OUTDATED DISCUSSION: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?

Discussion created by bejacob on Mar 15, 2016
Latest reply on Aug 10, 2018 by o0o0o0o0o0o...points!



With most of us earning a category 1-5 certificate each year with our Marriott Rewards credit card or occasionally from a MegaBonus, it's important to know some places to redeem it.


Many have lamented the fact that there are few (if any) category 5 or lower properties in desirable locations, so I've put together a list of suggestions. Many may not be in the most popular destinations, but there are probably more options than most people realize.


I used the following criteria

  • Only full service properties are included (Marriott, Renaissance, Delta, Autograph, MVC, and even one JW Marriott).
  • Located in the USA (I welcome others to make similar lists for other areas it they are so inclined)
  • Category 5 or lower


This list is not comprehensive. I've included as many of the of the full service category 5 properties as I could find. There are even some category 4 and 3 locations. I hope I got most of them, but if not, remember this is just a guide to possible places to use certificates.


There are certainly gaps across the country. Hopefully there are some interesting places where Insiders might put their certificates to good use. I've marked the few properties at which I've stayed with


Category 5 properties



Luxury Hotels in Downtown Mobile, AL | Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

Montgomery, Alabama Luxury Hotel | Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

Hotels in Prattville, AL | Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel Capitol Hill



Marriott Mesa AZ Hotel near Convention Center & Best Reception Hall in Mesa AZ

Tucson Marriott University Park: Tucson hotel accommodations



Hotels In Irvine CA | Irvine Marriott Hotel

Hotels in Pleasanton, CA | Pleasanton Marriott |Hotels near Dublin, CA

Rancho Cordova Hotels - Luxury Hotels in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento, CA

Riverside Hotels | Riverside CA Hotels | Riverside California Hotels

Hotels in San Ramon, CA | San Ramon Marriott



USAFA & Colorado Springs Luxury Hotel | Colorado Springs Marriott

Denver Stapleton Hotels | Renaissance Denver Hotel

South Denver Hotels Near Park Meadows I Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows


Downtown Hartford Hotels | Hartford Marriott Downtown | Connecticut Convention



Coral Springs Hotels | Hotels Coral Springs, Florida

Hotel in Pompano, Florida - Near Cypress Creek | Fort Lauderdale Marriott North

Orlando Marriott Lake Mary: Lake Mary hotel accommodations

Villa Rentals in Miami, Florida | Marriott's Villas at Doral (a Marriott Vacation Club )

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Hotel | Palm Beach Gardens Marriott

World Golf Village Hotel | World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort



Hotels in Alpharetta, GA | Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta

The Hotel at Avalon, Autograph Collection: Alpharetta Unique Hotels

Atlanta, GA Hotel Near Atlanta Airport | Atlanta Airport Marriott

Hotels in Northwest Atlanta by Marietta | Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria

Cobb Galleria Hotel | Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center

Hotels in Augusta, GA | Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center 



Chicago Airport Hotel | Chicago Marriott O’Hare

Hotels Near O’Hare | Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center



Delta Hotels Indianapolis East: Indianapolis Hotels and Resorts



Hotels in Des Moines Iowa | Des Moines Marriott Downtown

Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, Iowa Hotels



Hotels In Overland Park KS | Overland Park Marriott

Unique Wichita, KS, Hotel | Autograph Collection Hotels



Cincinnati Airport Hotels - Hotel near CVG Airport - Cincinnati Airport Park Here, Fly There Hotel


Baton Rouge Hotels | Renaissance by Marriott | Hotel in Baton Rouge

Hotel in Baton Rouge | WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection



Hotel in Bethesda, MD | Bethesda Marriott

Hotel in Bethesda, MD | Bethesda Marriott Suites

Hotels near College Park, MD | Greenbelt Marriott

Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley | Hunt Valley, MD Hotels near Towson

BWI Airport Hotel | BWI Airport Marriott

Hotels in Bethesda, MD | Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center



Downtown Springfield, Massachusetts Hotel | Tower Square Hotel Springfield



Hotel in Baton Rouge | WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection (former Ritz-Carlton)

Hotels in Dearborn | The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel (several Insiders recommend this property)

Delta Hotels Grand Rapids Airport: Grand Rapids Hotels and Resorts

Detroit Area Hotels | The Baronette Renaissance Detroit - Novi Hotel



Hotels Near MSP Airport with Shuttle Service | Minneapolis Airport Marriott

Downtown Minneapolis Hotel | Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot



Hotels in Kansas City MO | Kansas City Marriott Downtown


Hotels In Omaha NE | Omaha Hotels | Omaha Marriott


New Jersey

Hotel in Bridgewater, NJ - New Jersey | Bridgewater Marriott

Hotels in Woodbridge, Iselin, NJ | Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel

Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel - Hotel Meadowlands

Bergen County Hotels in Saddle Brook, NJ near Garfield | Saddle Brook Marriott

Hotel in Morristown, NJ - East Hanover | Hanover Marriott


New York

Hotel Near Airport on Wolf Road in Albany, NY | Albany Marriott

Renaissance Albany Hotel: Albany Distinctive Hotels

Buffalo Hotels near Niagara Falls | Buffalo Marriott Niagara | Amherst NY Hotels

Hotels Near West Point, NY - Tarrytown Hotels | Westchester Marriott

Garden City, Long Island Hotel | Long Island Marriott

Delta Hotels Utica: Utica Hotels and Resorts

Westchester Hotel Near Rye, NY | Renaissance Westchester Hotel


North Carolina

Charlotte, NC Hotel | Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel

Hotels in Charlotte, NC | Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel

Greensboro Airport Hotel – Greensboro-High Point Marriot Airport

Raleigh, NC Hotels | Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

Welcome to the Winston-Salem, NC Marriott Hotel.


North Dakota

Delta Hotels Fargo: Fargo Hotels and Resorts



Columbus Airport Hotels | Columbus Airport Marriott Hotel

German Village Hotel | Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

Dayton Hotel: Marriott Hotel in Dayton, Ohio, Located Near UD and Wright-Patt AFB

Hotels in Mason, OH – Cincinnati Marriott Northeast

Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel: Toledo Distinctive Hotel

Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel: Westerville Distinctive Hotels (opens April 2018)



Oklahoma City Convention Center | Renaissance | Cox Convention Center Hotels

Boutique Hotels in Oklahoma City, OK | Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel



Philadelphia Airport (PHL) Hotel | Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel


South Carolina

Hotels in Greenville, SC - Marriott Greenville SC - Greenville Marriott

North Charleston Marriott Hotel - Marriott hotel near Charleston Airport

Spartanburg, SC Hotels near Greenville – Spartanburg Marriott



Downtown Knoxville, TN Hotel | Knoxville Marriott (soon to be a Delta Hotel)



Dallas Suites | Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center

Hotels in Dallas TX | Renaissance Dallas Hotel

Luxury Houston Galleria hotels | JW Marriott Houston (Yes, a category 5 JW )

DFW airport hotel | Dallas Fort Worth Airport Marriott

Plano, Texas Hotel | Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center

Luxury Hotel in Plano, TX| Renaissance

San Antonio Hotels | Marriott Plaza San Antonio

Sugar Land Hotels | Sugar Land Marriott Town Square



Hotel in Provo, Utah | Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center



Dulles Airport Hotels | Marriott Washington Dulles Airport

Glen Allen Hotels in Short Pump, VA | Richmond Marriott Short Pump

City Center Hotels in Newport News, VA | Newport News Marriott at City Center

Hotel in Downtown Norfolk, VA | Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Hotel Portsmouth VA | Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel

Tysons Corner, VA Hotel | Tysons Corner Marriott



Bellevue Hotels in Washington | Seattle Marriott Bellevue

Delta Hotels Seattle Everett: Everett Hotels and Resorts

Spokane Hotels | The Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection

Spokane, Washington Boutique Hotels | The Davenport Lusso, Autograph Collection

Luxury Hotels Spokane, WA | The Davenport Tower, Autograph Collection


West Virginia

Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place: Morgantown



Madison Marriott West: Middleton


Not enough? Here are some more options.


Category 4 properties



Birmingham Hotels – Luxury Hotels In Birmingham - Marriott in Birmingham, Alabama



Hotels in Little Rock, Arkansas | Little Rock Marriott



Hotels in Visalia, CA | Visalia Marriott at the Convention Center



Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver Tech Center Hotels



Stamford Hotel | Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Hotel Stamford, CT

Hotels in Trumbull, CT | Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway

Windsor, CT Hotels - Bradley International Airport Hotels – BDL Airport Hotels



Hotels in South Jacksonville, Florida | Jacksonville Marriott



Hotel near Atlanta GA - Atlanta Marriott Century Center

Hotels in Dunwoody, GA | Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center

Hotels in Downtown Columbus, GA | Columbus Marriott

Macon Marriott City Center



Hotels near Southwest Chicago | Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge

Hotel in Downers Grove, IL | Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove

Chicago Marriott Naperville: Naperville hotel accommodations

Hotel in Northbrook, IL | Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

Hotels in Oak Brook, IL | Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, IL, Hotel

Hotel in Schaumburg | Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel



Cedar Rapids Marriott: Cedar Rapids hotel accommodations

Marriott West Des Moines Hotel | Hotels in West Des Moines IA



Cincinnati Airport Hotels - Hotel near CVG Airport - Cincinnati Airport  Hotel



Hotels Baton Rouge Downtown | Baton Rouge Marriott



Hotels in Gaithersburg, MD | Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center


Detroit Marriott Livonia Hotel at Laurel Park | Livonia, MI hotel

Detroit Airport Hotels | Detroit Metro Airport Marriott

Hotel in Troy, MI | Detroit Marriott Troy



Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park Hotels | Minneapolis Marriott Northwest

Minneapolis Hotels - Marriott Minneapolis West/St. Louis Park

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka



Hotels near Kansas City Airport KCI | Kansas City Airport Marriott

Marriott Hotel in St. Louis Missouri, a Convenient St. Louis, MO Airport Hotel

Hotel in St. Louis, MO - Near Chesterfield | Marriott St. Louis West

Hotel Near Lambert-St. Louis Airport | Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel



Delta Hotels South Sioux City Riverfront: South Sioux City Hotels and Resorts


New Jersey

Hotel in Bergen County, NJ | Park Ridge Marriott


New Mexico
Hotel in North Albuquerque, NM Near Downtown | Albuquerque Marriott

Albuquerque, New Mexico Hotels | Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North


New York

Rochester NY Hotels | Rochester Airport Marriott


North Carolina

Durham Hotels | Durham, NC Hotels | Research Triangle Park Hotels in Durham


Tuttle Crossing Hotels in Dublin – Columbus Marriott Northwest

Hotels In Beachwood Ohio | Cleveland Marriott East

West Chester Hotels between Dayton and Cincinnati | Cincinnati Marriott North



Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center: Tulsa Distinctive Hotels



Hotel Near Pittsburgh International Airport | Pittsburgh Airport Marriott

Cranberry Township Hotels | Pittsburgh Marriott North



Renaissance Dallas Galleria Hotel: Addison Distinctive Hotels (opening March 2018)

Hotels in Fort Worth, TX | DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle

Hotel Paso Del Norte, Autograph Collection: El Paso Unique Hotels

Galleria Houston 4-Star Hotel | Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria

Hotel Las Colinas Irving, TX | Dallas Marriott Las Colinas

Hotels in Round Rock, Texas near Austin | Austin Marriott North

Southlake hotel | Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana




Chantilly, VA Hotel - Northern Virginia | Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles

Delta Hotels Chesapeake: Chesapeake Hotels and Resorts

Fairfax Hotels in Fair Oaks, VA | Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks

Hotels in Falls Church, VA | Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park

Herndon, VA Hotel - Near Reston | Washington Dulles Marriott Suites


West Virginia

Hotels in Charleston, West Virginia | Charleston Marriott Town Center



Hotels in Milwaukee, WI | Hotels Milwaukee, WI | Milwaukee, WI Hotels


There are even a couple dozen category 3 full service properties. Here are some. (this is not a complete list)

Huntsville Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center

Mobile Hotels - Hotels in Mobile Alabama | Mobile Marriott

Bakersfield Hotels: Bakersfield Hotel - Bakersfield, CA Hotels

West Hartford, CT Hotel - Newington | Hartford Marriott Farmington

Atlanta Hotels | Atlanta Marriott Norcross

Deerfield hotels - Deerfield, Illinois hotels - hotels in Deerfield, IL

Delta Hotels Chicago North Shore: Glenview Hotels and Resorts

Hotels near Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg, Illinois | Chicago Marriott Northwest

Lincolnshire Hotels - North Shore Chicago Hotel | Lincolnshire Marriott

Hotels in Peoria | Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette | Peoria Hotels

Hotels in Schaumburg, Illinois | Chicago Marriott Schaumburg

Hotel in East Wichita, KS | Wichita Marriott

Hotels in Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Baton Rouge Marriott

Auburn Hills Hotels in Pontiac, Michigan I Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac

Detroit Hotels | Detroit Marriott Southfield Hotel

Hotel in Jackson, MS | Jackson Marriott

Hotel Near Cleveland Hopkins | Cleveland Airport Marriott

Hotel Tulsa, Oklahoma | Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills

Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum Galleria | Addison, TX Hotels

El Paso, TX Hotel | El Paso Marriott

DFW Airport Hotel near Irving, TX – Fort Worth Hotels near DFW Airport

West Houston Energy Corridor Hotels | Houston Marriott Energy Corridor

Hotel in Richardson, TX | Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

San Antonio Marriott Northwest | Hotel Near San Antonio Airport

Racine Architect Hotel & Conference Center: Racine Hotels and Resorts


How about a few category 2 full-service locations?

North Houston Hotels near George Bush Airport | Houston Marriott North

Houston Galleria Hotels | Houston Marriott Westchase

Historic Hotel in McAllen, TX | Renaissance Hotels


This list doesn't eveninclude the hundreds (probably over a thousand) of Fairfield Inns, Courtyards, Residence Inns, AC Hotels, SpringHill Suites, or TownePlace Suites.


Certainly this list won't please everyone. We all know areas of the country with no full service properties below category 6 (like NYC, San Francisco, Hawaii, and many other popular destinations). I  hope it gives Insiders some ideas and allows all of us to redeem the certificates we get each year from the MR Visa card. It would be sad if too many of those certs go unused


Happy Travels


Message was edited by: bejacob to update the list to reflect 2018 hotel categories