With 30 different hotel brands under its banner, Marriott has a bit of something for everyone. There’s plenty of overlap between brands but there still is a little something different about each one. Our sample size is not very large, but there is one Marriott brand that appeals to us more than any other.
The Luxury Collection
We’re not fancy people down at our core. We’re happy about staying at a Courtyard or AC Hotels location if it fits our needs. We loved our one stay at a Moxy hotel but that’s not enough to make it our favorite.
Having a stash of Marriott Bonvoy points allows us to splurge on nice hotels and if we’re on a special trip, I’m looking for a Luxury Collection property.
What makes a hotel Luxury Collection material? Here’s a description from the Marriott website.
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts offers the promise of unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. Surpassing 110 hotels in nearly 35 countries, The Luxury Collection has become the world’s largest luxury hotel brand by celebrating and promoting the authentic and indigenous hotels and resorts within its portfolio. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent décor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. So whether you are on a journey of enlightenment or a journey to experience a perfect glass of pinot noir, The Luxury Collection is your guide and companion, curator to the world’s greatest travel experiences.
After getting through the marketing babble speak, I see why we like this brand. The hotels are unique and distinctive to their location.
The epitome of this is the Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg, Austria. The place just exudes Austrian charm. We’ve stayed there twice. Once before and then again after the hotel’s multi-million dollar renovation.
This might be our favorite hotel in the whole world. The entire experience of staying there is simply amazing.
Another Luxury Collection property is the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The public spaces of this hotel are legendary.
The Palace Hotel is also home to the Pied Piper Bar. Its namesake painting by Maxfield Parrish hangs on the wall.
We almost stayed at The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection property in New York City, but ended up changing our plans. I don’t regret my decision not to stay there for 60,000 points a night but in retrospect, it could have been a very memorable stay.
Another Luxury Collection property that fascinates me is The Langley, a Luxury Collection property located outside London in the English countryside. We’ve never stayed there but this review makes me think that we’d really love it if we did.
I want to reiterate that we’re not fancy people but I don’t think that’s totally true. We don’t need to be pampered, that’s why we’re not the type to stay at the St. Regis. We also aren’t the kind of people looking for a hip vibe, so the W Hotels are not on the top of our list.
But if we’re able to stay at a historic hotel that still has its classic charm intact, we’re there in a second.
So we might not be fancy, but we’ll admit that we enjoy a touch of luxury every now and then.
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