclusive luxury partner with Marriott Rewards, members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards will also be able to earn and redeem points and receive the appropriate Elite benefits when participating Protea Hotels locations join Marriott Rewards on February 23, 2015 or in late 2015 (exact date TBD).

What is African Pride Hotels and will they participate in Marriott Rewards?

Protea Hotels includes the brand extensions Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! and African Pride Hotels, and all will participate in Marriott Rewards either starting on February 23, 2015 or in late 2015 (exact date TBD).

As a miles-earning member, will I be able to earn miles with all current airline partners when participating locations join Marriott Rewards on February 23, 2015?

At this time, we anticipate a vast majority, if not all, of Marriott Rewards’ airline partners will allow for mileage earning at participating Protea Hotels locations when they join Marriott Rewards on February 23, 2015.


Hotels Joining Marriott Rewards Late 2015

  1. Arabella Hotel & Spa
  2. Protea Hotel Stellenbosch
  3. Protea Hotel Dorpshuis & Spa
  4. Protea Hotel Cumberland
  5. Protea Hotel Franschhoek
  6. Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay
  7. African Pride Pumba Private Game Reserve
  8. African Pride Hacklewood Hill Country House
  9. African Pride The Sands at St. Francis
  10. Protea Hotel King George
  11. Protea Hotel Mossel Bay
  12. Protea Hotel Knysna Quays
  13. Protea Hotel Outeniqua
  14. Protea Hotel Riempie Estate
  15. Protea Hotel Marine
  16. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! – Menlyn
  17. Protea Hotel Bloemfontein
  18. Protea Hotel Bloemfontein Central
  19. Protea Hotel Willow Lake
  20. Protea Hotel Kimberley
  21. Protea Hotel Hazyview
  22. Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
  23. Protea Hotel Nelspruit
  24. Protea Hotel The Winkler
  25. Protea Hotel Karridene Beach
  26. Protea Hotel Imperial
  27. Protea Hotel Hilton
  28. African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa
  29. Protea Hotel Capital
  30. Protea Hotel Oasis
  31. Protea Hotel Upington
  32. Protea Zebula Lodge
  33. Protea Hotel Montrose
  34. African Pride Audacia Manor Boutique Hotel
  35. Protea Hotel Highveld
  36. Protea Hotel Witbank
  37. Protea Hotel Klerksdorp
  38. Protea Hotel Mahikeng
  39. Protea Hotel Ranch Resort & Lion Park
  40. Protea Hotel Landmark
  41. Protea Hotel The Richards
  42. Protea Hluhluwe & Safaris
  43. Protea Hotel Richards Bay
  44. Protea Hotel Umfolozi River
  45. Protea Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay
  46. The Bayshore Inn
  47. Protea Hotel Empangeni
  48. Protea Hotel Clarens
  49. Protea Hotel Pelican Bay
  50. Guesthouse Indongo
  51. Protea Hotel Walvis Bay
  52. Protea Hotel Long Beach
  53. Protea Hotel Burning Shore
  54. Protea Hotel Thuringerhof
  55. Protea Hotel Furstenhof
  56. Protea Hotel Ondangwa
  57. Protea Hotel Sea-View Zum Sperrgebiet
  58. Protea Hotel Zambezi River Lodge
  59. Protea Hotel Victoria Island
  60. Protea Hotel Leadway Ikeja
  61. Protea Hotel Ikeja
  62. Protea Hotels Select Ikeja
  63. Protea Hotel Ikoyi Westwood
  64. Protea Hotel Kuramo Waters
  65. Protea Hotel Select Emotan Benin City
  66. Protea Hotel Ekpan Warri
  67. Protea Hotel Abuja
  68. Protea Hotel Asokoro
  69. Protea Hotel Apo Apartments
  70. Protea Hotel Ryalls
  71. Protea Hotel Lusaka
  72. Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower
  73. Protea Hotel Cairo Road
  74. Protea Hotel Livingstone
  75. Protea Hotel Safari Lodge
  76. Protea Hotel Chipata
  77. Protea Hotel Chingola
  78. Protea Hotel Entebbe
  79. Protea Hotel Amani Beach
  80. Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins
  81. Protea Hotel Kampala
  82. Protea Hotel Courtyard Dar es Salaam
  83. Protea Hotel Oyster Bay Dar es Salaam

Marriott Rewards members will have many choices for hotels in Africa once the entire Protea brand is integrated with Marriott. For now, South Africa has 26 more hotels where Marriott Rewards members can earn and burn points. The earning is good at the normal 10 points per dollar. The burning looks good to with the highest category hotel at category 5.

This post contains a table of 128 international hotels with Marriott Rewards category increase on March 19, 2015. There are about 1,050 hotels increasing in category, so almost 90% of all hotels going up in reward category are in the USA.

I jotted down US cities with numerous hotels increasing reward category as I pulled international hotels from the pages of Marriott Reward Category changes. Most of the 900+ hotels increasing category in two weeks are located around one of these US cities.

  • Atlanta
  • Austin, TX, GA
  • Asheville, NC
  • Baltimore/BWI Airport, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Charleston SC
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • College Station, TX
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Dayton, OH
  • Denver/Boulder, Co
  • Des Moines/Ames, Iowa
  • Detroit/DTW, MI
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Fort Myers/Naples FL
  • Hartford, CT
  • Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Jacksonville/St. Augustine, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles County
  • Louisville, KY
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Memphis, TN
  • Miami, FL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Nashville, TN
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York City, NY
  • Newark Airport EWR and northern New Jersey
  • Orange County, California
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland, ME
  • Portland, OR
  • Providence/Newport, RI
  • Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC
  • Riverside County, California
  • Sacramento, CA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • Savannah ,GA
  • Seattle, WA
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Ventura, California
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Washington DC
  • West Palm Beach, FL

Marriott International Hotels outside USA going up in reward category on March 19, 2015

Marriott 2015 up international hotels

An article in Bloomberg news states Marriott plans to double its number of rooms in Europe by 2020. Moxy for budget travelers and Courtyard for business travelers are the plans for gaining on Marriott’s 1% market share of hotel guests for Europe.

Marriott expects to grow from 74,000 rooms in 2015 to over 150,000 rooms in 2020. Granted the statement is qualified with “will have signed or opened 150,000 rooms in the region by 2020”. Signed deals can still mean another three to five years before a hotel is actually open for guests.

Marriott County Hall London

Marriott County Hall London offers great views of Big Ben and Westminster Parliament Building


Marriott European 5-Year Plan: Get the Moxy Out

There is currently only one Moxy brand hotel open with Moxy Terminal 2, Milan Malpensa Airport in Italy. The hotel drops to a Marriott Rewards category 1 hotel at 7,500 points per reward night on March 19, 2015 from its current Marriott Rewards category 2 reward night tier at 10,000 points per night.

That is the kind of budget hotel move I like to see when looking to redeem hotel points.

Although, the hotel rate on a Sunday or a Tuesday night in late March 2015 is only 47 EUR for an advance purchase rate; less than $53 per night. I would probably pay the low room rate and save my 7,500 points for a better Marriott Rewards redemption value. A flexible rate for day before arrival cancellation with no penalty is 59 EUR ($66.00 USD).

Breakfast included rate at Moxy is 68 EUR ($76.07 USD).

Moxy fills a budget niche hotel market segment in Marriott for Europe in a way that Fairfield Inn would not resonate internationally as a cool American brand for hotel stays.

Courtyard by Marriott is simply a basic, good quality hotel at a price point for the business or leisure traveler without the expense account to always stay at the upper upscale Marriott and Renaissance brands.

Courtyard currently has 46 hotels in Europe compared to 93 Marriott Hotels & Resorts, 37 Renaissance full-service brand hotels. Marriott shows 311 hotels currently in Europe.

Marriott hotel brands in Europe

European Countries with Marriott brand hotels

Spain has the highest number of Marriott brand properties due to the acquisition of Spain-based AC Hotels by Marriott a few years ago. Spain is Marriott country.

United Kingdom has 50 Marriott full-service hotels and only 2 Courtyard hotels. Seems like Marriott may want to grow Courtyard in the UK.

Overall, there are many countries in Europe with a minimal Marriott presence or none at all. Norway, Finland and Baltic Countries have no Marriott footprint. Marriott can expand to Greece, Croatia and Slovenia. Many European countries with only a handful of Marriott brand hotels indicates doubling the size of Marriott in Europe over the next five years will likely still leave places uncovered by Marriott.

Aside from major cities, much of Europe remains outside of Marriott’s reach and may still be Marriott brand free in 2020.

When I look at the 35-page Marriott PDF listing over 1,400 hotels in a list with no geographic descriptors, my thought bluntly is

“What a bunch of assholes at Marriott to post a list of 1,400+ hotels, in no geographic or other kind of order except up or down, as the primary source for hotel reward category changes impacting Marriott Rewards members worldwide on March 19, 2015 .”

There are something like 375 hotels going down in category. Most are in the USA. I looked over the list and focus on around 50 international hotels going down on March 19, 2015.

Marriott 2015 down selection

Ritz Carlton Wolfsburg drops to RZ1 at 30,000 points per night for this hotel near Volkswagen world HQ. Germany also has two Courtyard hotels in Bremen and Cologne dropping category.

One of the biggest surprises to me is seeing the highly touted MOXY at MXP Milan Malpensa International Airport Terminal 2  in Italy is dropping to category 1. Years of media hype on Marriott’s millennial hotel brand and the first hotel to open in the brand is kicking the category gutter at 7,500 points per night.

Russia ruble woes sees 8 hotels in Russia drop category. Moscow hotels were the world’s most expensive a few years ago. Rates have dropped and hotel reward category drops make Moscow and St. Petersburg far more affordable if closer proximity to Putin does not put you off.

Canada oil profits are down along with the Loonie. The dramatic drop of the Canadian Dollar relative the US Dollar in 2014 is still impacting the currency with news stories today on whther the CAD will drop below the 80 cents level against the USD.

2015 is a good year for lower cost Canada travel. I am planning to take advantage of the low value Canadian Dollar next month in Vancouver with my free Alaska Airlines ticket earned in January from the Ski The West promotion.

Mulu Marriott Resort at Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo, opens this month and the hotel has already dropped from a category 3 to category 2 Marriott Rewards hotel at 10,000 points per night. Borneo is one of the best deals globally for low category name brand hotels with all modern conveniences in the tropical rain forest.

Tegucigalpa Marriott Hotel Honduras is another upper upscale hotel dropping to only 10,000 points per night.

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