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Bored with ‘work from home’? 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year 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 status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

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)

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  • Brian says:

    Did hotels generally decide to use furlough etc and close during the original proper lockdown from late March to early May due to an anticipated lack of customers? Or did a lot stay open for key workers/other reasons I haven’t thought of?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Some were using it right up to 1st Nov I suspect and now won’t reopen until next year.

      Edition and Langley are two that have been mentioned on this site a lot that closed and haven’t reopened since March.

  • Richmond_Surrey says:

    It’s a shame more Heathrow hotels don’t offer it. I wouldn’t mind working from Renaissance hotel with runaway view. Not that there will be a lot of planes moving around.

    • Rob says:

      HGI Hatton Cross is offering it. In fact for £100 per month you can hot desk from the workspace in the lobby.

  • the_real_a says:

    Surprised this hasn’t been done before to be honest. Frequently do this in Asia with independent hotels – half rate and keep the room until the evening…

  • Lady London says:

    This is quite clever. Would like to see more things like this from the likes of IHG and Accor.

    This promotion works because currently there is no contention for the resources required and it brings new cashflow. Of course it would disappear or at least be reviewed as and when we do return to hotel resources being in demand. However meanwhile someone has taken a look at the facts of what’s changed and producef an offering that should generate incremental revenue.

    Whereas IHG and Accor seem to be repeating previously constructed promotions

    Well done Marriott

  • Mark says:

    I assume that the day/stay pass rates will go up when hotel occupancy recovers.

    When this happens it would make sence for them to have the stay pass rate changed to make it possible to choose the 6am check in or 6pm check out (or both).

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