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The brand new JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is situated in the heart of the Zhengzhou CBD district in between the Henan Art Center and Ruyi Lake. This unique 280-metre-tall Zhengzhou landmark is inspired by the 1,500-year-old Songyue Pagoda. Designer Duncan Miller Ullmann's interior design is influenced by history -- from the earliest rich metal tones to the verdigris green of aged cast bronze vessels, from the pale greens of carved jade ornaments to the exotic peacock blues found in fine porcelain -- all of which were developed in this region.  Both the exterior and interior design subtly incorporate the ancient capital of Zhengzhou’s history as the birthplace of Chinese culture over 5,000 years ago.

 

The design inspiration came from the Songyue Pagoda and the famous Shaolin Temple which are both located in Dengfeng, a 2-hour drive from Zhengzhou. The Shaolin temple was established back in 495A.D. (Northern Wei Dynasty) to accommodate the Indian master Batuo. However, the Shaolin Temple became legendary and was recognized as the origin of Chan Buddhism and Chinese Kong Fu. Aside from the rich history there are many scenic spots for you to explore nearby, like pagoda forest, Bodhidharma cave, and the south garden which has a delightful view.

 

After your culture exploration, Zhengdong CDB has everything modern life has to offer. Our in-house restaurant Man Ho has Henan local cuisine. The Grill is the only five-star steak house in town. The Zhengzhou Kitchen provides a wide selection of international dishes as all-day dining options. Beside Ruyi Lake there are many other signature restaurants nearby, like HIBIKI, Jasmine Restaurant, and Paulaner Brauhaus. The top local shopping mall, Dennis, is also located on the inner circle of CBD within walking distance from the hotel. We truly hope someday you may visit Zhengzhou and stay with us at the JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou. You will not be disappointed.

 

Ally Z.

JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou

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Hey Insiders,

 

With Friday’s launch of the Apple Watch tomorrow, our developers ensured the app was ready for those lucky enough to snag Apple’s latest product.

 

The Perfect Travel Companion™ is now on your wrist.

 

The app is now available for the Apple Watch and has the ability to check-in, receive room ready alerts and check-out. You’ll also be able to view the nearest Marriott hotel, your next reservation and, most importantly, your Marriott Rewards account details with a quick glance.

 

Don’t forget to check-in with the mobile app (phone or watch ) for your chance to win 1 million Marriott Rewards points!

 

Has anyone pre-ordered the Apple Watch or interested in buying one in the future? Share your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Also available now is a new Marriott iPad app. It has a brand new design, making it easier to browse, book and view your Marriott Rewards account details.

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Hey Insiders,

 

There is a new article posted today on the Marriott TRAVELER site featuring one of our very own Insiders, razorbackfan!

 

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Q&A with Marriott Rewards Insider >>


razorbackfan was asked to do this interview based on the great insight she has provided the community in the past about New Orleans. The interview is fantastic – thanks razorbackfan for your participation and congratulations on being featured!

Hey Insiders,

 

The finalists are in and the poll is open! Thanks to everyone who submitted your awesome spring snaps to the photo album Spring Snaps Photo Contest. The album is still open, so feel free to keep adding photos just for fun.

 

Congratulations to our finalists! I had such a hard time choosing finalists that I settled on six instead of five.

 

Voting is open until April 24th at 5:00 PM EST. Vote for your favorite spring snap; the photo you feel best embodies the spring season!

 

FINALISTS:

sg1974

ssindc

thej's

fschumpert

foxglove

apbhat

Click here to view the poll and vote >>

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Welcome Spring! Welcome sunshine! Welcome first ice cream! Welcome new season! A stroll around the city of Düsseldorf will make you smile when you see the flowers starting to bloom and introduce us to a new season. We invite you to check out the “Rheingärtchen”, a small garden right by the Rhine River which is always nicely planted with all sorts of flowers. From there you might want to explore the “NRW Forum”, a gallery with small exhibitions often showing interesting arts like photography. Did you know the famous musician Bryan Adams displayed his photographs here in 2013?

 

Walking toward the city center you might be able to explore the Fishmarket, which happens once a month from April through November. This market not only has great food, but also arts and crafts from all over. Go early, as people tend to fill the small area quickly. Ask your Navigators for the time of the next set up. From there, you will have almost made it to Old Town. Climbing up the stairs in front of the water tower you will find the first sunbathers who are sometimes entertained by musicians or other artists as the staircase forms into a stage. Find the Restaurant “Schwan am Burgplatz” Mühlenstrasse 2, Düsseldorf. They have the greatest home-made limonades and their food is very well prepared. We love their Schwanitzel, which really is a Schnitzel but they like to play with the words and we don’t mind! Leave room for dessert though!

 

Next head further to one of our favorite shops: “Gut&Gerne”, Burgplatz 3-5, Düsseldorf. Their motto is “Save the earth: It is the only place that has chocolate.” And yes, we love their truffles, chocolates and sweets. Maybe you will find the little something you promised your loved ones you’d bring. The store is located in the old City Hall, which is definitely a sight to check out. Leaving the City Hall behind you, we will show you where to get your first beer of the day. Let us introduce you to the brewery Uerige, located on Bergerstrasse where you cannot miss it. The area in front of the brewery counts as a “beer garden”. The waiters (Köbes) rush back and forth to make sure nobody stays thirsty. Just a hint -- use your coaster to indicate whether you would like more or not: topping your glass with the coaster shows that you are done, otherwise beer will keep coming.

 

Following Bergerstrasse toward Carlsplatz, where you will be directed to the market which is neatly set up on the square in the middle of Old Town. Take time to stroll up and down the aisles and check out what German farmers are capable of. Finish your stroll on Königsalle, the Champs Elysees of Düsseldorf. High Class Shopping alongside the small city moat will make you feel like you are the Top of the Top. At the end of the day, please come stay with us at the Renaissance Düsseldorf Hotel.

 

Afra C.

Renaissance Düsseldorf Hotel

Hey Insiders,

 

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend.

 

Say hello to your new Featured Insider: Jsucool76!

 

Joined Insiders on September 27, 2014

 

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Status: Gold

About Me: I currently work as an audio engineer and lighting designer, and most of my interests center around that, however, I'm also very interested in travelling, and credit cards.  I'm 21 years old and have just recently joined Marriott Rewards this past September and am really looking forward to where my points will take me next.

Dream Trip: Australia

 

Jsucool76 has provided valuable travel insight to the community in 7 months he has been an Insider; thanks Jsucool76! Keep it comin'!



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Whether you are a culture vulture, football fanatic, ravenous foodie or retail queen, Manchester England will not disappoint. Here are our Lead Navigator’s top recommendations and Insider tips for experiencing what Manchester has to offer:


Manchester Cathedral: There is plenty to see in and around the Cathedral, and to help you get the most from your visit there are volunteer welcomers and guides who are often available during the day to answer any queries you may have and to give personally guided tours of the Cathedral.


National Football Museum: The National Football Museum exists to explain how and why football has become ‘the people’s game’, a key part of England’s heritage and way of life, especially in Manchester. With a collection of more than 140.000 items there really is something for everyone. Take on the Match of the Day Commentary challenge, a penalty shoot-out, and don’t miss the guided tours which last around 20 minutes.


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Northern Quarter: Manchester's creative, urban heart is home to countless independent fashion stores, record shops, cafés, bars and restaurants and the world famous Afflecks Palace, providing affordable outlets for independent designers and traders across four floors. Independent furniture boutique Den showcases a range of trademark bespoke furnishings as well as range of vintage home ware and decorative items. Retro Rehab - a vintage clothing boutique – offers gorgeous and unique vintage and hand-tailored clothes and accessories. The Manchester Craft & Design Centre, housed in the beautifully restored former Victorian Fish and Poultry Market, is home to an array of artist-run studios offering the best in local design, jewelry, bags and accessories.

 

When you have explored the Northern Quarter quirky shops, then it is time for a well-earned rest and some great food. Try Ning for some authentic South East Asian specialties by Celebrity chef Norman Musa's, whose homemade satay sauce is divine. RosyLee Restaurant & Lounge with the sunniest terrace in the Northern Quarter is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail when the sun is shining, offering table service outside should you wish to dine al fresco on local, regional and British ingredients.

 

We hope you will come soon to Manchester, and stay with us at the Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel!

 

Jeremy U.

Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel

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Hey Insiders,

 

There is a ShopMarriott sale going on that I want to let you in on!

 

Starting today, when you spend more, you save more with ShopMarriott. For a limited time, when you spend $100, you will automatically get $20 off your bill and the more you spend, the more you’ll save. Through April 21st, you can save up to $1,250 on our most popular items. Shop Now!

 

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The Goco Spa Venice at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa offers an amazing yoga experience. Yoga helps people to tap into reserves of inner strength and to find new hope, resilience, and happiness. Originating in ancient India, the word yoga means to unite or to join, and in yoga we unite our mind and our body through breathing exercises and yoga postures. Most Western yoga derives from hatha, which consists of asanas (physical yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises). With over 100 yoga poses it's no wonder yogis never get bored. Like many calming spa treatments, yoga is a discipline that utilizes the mind-body connection to reduce stress, increase flexibility, and enhance well-being.

 

Yoga focuses on the mind by teaching you to concentrate on specific parts of the body. For instance, you may be asked by the instructor to focus deeply on your spine, or let your mind go and have your body sink into the floor. This awareness keeps the mind-body connection sharp and doesn't allow a lot of time for external chatter (like worrying about what you're going to have for dinner or the presentation at the office for which you are preparing). Instead, the focus is internal, between your head and your body. An example is savasana (the corpse pose), which is practiced by virtually all schools of yoga. During savasana you lie on your back with your eyes closed and just let your entire body sink into the floor. The idea is to not fight any thoughts you have, but to let them come and go while the instructor leads you through visual imagery to help you focus on how your muscles feel. The desired and often obtained result is to drift into a peaceful, calm, and relaxing state. Savasana is generally the final pose of a yoga session before final chanting and/or breathing exercises.

 

Goco Spa Venice at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, with the healthy lifestyle program, provides an opportunity to regain inner harmony and peace. Practice yoga in the amazing Spa garden and enhance your well-being during sunrise or sunset on the private Island. Take a deep breath, look at the water, and be energized from the surroundings of the Island. Be at peace with yourself and be inspired to live a healthy and happy life. And enjoy your yoga world! Please note that Goco Spa Venice will open in late spring 2015.

 

Giorgia B.

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

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Hey Insiders,

 

Introducing a new way to customize your stay. Want to pass on housekeeping services? Just leave the sign on the outside of your guest room door by 2:00am. You’ll earn 500 bonus points for doing so!

 

The details: If you are staying 2 or more nights at a participating hotel you may choose which days you want housekeeping services.  For each day you pass on housekeeping, you earn 500 Marriott Rewards bonus points up to a maximum of 5,000 bonus points per continuous stay.  You may pass on housekeeping for up to 3 consecutive days at a time.

 

This program begins April 6 at participating Marriott and Renaissance Hotels in the U.S. and Canada. See the attached list for participating hotels.

 

Click here to learn more

Is this something you would take advantage of or do you prefer housekeeping daily? Let us know in the comments.

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Hey Insiders,

 

Launching today is a brand new sweepstakes from Marriott, with a pretty amazing grand prize! You could win 1 million Marriott Rewards points just by using mobile check-in on the Marriott app.

 

The sweepstakes runs from April 2, 2015 – December 31, 2015, with 5 monthly winners taking home 100,000 points each and one grand prize winner cashing in big with 1 million points!

 

By using mobile check-in, you will automatically receive one entry into the monthly entry drawing and one entry into the Grand Prize drawing. Your entry will not be included in any subsequent monthly entry drawing.

 

More information, details and Official Rules

 

So how does 1 million points sound? We recently surprised the 1 millionth mobile check-in guest and gave him 1 million points. We also taped the whole thing! Check out the video below:


How would you #CheckInToWin and spend 1 million Marriott Rewards points?


*No purchase necessary.  Open to legal residents of U.S. (D.C), Puerto Rico & USVI who are 18 years of age or older and are members of the Marriott Rewards Program.  Membership in the program is free.  Sweepstakes entry only valid for mobile check-ins for stays from 4/3/15 – 12/31/15 at participating Marriott brands within the U.S., PR & USVI. See Official Rules for (1) how to enter without a hotel stay, (2) how to opt-out of the Sweepstakes after checking in with the Marriott mobile app and, (3) other additional terms and conditions including full prize details and odds of winning.  Message and data rates may apply with use of the Marriott Mobile App. Void where prohibited

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Hey Insiders,

 

Extended stay travelers, rejoice! We’ve heard you loud and clear about the need to revamp the evening socials available at Residence Inn hotels.

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We’re proud to introduce the Residence Inn Mix! Here’s what we heard: you prefer lighter fare, with better beverages in a comfortable ambiance complete with music, must-see TV, or outside on the patio (my personal favorite, weather permitting, of course!). The Residence Inn Mix delivers a casual way to engage and connect with others; relax with a favorite drink, delicious light fare or get a taste of the local flavors.

 

Beginning this month in the US and Canada, Residence Inn hotels will host a different event three nights a week in their lobby or outdoor space:

 

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Monday - It's On:


Start the week off right by capping off your day with snacks, sips and good conversation.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday - Off the Grill:


Get fired up. Better yet, let us do it for you. We're grillin' and chillin' with cold beverages.




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Wednesday - Mix It Up:


Get a taste for the local vibe with great food truck fare, restaurant pop-in tastings or a sweet finale to your day.




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Thursday - Sunday: Out & About:


Time to get out and about. Stop by the Front Desk and get the lowdown on our favorite spots and what's abuzz.



Learn more about the Residence Inn Mix


What do you think, Insiders? Would you attend one of these evening socials while staying at a Residence Inn? Before you answer, be sure to check out the beer list, here!

Spring is in the air and I invite you to celebrate by capturing that spring beauty on camera and entering the inaugural

Spring Snaps photo contest!

 

To enter the Spring Snaps photo contest, add up to 5 (five) of your own, original photos to the album: Spring Snaps Photo Contest. Submit the photo(s) that you feel best embodies the spring season. Please note your photo does not have to be a new photo, so feel free to re-post that great picture you took on that trip a couple years ago.

 

Submit your photo(s) between March 31 - April 15, 2015 to be entered into the photo contest. No submissions after 5:00PM EST on April 15th will count towards the contest. On April 16th, I'll choose five finalists based on photo composition and originality and then open up the poll – your votes will determine the Spring Snaps photo contest winner! Any Marriott Rewards Insider may vote and the poll will close at 5:00PM EST on April 24, 2015.

 

The winning photo will be featured on the Insiders homepage in May. The winning photo will also be featured in the Member Travel Stories on the Trending Now page of Marriott.com in May, along with two other finalists.

 

Now get out there and snap a spring-themed photo, wherever you are in the world!

ENTRY main.jpgFrom the moment the ambassadors of the silent film industry first discovered the destination and succumbed to its charm, it was inevitable that the "Côte d’Azur - Film" love story would last forever. From 1946, Cannes became a prestigious showcase for international cinema. The creative work happens in Nice, the watching and discussion in Cannes. The Côte d’Azur has the full package. It has been wonderfully conducive to the mutually beneficial rise of film. Its idyllic setting, mild winters and sheer number of days of sunshine, beauty of the Mediterranean, sublime villas and hotels up on its headlands, remarkable landscapes and light all proved to be alluringly “seductive” selling points attracting the leading lights of the film industry. The Côte d’Azur as a film location is worthy of its reputation as the French Hollywood or “Californie”. The Côte d’Azur has seen generations of film directors and actors come and go. Over time, Nice has acquired remarkable film-making expertise. Cannes, too, will always be top of the bill thanks to its famous Festival. The love story continues to this day… In the past 12 years alone a total of 121 feature length films, 195 TV series episodes and 1784 commercials have been shot on the Côte d’Azur. The Côte d’Azur extends a warm welcome to visitors to share its passion for all things film, visit its wealth of stunning landscapes used as classic film locations. See it through the eyes of the great film directors and actors -- and fall in love with it, like so many before…

 

Film would revolutionize the world. However, it could not have developed without cinemas and studios. The Côte d’Azur quickly met the needs of an emerging industry, exporting its images around the world and providing a beautiful film location where it was a joy to work. Key historical milestones mark the early days of film on the Côte d’Azur… following is a history of the first studios:

 

  • 1897 (or 1898): the Frères Lumière film the Nice Carnival. Early on, directors fleeing the grey skies of Paris came to the Côte d’Azur in search of the light that would enable them to film throughout the winter.
  • 1908: Pathé builds a film studio in Nice - Route de Turin. Pathé becomes the first production company to open for business on the Côte d’Azur. Its shoots mainly animal films (Alfred Machin). It closes in 1930.
  • 1913: Gaumont opens its studios in the Carras district, Nice. Louis Feuillade, Studio Director, films ten films there. The studios are unable to survive the advent of sound.
  • 1919: Louis Nalpas buys Villa Liserb in the Cimiez district of Nice – at the foot of the Régina – to shoot his feature length film: La Sultane de l’amour/The Sultan of Love. The film’s success encourages him to transform Nice into the European “Hollywood”. He goes into business with Serge Sandberg, buying property at La Victorine (7.02 Francs per m2). He builds his studios under the architectural direction of Edouard Niermans who built the Négresco Hotel in Nice.
  • From the 1920s onwards, the greatest silent and sound film directors shoot on the Côte d’Azur, choosing Nice as their inspirational creative base or film set. The Côte d’Azur, holiday destination of the British and Russian aristocracy, is now a haven for professionals of the 7th art.
  • 1921: the Iris studios at Saint-Laurent-du-Var, which opened during the silent film era, take off with the advent of sound. The turning point is in 1929 when investments are made in sound film production. The studios close their doors in 1943 and are destroyed in bombing raids in 1944.
  • From the 1920s to date: over 350 films have been shot by the greatest studios Gaumont - Pathé - UGC - Associated Artists.

 

Cecile L.

JW Marriott Cannes

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Since 1946, the Lido de Paris has entertained with its exciting shows. With a marvelous location on the Champs Elysees, from its past to its present, it has delighted and surprised with its unique vision. Inspired by the magic of Paris, the new show keeps the core of the Lido revues and adds the daring of new designers—dazzling Bluebell Girls and amazing stage design. With a series of breathtaking sets, sumptuous costumes and a deluge of strass, feathers and sequins, enchanting colors, spectators leave on an awe-inspiring voyage with a sparkle in their eyes like never before.

 

L... as in Luminous, I... as in Innovative, D... as in Delicious, O... as in Oh what magic! After 4 months of renovation, the Lido will be back with its 27th revue starting in April 2015. Located on one of the world’s most beautiful avenues, the prestigious institution is determined to amaze and surprise once more. Its ambition is to make its new revue the Parisian jewel in the crown of live shows. It is promising a magnificent reopening show, orchestrated by the visionary stage director Franco Dragone, who is renowned for his productions such as « The House of Dancing Water » in Macao and « A New Day », Céline Dion's performances in Las Vegas and more. The Lido has gathered a star-studded team to produce its next revue: 400 candidates were auditioned by choreographer Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Jean Rabasse is taking care of stage design, Nicolas Vaudelet is preparing the costumes, Yvan Cassar is composing the music and Saule is composing the lyrics.

 

The principle of the revue does not exist anywhere else in the world other than Paris. Franco Dragone wanted “to provide new creative energy” to pay homage to the Lido and to mark its history. An entire city is transformed before your eyes, blurring the boundaries of space and time. It is a fantastical journey where we follow the story of a young woman through her career until she rises to become the Lido’s leading dancer. Dare to take a new look at Art Nouveau, stop over at the foot of our famous Iron Lady, admire the fashion shows, and much more. Chef Philippe Lacroix and his team are busy in the kitchen developing a new menu based on high-quality products - food is prepared on site at the Lido.

 

Nothing is left to chance in one of the most anticipated shows in the history of the Lido. The boldness, poetry and power of the staging will combine to create an unforgettable experience. So in conclusion, save the date and head to the Champs Elysees from 2 April 2015!

 

Candie C.

Paris Marriott Champs-Elysees Hotel

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