The best and worst of Marriott hotels – according to me.

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I have spent over 200 nights per year in hotels for the last 7 years. So by now, I have a pretty good idea what a good or a bad hotel is. I had my fair share of dirty hotel rooms and I had my sad birthday hotel experiment. Here are my experiences with Marriott: The best and worst of Marriott hotels – according to me.

On my Marriott hotel experiences.

I have been a Marriott loyalty program member since 2012 and at the end of 2018, I have picked up my stays in Marriott properties as an alternative to IHG and Hilton stays and because a new property opened conveniently located close to one of my clients and one of my favorite running areas in Amsterdam.

I currently hold Platinum status with Marriott after a fast track to Platinum status, and will most probably reach Titanium status later this year.

The best of Marriott hotels.

I love the fact Marriott has (next to their more mainstream brands) a range of Autograph collection of boutique hotels, something I really miss especially in the IHG (even Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam and Kimpton Fitzroy in London are kind of similar, as well as the different Indigo hotels like the one in Antwerp). We once stayed in the Hotel Nassau in Breda (part of the Autograph collection) which was amazing.

The worst of Marriott hotels

I had a limited number of bad experiences with Marriott to be honest. And if so (mainly dirty room), they were solved quickly and efficiently.

All my hotel posts:

All the posts I have written about my hotel experiences (Marriott, Hilton, IHG as well as other properties):

Marriott Bonvoy


As soon as I embraced Marriott Bonvoy again earlier this year, it rapidly turned into my favorite hotel loyalty program. I love the upgrades and free breakfast and Marriott has some of my favorite properties (including the <a href=””>Hotel Nassau</a> in Breda).

  • Becoming elite member - 8/10
  • Staying elite member - 8/10
  • The value of being elite member - 9/10
  • Delighting customers - 9/10
  • Earning points - 7/10
  • Redeeming points - 8/10
  • Customer Service issues - 8/10
  • Customer Service quality - 7/10
  • Upgrades - 9/10
  • Favorite properties - 9/10
  • Locations - 8/10


  • Some amazing properties within their Autograph and Design Hotels collaborations.
  • Free breakfast for higher tiers.
  • Plenty of upgrades.


  • Not as easy as with IHG to earn and redeem points. However, the 5th night free when redeeming points does make a difference.
  • Not the cheapest properties (limited number of cheaper properties compared to IHG or Hilton). 

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