Marriott makes sweeping changed of the award categories for their hotels once per year, this year it went into effect on 3/5.
But apparently that didn’t stop hotels from changing categories at other points during the year.
I guess that shouldn’t come as a surprise when they have memos like these saying that they won’t tolerate upgrades without approval.
When I stayed there in July they were a category 4 property, but as DDF member Agoldsc1 points out, they have gone up from a category 4 to a category 5 hotel.
A couple of months ago they were still a category 4, charging 25K points/night.
Some time afterward, they became a category 5:
Marriott has also added peak pricing, so a category 5 can cost 30K, 35K, or 40K points per night.
As credit card anniversary nights only work up to 35K points, that means you can’t use your certificates for 40K peak nights at this hotel:
Also, watch out for restrictive cancellation policies, requiring cancellation more than a month before the stay. While SPG allowed you to forfeit points for missing a cancellation deadline, Marriott actually charges you the full nightly paid rate:
Throw in resort fees (waived by Hyatt and Hilton on award nights, but not waived by Marriott) for a hotel that isn’t even on the beach and this place is a real winner!
Have you noticed category changes at other hotels after March 5th?