Looks like I have a 2 week stay coming up in Frankfurt next month and I was wondering if anyone had stayed at both the Marriott and the Westin and could compare.
Here are my random thoughts so far:
As I've said previously, I'm thinking I'll mostly stay SPG this year because I'm not worried about Lifetime status, I'll get more points for the SPG stays, and I'll renew my status in 1/3 the number of nights.
Looking on SPG my initial thought was that Le Meridien looks really cool from the outside, but then I saw on FlyerTalk that they do not have a lounge.
So then I looked at the Westin, which may be a better location for me anyway (it's physically closer, and I THINK it's pretty much on a direct tram route, but I need to double check). But, here's where my pet peeve for SPG kicks in. I pick a room level and there are 7 different sub-options each of which has multiple rate options (up to 13!). It's so annoying that I had to count and there were 56 different options for the base room type!!! The other part that I find annoying is that so many of them are pre-paid or otherwise not changeable.
That is one thing I like much better on traditional Marriott so I checked the Marriott there and it looks nice also. FlyerTalk reports the lounge is closed on weekends, but you can take a full breakfast in the restaurant then. I'm also considering going to the Heidelberg Marriott for the weekend, so the weekend lounge difference might be a moot point. The refundable rates at the Marriott are within my per diem whereas I'd probably have to prepay at the Westin or take a lower level room and hope for an upgrade.
Speaking of upgrades, anyone stay at both and able to comment on likelihood of Platinum upgrade?
Both brands currently have 2x points deals so both would be very good, but I'd get more SPG points and they are more valuable so that makes me lean towards SPG in addition to the quicker status renewal.
OK, I think that completes my thought dump. I'll probably go ahead and book the Marriott refundable rate just to hold a room and might switch to the Westin before the trip. (Heck I could even split my trip between them with 1 week at each, but that would work against my status renewal strategy).