Marriott provides many opportunities to earn free category 1-5 nights. Their credit cards each offer a free cat 1-5 night per year. They frequently run “Megabonus” promotions in which two stays results in 1 free cat 1-5 night (make sure to register!). And, the best value Marriott Travel Package results in a certificate for up to 7 nights in a category 1-5 hotel (see: 12 things you need to know about Marriott Travel Packages).
I previously posted the best places to use your 7 night travel package certificates: Top 5 Cat 5 Marriotts in the World (even if you read this before, check it out again since I’ve added a 6th property to the top 5 list).
The international top 5 (now 6) list is great, but what if you need to use up free night certificates closer to home? Are there any category 5 Marriotts in the United States worth traveling to? Personally, I don’t find any of them compelling enough to want to stay for 7 nights, but if you have one or more individual free nights from the Marriott credit cards or Megabonus promos, I found quite a few that could make for a nice weekend getaway.
I scoured through Marriott’s list of category 5 properties in the US (found here) to find the gems that were highly rated. My goal was to find hotels that appear to well located for a weekend getaway. My secondary goal was to find the properties that represented good value for your points or free night certificates, so I removed hotels that typically charge less than $150 per night. Next, based on reviews, location, and appearance, I picked the ones I consider to be the best. Note that I have yet to visit most of these, so this collection is based entirely on internet research…
Sorted by state, here we go…
If you have any experience with the category 5 hotels listed here or with any I missed, please comment below! Thank you!