Marriott Bonvoy is one of the better hotel programmes if you have a family, or simply don’t like small hotel rooms.
As well as offering standard rooms for the standard redemption price, a lot of Marriott Bonvoy properties let you book larger rooms or suites for an added fee. The best bit is that these rooms show up during the standard booking process online – you don’t need to negotiate a private deal with the hotel by email. I did this a few years ago at the JW Marriott in Venice, reviewed in-depth here, where we were able to get a Junior Suite which took all four of us for an extra €200 per night.
A reader email this week reminded me about a Marriott Bonvoy property which offers substantial rooms WITHOUT needing an extra fee – the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites.
This is not on the beach but it is close and does overlook Dubai Marina.
The Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites consists of one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom suites.
The normal redemption room – which costs 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night on a ‘standard’ night – is a two bedroom suite.
It sleeps five people.
Whilst the hotel jumps to 40,000 points on ‘peak’ dates, there are very few of these as far as I can tell. Over the Winter peak tourist season it is 35,000 points virtually every night.
And what a suite it is:
160 square metres (twice as big as the average 3-bed UK house!)
a bedroom with a king bed
a 2nd bedroom with two single beds
separate dining room with six person dining table
separate living room
kitchen with oven
two TVs, largest is 42 inches
For clarity, I have never stayed at this hotel and, as it is over 10 years old, it is probably not as swish as many Dubai properties. It is also more of an apartment complex than a hotel, despite the name.
For just 35,000 Marriott points per night it is good deal and you will easily hit my target Marriott Bonvoy redemption value of 0.5p per point.
Marriott Bonvoy also offers ‘five nights for the points of four’ on all redemptions which would take the average cost down to 28,000 points per night.
The Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites website is here if you want to find out more.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (January 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
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