Marriott has just opened the brand new Renaissance New York Chelsea hotel.
This is a new-build property and, at 39 floors, is one of the tallest buildings in Chelsea with excellent views. The hotel even has a (modestly sized) rooftop pool.
A quick look at the Marriott website shows why there are good reasons to be interested in this hotel, apart from the fact that a brand new hotel generally offers a better stay than an old one.
The hotel is Category 6 in Marriott Bonvoy, which is unreasonably low. This was presumably done to help drive redemptions in the early months. A room will run from 40,000 points to 60,000 points per night depending on seasonality.
In late February, for example, I saw cash rooms at around $400 including taxes, compared to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a redemption. This is well above my target valuation of 0.5p per point.
In June, when the weather is far better, cash rates are over $500 but redemptions are capped at 60,000 points.
Even better, you can book standard redemption rooms with two double beds and a maximum occupancy of four. This makes the hotel a good choice for a family stay.
You find out more on the Renaissance New York Chelsea website here.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (August 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can apply here.
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 status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold 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).
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)