Marriott Bonvoy has launched three new hotel packages, catering to those who want to work at home, away from home.
The new offering is tailored towards anyone who wants (or needs) to work from a hotel. This could be because their office is closed and / or because working from home is not convenient.
The Marriott offering comes in three flavours: Day Pass, Stay Pass (overnight stay) and Play Pass (a working holiday). You can see more on the Marriott website here.
Day Pass is a new day-rate aimed at individuals who need space to work. London is one of the launch cities, and the only UK option so far.
It allows you to book a hotel room as an office with a 6am check in and 6pm check out.
As part of the package you are given access to enhanced wi-fi, food and drink, access to the lobby and other social spaces as well as to the on-propety business facilities. These often include printing, fax and scanning equipment.
If you are a Marriott Bonvoy member, you also receive a complimentary welcome amenity of healthy snacks, lounge access (if you have Platinum Titanium or Ambassador Elite status) and gift shop discounts.
You will also earn points on hotel charges, although you won’t earn Marriott Bonvoy elite night credits. Day Pass is not useful if you are chasing status. For comparison, day rooms booked at Hilton hotels DO count for elite night credits.
Day Pass is currently being offered at the following London hotels:
- St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
- London Marriott Hotel County Hall
- London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
- Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
- W London
- London Marriott Hotel Canary Wharf
- Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection
- Residence Inn London Kensington
- Aloft London Excel
- Sheraton Heathrow Hotel
- Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel
- Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Day Pass is also being launched in Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, New York, Toronto, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, with plans to expand further.
You can only book Day Pass rates via this Marriott microsite.
Stay Pass combines a Day Pass with an overnight stay. You can check in at 6am on the day of arrival and check out at 6pm on the day of departure, effectively giving you two full days of access versus a ‘normal’ overnight rate.
You get all the amenities included in the Day Pass as well as access to other hotel amenities including gym and pool. Breakfast is included in the rate as are the unique brand offerings (eg. the free Signature cocktail at Aloft hotels.)
Unlike Day Pass, the Stay Pass rate IS eligible for elite night credits and you will earn points. You can book these on the main Marriott site.
To be honest, Stay Pass could also be attractive to leisure travellers. You are getting a 6am check-in and 6pm check-out for what is often only a small premium on the standard rate.
Whilst Day Pass and Stay Pass are mostly intended for staycations, Play Pass is intended for working holidays.
Play Passes are available in luxury and resort locations globally and come with a number of benefits:
- Business concierge
- Supervised children’s activities
- Preferred office and study spaces
Marriott Bonvoy members earn Elite night credits and points on eligible charges along with access to standard member benefits.
Play Pass is available in Bali, Hawaii, Florida, California, Arizona, Cancun, Rio de Janeiro, Sharm el-Sheikh, Koh Samui, Limassol (Cyprus), Marabella and Tenerife.
How do the rates compare to normal stays?
Let’s take a look at how Marriott is pricing these offers. Rates are for the same midweek day(s) in November:
|Day Pass||Stay Pass||Normal overnight rate|
|Renaissance St Pancras||£139||£220||£202|
Looking at those examples, a Day Pass will save you between 20% and 30% on the normal overnight rate, although arguably you can’t really compare the two options.
Stay Pass is the clear sweet spot here, with an overnight plus two full days of use for just a fraction over the normal overnight rate. This will be VERY attractive once business travel picks up again – let’s hope Marriott rolls out this pricing globally.
(If you targetted for the American Express Platinum £400 Marriott offer, Stay Pass is available at most of the UK properties taking part.)
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (May 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 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.)