All 30 Marriott Brands, Ranked From Worst to First
With 30 brands in over 130 countries and literally thousands of hotels, Marriott is the largest hotel chain in the entire world. Its brands include everything from mid-range accommodation like Marriott Hotels to the ultra-luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts.
But while this diversity is certainly impressive, it also means that the brand’s portfolio is pretty inconsistent in quality. Some Marriott brand hotels look like they could double as the Bates Motel and others are like Mary Poppins — practically perfect in every way.
Here is every single Marriott Brand, ranked from “avoid at all cost” to “worth spending your life savings on.”
Bottom Line: SpringHill Suites
SpringHill Suites have bigger rooms than the average Marriott hotel and, sometimes, they even come with a separate workspace. But they're also as bland as they come, lacking even a hint of personality.
The brand doesn't offer any interesting perks unless you’re part of the Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Program and want to collect points. Their design usually makes cityscapes uglier rather than more beautiful.
What People Say About SpringHill Suites Prescott
"This hotel is all remodeled. The rooms are spacious and beautiful. Very clean and friendly. The outdoor space is huge and accommodates many people [and includes] a fire pit and outdoor grill, pool and hot tub! I would definitely recommend this hotel as a place to stay. Also, the town is full of historical artifacts and lots of fun bars and places to eat." —Alicia B.
*Reviews may be slightly edited for conciseness, spelling and grammar.
Bottom Line: TownePlace Suites
TownePlace Suites goes one step further than SpringHill, offering one or two-bedroom units as well as studios. The suites come with small kitchenettes so people can cook their own meals and economize. Big closets are also a feature meant to attract long-term guests.
We do appreciate the fact that people can cook and organize their clothes while on business or personal trips that are longer than usual. However, if you want “homey,” you’re better off with an Airbnb.
Like SpringHill, these hotels tend to be pretty ugly on the outside. The inside isn’t anything extraordinary either.
What People Say About TownePlace Suites Toronto Northeast/Markham
"We stayed for a couple of weeks in this hotel. The hotel is in an excellent location close to a ton of restaurants. The service was excellent, especially the breakfast staff (strangely the dining room is located on the 14th floor). The only deficiency is that carpet needed a deep cleaning, and the room description doesn't exactly match the web description." — Maurice S.
Bottom Line: Residence Inn
This is your run-of-the-mill budget hotel that tends to smell musty. You’ll want to wear sandals inside the room to avoid ever coming into contact with carpets that look like they haven’t been properly cleaned since the 1970s.
That said, there are some Residence Inns — like the Santa Barbara Goleta and the Amsterdam Houthavens — that manage to go against the stereotype with pretty designs and very pleasant common spaces. Just don’t count on this being the norm.
What People Say About Residence Inn Santa Barbara Goleta
"I had stayed here for three months, and I just loved everything about it! The studio suite was very clean, extremely comfortable and luxuriously inviting. I've stayed at numerous hotels, and this suite has the best and most convenient touches — a spacious shower with the knobs steps away from the showerhead, a towel rack right below the sink, a big-screen TV that swivels, a kitchen counter that's the perfect distance from both the fridge and sink, and plenty of storage space throughout.
"We had fully enjoyed their courtyard as well — fire pits, bbq grills, pool and jacuzzi, and even the mini-golfing and giant chess board areas. And last but not least is the warm hospitality displayed by just about everyone on their staff, from housekeeping to the shuttle drivers to the front desk personnel." — luvNY94
Bottom Line: Moxy Hotels
Moxy Hotels look and feel as if a clueless group of corporate boomers decided to cash in on millennials' money. The brand says it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it certainly tries way too hard to be cool. Its designs consist of an attack of neon lights, irreverent posters that may include a censored curse word (eyeroll) and pillows that say things like “hustle” and "pizza is my spirit animal" that might as well simply read “basic.”
Someone needs to tell Moxy that if you have to scream so loudly that you’re cool, you’re failing at it. To be fair, in terms of cleanliness and the state of the rooms, it isn’t too bad. But its branding is so annoying that we’re really hoping the company doesn’t survive too long.
What People Say About Moxy NYC East Village
"The Marriott Moxy East Village is my 'go-to' property for my business and personal visits. They have a great staff as well as clean and efficient rooms. The Moxy is right next to the Union Square subway stop, and you can get quickly anywhere in NYC from there.
"The options for food, coffee and entertainment are excellent — in the East Village, literally part of the NYU campus, adjacent to Greenwich Village and Soho — the hands-down best places to be in Manhattan! I highly recommend the Moxy East Village!" — Jack N
Bottom Line: Courtyard by Marriott
As one of Marriott’s largest brands, you’ll find a courtyard in all corners of the world. What’s cool about this brand is that it services smaller towns and locations that don’t have many options, but it's also in touristy places.
The downfall of Courtyard is that there is little consistency from one property to another. Some properties, like the Bali Seminyak Resort, offer beauty and comfort at good prices. Others, especially the airport properties, look like you’ll want to check under the bed to make sure you don’t find a hidden body. That said, a new rebranding of North American properties may breathe much-needed life back into some of its older properties.
What People Say About Courtyard Bali Seminyak Resort
"The hotel room was quite spacious and comfortable. There were a lot of shelves and cupboards, and even an iron and its board. The food from room service was delicious, and its price was reasonable. Our room was also soundproof. The hotel location is less than a 5-minute walk to Seminyak Beach and the renowned La Plancha or Chez Gado Gado." — nadhila pratiwi
Bottom Line: Four Points by Sheraton
Once upon a time, Four Points by Sheraton was a direct competitor of Courtyard by Marriott. Then, Marriott gobbled up SPG and acquired Four Points for its portfolio.
We don’t really have much to add about Four Points that we haven’t already said about Courtyard. Within North America, Four Points is like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. In other continents, particularly Asia, the brand steps up its game for consistently decent properties.
What People Say About Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
"This is a relatively new hotel situated in an excellent location. The rooms, although small (European size), are very nicely appointed with modern decor and very bright and airy feeling with floor-to-ceiling windows. The bathrooms are small but very nicely appointed. Excellent shower.
"The location of the hotel is in the new Docklands area. Restaurants, transportation and shopping are all close by. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I would recommend this hotel." — honest
Bottom Line: Fairfield by Marriott
PreviouslyFairfield Inn & Suites, Fairfield by Marriott is very similar to Courtyard and Four Points, providing suites that suit big groups at reasonable prices. All properties also offer complimentary hot breakfast.
The reason Fairfield manages to rank a bit higher than the other two suite brands is because it has the one thing they lack: consistency. You can pretty much know what you're going to get at a Fairfield since they all basically look the same.
On the flip side, the properties are certainly nothing to write home about and Marriott's insistence in using horrid beige and orange-brown for exteriors does not do the brand any favors.
What People Say About Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater Beach
"The location is a couple of blocks off the main tourist strip along the northern beach of Clearwater Beach. It felt more residential and much quieter than farther down the strip where most of the hotels, restaurants and bars seem to be located. Some rooms, including ours, had a view of the intracoastal waterway.
Our biggest complaint? The pool was very, very small, and pool towels were never available. Ignoring the odd design of the parking garage and the location of the lobby, this is a pretty cookie-cutter Fairfield Inn. It's generic enough that we'll probably forget ever staying here.
For under $225 per night, the Fairfield is pretty good when compared to some of the other hotels in Clearwater Beach." — Eddie
Bottom Line: Marriott Vacation Club
Maybe timeshares are actually a good idea. But all the aggressive sellers who promise free tickets to Disney in exchange for sitting through a two-hour presentation make us distrust them.
No, we don't think Marriott is trying to scam its Vacation Club members or "owners," as it calls them. We just aren't sure if paying over $22,000 for a membership is worth it.
What People Say About Marriott Vacation Club at Los Sueños
"The one-bedroom villa was fully furnished with modern touches. The property is located in a quiet bay on the central Pacific Coast with black-sand beaches. We didn't really leave the property except for dining at a restaurant in the marina.
"If we had stayed longer, we would have done the one-day cruise to Tortuga Island. The restaurants serve good food, and service around the pool is efficient. Overall, a good relaxing place." — smusti
Bottom Line: Element
We want to like Element, we really do. From the beginning, this brand was meant to be focused on sustainability and green travel. It provides travelers with eco-minded and wellness programs like bike-sharing and yoga classes — and it does so at a reasonable price!
But we have to be honest and say that, while we love Element's enthusiasm, the hotels are just so aesthetically unappealing. For example, we're torn between being happy to have an affordable accommodation option in Sedona and having the city's famous red rocks be tarnished by the beige-and-green block that defines all Element hotels.
If you don't care what a hotel looks like on the outside and don't plan on spending too much time in the room, Element certainly is a good way to travel on a budget and with a lower footprint.
What People Say About Element Sedona
"We have stayed at this hotel five times. It is so nice to return each time. As Marriott Platinum members, we find this Marriott at the top of our list of best Marriotts. Super clean rooms that are very inviting. Great breakfast, and all the staff is super friendly.
Parking spots are limited when they are fully booked, but they do have an overflow lot next door. During summer and tourist season, expect the rooms to be fairly spendy but well worth it." —moparmesa
Bottom Line: Marriott Executive Apartments
As the name of the brand suggests, these hotels are made specifically with international business travelers in mind. All Marriott Executive Apartment properties are outside of North America.
The idea is to provide business travelers with an experience that is unique to each location yet held to the same high standard. The reason this brand doesn't rank higher is not that it lacks anything per se but because it's not very practical for individual travelers. Unless you're looking for a place with meeting spaces, catered food and other business-specific needs, a short-term apartment rental will give you a homier feel and more comfort.
What People Say About Mayfair Bangkok
"Convenient location within walking distance to Siam Paragon and Centralworld malls, with all kinds of stores and restaurants. Very good staff who are very helpful and patient.
"The apartment has all the amenities that one might need, from an induction stovetop to a washing machine, with small laundry powder packet provided every day. Wonderful shower with strong water pressure. The apartment was maintained fairly well, and very clean throughout." — GlobeTrtrWnaB
Bottom Line: Sheraton
Sheraton was once a direct competitor of Marriott, until the latter merged with SPG. Though one of the oldest and most well-known brands in the portfolio, Sheraton doesn't really stand out from the competition in any way.
Some of its properties are great and offer a comfortable, upscale stay. But if you were blindfolded and taken into a Sheraton, you wouldn't be able to guess the brand of your hotel if your life depended on it. For people who don't mind generic hotels, there isn't anything terribly wrong with this brand.
What People Say About Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
"Location is excellent. Hotel isn’t as flashy and modern as most of the other hotels in Dubai, but it’s very clean and well kept. Rooms are also very clean but look a bit dated, and most of them don’t have balconies which was a big negative for me.
"One thing worth noting is that if you book all-inclusive, then you are made to feel a bit like a second-class citizen by some of the staff (particularly by the pool). However, if you’re there on a Saturday then your all-inclusive wristband does allow you to attend the hotel’s ‘Carnival Brunch,’ which was quite a nice and unexpected touch. All in all a nice stay for a few days." — Tanya Stent
Bottom Line: Aloft Hotels
Aloft is a subsidiary of W, a Marriott brand that we will discuss in a little bit. The branding of Aloft doesn't always work, with its forcefully modern architecture and neon lights sometimes making it look like it could be the setting of "Blade Runner." But sometimes the hotel manages to do it right, bringing some funkiness to its lobbies and rooms without being too desperate about it.
In any case, we give it points for trying to avoid being boring and generic without overdoing it.
What People Say About Aloft Montevideo Hotel
"The hotel sits right across from the Sheraton in the upscale area of Punta Carretas and has great views of the Rio de la Plata. There is a shopping center and a couple of nice restaurants a few steps outside the hotel. The hotel has a contemporary look and feel and is primarily geared toward a young crowd — hence, it has a bit of an upscale hostel feeling.
"Rooms are roomy and well-appointed with good bathrooms and great views of the ramblas and the Rio de la Plata. Breakfast is better to be skipped. There are great alternatives outside the hotel. The pool and pool area are not inviting at all. Service is just OK. It's an OK choice for one or two nights." — Voyagearoundtheworld
Bottom Line: Marriott Hotels
At almost 100 years old, this was the brand that started it all. As can be expected from someone so senior, the brand changes its mind from property to property. This means that there is very little consistency. Some Marriott Hotels inspire shoulder shrugs while others are surprisingly innovative and fun.
The Marriott Marquis Houston, for example, has an unusual pool that consists of a lazy river in the shape of Texas. We love a hotel that isn't afraid to go big on frivolity.
What People Say About Marriott Marquis Houston
"This hotel is definitely one of the best Marriott properties I’ve stayed at. The hotel is beautiful [...] The staff is excellent. I would not hesitate to stay here again when in Houston. The location and ease of access to the convention center really seals the deal. Excellent in every way." — Joseph F.
Bottom Line: AC Hotels
Originating in Spain, AC Hotels has kept a distinctly European style as it's expanded around the world. While, sometimes, we don't want to be in Thailand at a hotel that feels like it could very well be in Madrid, we certainly get the European appeal.
Plus, the AC Hotels interiors tend to be stylish and fun, and they're also pretty affordable for the quality they offer.
What People Say About AC Hotel Barcelona Forum
"It's rated as a four-star, but in my opinion, it's a three-star at least due to its small rooms, dated lobby and exhausted furniture. But it has a good breakfast, unfortunately, fixed every day, and there was no change in items. The other negative point was the distance to Las Ramblas and Gracia street, which is time-consuming and about 15 euro to get there by taxi." — saharnoorbakhsh
Bottom Line: Delta Hotels
Like Protea Hotels, Delta Hotels was independent until Marriott acquired it in 2015. The brand originated in Canada and primarily operates in North America, though it has expanded to other continents as well.
Delta Hotels are decidedly upscale, making the brand popular with business travelers who want somewhere comfortable and beautiful to rest their heads. Unlike some of the other brands on this list, Delta tends to place emphasis on the aesthetic, with hotels beautifying their locations.
What People Say About Delta Hotels Shanghai Baoshan
"While the style of the building is somewhat over the top for the Western taste, the hotel makes a great location as a base to explore the region around the mouths of the Huangpu and Yangtze rivers, including side trips by boat to the islands of Chongming and Hengsha.
"What is truly great about this hotel is the extremely friendly staff who go out of their way to make sure that guests feel welcome." — braunschweigtraveler
Bottom Line: Design Hotels
As its name suggests, the Design Hotels brand is all about designing an aesthetically pleasing experience. Unlike other Marriott brands that are plagued by stale rooms and monotony, Design Hotels are all completely unique. Some are even situated in repurposed historical buildings.
We like Design Hotels for their boutique-like feeling and commend the creativity and thoughtfulness that goes into their interior design, even if it sometimes misses the mark and goes into the realm of questionable taste. Each hotel also tries to offer location-specific experiences that are usually tied to local culture.
What People Say About Mira Moon Hong Kong
"Couldn’t be more satisfied to stay with Mira Moon. First, the room is big, and the view is amazing. Second, the location is great. You can have different types of takeaway food. Third, the service is amazing.
"As I needed to work in a European time zone, I have a different eating schedule than others. Therefore, I just gave the front desk a call or a message when I was ready to have my food, and they would send the food up immediately." — ChloeJC1
Bottom Line: Renaissance Hotels
Renaissance Hotels differentiates itself from Marriott Hotels and other Marriott brands by embracing the uniqueness of each property. The brand emphasizes local experiences. Hotels have a "Navigator" whose entire job is to help guests go beyond the beaten path and visit places other tourists don't know about.
We applaud this desire to be different. It can be nauseating to see the same generic-style hotel in every city you visit. The brand is also reasonably priced.
What People Say About Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh
"The rooms are nice and renovated; ours was situated very close to the beach. The pools, bars and gardens are beautifully designed. The reef was breathtaking. The hotel is close to the public beach, El Fanar, where the reef is even more exciting. We saw a sea turtle just a five-minute walk from the hotel. Overall, we were treated very well and enjoyed our stay very much!" — Mathias
13. W Hotels
Brand’s best hotel: W Koh Samui in Thailand
Bottom Line: W Hotels
W is another Marriott brand that caters specifically to a younger crowd. But unlike Moxy or W's own subsidiary brand, Aloft, this is for young people who have the money to pay for an upscale experience.
W Hotels around the world have an emphasis on nightlife, with local DJs coming in to play sets at bars and lounges. The brand even holds an annual music festival called Wake Up Call and is known to put on week-long parties and events. Basically, W is what Fyre festival promised but couldn't deliver.
If you want the hostel backpacker experience without the dinginess, W provides. Its designs are unique and can be quite beautiful, though sometimes they don't get the balance quite right and can be tacky. Some properties, like W Koh Samui, are picture-perfect hotels.
What People Say About W Koh Samui
"We brought our company high-performers for an incentive trip over two weekends. The location and property are stunning. The quality is first class. The staff, management, events team, and sales and marketing team were simply phenomenal. The whole team took time to understand our brief, our objectives and delivered a memorable experience for all our team.
"I cannot recommend this hotel, location, leadership team and all staff highly enough for an event like ours. Simply perfect." — JD
Bottom Line: Homes & Villas by Marriott International
One of Marriott's youngest brands, Homes & Villas was a direct response to the threat of Airbnb.
Is it worth looking into the chain's villas as opposed to the competitor that inspired them? It depends. The properties Marriott offers tend to be more exclusive and luxurious, so if you're hoping to find a local home at a bargain price, Airbnb might be a better option.
However, Marriott does inspect properties to make sure they're legitimate and that they meet certain standards, so you can sleep better at night knowing you won't get scammed.
What You Can Expect from Marriott Kefalonia Village
Since no reviews are available for this charming villa, here is the description for what you can expect from it:
"Five-bedroomed Olive Mill Villa is a rural treat on the captivating Greek island of Kefalonia. Combining the charm of traditional Greek architecture (think rustic stone walls and terracotta tile roofs) with beautiful gardens, modern guest rooms and a large outdoor Tuscan-style swimming pool, the villa is a hit with guests looking to relax and recharge in the countryside."
Bottom Line: Tribute Portfolio
The Tribute Portfolio is everything that Moxy Hotels tried and failed to be. It is a collection of hotels that used to be independent and thus have a distinct personality without trying too hard.
Because of each hotel's independent origin, you won't find much consistency across properties. But you will find what feels like a boutique hotel you can get Marriott Rewards points at. Some of the hotels in the collection, like the Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, are truly awesome.
What People Say About Apollo Hotel Amsterdam
"It’s a Marriott and you can’t really go wrong. It's quite centrally located (although if you want to be more central definitely choose another hotel). Rooms are good sizes/very standard, unlike some other Amsterdam hotels where you have all different room sizes due to the age of the building. In summer, it's nice to have dinner on the water.
"The only problem I had was the heating in the room kept making banging noises." — Truthful Luxury Traveller
Bottom Line: Gaylord Hotels
Look, Gaylord Hotels are undeniably awesome. They are basically a mix between a conference hall, a small theme park and a hotel. This can be useful, especially for conventions that want to provide attendees with everything they could possibly need without ever leaving the hotel.
That being said, we don't see the point of flying somewhere just to stay at your hotel. If for some reason, you can't spend much time exploring the city you're in but don't want to be bored, then this is a perfect option. Otherwise, we don't know if it's worth paying the price for theme park entertainment when you'll be out and about getting to know what's outside of the hotel's gigantic premises.
What People Say About Gaylord Opryland
"This hotel is massive! The various areas around the hotel (gardens, waterfalls, etc.) are very cool, and it’s worth a visit just to see these. The rooms were fairly standard but a good size and comfortable enough. The gym was really good, and the pools were nice (although shut very early).
"Sadly, it feels like the service levels haven’t been thought through for a hotel of this size. Housekeeping wasn’t great. Equally, breakfast was really annoying — for a hotel of over 3,000 rooms there is only one restaurant open at breakfast, and the queue can be long. The alternative is an overpriced coffee shop where the queue is longer and services take forever. It’s definitely worth a visit but I probably wouldn’t stay again." — flyingbutterwings
Bottom Line: Protea Hotels
This brand used to be independent until it was acquired by Marriott in 2014. What sets it apart from other brands is that it only operates in Africa.
The style, architecture and quality of each hotel vary, but Protea has some incredible offerings that place it within the top half of this list. You can, for example, book a safari lodge right outside of South Africa's famous Kruger National Park or book a beach boutique in Zanzibar.
What People Say About Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
"Wonderful hotel at the Kruger gate. We stayed four nights in this hotel and got one of the refurbished rooms. Breakfast and dinner were included and were delicious. Service was good, and the infinity pool is just a dream; we saw elephants crossing the river several times." — peeshtu
Bottom Line: JW Marriott
Named after the company's founder, John Willard Marriott, this brand has a strong global presence. You'll find properties in most major cities in the world as well as popular vacation destinations and smaller cities.
Both business and leisure travelers stay at these upscale hotels, which provide great service, clean rooms, good food and other perks without being as expensive as other Marriott brands.
For convenience, service and a universal quality standard, this is a great brand. Hotels tend to stay away from ugly block buildings, which, of course, we love.
What People Say About Grosvenor House London
"I stayed four nights at the JW Marriott. The location is excellent, across the street from Hyde Park and close to upscale shopping and restaurants. The service was superb. Rooms are a bit dated but are comfortable. I would highly recommend this hotel." — Gretchen S
Bottom Line: Autograph Collection
Like Tribute Portfolio, the Autograph Collection is made up of boutique hotels that operate in a mostly independent way. What brings them together is an emphasis on using local architecture and design as well as catering to local experiences.
Basically, they help you feel like you're actually visiting the place you're visiting. Hey, not all hotels on this list can say that!
What People Say About Powerscourt Hotel
"For me, it is the setting that makes it. Powerscourt truly is a luxurious and glamorous hotel with some of the internal luxury dating back to when it was a Ritz, but it pulls it off easily. From the entrance and seating by the fire to the sugar loaf lounge, it is a very rich but welcoming hotel with Irish hospitality on display from the outset. The rooms are always huge, beds comfy, and baths and rain showers are all great.
"My trip this week allowed me to enjoy the afternoon tea overlooking sugar loaf, which was a highlight. The Silka restaurant does a great breakfast. The concierge crew are extremely knowledgeable, so take time to ask them about places to go in the wider area." — M Johnston
Bottom Line: Le Méridien
If you don't want a cookie-cutter Marriott hotel but also find that brands like W are too over-the-top in their flashy design, Le Méridien provides a nice middle ground.
This brand was born in Paris and has kept the French capital's simple chicness in its style. Rooms are tastefully decorated and services are decidedly upscale. But the best part about this brand is that it does it at relatively affordable prices.
What People Say About Le Méridien Nice
"We stay in Nice every couple of months. This is our favourite. The location is excellent. The staff are professional and helpful. The views are amazing. The atmosphere particularly in Latitudes is always calm, relaxed and feels like home. This really is an excellent place to stay." — Martin A
Bottom Line: Edition
If you want social media-worthy pictures or simply love staying in beautiful places, Edition Hotels provide airy, light, spacious designs that we absolutely love. The properties really care about aesthetics, putting every detail together with extra carefulness. But the luxury brand is decidedly modern, going more for minimalistic elegance than the opulence of more established brands like the Ritz-Carlton.
If there is anything we'd criticize about Edition properties, it's that the design doesn't always translate to the rooms. Sure, you won't spend much time in them, but we'd love to see more congruency between the intricately designed common spaces and the generic rooms.
What People Say About Miami Beach Edition
"I had an awesome stay at The Miami Beach EDITION. The hotel itself was gorgeous, and there were more amenities than I had time to enjoy. The pools offered something for everyone. Plus, the gorgeous, white-sand Miami Beach was just steps away. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the food was delicious, and the location is hard to beat.
"For me, a sign of a good hotel is when you can’t stop talking about it, and you want to go back with friends and family. That is exactly how I feel after this stay." — Chris
Bottom Line: Westin
Wellness and health are the focus of Westin hotels. You'll find locally sourced food at many properties, workout studios that offer classes and even a concierge that will help you plan your jogging routes in a new city. You can also rent workout gear so you don't have to use precious travel space on running shoes and workout clothes.
The brand is also famous for its Westin Heavenly Bedding, which Delta Air Lines uses in first class. Whether you're traveling for business or for pleasure, if mental and physical health is your priority, Westin hotels can help you prioritize them. Plus, its signature scent smells so good!
What People Say About The Westin Punta Cana
"This was our first vacation to the Dominican Republic. We were greeted by a very friendly reservation agent. Everyone on staff was super friendly especially the room cleaners. The whole resort was kept exceptionally clean. The beach basically attached to the resort was kept very neat with comfortable chairs and umbrellas.
"I read some reviews that the food was marginal but EVERY meal we had was very good. We loved it here and would recommend it to anyone." —Neil Rupp
Bottom Line: The Luxury Collection
If you don't like big names and would rather stay at boutique hotels, the Luxury Collection is the upscale Marriott brand for you.
Unlike Edition hotels, the collection is unabashedly luxurious, including properties like a historic palace on Venice's Grand Canal and beach villas in Seychelles. Expect five-star treatment as well as five-star prices that are actually worth it.
What People Say About Gritti Palace
"This is without a doubt the best five-star hotel in Venice. We have visited Venice many times over the years and the other hotels in the city as well. The Gritti has a wonderful location overlooking the Grand Canal and minutes away from St. Mark's and the center, yet remains very tranquil at the end of a busy day. We have been fortunate to have stayed here a few times over the years, and as we say to the reception staff, 'We only revisit Venice to stay at The Gritti.'
"The only one thing I found slightly disappointing on this visit was that the choice of the restaurant and bar menu was very limited. Our bar meal was also not of a standard that we expect from such a hotel." — susanmary6
Bottom Line: The Ritz-Carlton
We don't need to introduce the Ritz-Carlton, one of the most famous luxury hotel brands in the entire world. Many people don't even know the brand is now part of Marriott and see it as completely independent.
Each of the brand's luxurious properties offer great locations, resort features and amazing food. Designs straddle between traditional and modern, but the hotels are never allowed to feel worn or out-of-touch.
If you want an exclusive experience within the exclusiveness of the brand, stay at a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. These properties are all in secluded locations, are decidedly more expensive and don't offer loyalty rewards points because collecting travel points is for peasants.
What People Say About Dorado Beach, Ritz-Carlton Reserve
"Ritz-Carlton service is always known as having great customer service, but this location has taken it to a whole new level! Every whim, every request, there's someone right there to make it happen for you! When we first got there, they greeted us out front with island, homemade popsicles. The rooms and views were absolutely gorgeous! The outdoor shower was an amazing experience.
"Their restaurants were all fabulous and delicious. I loved being served drinks all day on the beach! Take plenty of cash for tipping!" — Milinda_Georgia
Bottom Line: St. Regis
St. Regis has been around for almost 120 years and is considered la crème de la crème of Marriott's brands. If you've ever been to a St. Regis, you're either still paying off the honeymoon loans or you've never looked at a price tag in your entire life.
You can expect perks like daily complimentary glasses of champagne, free childcare and absolutely astonishing properties. In terms of Marriott, it doesn't get better than this brand — the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami, Florida, was even voted one of the best hotels in the U.S.
What People Say About St. Regis Maldives Vommuli
"We [have been[ coming to this island for five years now, and it just keeps on getting better! Everything is set to perfection. The service, the rooms, the restaurants ... all team members are super kind and hospitable. This is for sure the nicest and most luxurious resort I have been to.
"I would like to thank our butler Ubad, our servers at the restaurants and on the beach, housekeeping and hotel management for making this another memorable stay. I highly recommend the resort for a family or couple getaway!" — Khalid G.