Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 hotel brands, award-winning loyalty program, and endless experiences, is welcoming spring with its sights set on city stays. These buzzy locales around the world are waiting to be rediscovered as travelers embrace the desire to get back out and experience new things and redefine leisure travel, making their way to bustling cities everywhere. According to Skift’s 2022 Megatrends Report, at least 36 million Americans can potentially become digital nomads due to the increased flexibility of remote work, further blurring the line between leisure and business travel. The report also found, if only six percent of the 36 million choose to travel, they would represent a $1 billion market flooding the leisure space.
“Around the world, cities have always held the ability to transport travelers back in time or propel them into the future; create vibrancy in new experiences and sweeten the air of opportunity; set the stage for warm homecomings and everlasting anticipated reunions, but ultimately, transform visitors with the power of travel,” said Brian Povinelli, Senior Vice President, Brand, Loyalty & Portfolio Marketing, Marriott International. “Throughout the pandemic, we saw an increase in leisure travel, specifically with the desire to visit less populated, second-tier cities. While that trend has not fully gone away, leisure travel is changing as people are being drawn back to the excitement that the sights, sounds, and bustle of city life evokes. Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of brands provides travelers with truly unique, meaningful stays, that allow them to embrace these destinations once more.”
Timeless Cities with Lasting Power
In the city that never sleeps, incredible stays turn into once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the redesigned New York Marriott Marquis. As an iconic fixture of Times Square, the hotel’s transformative renovation – as part of Marriott Hotels’ continued brand evolution – captures the vibrant energy of Manhattan, placing guests near the city’s most exciting attractions. In the nation’s capital, the recently opened Courtyard by Marriott Washington, D.C. Dupont Circle embraces the charm of the intimate yet cosmopolitan Dupont Circle neighborhood, offering guests the experience of living like a local with access to all things D.C. The hotel features The Bistro for breakfast, dinner, and cocktails, and an expansive 24-hour fitness center. Across the pond in Germany’s largest city, Hotel Luc, Autograph Collection offers a glimpse into the elegant, deep-blue world of Prussia's legacy, reinventing a contemporary way of life. Recently opened in February, the distinctive hotel experience continues an intrinsic heritage of acceptance, generosity, and can-do spirit in Berlin's most beautiful city square.
Coastal City Debuts
Making a splash in Greece, the stylish Moxy Hotels is expanding into one of the world’s oldest cities with the opening of Moxy Athens City. Taking a playful twist on Greek mythology with its “eternal youth” [inspired design, the hotel is the ideal destination for travelers who are young at heart and searching for a lively setting with views of the skyline and Acropolis. Prominent cities continue to reign in the east revealing a refreshed renovation at the Sheraton Tel Aviv, enlivening the new design approach for the Sheraton Hotels & Resorts brand, creating an intuitive and holistic experience for guests with places to gather. The beachfront location overlooks the Mediterranean coastline and is within walking distance to Tel Aviv’s hotspots, featuring a spa with treatments inspired by the Dead Sea. From one of the world’s most historic cities in the east to a land down under, the recent opening of Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands this past December brings the first international five-star hotel to the bayside locale. In the harbor suburb, the hotel features 189 guest rooms, one-of-a-kind rooftop infinity pool, elevated dining options, and inspiring experiences. In another sunny part of the world perfect for longer stays and vacation celebrations, two unique experiences come together under one address at the AC Hotel Miami Brickell and Element Miami Brickell. Soaring 22-stories high in the heart of downtown Miami, the hotels feature sleek and thoughtfully designed guest rooms that offer open space and city skyscraper views. For guests who might need a little more time in paradise, Element’s innovative Studio Commons room concept is ideal for longer stays under the sun. Blending the idea of a hotel and home rental, Element’s Studio Commons room concept offers groups four modern guestrooms connected to a spacious common living and kitchen space.
Gateways to Global Destinations
Canada is home to some of the most incredible natural landscapes that play backdrop to some of the most beautiful cities. Visitors can stay at the newly transformed Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport and Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel both completing full-scale renovations by this spring – as part of Sheraton’s global brand transformation. The brand’s new signature elements aim to create a timeless atmosphere where guests feel comfortable and at ease, whether working, meeting, or relaxing. Across the world in the capital city of Qatar, the setting of the 2022 World Cup, Doha sparkles with new hotel openings early this year. Reminiscent of the golden age of travel, Le Méridien is set to open the glamorous Le Royal Méridien Doha this spring, which is seamlessly connected to the Parisian-inspired Place Vendôme Mall, Qatar’s newest iconic retail destination with the largest collection of luxury boutiques. In another capital city, Madrid’s noble district of Chamberí, Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection Hotel opened its doors in December 2021 and serves as the perfect entry point to city’s most exciting experiences. What was once home to the Duke of Santo Mauro, one of the most influential figures in the city’s society at that time, the hotel’s French-influenced design and architecture is surrounded by a sophisticated private garden, with fountains and terraces shaded by ancient chestnut trees.
Marriott Bonvoy members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts across Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, as well as through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques.