Trying to make the best use of my points and time
I am going solo, so just me
I want to do London, Paris, and Amsterdamn.
Any good promotions for points? I want to get a hotel in a good location and easy to get to a train station...I dont need the 5 Star Hotel, just something simple for me...most of my time will be seeing sights
Since I wont have a car and I am taking trains/subways to get around, trying to think what is smart
You won't get any of the city experience in London or Amsterdam if you stay in the outlying lower category hotels, though the Courtyard at Schipol, for example, is a train ride into the city. It is also an easy train ride to other parts of the Netherlands--will get you to the Hague, or Haarlem, almost as easily as into Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Marriott, on the other hand, is in a fabulous location, right near the Leidseplain and an easy walk or tram ride everywhere. Very easy walk to the great art museums, for example. In London, well, it is probably better to pay for a cheap hotel, as all the in-city Marriotts are pricey. The onesin Kensington and near Marble Arch tend to be slightly lower cost, but the locations aren't walker friendly or near where you mostly want to be. (The Kensington one is near Harrods). I would pick the Renaissance at St Pancras Station, but it too is not an easy walk to much. Right on the tube line, though. And the building is fascinating. Paris, I can't help you with.
Have a great trip!
I have stayed at the Kensington Marriott. Have to disagree. Plenty to walk to in the area including the museum district, great food, and a short walk to Stamford Bridge if you like EPL football (Chelsea). The neighborhoods are very nice, lots of money. Two tube stations within a 3-5 minute walk and I have walked to Buckingham Palace from there. That's the cheapest Marriott I have stayed at in London.
I have only stayed in the Champs Elysees Marriott in Paris. Insanely expensive but I stayed on points. Without a doubt the best points for value stay ever for us in the Marriott chain with Scrub Island in the BVI a close second. Great location, a medium walk to the Eiffel Tower (would could see from our suite) and plenty of food and shopping.
My wife and I are staying in London and Amsterdam this coming May. I won't be able to help you with London Marriott properties, because we are staying at the Hyatt with her points. That hotel is near Portman Square, on the northeast side of Hyde Park, but I have been told that is an excellent area to stay in.
In Amsterdam, we have a one night stopover and we are staying at the Renaissance property right near the Central train station (about 2 blocks or so). I initially had a reservation here on points (35,000 points/night), but I started seeing the Renaissance show up on winning Priceline bids for around $100/night for a Saturday night (vs. almost $350/night on Marriott). This property is considered a 4 star property on Priceline, so I took a chance and bid on the central Amsterdam area at $102/night and sure enough, got the Renaissance. I obviously canceled my reward night. The best part is, I emailed the hotel with my Priceline confirmation to see if they would apply my MR # to the reservation, and within an hour, my reservation had been modified to include my number, and best yet, they had already upgraded me to a Club Room based on my Platinum status even though it was booked through Priceline.
That is a real "Coup" for you. I have not heard of anyone else having this type of success with Priceline bookings.
You really like The Renaissance, it is a great location, and there is plenty to do in the area. Don't forget to take the Canal Cruise, and visit Anne Frank's home.
A common theme on MRI seems to be that those with status often get perks/upgrades by simply asking for them. Sure, they should be fairly automatic, but if you don't ask, the hotel doesn't have too much incentive to offer it, saving their upgrades for the more demanding guests. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Not to put a wet towel on your splendid price via priceline, but you may want to verify your reservation directly with the hotel or Marriott Rewards number. I've heard of a few instances where the hotel has absolutely no knowledge of a reservation that was booked through priceline or expedia even though a reservation number was in hand when they tried to check in. Be cautious is all.
I have read similar instances with Priceline reservations. Since I had already had a reservation at the Amsterdam Renaissance using points, and had the concierge email, I shot them an email once I had made the reservation. I asked them to add my MR # to the reservation which they were more than happy to do. They have also changed my standard room reservation to a Club Level room and confirmed via email that they would try their best to ensure an additional room upgrade at time of check-in.
The main reason I know the hotel sees the reservation is that now the Priceline reservation shows up on my Marriott reservation list on my profile page.
Thanks for the heads up though IAHFLYR. I will certainly follow up again a week or so before the trip to confirm.
Paris experiences from other Marriott Insiders listed below. Be careful to confirm with the property in advance, as many MIs are reporting changes in property policies. See pluto77's recent post Newbie needs help with Paris hotels on her confirmation letter from the C-E property which is contrary to previous reports of PPE\PE\PLE experiences reported by jerrycoin, profchiara, and many other Marriott Frequent Travelers to Paris over the years. So read the following posts to get ideas of what has happened in the past, but confirm in writing with properties that you plan to use on all expectations.
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