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Bored with WFH? Marriott launches three new ‘work at hotel’ packages

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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.

Marriott Bonvoy Day Pass

Day Pass

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:

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.

Marriott Bonvoy Stay Pass

Stay Pass

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.

Marriott Bonvoy Play Pass

Play Pass

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.

Marriott work from hotel packages

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 PassStay PassNormal overnight rate
Renaissance St Pancras £139£220£202
W Hotel£159£257£236
Aloft Excel£59£85£75

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.)

You can book Stay Pass on the main Marriott site here.

Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

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!

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year. You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy 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.)

Comments (33)

  • Baji Nahid says:

    Guess this is the new trend now to roll the cash in! Good use of space however

  • Andrew says:

    Not possible from Thursday, for a month. Not the best timing, as it turns out.

    • KBuffett says:

      Worst timing ever

    • TGLoyalty says:

      These are global rates!

      • Andrew says:

        But realistically HFP readers are only going to use it in the U.K. – which is why it’s a poorly timed article.

        • Rob says:

          I am expecting these rates to remain available after Wednesday. If you need a hotel room to work from, then clearly it is for work purposes and so still allowed.

          • Yan says:

            must stay at home only if where you ‘cannot’ work from home, definitely not when it is not ‘convenient’

          • Bonglim says:

            I think there are plenty of people who CANNOT work from home. Where I live for example, is commutable to London, but has Stone Age broadband speeds.

            Given that an office might be fully closed, and the type of work often cannot be done without reasonable internet speeds, a day pass seems like an appropriate product – just it needs to be away from London.

            For people in London, I would say that house prices might mean some really struggle to work effectively from home – due to space.

        • Brian says:

          “ I would say that house prices might mean some really struggle to work effectively from home – due to space”

          That’s a fair point but there’s nothing in the announcement about “effectively” working from home. Unfortunately, if people managed to work from home in sub optimal conditions for months then they clearly are “able” to work from home for another month.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Too many assumptions here. Lots of people were furloughed for months because they couldn’t effectively work from home.

          • Brian says:

            “ Lots of people were furloughed for months because they couldn’t effectively work from home.”

            Any evidence of this? Obviously people in shops etc were and I was furloughed for a period because there wasn’t actually any work to do/the company wouldn’t have been able to afford paying anyone

          • Brian says:

            Schools will stay open thankfully, so at least people won’t have kids in the background making noise during video calls etc.

            Families with kids won’t be able to see out the lockdown in second homes in the countryside either….

          • TGLoyalty says:

            “Any evidence of this? Obviously people in shops etc were and I was furloughed for a period because there wasn’t actually any work to do/the company wouldn’t have been able to afford paying anyone”

            Yes companies furloughed staff based upon how they could perform their roles from homes either due to other commitments like childcare or because they couldn’t do the role they were employees for effectively from home and the office was shut.

    • old codger says:

      Agree about not being able to stay overnight, but is there anything to stop them doing the day pass? Apart from the hotel shutting completely again which is very likely I guess.

      • Brian says:

        Yep. If it costs less to stay closed due to not having pay staff etc then it could become irrelevant whether they’re allowed to offer this deal or not.

  • Phillip says:

    I’d be curious to hear from anyone that does use a day pass if they definitely don’t get night credits. Having used DayUse at certain Marriott hotels before, I have always received elite night credits.

  • Charlie T. says:

    Bookable using Bonvoy points?

  • Peter K says:

    Rob, small typo. At the end of the Stay pass into you use “Day pass” again.

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Some of the stay pass rates seem to have small F&B credits too. Saw £10 at the JW London for example.

  • OP says:

    If for the time being Marriott did offer for night credit for day passes (especially if day passes are permitted by England lockdown restrictions), I would be booking multiple for a change of scenery from WFH.

  • Pangolin says:

    For the UK, new Lockdown Pass now available. No points or credits. No alcohol served. Hotel staff bar you from entry to the premises.