The Autograph Collection of Marriott is one of the most exciting concepts to come out of a major hotel loyalty program. In the past two years since the launch of this Marriott brand to market independent luxury and boutique hotels, the collection has grown to 32 hotels with the recent addition of two Miami South Beach properties: Winter Haven and Blue Moon. These properties have decent reviews on TripAdvisor. The cost of Miami Beach hotels is astronomical and the ability to use Marriott Rewards points is one way to save on room expenses for this hot spot for hotels.
Winter Haven and Blue Moon are both Marriott Rewards category 7 hotels at 35,000 points per night and 5th night free on award stays.
I have to say that I am not thrilled about the functionality of the Autograph Hotels website. I simply wanted to see what reward category the two Miami Beach hotels are assigned to and I couldn’t easily get from the Autograph Collection home page to the hotel page. It was far easier to just Google the hotel name and go directly to the website.
The Saint Hotel New Orleans is also a new addition to Autograph Collection and is a category 6 hotel reward at 30,000 points per night.
Marriott anticipates having 60 hotels in Autograph Collection by the end of 2012.
Here is the Marriott press release with more details about the three Autograph Collection hotels mentioned here.