A Category 5 Marriott hotel is a Marriott property that can be booked for 35,000 Marriott points per night, based on its brand, location and type of property. There are 1,117 Category 5 Marriott hotels that range from affordable, family-friendly properties like SpringHill Suites near Disneyland to 4-star luxury resorts in exotic locations. Some deluxe Category 5 Marriott hotels include Le Meridien in Tahiti, Domes Miramare in Greece, and the Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa in China.
Marriott has 8 different hotel and resort categories. Generally, categories 5-8 represent higher quality hotels with additional amenities and services. However, the amenities can vary, even with hotels in the same category. It is best to do your research on a hotel before booking to make sure it fits your preferences. On that note, each Marriott Bonvoy hotel category includes off-peak, standard, and peak pricing. While the standard redemption rate for a one-night stay at a Category 5 Marriott hotel is 35,000 points, this rate could drop to 30,000 points during off-peak season or rise to 40,000 points during peak season. Marriott adjusts peak and off-peak rates monthly based on market conditions.
To see how many points are needed to redeem one free night for each hotel category, you can check out Marriott’s redemption chart. But there is no system-wide calendar to provide a quick snapshot of the seasonal rates at Marriott hotels. So, your best bet is to search for a specific property on the Marriott website and select the "Flexible Dates" option to explore their rates. Marriott also updates its award category assignments annually, causing some hotels to change categories. To see if your favorite hotel has changed categories, you can filter Marriott’s hotel directory to search for hotels based on your selected category.