If you are planning on staying in a hotel that is part of the Marriott Hotels Group, the points system can seem somewhat confusing, especially as they have changed the points system and repositioned their hotels in 2018. Basically, the numbers given to the hotels relate to how many rewards points you would need to redeem against a room. This does not mean that you can only book the room if you are a member of the rewards scheme, it is simply a way of ranking the rooms on a scale of one to nine. The category 1 hotels are the budget options that you will need fewer points, or less money, to stay there. There are many fantastic hotels that are classified by this hospitality and tourism company as category 1 that are in amazing locations across the globe. Here are five of the best Marriott Category 1 Hotels from around the world.
5. Courtyard Dallas Lewisville, United States
This hotel is located close to the airport, so it is ideal for frequent travellers who are visiting the area on business. Former guests have commented on the excellent standard of cleanliness and the good customer service. This hotel has its own restaurant called ‘The Bistro’ where you can enjoy your complimentary breakfast. Food is then served throughout the day with different menus for lunch and dinner. There is also an evening bar for guests to relax an unwind. Facilities available for guests include an indoor pool, a fitness room, free Wi-Fi, and a meeting or events space.
4. Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove Miami, United States
Located in downtown Miami, Florida, this tropical escape offers spectacular views over Biscayne Bay. The rooms are chic and offer all the amenities that a modern traveller would expect, while the communal areas of the hotel are opulent in design. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s signature breakfast either in the restaurant or in one of the outdoor eating areas before enjoying an invigorating swim in the hotel’s swimming pool. There are also spa treatments available that you can pay for individually or have included in your package.
3. Courtyard Shanghai Central, China
Ideal for those that want to be close to all the local amenities and attractions or at the center of the urban buzz, the Courtyard Shanghai Central is a sophisticated and modern hotel. The cleanliness, service, facilities, and location are all aspects of this hotel that have received praise from former guests. People staying in this hotel have access to free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a meeting event space. The breakfasts are available at an additional cost and the choice includes a buffet breakfast, a continental breakfast, or a full American breakfast. At other times of the day, there are several dining options, including a take-out, a café, and a light dining lounge with a bar.
2. Protea Hotel Cape Town Tyger Valley, South Africa
This premium hotel has spectacular views across both the mountains and the sea, despite its central location in the heart of the Northern Suburbs. The modern rooms offer a range of facilities and an en-suite bathroom each. Guests have access to Wi-Fi. It is conveniently located close to the airport and the hotel offers an airport shuttle to take the stress out of commuting. Communal facilities available include a lounge, a bar, a swimming pool, and a meeting event space. The breakfast is complimentary and served in the hotel’s restaurant. The Point of View Bar & Restaurant is also where you can enjoy light lunches, a drink, or a an excellent evening meal. There are also many restaurants located nearby or the option of using room service to eat in your room.
1. Sharq Village & Spa, Qatar
This hotel is one of Marriot Hotel’s Ritz-Carlton accommodations, so guests can expect a luxury experience during their stay. The hotel is located next to a private beach in Doha, the country’s capital, and this is where guests spend much of their time soaking up the rays. Sharq Village & Spa offers luxurious surroundings, top-quality rooms, and a range of facilities for guests. They offer a range of activities for guests to enjoy, an outdoor pool, and a spa offering a range of treatments and therapies. There are two restaurants, a café, a bar, outdoor eating spaces, and a comfortable lounge. The food served at this hotel is a combination of local and international cuisines that are prepared using locally sourced ingredients.