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Part 7: My Curated List of the Best Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe (Except Spain)

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Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel — 12,500 Points

PART 1: Marriott Category 1 and 2 Hotels in the U.S.

PART 2: Marriott Category 3 Hotels in the U.S

PART 3: Marriott Low Category Hotels in Canada

PART 4: Marriott Cheap Category Hotels in Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic

PART 5: Marriott Cheap Category Hotels in South America

Part 6: Marriott Cheap Category Hotels in Spain

Marriott New Redemption Rates

Welcome to the next installment of my my curated list of best cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels. Better late than never, right?

I’m changing the format of this series. My last cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels post was in August. So, it wouldn’t make much sense to reminisce about the old redemption rates anyway.

In addition, I’ve found that trying to tie a redemption rate into cash prices can be a fool’s errand. For example, I might believe that a Marriott Rewards point should cost around 0.8 cents, but it doesn’t give us enough information to be able to say that one redemption is good, and another one isn’t, and the problem is not that the prices fluctuate — we’ve always known that. The problem is the extent to which they fluctuate! I’ll explain a little later, but first —

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Methodology

I love doing extensive research, but I also value my sanity.

That means, no, I didn’t research every hotel on this list. However, I did compile this list based on the certain criteria:

  • Tourism value. While not all cities in this list are major tourist destinations, they all appear to be worth visiting, at least according to web sources I have a reason to trust.
  • Monetary value. It’s not a deal to redeem 12,500 Marriott Rewards points on a hotel room that’s worth $50, so I did take that into consideration.

Finding the right value, however, is where the problem lies, because, as I mentioned before, hotel cash prices fluctuate widely. How did I research the prices? Just google the name of a hotel, and that’s it. Yep, very low-tech of me!

Here is an example.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in EuropeOn the left, you can see that a room at Sheraton Poznan hotel can be booked for as low as $65 (or even $56 if you look below), and yet if you look at the right side of the page, you can see the lowest rate of $177.

Sheraton Poznan Hotel is a Category 2 property. It costs 12,500 points. Spending them for a room that costs $56 is a crime against this hobby.

On the other hand, paying 12,500 points for a room that costs $177 is a fantastic deal, since it gets you 1.4 cents per Marriott point, way beyond my (I believe, reasonably accurate) valuation.

So you can see my problem. There is no way to reconcile these extremes, which means that the cash prices I show below are “from” prices. They are very likely to be “bait and switch” prices that would be difficult to find. In some cases these prices can be prepaid or valid for one or 2 days a year. In other cases, these low “from” prices are seasonal — and there are some cities on this list where you don’t want to be caught dead in a wrong season. In other words, just use them for reference and do your own research around the days you’ll want to visit. If redeeming points doesn’t make sense, pay cash, but there are some caveats.

Points or cash? The reminder

  • Just like with most other hotel programs, my approach is that you can benefit the most if you use your points at the cheapest or most expensive properties, but there are exceptions.
  • My lowest value for Marriott points is 0.8 cents – yours may differ, but add taxes to look at the whole picture (because you don’t usually pay taxes on an award stay).
  • Consider the length of stay – with Marriott you get the 5th night free.
  • If you stay for 4 days and have the Citi Prestige credit card, try to see if you can get a cheaper cash stay with the 4th night free. There are also all kinds of stackable discounts you can find at Hotels.com and other OTAs, especially if you use gift cards.
  • See if you can find a cheaper comparable hotel or vacation rental in an area you want to stay in.
  • If you are a Marriott Rewards Platinum member, consider free food and booze you will not be getting elsewhere.
HOTEL POINTS CAT LOWEST PRICE

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Italy

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Sheraton Parco de’ Medici Rome Hotel

Just like Spain, Marriott hotels in Italy can offer an amazing value. You’ll find cheap Marriott hotels in some of Italy’s most celebrated cities, like Rome, Pisa, Genoa, Bologna, and more.

AC Hotel Brescia 7,500 1 From $71
AC Hotel Vicenza 7,500 1 From $63
AC Hotel Arezzo 12,500 2 From $64
AC Hotel Genova 12,500 2 From $73
AC Hotel Padova 12,500 2 From $61
AC Hotel Pisa 12,500 2 From $64
Four Points by Sheraton Siena 12,500 2 From $69
AC Hotel Bologna 17,500 3 From $55
AC Hotel Torino 17,500 3 From $69
Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano 17,500 3 From $91
Four Points by Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conf. Cntr 17,500 3 From $66
Four Points by Sheraton Padova 17,500 3 From $45
Four Points by Sheraton Venice Mestre 17,500 3 From $62
Sheraton Parco de’ Medici Rome Hotel 17,500 3 From $70
Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center 17,500 3 From $83

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Portugal

Villa de Conde is a beautiful, quaint beachside town, just a short, 1-hour train ride from Porto, and the hotel gets excellent reviews.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Villa C Boutique Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels Villa de Conde

Villa C Boutique Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels Villa de Conde 12,500 2 From $82
AC Hotel Porto 17,500 3 From $64

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Croatia

OK, so Dubrovnik is not on this list, but Croatia’s capital Zagreb is cute and historic (reportedly). You probably won’t regret spending a couple of days there.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel 17,500 3 From $98
The Westin Zagreb 17,500 3 From $98

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Serbia

The Serbian capital may be a bit chaotic, but it’s one of the most happening (and cheapest) capitals in Europe with a fantastic art scene and nightlife.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade

Courtyard Belgrade City Center 12,500 2 From $88
Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade 17,500 3 From $96

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Slovenia

Ljubljana doesn’t have any world-class touristy sights, but it’s a lovely, green city ideal for walking, biking, and slowing down for a day or two.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Four Points by Sheraton Ljubljana Mons

Four Points by Sheraton Ljubljana Mons 12,500 2 From $83

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Germany

I had to eliminate (LOL) almost all Marriott Cat 1-3 German cities from my list, but these might be interesting. And I’ve heard very good things about Bremen.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Marriott Courtyard Bremen

Marriott Courtyard Bremen 12,500 2 From $93
Courtyard Munich City East 17,500 3 From $70
Moxy Duesseldorf South 17,500 3 From $67
Moxy Frankfurt East 17,500 3 From $66

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Belgium

Excellent location near Avenue Louise.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Four Points by Sheraton Brussels — the Grounds

Four Points by Sheraton Brussels 17,500 3 From $74

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Switzerland

Courtyard Basel  provides direct access to the Aquabasilea water park with pools, slides, sauna, spa and fitness area.”

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Aquabasilea water park adjacent to Courtyard Basel 

Courtyard Basel 17,500 3 From $86

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: France

I’ve never even heard about Montpellier, but everything I’ve read tells me you can’t go wrong there.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Courtyard Montpellier

Courtyard Montpellier 12,500 2 From $92
AC Hotel Marseille Prado Velodrome 17,500 3 From $81
Courtyard Paris Saint Denis 17,500 3 From $96

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: United Kingdom

Leicester is just a 1.5-hour train ride from London, and they claim the city is Richard III’s burial grounds. Sounds good to me.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Leicester Marriott Hotel

Aloft Liverpool 17,500 3 From $71
Leicester Marriott Hotel 17,500 3 From $63
Moxy Glasgow Merchant City 17,500 3 From $64

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Austria

Austria is represented by 3 hotels in Vienna and Innsbruck. And yes, Innsbruck is worth visiting too.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

AC Hotel Innsbruck

AC Hotel Innsbruck 17,500 3 From $89
Courtyard Vienna Prater/Messe 17,500 3 From $85
Courtyard Vienna Schoenbrunn 17,500 3 From $68

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Poland

All 3 cities are worth visiting if you want to explore Poland beyond Krakow and Warsaw.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Courtyard Gdynia Waterfront

Sheraton Poznan Hotel 12,500 2 From $65
AC Hotel Wroclaw 17,500 3 From $74
Courtyard Gdynia Waterfront 17,500 3 From $61

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Hungary

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Courtyard Budapest City Center

Courtyard Budapest City Center 17,500 3 From $63

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Czechia 

Pilsen is not to be missed if you’re a beer lover.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Marriott Courtyard Pilsen Pin’N’Grill Bar

Courtyard Pilsen 7,500 1 From $44
Courtyard Prague City 17,500 3 From $58

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Romania

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Marriott Sheraton Bucharest

Romania and Bucharest in particular have become quite touristy in the recent years. Sheraton is a great centrally located hotel and a good use of points if the cash price gets around $150 during your travel.

Sheraton Bucharest Hotel 17,500 3 From $85

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Russia

If you’ve never been to Russia, you probably won’t (or shouldn’t) venture beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg on your first trip, although you must visit both. However, if you want to explore Russia beyond these 2 capitals, the cities in this list are well worth the visit. I would say Kazan should be  your #3; it’s a beautiful city with a strong Muslim influence in architecture unlike any other Russian city. Then Sochi (in summer), then Nizhny Novgorod, then Irkutsk (definitely stay for a couple of days if you’re traveling on Trans-Siberian Express).

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

Marriott Courtyard Kazan Panoramic Roof Cafe

Courtyard Kazan Kremlin 7,500 1 From $41
Courtyard Nizhny Novgorod City Center 7,500 1 From $44
Courtyard Irkutsk City Center 12,500 2 From $47
Courtyard Moscow Paveletskaya 12,500 2 From $55
Courtyard St. Petersburg Center West/Pushkin Hotel 12,500 2 From $47
Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel 12,500 2 From $66
Sheraton Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin 12,500 2 From $56
Courtyard Moscow City Center 17,500 3 From $60
Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky 17,500 3 From $51
Moscow Marriott Hotel Novy Arbat 17,500 3 From $66
Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel 17,500 3 From $81

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Turkey

Turkey is so cheap that I was considering not including it in this list, but then again, it’s hard to beat 7,500 points for a central hotel, even in Istanbul. You’ll also notice the JW Marriott in Ankara — that’s a steal for 12,500 points, and I’ve heard good things about Ankara, too.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

JW Marriott Hotel Ankara

AC Hotel Istanbul Macka 7,500 1 From $67
Four Points by Sheraton Izmir 7,500 1 From $45
Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia 12,500 2 From $64
JW Marriott Hotel Ankara 12,500 2 From $279
Renaissance Izmir Hotel 12,500 2 From $61
Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel 12,500 2 From $109
Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center 12,500 2 From $85
Sheraton Grand Istanbul Atasehir 12,500 2 From $77
The House Hotel Bomonti, Istanbul, a Member of Design Hotels 12,500 2 From $81
Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler 17,500 3 From $96
Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel 17,500 3 From $82
Sheraton Cesme Hotel, Resort and Spa 17,500 3 From $75
Sheraton Istanbul Ataköy Hotel 17,500 3 From $71

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Georgia

Technically not Europe, but if airlines can make up geographical regions, so can I. It’s a shame Georgia doesn’t get more play with international tourism. Tbilisi is a gorgeous, colorful, old city with a lot of history and character. I remember it from its Soviet days, and I’m pretty sure it’s become much better since then.

PIC MARRIOTT EUROPE COURTYARD TBILISI

Courtyard Tbilisi 17,500 3 From $95
Moxy Tbilisi 17,500 3 From $67

Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels Hotels in Europe: Azerbaijan

Not Europe either, but whatever. I remember Baku from its Soviet days, as well. Nowadays, it’s both historic and modern due to Azerbaijan’s oil riches. It’s those riches that made it very expensive at some point, but since oil went down, so did Baku prices. All 3 Baku hotels are good options, but I’m a sucker for JWs.

Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe

JW Marriott Absheron Baku

Boulevard Hotel Baku Autograph Collection 12,500 2 From $76
Intourist Hotel Baku Autograph Collection 12,500 2 From $71
JW Marriott Absheron Baku 17,500 3 From $133

Bottom Line

While there are only a few fancy hotels in this list, Marriott has a huge footprint in Europe and covers many places you might want to visit. Here are some highlights.

Italy: Sheraton Parco de’ Medici Rome Hotel

Portugal: Villa C Boutique Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels Villa de Conde

Serbia: Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade

Austria: Courtyard Vienna Prater/Messe

Belgium: Four Points by Sheraton Brussels

Romania: Sheraton Bucharest Hotel

Russia: Moscow Marriott Hotel Novy Arbat

Turkey: JW Marriott Hotel Ankara

Georgia: Courtyard Tbilisi

Have you stayed at any of the hotels or visited the places in this list? 

 

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