Most Popular Marriott Hotels For Redeeming Points

It’s always fascinating to learn more about how people redeem their hotel points. I’m not…

It’s always fascinating to learn more about how people redeem their hotel points. I’m not talking about those of us who are obsessed with maximizing points, but rather just how the “average” member chooses to redeem.

Marriott has published the list of top redeemed Marriott Bonvoy hotels, according to 2019 data. Now, in fairness I should note that we don’t know exactly what the data means — are we talking about the properties with the most stays using points, the most nights using points, or the most points redeemed?

Let’s take a look at those, and in the bottom of each section I’ll share my general thoughts.

Most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide

Let’s start with the overall list. Here are the 20 most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties for redemptions worldwide:

20. London Marriott Hotel County Hall; London
19. Sheraton Sand Key Resort; Clearwater
18. The Westin Denver International Airport; Denver
17. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center; Kissimmee
16. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center; Nashville
15. Orlando World Center Marriott; Orlando
14. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach; Oahu
13. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino; Oranjestad, Aruba
12. Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; Oahu
11. JW Marriott Essex House New York; New York City
10. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
9. Sheraton Grand Seattle; Seattle
8. The Westin Tokyo; Tokyo
7. Walt Disney World Swan; Orlando
6. Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel; New York City
5. JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort; Marco Island
4. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection; Las Vegas
3. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino; Palm Beach, Aruba
2. Wailea Beach Resort Marriott, Maui; Maui
1. New York Marriott Marquis; New York City

The New York Marriott Marquis

What’s my take? There’s nothing surprising here. Redemptions are overwhelmingly centered around those in the US, given that it’s where the most Marriott Bonvoy points are earned. New York City, Hawaii, and Orlando, are the places I’d expect to be most popular with redemptions. Perhaps the outlier here is the Westin Denver Airport, which seems like a surprising hotel to be on the list.

Now let’s break it down a bit further, and look at the top 10 properties for redemptions, including in the United States, in the Caribbean and Latin America, in Europe, in Asia, and in the Middle East and Africa.

Most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties in the US

Here are the 10 most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties for redemptions in the United States:

10. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach; Oahu
9. Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; Oahu
8. JW Marriott Essex House New York; New York City
7. Sheraton Grand Seattle; Seattle
6. Walt Disney World Swan; Orlando
5. Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel; New York City
4. JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort; Marco Island
3. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection; Las Vegas
2. Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui; Maui
1. New York Marriott Marquis; New York City

The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

What’s my take? Yeah, same as the above, there are no surprises here.

Most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties in the Caribbean & Latin America

Here are the 10 most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties for redemptions in the Caribbean and Latin America:

10. JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
9. La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort; San Juan, Puerto Rico
8. Marriott Cancun Resort; Cancun, Mexico
7. Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort; Carolina, Puerto Rico
6. JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa; Cancun, Mexico
5. San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino; San Juan, Puerto Rico
4. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba; Palm Beach, Aruba
3. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino; Oranjestad, Aruba
2. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
1. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino; Palm Beach, Aruba

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

What’s my take? Also nothing surprising here. But every time I see the Ritz-Carlton Aruba, I can’t help but be reminded of the below video. I wonder if they were redeeming their Bonvoy points.

Most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties in Europe

Here are the 10 most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties for redemptions in Europe:

10. MOXY Paris Bastille France; Paris
9. Hotel Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel; Paris
8. JW Marriott Grosvenor House London; London
7. Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa; Lisbon
6. Amsterdam Marriott Hotel; Amsterdam
5. The Westin Excelsior, Rome; Rome
4. Courtyard by Marriott Paris Gare de Lyon; Paris
3. London Marriott Hotel Park Lane; London
2. Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel; Amsterdam
1. London Marriott Hotel County Hall; London

The Hotel Prince de Galles Paris

What’s my take? I’d expect the focus on London, Paris, Rome, and Amsterdam. If anything, I’m surprised there’s nothing from Venice on the list, though I suppose there are several properties there that redemptions are split between, and the hotels also aren’t that big.

Most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties in Asia

Here are the 10 most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties for redemptions in Asia:

10. Courtyard Taipei Downtown; Taipei
9. Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel; Beijing
8. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort; Maldives
7. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto; Kyoto
6. Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11; Bangkok
5. Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers; Bangkok
4. Courtyard Hong Kong Sha Tin; Hong Kong
3. The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo; Tokyo
2. Courtyard Taipei; Taipei
1. The Westin Tokyo; Tokyo

The St. Regis Maldives

What’s my take? Of all the lists, this one probably has the most legitimately good hotels, like the St. Regis Maldives, Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, etc.

Most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties in the Middle East & Africa

Here are the 10 most popular Marriott Bonvoy properties for redemptions in the Middle East & Africa:

10. The Westin Cape Town; Cape Town, South Africa
9. Protea Hotel by Marriott Ikeja Select; Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
8. Marriott Mena House, Cairo; Cairo, Eygpt
7. Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai; Dubai, UAE
6. AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront; Cape Town, South Africa
5. Accra Marriott Hotel; Accra, Ghana
4. Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai; Dubai, UAE
3. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai; Dubai, UAE
2. Le Méridien N’Fis; Marrakech, Morocco
1. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai; Dubai, UAE

The Protea Hotel Lagos

What’s my take? I’m a bit surprised the Le Meridien N’Fis is number two, it’s great to see that Al Maha is number four (it’s one of my favorite uses of Bonvoy points), and I’m kind of surprised number nine is in Lagos.

Bottom line

I love seeing hotel redemption data. Not because I’m getting inspiration to redeem points at the Sheraton Times Square or Ritz-Carlton Aruba, but rather because it’s a good perspective to see how the “average” member redeems their points.

As you’d expect, redemptions are heavily focused around those in the US, given the number of Bonvoy points earned, which is why New York, Hawaii, Orlando, and the Caribbean, are particularly popular.

There are some great properties on the list, like Al Maha and the St. Regis Maldives, but they’re few and far between.

What do you make of these lists of top Bonvoy redemptions, and how does it compare to what you would have expected?

(Tip of the hat to MePlatPremier)