A Silver Lining to the Marriott Re-categorization – Some New Category 5 Properties

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Last week I wrote about some major changes with Marriott’s annual re-categorization of hotel properties. Unfortunately, way more properties are going up a category then go down and the changes are overall negative. Surprise, surprise!

While we can all dwell on the negative changes, I am trying to look at the silver lining here. There actually are some properties that were once a category 6 hotel that are going down to a category 5. The significance is that once the category changes officially take place, you’ll be able to use your credit card free night certificate and free nights earned from MegaBonus properties at those properties. Free night certificates are only available for category 1-5 properties, so new category 5 properties actually might be good for you. Hopefully!

While you can check out all the hotels changes categories here, here is a list of properties moving down from a category 6 to a category 5:

  • Courtyard Anaheim Resort/Convention Center
  • Courtyard Miami at Dolphin Mall
  • Courtyard Naples
  • Courtyard Pittsburgh Downtown
  • Courtyard Pittsburgh Shadyside
  • Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Anchorage Midtown
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Austin South
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Brunswick Freeport
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Louisville East
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville at Opryland
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites New Buffalo
  • Fairfield Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View
  • Fairfield Inn Portland Maine Mall
  • Irvine Marriott
  • Knoxville Marriott
  • Long Island Marriott
  • Norfolk Waterside Marriott
  • North Charleston Marriott
  • Phoenix Marriott Mesa
  • Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel
  • Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel
  • Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel
  • Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel
  • Residence Inn Bozeman
  • Residence Inn Denver Downtown
  • Residence Inn Kingston
  • Residence Inn Lake Charles
  • Residence Inn Miami Aventura Mall
  • Residence Inn New Bedford Dartmouth
  • Residence Inn Temecula Murrieta
  • Seattle Marriott Bellevue
  • SpringHill Suites Lake Charles
  • SpringHill Suites New York LaGuardia Airport
  • TownePlace Suites Anaheim Maingate Near Angel Stadium
  • TownePlace Suites Lake Charles
  • TownePlace Suites Nashville Airport
  • Courtyard Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca
  • Residence Inn Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca
  • JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square
  • Bonn Marriott World Conference Hotel
  • Hotel Nassau Breda, Autograph Collection
  • The Hague Marriott Hotel
  • Courtyard Seoul Namdaemun
  • Courtyard Madrid Princesa

There is now a hotel in close proximity to Disneyland that is a category 5! As of right now, all the ones within a mile are a category 6 or more. Of course there are category 5 hotels or below 12+ minutes away, so by no means far, but this makes getting to the gates of Disney walkable! I am heading there in April so once March 6th hits, I’ll be switiching my reservation to this hotel. So while it was an overall negative change, this is actually a positive change for my personal needs in the near future!

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