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The speed of our lifestyle is becoming faster and smoother due to quickly developing technology. The Copenhagen Marriott Hotel is keeping pace by taking their meeting spaces to a whole new level, where technology, service and design are mixed with style to make the work environment even more attractive and comfortable. Here at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel we are shifting our approach from the traditional individual workspace to an ecosystem of space where our guests can be the managers of their time and can choose where and how to work.

 

2014 is the year that this Copenhagen hotel is introducing spaces that promote collaborative work environments for more productive meeting and conference outcomes. The new meeting areas are very flexible in order to meet the objectives of the meeting and its participants, rather than having the space dictated by room lay-out or furniture. Features such as video conferencing, smart whiteboards, projection walls, docking stations and touch screen controls allow us to make the meeting experience at this hotel even more attractive and hustle free. All the technology is app and web enabled, providing a platform for future technological innovation as well. Reimagined meeting spaces are just one of a palette of concepts being introduced at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel. Earlier this year, the hotel successfully introduced the Red Coat Direct - an app that enables meeting organizers to adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with the touch of a button. The new app was a first step to a whole new level of wireless technology. Our new meeting spaces will be completed by October 2014, so we hope you will plan your next event or meeting here to experience all of these exciting enhancements. You can also find specific tools, tips and inspiration for your events and meetings at http://www.meetingsimagined.com.

 

Loiuse V.

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

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Hey Insiders,


We’ve got another exclusive sneak peek for you at this week’s Marriott Rewards FlashPerks offers, which go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, September 18, at 12PM Central Time.


This week’s offers are brought to us in partnership with Marriott Hotels, with a selection of hotel offers, travel experiences and merchandise to help you travel brilliantly, including:

 

  • A 30% discount to regular room rates at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, with Harborview accommodations, complimentary cocktails in the Greatroom and a pair of tickets to the National Aquarium – Baltimore
  • Half off of the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, plus a 20% spa discount and upgrade to a garden view room (20,000 points per night, regularly 40,000 points)
  • Half off of the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for the New York Marriott East Side, plus complimentary desserts for two in the hotel restaurant
  • A 10% discount to non-refundable Main Cabin fares on Virgin Airlines’ domestic routes

 

Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com.

 

This is the third-to-last week of FlashPerks, so if you’ve been waiting to redeem your Marriott Rewards points for one of our best deals, don’t wait much longer! Thank you all for your feedback in this recent post, and feedback from earlier. We’re listening and always working to improve!

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Hey Insiders,


Summer isn’t over yet! Enter today for a chance to win a Miami hotel and Caribbean cruise vacation!


Marriott Rewards and CruisesOnly® are partnering to give one lucky winner a vacation featuring an ideal combo: hotel and cruise vacation for two.


The Biscayne Bay Getaway Sweepstakes offers US members* the chance to win a four-night stay at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel and a seven-night cruise sailing round-trip from Miami to the Caribbean on the brand new Norwegian Getaway!

 

The Grand Prize includes:

  • 4-Night Stay at the Marriott Biscayne Bay
    • Suite Upgrade
    • Daily breakfast for two in the Catch Grill & Bar
    • Champagne Welcome Basket
  • 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise departing from Miami
  • $1,000 Spending Money

 

The Sweepstakes runs through October 31, 2014, and is available to legal US residents from the 50 States and D.C. only.


*Click here for complete rules, including how to enter. Good luck!

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When planning to explore Munich, Germany´s surroundings you should first consider visiting King Ludwigs II’s imposing buildings. The most important one is the castle Neuschwanstein. Ludwig, who was a dreamer and illusionary young man, wanted to build a place only for himself where he could be alone – and so he built the amazing Neuschwanstein. There is a spectacular lighted grotto in the castle and modern features like running water in every room, a central heating system, elevators and an electric call system. There is also castle Herrenchiemsee, which you can only reach by boat across the Chiemsee. Ludwig wanted to copy Versailles, and so he built this castle. Unfortunately Ludwig never got to see the castle finished, so he could never actually use it. Schloss Linderhof is another castle that was supposed to be like Versailles, but when the building of Herrenchiemsee started Linderhof more became a hideaway for Ludwig, complete with imposing gardens. Linderhof was actually the king’s favorite castle, where he spent much of his time.

 

Exploring Munich´s surroundings could also lead you to one of the many mountains with beautiful views across the land. How about hiking at Tegernsee -- for example to Wallberghaus, which is a little hut only about a 2-hour hike. Here you may enjoy an amazing view over the lake and the little towns. A good Bavarian beer and a German dish make this experience a perfect one! In case you are just looking for a little walk around, there is the beautiful old town of Freising, only 35km from Munich. Many romantic corners and small streets make this place special. You should definitely take a look at the Freisinger Dom, an impressive old church. The abbey Weihenstephan includes the oldest brewery of the world, which is also great to see. If you would like to base your Munich trip in Freising, the Munich Airport Marriott Hotel is also conveniently located there.

 

And don’t forget about Oktoberfest, the biggest fair on earth, which runs from September 20th to October 5th 2014 in Munich. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 in honor of the wedding of crown prince Ludwig and his wife, and has been occurring every year since. The fair is also called Wiesn, since the location has always been the Theresienwiese close to the city center. Almost 6 million people come to Munich every year to enjoy that special time and the atmosphere around the city. There is even a special beer brewed for Oktoberfest which holds almost twice as much as the original wort than the regular beers. Oktoberfest today symbolizes the cliché of Germany – walking around in traditional costumes all day and eating wurst. The fair was actually founded to drink up beer stocks before the new beer was brewed. Wearing traditional costumes at the Oktoberfest was not common back then, however visitors from around the world have created that trend. If you would like to experience the traditional Wiesn you should plan to visit the entry of the innkeepers on September 20th 2014. On this day the hosts of the tents take part in a parade with greatly decorated wagons, and they draw through the center of Munich to the Theresienwiese. Plan your trip to Munich early because usually the city will be overbooked during these Oktoberfest dates. The Munich Marriott Hotel concierge can also help you make a reservation at one of the many tents, so you get to enjoy Oktoberfest from the heart of it. And our hotel offers you a late breakfast after spending all day out at Theresienwiese.

 

No matter what you are interested in – Munich´s surroundings offer a variety of possibilities to spend your day. Please ask our concierge to help you with reservations or other details.

 

Christine G.

Munich Marriott Hotel

Hey Insiders,

 

In addition to all the changes and new features you are seeing to your Account Overview, we have also been working on updates to the DreamTracker feature.

 

DreamTracker allows you to select dream hotel redemption stays. After you have selected your dream, you can visually track your progress towards achieving it.

 

DreamTracker will maintain its existing functionality but will have a fresh design and will now be located within your Account.

 

So tell me Insiders – What’s your travel dream? Check out the video below and let me know your thoughts!

 

Hey Insiders,

 

Verified Ratings and Reviews will be launching on Marriott.com hotel websites within the next few days.

 

The success of Ratings and Reviews on Insiders was a key factor in the decision to add Verified Ratings and Reviews to Marriott.com. I want to extend a huge thank you to all of you who contributed to Ratings and Reviews over the last couple of years; whether you left one review or 50, your contribution helped push forward a Marriott-wide initiative.

 

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How Will Verified Ratings and Reviews Work?

When you receive a Guest Satisfaction Survey after you have completed a stay you will now have the opportunity to include a full review. Some of you may have seen these surveys already.  The review will then be posted word for word on Marriott.com and will also be routed to the hotel’s General Manager.  As most of you probably know, you won’t get a Guest Satisfaction Survey after every stay (we don’t want to bombard you with surveys!). 

Once you submit the review and it goes through moderation it will be posted on the hotel’s individual website on Marriott.com within 72 hours. When browsing reviews, you’ll be able to see if a review came from a Rewards Member and what their respective member level is; similar to what you see on Insiders today.

 

Changes Are Coming to Insiders

I also want to be completely transparent with you about changes that are coming to Insiders. While I can assure you that this has nothing to do with changes some of you are seeing on MRI (a glitch I am still sorting out with our developers), there will be a significant change coming to the community. As a result of Ratings and Reviews moving to Marriott.com, the current Ratings and Reviews section on Insiders will be removed by the end of the year. We’ll be incorporating the reviews into one consistent channel – that channel being Marriott.com.

 

We believe that integrating Ratings and Reviews with Marriott.com will ensure your feedback is quickly routed to the right people including our General Managers, ultimately leading to a better stay experience for you and all our guests.

 

From the feedback we've seen from Insiders over the past few years, (such as Ratings and Reviews overtaking other valuable conversations like travel tips and photo albums) we know that some of you may be happy with this change. I am also sure many of you will be sad to see this feature go. However, I want to work with you over the next few months to enhance the community and make it what we want it to be.  We’ll get started soon, so be on the lookout for co-creation and survey opportunities so we get everyone’s ideas and start adding new features and enhancements.

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Hi Insiders,


Welcome back to your exclusive preview of this week’s Marriott Rewards FlashPerks deals, which go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, September 11, at 12PM Central Time.


This week’s 24-hour-only deals are all about creating exciting city experiences, with more than a dozen of our best deals on some of our most in-demand urban hotels, travel experiences and merchandise, including:

 

  • A 30% discount to regular room rates at the Renaissance New York, Times Square’s Best of NYC Package, which includes a pair of Smart Destinations Explorer passes, a curated itinerary of NYC hotspots and complimentary breakfast, cocktails and appetizers
  • A 50% discount to the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, plus complimentary valet parking and dining credit (22,500 points per night, regularly 45,000 points)
  • Exclusive deals on Hertz Dream Car Rentals in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Washington DC, San Francisco and Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Half off the points cost for a Toshiba 32” 1080p/120Hz LED TV (47,500 points, regularly 95,000 points)

 

Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com.

Hey Insiders,

 

Thank you all for your input from my post on Friday – How Can we Take Guest Loyalty to the Next Level?

 

I’ve read through all of your posts and appreciate the time you took to write out your thoughts and suggestions. Please know that we do take this seriously and we are listening; my promise to you is that every single post, idea and suggestion is passed along to the right people.

 

On that note, I know Lifetime Points is a feature many of you have wanted for a long time. How many of you felt that calling Marriott Rewards and asking for Lifetime Points earned was an inconvenient and slow process? The wait is over! I’m excited to share that this week we will be launching Lifetime Points to the Account Overview page on Marriott.com. We currently show Lifetime Nights in My Account and are happy to be adding Points as well.

 

Now you’ll be able to see your Lifetime Points and Nights in one place and easily track your progress towards Lifetime Status by clicking the ‘2014 Nights Detail’ from the My Account page! You will also be able to see Lifetime Points by clicking on the ‘Visual Status Tracker’ bar. What do you think about this new feature? Leave your thoughts below!

 

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Hey Insiders,

 

As you may know, last year Marriott Hotels launched TravelBrilliantly.com, inviting you to co-create with us and help us reimagine the future of travel.

 

This month we have a new challenge that’s right up your alley:

 

Marriott Hotels + Marriott Rewards want to know:

How can we take guest loyalty to the next level?

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Since I started as the Community Manager, I've seen innovative ideas surrounding Marriott Rewards posted right here on Insiders. It’s time to take those ideas to the next level! Enter this month’s Travel Brilliantly Challenge and you could win big (and help make our program the best yet!).


Share your idea here but don't forget to officially enter on Travel Brilliantly: This Month's Challenge.


Have a great weekend!

ENTRY Sprowton Manor.jpgThe Sandringham Estate has been a royal residence since Queen Victoria purchased Sandringham House in 1862. Sandringham House has since been a private home of the British Royal Family for 4 generations and is a popular holiday destination for Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, Sandringham is well known for housing the British Royal Family at Christmas time and was the venue for the first ever Christmas Broadcast by The Queen. So here in Norwich, while we are relaxing after that huge roast dinner and a few too many sherries, the Queen could be down the road delivering one of the most iconic moments of Christmas. In 1952 King George VI died at Sandringham House and Queen Elizabeth II has made this her house of choice to remember the anniversary of his death, due to the small local church St. Mary Magdalene being his final resting place, and to celebrate her own accession to the throne.

 

It has been announced that Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate is going to be one of the residences for Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the absolutely adorable Prince George. Prince William will be joining the East Anglian Air Ambulance and will be based at Cambridge Airport to fly missions in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Bedfordshire. Therefore Anmer Hall became the perfect location for Prince George to grow up, and luckily for us it’s only an hour away from Sprowston Manor, Marriott Hotel and Country Club. The 10 bedroom Georgian mansion of Anmer Hall was given to them by the Queen to raise their son in close proximity to his father’s new occupation.

 

Sandringham Hall will remain open to the public with access to the main house, gardens and surrounding areas other than Anmer Hall. With Christmas markets and an array of royal memorabilia, Sandringham is the perfect place to visit when staying at Sprowston Manor, Marriott Hotel and Country Club with the added bonus of a possible glimpse at our future King and family.

 

Claire F.

Sprowston Manor, Marriott Hotel and Country Club

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Hi Insiders,


We’re back once again with an Insiders-exclusive sneak peek at some of this week’s Marriott Rewards FlashPerks deals, which go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, September 4, at 12PM Central Time.


The theme of this week’s 24-hour only deals is luxury, with more than a dozen of our best deals on our most lavish properties, travel experiences and merchandise, including:

 

  • A 50% discount to the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, including a Night Life on the Reef nocturnal diving expedition (30,000 points per night, regularly 60,000 points)
  • A 30% discount to the AAA 4-Diamond JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, with a $50 food and beverage credit per night and 20% off retail shop purchases
  • Exclusive deals on concert tickets for Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Austin City Limits
  • Nearly half off the points cost for a Cuisinart 8-Bottle Private Reserve Wine Cellar (30,000 points, regularly 55,000 points)

 

Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com.

Hey Insiders,


I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


This Thursday, Marriott International is hosting our first ever Google+ Hangout and we’re inviting you to be a part of it.


Celebrity Showdown: Miami vs. West Palm Beach

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Where is the best happy hour? What’s the best dessert in the city? What’s the best local attraction? From bars and restaurants to beaches and shopping, which city has the best scene: Miami or West Palm Beach?


On September 4th 2:30 PM EST we’ll be airing our Miami vs. West Palm Beach Google+ Hangout with YouTube star, travel enthusiast and our host, Ryan Gargiulo as we team up with Miami’s Annie Vazquez and West Palm Beach’s April GoLightly! Click the link below to RSVP and find out more. Annie and April will represent their respective cities in a battle over two of South Florida’s hottest cities. Topics include where to dine, what to see and the can’t-miss things to do.

 

RSVP Today: http://bit.ly/MIHangoutOnAirEvent

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Be excited – change is coming to Duesseldorf! The renovation of the Renaissance Duesseldorf Hotel started in mid-2014, with an extensive modernization of all public areas and guest rooms planned. The completed changes include updates to the great ballroom and the restaurant, as well as the renewal of the reception, bar and lounge areas. Guest room updates start in October, with completion expected in February 2015. Here are more details and some “insider tips” for your next stay in Duesseldorf…

 

Be welcome

We are excited to welcome you in a new lobby area. Our staff at three new Front Desks will help you with all your questions. One desk is reserved for Elite Marriott Rewards Members only -- besides the possibility of a mobile check-in, we provide you a fast check-in service at this desk. Tucked away in this comfortable hotel area are a business corner and a little shop offering an assortment of drinks and essential amenities. At the new Navigator desk, next to the elevators, you can learn about city highlights and receive some insider tips. Here are some tips in advance: discover the Ackerstreet in Duesseldorf! Close to the hotel, just a few minutes with the tram, you will experience a unique street with great shops, cafés and more. Also check out the café “Hüftgold” right there. The café is a lovely place where you should try one of the home-made cakes. If you prefer shopping, you have to visit the shop “Elemtarteilchen”, located some buildings ahead. It is a great second hand shop with high quality and fair prices, where you can find clothes from the fifties to the eighties, a wide choice of shoes, trendy accessories and fantastic jewelry.

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Simply relax

The 244 guest rooms, including eight suites, will be completely redesigned with a modern, but friendly and warm atmosphere. Decoration elements of Duesseldorf, e.g. the skyline of Duesseldorf on the curtain, will show you the beauty of the city. The spacious rooms with a minimum size of 28 qm feature new Queen and King-sized beds. A large flat screen TV will help you relax. And if you like to work out, as part of the renovation the hotel will add a gym on the 7th floor in the former pool area.


Taste explosion

Get on a sensory journey! Our restaurant has a completely new look. Come in and be amazed by new furniture, great colors and open space flooded by daylight. Enjoy regional and international delights, as well as seasonal highlights. The international cuisine offered is a true culinary experience. The summer terrace invites you as well, where you can order one of the refreshing cocktails. In addition, the bar with 40 seats also has a new look -- here, as well as throughout the hotel, the fashion and art theme is followed.

 

Feel the city

The Renaissance Duesseldorf Hotel is located between a close triangle of city centre/old town, exhibition & congress centre and the International Airport, convenient for business or just a leisure break to do some shopping or to see museums. Do you love art? Make sure you visit the art museums K 20 and K 21. Do you love movies? Have a look at the “Filmmuseum”. Do you love fashion? Shop at the most luxurious boutiques at the famous street called “Koe” before you take lunch in the charming restaurant “EL Lazo” serving delicious wines and the best steaks in the city. There are boundless possibilities to experience Duesseldorf.

 

The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation process. We hope you will visit us and discover the new look of the Renaissance in Duesseldorf soon!

 

Kristin H.

Renaissance Duesseldorf Hotel

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Hey Insiders,

 

Why should you have to wait until the holidays to score the best deals of year? At ShopMarriott, we don’t think you should!

 

Starting today and running through September 26th, ShopMarriott will be offering their most popular holiday deal: 30% off site-wide. Whether you’re doing a little early holiday shopping or you've been considering The Marriott Bed - get these discounts while they’re hot!

 

ShopMarriott Summer Sale: August 28 – September 26, 2014


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Happy Shopping!

 

*Offer valid 12:01 a.m. EDT August 28, 2014 through 12:01 a.m. EDT, September 26, 2014. Discount does not apply to shipping and handling. Discount does not apply to purchases of THANN amenities. Discount will not apply to previous purchases, and may not be combined with any other offer.

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Hi Insiders,

Here’s your exclusive sneak peek at some of this week’s Marriott Rewards FlashPerks deals, which go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, August 28, at 12PM Central Time.

 

This week is all about resting, relaxing and rejuvenating your mind, body and soul. We’ve got a dozen deals to pamper yourself, including:

 

  • A 50% discount to the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for a Costa Rican getaway at the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa (17,500 points per night; regularly 35,000 points)
  • A 30% discount to the Ambiente and Ambience Golf Package, which includes unlimited golf for two at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Stay a third night for free at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and pamper yourself with an exclusive discount to spa treatments
  • Experience Marriott luxury every night in your own home with a huge discount on the points cost for the Marriott Bed (168,750 points for Queen size; 181,250 points for King or California King)

 

Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com. Get some R&R!

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