We are just back from Paris and I thought the Renaissance La Defense was a good use of points for a category 6 hotel.
Probably not the ideal location for a first time visitor to Paris. But if you have been before then this is value compared to the centrally located category 8 or 9 hotels.
The hotel has very good transport links to all the main sights.
In looking through the Category 6's where I've had excellent stays that stood out as exceptional (I've had many fine stays at other 6's like the Marriott Metro Center in DC), here are my favorites. The three vacation clubs come with the usual caveat about Vacation Club 'coin toss' fortune of room location, i.e. my first room at Newport Coast looked into the trunks of pine trees where I could easily have been at my neighborhood playground/park; when I was 'lucky' enough to be moved to an oceanview, my vacation experience went up 100%.
Newport Coast Villas - Newport Beach Ca
Timber Ridge - Lake Tahoe
Marriott's Grand Ocean - Hilton Head SC
Full Service Properties where the property and its service matched the location
JW Marriott Rosseau Muskoka Resort - Ontario Canada
Mayflower - Washington DC
Marriott Orlando World Center
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle (warning, small not cozy, but less than large rooms - perhaps should be in my list below about cities)
These I tossed in for anyone wanting to vacation in the city (I'm a sucker for SpringHills, had great service and love Chicago)
SpringHill Suites Downtown/River North - Chicago (this is attached to the Residence Inn which is also a 6, so take your pick)
New Orleans Marriott
And similar to the purpose of this post, I read the glowing comments about the JW and head there in September;
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Here are some of my favorite Category 6 Hotels:
JW Marriott Buckhead, Atlanta GA -- Recently remodeled, Friendly staff, Great location in Buckhead. Connected to a large shopping mall and easy access to MARTA (subway).
Toronto Marriott Eaton Center, Toronto- Nice Hotel in Downtown Toronto, close to shopping and many restaurants and theaters
Raleigh Renaissance North Hills- Best Hotel in Raleigh, also close to shopping and restaurants. Hotel also gives its guests free access to the Gold's Gym which is connected next door.
Here are a couple of Category 6 Hotels that would be on my wish list:
Casa Magna Marriott in Cancun
JW Marriott - Las Vegas