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Dubai Marriott Harbour – a family Bonvoy points hotel redemption where a room sleeps 5

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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.

How are Marriott Bonvoy redemptions at Dubai Marriott Harbour?

The normal redemption room is a two bedroom suite.

It sleeps five people, which is a great result for family.

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites

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

2.5 bathrooms

two TVs, largest is 42 inches

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites

As a Category 6 hotel, it costs between 40,000 and 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.  Remember that you get your fifth night free, which takes it down to an average of 32,000 to 48,000 points for a five night stay.

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.

It isn’t hugely expensive for cash so this is not a redemption for someone looking to squeeze every last penny from their Bonvoy points.

Five nights over October half-term will cost Dhs 5,627 (£1,100) which means you are getting my expected 0.5p per Marriott Bonvoy point.

Book on a non-peak date and you would do better, although you would need pre-school age children to benefit.  Much of September, early October and February are priced at 50,000 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 and status from UK credit cards

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

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 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.

Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 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 (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), 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 (9)

  • The Streets says:

    We recently stayed at the newly built Doubletree M Square which had very impressive and stylish apartments. I loved the high ceilings, interior design and access to a balcony – also was very close to a Carrefour. It’s a similar amount of points to the above albeit without the 5th night free

    • Tarmohamed says:

      I’d stay away from it then. The wife spends too much time (and money) in Carrefour

  • Jane says:

    We stayed here feb half term 2018 – family of five with three teenagers. It was excellent, spacious plus has stunning views. The only downside was unlike a Hilton where you can negotiate on lounge access, they would not allow us all to have the free lounge breakfast. Just two per family per day.

  • Adam says:

    This is a nice hotel in a good location the only problem is the pool is in need of maintenance and had no bar or life around it. It’s usually empty and soulless so you would have to head to the beach to feel like your on holiday

  • Freddy says:

    Good to see a Marriott hotel that caters for families of 5. Since child no.3 has come along we’ve given up on standard chain hotels. I’ll probably burn my bonvoy points on their villas/houses site when we can escape

  • Benilyn says:

    Stayed here on a lads trip cash booking. Got upgraded to the penthouse (person who booked had highest status) and it was very nice!

  • Rash says:

    Thanks! I don’t suppose anyone has a similar recommendation for Hong Kong?

  • Mark says:

    I find the US is generally very good at doing all suite hotels which are better for families, but any suggestions of something similar in Europe would be appreciated!

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