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Marriott has recently announced that its new Beverly Hills location is now available for booking.
While the hotel doesn’t formally launch until September, the hotel is up and running and ready for guests following a $26 million renovation (it was previously a Crowne Plaza hotel).
Surprisingly there is no Ritz Carlton or JW Marriott presence yet in Beverly Hills, so the Marriott Beverly Hills is Marriott’s only full service hotel in the area. The nearest are a JW Marriott in Downtown LA and a Ritz Carlton near the water in Marina Del Rey.
As far as the property itself goes the new Marriott has an OK sized pool area with chairs to soak up some sun.
There’s an expanded Concierge level lounge for Marriott Rewards Gold Elite and higher guests called the M Club Lounge, which is Marriott’s new concept for Concierge lounges, though the evening bar service is only available Sunday – Thursday.
And the rooms are more modern and elegant than a typical Marriott – you won’t see a lot of garish red here. Premium touches include setting the sofa in an alcove by the window and a long modern table housing the TV, though it’s not entirely clear where there’s space to work at a desk.
Is it a good deal with points?
As far as hotels in Beverly Hills go it’s a pretty run of the mill option and it’s a pricey Category 8 hotel, which means it will run about 40,000 Marriott Rewards points a night and it’s not eligible for the annual free night certificate from a Marriott Rewards Premier credit card that’s only valid at Category 1 – 5 hotels. Paying in cash will cost about $300 a night, so you’re getting about 0.7 cents per point in value here, which is not bad for Marriott points.
Located at 1150 South Beverly Drive, it’s not in walking distance to the shops and restaurants of Rodeo Drive, and not even in Beverly Hills proper, but then no hotel bookable with mainstream hotel points is in close proximity to Rodeo at this point.
Other hotels bookable with points in the area are:
This is the closest big chain hotel to the Rodeo and Wilshire proper, though it’s a long walk, but it feels more special than a traditional Hilton and you might run into a celebrity attending one of the many gala events held at the hotel’s ballroom.
This is right between Beverly Hills and Westwood, so you have easy access to drive to the beaches and Beverly Hills.
This is just down the street from the Hyatt.
This hotel is on La Cienega Boulevard, so it’s in the heart of the up and coming restaurants and clubs in the area and accessible to West Hollywood.
So compared to these other options and the going rate, 40,000 points for a night isn’t bad for the Marriott Beverly Hills considering how easy it can be to earn Marriott points. And it fills in a big gap in the Marriott portfolio of hotels in premium business and vacation destinations.
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