Finding a hotel room on points for a family of five or more is difficult. Most points redemptions are for rooms that only fit four people.
Earlier this year, I wrote about the Best Hilton Hotels for Families of Five or More and the Best Hyatt Hotels for Families of Five or More. Today, I continue this series for Marriott/SPG properties. Keep in mind that because Marriott acquired Starwood hotels, you can transfer points between Marriott and SPG as necessary for award nights.
Hotels Near Theme Parks
Springhill Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings/Western Entrance near Disney World in Florida. Rooms sleep up to six people and cost 20,000 Marriott points per night. The hotel has free breakfast (with Mickey waffles!) and a paid shuttle to the Disney Ticket and Transportation Center.
Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance near Disneyland in Anaheim, California. This hotel has a water park and is quite possibly the nicest off-site hotel near Disneyland. Standard rooms fit six people with two queen beds and a bunk bed. The hotel is just a five-minute walk to Disneyland and costs 40,000 Marriott points per night.
Marriott’s Cypress Harbour Villas near Disney, Universal and Sea World in Orlando. Two-bedroom suites that sleep up to eight people with a full kitchen run 45,000 Marriott points per night. The resort has multiple pools and a KIDS CLUB for Parent’s Night Out!
Springhill Suites Hershey Near the Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Rooms sleep up to six people for 35,000 Marriott points per night. Hotel has free airport shuttle!
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California. This resort is only one mile from Legoland, California! Standard rooms run 10,000 SPG points per night + $25 per night for a rollaway for the 5th person (or 8000 points per night with the 5th night free). The resort has a heated outdoor lagoon pool, onsite spa and free shuttle to Legoland.
Hotels On/Near the Beach
Sheraton Sand Key Resort near Clearwater Beach, Florida. My family stayed here earlier this year on points. This hotel’s location can’t be beat! SPG allows you to book 2 adults and 3 kids in one room with two queen beds. Hotel staff will bring a rollaway for $10 a night, but my family just used an inflatable mattress we brought from home. This hotel costs 10,000 SPG points per night, but with the 5th night free it’s 8000 points per night for five nights.
Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key. This hotel is right across the street from Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Although it faces a bay instead of the ocean, it has a small beach on the bay and is just a short walk to Sand Key Beach Park. The pool area looks fabulous! Standard rooms are suites with a separate bedroom and sleeper sofa that sleep up to six people. 40,000 Marriott points per night.
Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Located right on the Bethany Beach boardwalk, standard rooms fit up to six guests for 45,000 Marriott points per night. Includes free breakfast and an indoor/outdoor pool.
Springhill Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Right on the beach! Hotel has indoor and outdoor pools and hot tub. Standard rooms sleep up to six people, and the hotel includes a free breakfast. 40,000 Marriott points per night.
Courtyard Miami Beach South Beach in Florida. This hotel is a historical landmark with a rooftop pool that is within walking distance to the beach. Rooms fit up to five people with a sofa bed and cost 40,000 Marriott points per night.
Hotels in Big Cities
Courtyard Jersey City Newport near New York City. Although technically in New Jersey, this hotel is only one train stop away from NYC. Standard guest rooms with two queen beds fit a rollaway for the 5th person and cost 35,000 Marriott points per night.
Boston Marriott Copley Place in Downtown Boston. This hotel accommodates a rollaway for the 5th person and costs 40,000 Marriott points per night. Boston Marriott Copley Place has an indoor pool and is within walking distance of many attractions.
JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek in Denver, Colorado. This is the first JW Marriott I’ve seen that allows a 5th person with a rollaway. The hotel is located near many boutique shops and restaurants. 40,000 Marriott points per night.
Dallas Marriott Las Colinas in Dallas, Texas. This hotel is unique because it’s located on a lake that offers gondola rides (just like Venice, Italy!). Standard rooms fit up to five people with a rollaway and cost 20,000 Marriott points per night. This is a great location to visit attractions in both Dallas and Fort Worth.
Hotels Near National Parks/Monuments
Springhill Suites Pigeon Forge near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Rooms sleep up to six people for 35,000 Marriott points per night. Hotel has heated outdoor pool with water slide and hot tub as well as an indoor pool and free breakfast.
Springhill Suites Vernal in Utah near Dinosaur National Monument. This hotel is a Marriott Category 1 hotel that costs only 7500 points per night. The hotel has an indoor heated pool and hot tub and offers free breakfast. Standard rooms sleep up to six people.
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Falls View in Ontario, Canada. Standard rooms fit up to five people. The hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub as well as an arcade. This is a Category 2 SPG hotel that only requires 3000-4000 points per night. What a bargain!
Springhill Suites Kalispell near Glacier National Park, Montana. This hotel is 30 minutes from the entrance to Glacier National Park and 20 minutes from Flathead Lake. Rooms fit up to five people and cost 15,000 Marriott points per night.
Accumulating Marriott and SPG Points through Credit Card Bonuses
For many veterans in the miles and points hobby, accumulating Marriott and SPG points is more difficult than other hotel brands. That is because the Marriott personal card (and sometimes the business version) is subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule, and the Amex SPG cards only allow one bonus per lifetime.
The Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card has 80,000 bonus points after spending $3000 in the first three months. You also get 7500 for adding an authorized user who makes a purchase within the first three months. The $85 annual fee is not waived, but you do get a free night certificate for a Category 1-5 stay each year after your card anniversary.
The business version of the Marriott card has 80,000 bonus points but the annual fee is $99. It also comes with the free stay certificate at your card anniversary. The card has 2X points at office supply stores and on internet, phone and cable bills. For both personal and business cards, you may not receive the bonus if you have had the bonus within the past 24 months.
The Amex Starwood Preferred Guest Card currently has a bonus of 25,000 SPG points after spending $3000 within the first 3 months. The annual fee is waived the first year.
The business version of the Starwood Preferred Guest card currently has a higher bonus of 35,000 points if you spend $6000 within the first three months and an additional $4000 within the first six months (offer ends on 11/1). This is a great deal if you have enough business expenses to trigger the higher bonus.
As I mentioned above, you can transfer points between your Marriott and SPG accounts at a ratio of 1 Marriott point to 3 SPG points.
Families of five or more, do you have a favorite Marriott or SPG hotel that I don’t have on this list?
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Nancy is a contributing writer for Miles For Family. She enjoys traveling to the beach and is a big fan of Disney. Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids.