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With the merge year of 2018 in the rear view mirror, it's time to take a relook at the order that Marriott has chosen for the 30 (yes, I'll include BVLGARI, yuk) brands. By looking at the drop down screen from "Our Brands" on the sign on page.....we see the order for Marriott moving forward. So, without further ado, I present, the NEW, IMPROVED, BRAND NUMBERS!!!


note: I had to adjust a few colors to keep the eye pleasing effect 




Prior to 2018, my overnight stays were 80% Marriott, 16% IHG, 3% Hilton, 1% Other.  Inside of other was SPG. I had exactly two stays at an SPG property in the prior eight years. One was in Toronto at a hotel that is no longer around and the other in Newark, NJ that suffered the same fate.


All of this changed in the Year of the Merge!!!!! I dipped my toe in an SPG on April Fools fitting!!!   The lucky property was a Four Points in Newark, DE.  My first taste of SPG hospitality was a good one.  I went on to stay at a Sheraton in Athlone, Ireland. A very nice in town property with a professional well trained staff. Another Four Points by the PHL airport rounded out the first half of 2018 and my SPG early life.


Then came July and POW!!!.....An Element then a Le Meridien followed by a second Le Meridien, an Aloft, two more Sheratons, a Westin, another Sheraton, another Four Points, a Sheraton, a Tribute Portfolio, and then a Design Hotel for the Thanksgiving break. Whew!! Now of course these SPG stays were not the only stays....Marriott legacy brands were still collecting plenty of cash. 


December started with two Weston and two Aloft stays. I thought that was it for the year. Eight SPG brands and nineteen stays would do it....BUT, I was wrong. My partner in crime joined me for two more. A Luxury Collection and a W. Ten, yes ten, SPG brands out of eleven bit the dust in 2018. 


Marriott was not left to feel too bad. The 21 SPG stays were still less than a third of the 66 Marriott legacy stays. Twelve Marriott brands joined the ten SPG brands to bring the 2018 total to 22 Marriott/SPG brands out of the 29. There was also a multiweek Hyatt, a couple of IHG, and a Hilton stay to complete the lodging lineup.


My Marriott mega brand stays featured 78 hotels that were new to me...bringing the lifetime total to 496 unique Marriott properties. Lifetime stays sit at 797. Nights stayed, 1735 plus 919 bonus nights for a total of 2654. Lifetime points earned sit at 5,389,984. Lifetime points burned...4,308,500.


Sixteen States and five countries other than the U.S. accounted for all of my stays. 


Marriott Reward Earnings were just over 700K, nights stayed 177.. 153 paid and 24 award, bonus/rollover nights 159. 


The 29 Brands are slowing coming into view. The last week of 2018 included the first stay at a Luxury Collection AND the first W stay since the merger. That makes for 25 Brands down and 4 to go. The last four, EDITI0N, St. Regis, Exec Apartments, and Protea may never happen....but you never know, do you platpboy4ever????????????


San Francisco is home to the Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel.  This place is nice!!  Entering on Market St., right off the Montgomery BART stop, you walk into history. The marble, lighting, high ceilings, wide foyer all represent opulence from a long gone era. The hotel was built in 1875 and was a masterpiece in it's day. The owners have managed to keep the rich feel while modernizing the facilities to today's standards. The Mayflower, in D.C., is a comparable property. 


I booked a king room, but was Upgraded to a Deluxe Suite the day before arrival. Just a gorgeous room with a wonderful view. Taking the breakfast in lieu of the points was an easy call. The restaurant was first class and the food was excellent. We did have to wait about 30 minutes for a table, but that was due to our own procrastination. 


Next up was the W San Francisco. I had stayed at a W in Chicago many years before the merge, so this was the first "Marriott" W.  These W's are grouped in the top luxury category with Ritz, Edition, St. Regis, etc.  Well, this particular W, while nice, doesn't belong with that lofty group. I overheard someone say it was close to an Aloft on steroids. Bold colors, millennium-ish themes....


The W San Francisco is undergoing guest room reno's, so the 17th floor was as high as you can stay. At check in, a very nice and professional front desk associate added a $40 credit for use in the restaurant. She also Upgraded us to a Mega Corner room. I came to learn that a Cool Corner room and a Mega Corner differ in view only. Our room did, in fact, have a great view. The breakfast instead of points choice was made again. 


The 500 Marriott properties are in sight!! Somebody call Bill Marriott and get my ultimate prize ready!!




Stay # 486... Courtyard NY Manhattan/Upper East Side. 


First time staying on the Upper East Side.


Stay # 487.... Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, a Member of Design Hotels.


First time staying at a Design. Right in the thick of Beverly and night wonders. If there are more high priced fancy cars somewhere in the U.S., I'd like to see it.


Stay # 488.... AC Hotel Irvine


Part of the SoCal holiday stay. Very nice hotel!


Stay # 489 ….Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel


The old Duke Hotel (hey nationwide, you should see the place)….Upgraded to the Vice Presidential Suite..according to the front desk. A WOW!! room experience. 


Stay # 490.... Newport Beach Marriott Bayview


Great location, easy ride to the beach for that pacific sunset