Marriott Hotels revise their hotel categories on an annual basis. With these category changes, the number of points required for stays changes, making reward stays more or less expensive at hotels. Usually, this exercise is linked to the occupancy rate and the general pricing of the hotel.

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Marriott International is usually out of the sync with the market pricing and is usually charge over the top pricing. For example, Courtyard by Marriott which isn’t even half as good as ITC Maratha are on the same street but Courtyard charges way more. 

Marriott Rewards Hotel Category Changes for 2018

Effective March 6, 2018,  1330 Marriott hotels will be changing categories. This represents one-fourth of all Marriott hotels worldwide. 1,082 (81%) will be moving up in categories in comparison to only 247 (19%) moving down. Here is a full list of hotels changing categories in 2018.


In India, out of 100 properties, the value of 12 hotel changed. Unfortunately, all the prices went up and there are 0 properties which dropped the value. 


Category or Tier

Category or Tier

Courtyard Bengaluru Outer Ring Road 1 2
Courtyard Chennai 1 2
Courtyard Mumbai International Airport 2 3
Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road 1 2
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa 7 8
Jaipur Marriott Hotel 3 4
JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru 4 5
JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh 4 5
JW Marriott Hotel Pune 2 3
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa 6 7
Kochi Marriott Hotel 3 4
Renaissance Lucknow Hotel 2 3


For your reference, this is the award chart that Marriott uses for charging your stay. 

Luckily, none of the categories jumped more than 1 level which is roughly about 5000 points jump for them. 


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