What are the 10 best Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Europe? The Marriott brand includes Luxury Collection, EDITION, St Regis, W Hotels, and JW Marriott, as well as mid-range brands like Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Sheraton, Le Meridien, Design Hotels, and Westin.
With 6,900 hotels across 130 countries, Marriot and its associated Bonvoy loyalty scheme include almost every travel destination you can imagine worldwide. Some of our favorite destinations in Europe have Marriott hotels. These include Italy, France, England, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and The Netherlands, and Bonvoy hotels can also be found in cities like Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence, Paris, Zürich, Amsterdam, Nice, Geneva, Vienna, Berlin, Frankfurt, London and more.
The list of beautiful cities is almost endless, and beyond the cities, you will also find stunning Bonvoy hotels around the lakes, in the mountains, and on the coastlines. Our favorite locations include Marriott hotels in Venice, on the Amalfi Coast, and we also love the best beach hotels on the French Riviera. Earning and burning Marriot Bonvoy points is easy throughout Europe.
1. The St. Regis Venice
With an Avant-garde design, The St. Regis Venice merges striking, modern interiors with its historic provenance as the best address in the city. Flanked by the Grand Canal with views across iconic landmarks, the hotel has stood in this privileged position for over a century and a half.
This is a great Marriott to pick if you want a modern and classy hotel with fantastic terraces. If you are after a property oozing history, you will do better choosing the Gritti Palace, and if you want your own private pool, pick the JW Marriott Venice.
The hotel is right in the center, within walking distance from almost everything, and just five minutes walk from St. Mark’s Square via alleyways full of luxury boutiques. It has 129 guestrooms, 40 suites (some with a terrace), a garden terrace overlooking the canal, and a fitness center.
If you are paying (as opposed to redeeming points), the price is upwards of 700 Euros per night or around 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. If you have any suite-upgrade certificates from your Bonvoy Ambassador elite status, this is the place to use them. You can upgrade to a Grand Terrace suite which is something. You get a private terrace with views of the Santa Maria Della Salute Basilica.
The communal areas in this newly launched hotel feel more modern than Venetian. The Italianate garden presents access to a range of dining and beverage options at Gio’s restaurant, the St. Regis Bar, and Arts Bar.
2. JW Marriott Venice
JW Marriott Venice is another one of the best Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Venice. If you book this as a redemption, it is cheaper than St Regis or the other ultra-lux options and hits the spot in terms of luxury. The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, which is on its own private island, costs 50,000 Bonvoy points per night to stay as it is a Rewards Category 6 hotel and is one of the cheapest luxury Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Venice.
The problem is that although the hotel is amazing, with beautiful rooms, a fantastic rooftop pool and another pool flanked with loungers, numerous bars, and restaurants, and beautiful large grounds (and some rooms with their own private plunge pool), the hotel is a 15-minute private JW Marriott (free) boat trip away from the center (+ wait time & loading time), which is a pain if you want to go out in the evening or have a leisurely drink at a bar in a different hotel. You are somewhat marooned on this beautiful island.
JW Marriott is the exclusive inhabitant of the small Venetian island of Isola delle Rosa, one of the largest and youngest islands in the Venetian lagoon. It was artificially created in 1870 with materials from the construction of the Santa Marta commercial port.
This lush green island houses the best Marriott I have ever stayed in, and if you pick the right room, you will get your own private plunge pool (pictured above!). The main building sits in the island’s center, home to most rooms, the rooftop bar, and the pool.
Outside, the entire island is yours to explore, wander along meandering paths past groves of olive trees and fields of poppies, and you’ll reach outbuildings, including some of the higher-end rooms with their own private pools. Continue to a church, herb garden, family pool, the Dopolavro Dining room, and the Gardino Grill, all set in a pretty garden. The spa at the JW Marriott Venice is also immense and offers the same superb views across the water.
The rooftop infinity pool, located just beyond a rooftop bar and restaurant area, ticks all the boxes. Just look at the view in the photo above! Gobsmackingly good views from comfy seating on a beautifully decked terrace, music playing in the background, and plenty of daybeds and loungers. Dip your foot in; the pool is as warm as a slipper, perfect for lounging in the bubbles at the edge. Perfect, except for the fact it is incredibly shallow. There’s another outdoor “family” pool hidden away from the greenery of the island, which is a bit of a trek in your dressing gown but offers the option of swimming, as the pool is deeper, along with some more extremely comfy loungers and just across from a young kids playpark.
This resort is so idyllic, peaceful, and relaxing that you won’t want to leave. The craziness of St. Marks Square, Gondolas, and tourists seem a world away. If you do get bored, the hotel’s extremely regular and comfortable shuttle boat whizzes you right onto St Marks Square.
3. Bulgari Hotel London
Bvlgari Hotel London is located in the heart of central London’s most prestigious area, Knightsbridge, just steps away from Harrods, Hyde Park, and Kensington’s museums. The 85 rooms and suites, with exquisite Italian detailing throughout, are considered among the city’s largest.
The hotel features exceptional facilities, including the stunning 24,000-square-foot Bulgari Spa, spread over two floors that feature an 82-foot-long swimming pool. Sette restaurant brings authentic Italian food from the heart of Manhattan with its own inimitable flair.
Operating independently but housed on the ground floor of Bvlgari Hotel London, it is the first London restaurant for LDV Hospitality, the owner of the chic modern Italian restaurant concept Scarpetta. The restaurant, accessed through its own entrance at 4 Knightsbridge Green, serves lunch and dinner daily. Hotel guests enjoy direct access to Sette from the Lobby, with daily breakfast served in the restaurant.
Downstairs, Nolita Social is the new after-hours hangout bar, bringing the energy of ‘the New York night’ to London with a heady mix of crafted cocktails, live music, and DJs, creating a space perfect for light-hearted revelry in Knightsbridge. The Bulgari Hotel London is definitely the best and most luxurious one of the best Marriott Bonvoy hotels in London.
4. JW Marriott Grosvenor House London
The hotel is located on Park Lane in Central London, with a distinguished setting within the upscale neighborhood of Mayfair. Park Lane is just moments from Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace, and more.
Elegant rooms and suites feature plush pillowtop beds, marble bathrooms, and high-speed Wi-Fi access. Savor delicious dining at JW Steakhouse or gather with friends for cocktails at Red Bar and the Bourbon Bar. Partake in a 5-star luxury afternoon tea in the Park Room, then work it off in the modern fitness center.
The JW Marriott Grosvenor House London club lounge is particularly excellent here. The entrance to the Grosvenor House’s lounge is on the ground floor, reached by following some stairs adjacent to the hotel’s reception area.
Climb up the marble staircase and enter through a keyed glass door to reach this spacious lounge. After entry, your eyes are immediately drawn to an attractive floor-to-ceiling media wall showing colorful videos shot in Hyde Park.
Inside, the lounge opens up to reveal some private meeting rooms to the left and two large communal lounges to the right, the latter of which backs onto the food and drinks offering. The natural creams and oatmeals make the lounge feel relaxing. Plentiful sofa-style seats arranged in groups of 2 to 6 offer guests plenty of room to relax. There is also a shared dining table area for about ten guests.
Although there are no windows in this lounge, the interior design is such that I didn’t notice the lack of natural light. One unusual thing about the lounge is the slight rumble of tube trains passing below occasionally, reminding guests that they’re in the heart of London.
The food offering in the executive lounge at the JW Marriott London is generous. The morning spread includes scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, sausages, cereal, and hot porridge. The main island area showcases a large array of pastries, fruit and charcuterie, and cheeses. Also on offer are Actimel drinks, yogurts, juices, and coffees. The breakfast is self-service, but there is plenty of room, and collecting the food is enjoyable.
Throughout the day, the food offering remains generous with cakes, cookies, and scones with jam and cream. I recommend the lemon drizzle cake – it is good enough to merit a second slice. There is also an all-day snack of nuts, smarties, sweeties, and crisps.
In the evening, a filling array of meal choices are on offer. For example, on Friday night, the food included a tasty vegetable noodle dish in soy sauce, lamb curry with rice, a cold noodle salad, cheeses, pieces of bread, and crackers, followed by some slices of deliciously good cake about an hour later.
Throughout the day, there is a large selection of teas, coffees, plenty of still and sparkling water, Britvic juices, and Pepsi. In the evening, there is an additional selection of wines, champagne, and bottles of Stella Artois. All the alcoholic drinks are free and were still available at 9:30 pm, unlike other executive lounges in London that limit drinks to very early happy hour times.
The lounge at the JW Grosvenor House definitely falls in my top 3 best executive lounges in London, alongside that of the Langham London and the Intercontinental Park Lane lounge. The advantage the JW lounge has over its competition is that you can gain access purely because of your Marriott status (free access is gained if you hold Gold or Platinum status). To access the executive lounges of the Intercontinental and Langham, you must pay for a high-end room or an additional fee to gain access, regardless of your status.
5. Hotel Romazzino, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Sardinia is an Italian island overflowing with white-sand beaches. The coastline you want to visit is Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda. Spiaggia del Principe (Prince Beach), in a remote cove, is only around 5 minutes drive from the Hotel Romazzino, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Costa Smeralda. This hotel also has its own beach directly in front of the hotel, with soft sand and sparkling turquoise water.
This Rewards Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy hotel is set between emerald waters and verdant scented gardens. Hotel Romazzino is a whitewashed building gently resting on a lengthy beach of the finest sand.
Hotel Romazzino invites you to discover your nature and embrace a better you. Reflecting on the true meaning of uncomplicated well-being, Hotel Romazzino is definitely one of the best beach & spa resorts in the Mediterranean.
6. The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino
Soak in some Greek sun along the unforgettable shoreline of the Costa Navarino. The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino is a Rewards Category 6 beachfront hotel located by the Ionian Sea in Costa Navarino, the prime sustainable destination in the Mediterranean.
The Westin Resort Costa Navarino features elegant rooms and suites with inviting sea, golf, or resort views and expanded terraces or balconies to connect with the splendor of the hotel’s setting. All ground-floor units also offer an individual infinity pool.
Nearby, there is an impressive Aqua Park, an indoor sports arena, and a wide selection of sports – including two signature golf courses, outdoor activities, and numerous authentic cultural experiences.
Savor nourishing menus at a stunning variety of restaurants and bars, unwind at the 1.5 km-long sandy beaches or by the pools, and rejuvenate with signature therapies at the award-winning Anazoe Spa & Thalassotherapy.
7. W Barcelona
W Barcelona is a Rewards Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy beach hotel designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill. W Barcelona offers a combination of luxury and comfort in each of its 473 fabulous guestrooms and suites.
This 5-star hotel is located on the beachfront along the famous Barceloneta Boardwalk. Each guestroom and suite provides panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea and the city of Barcelona.
Get glamorous on their 26th-floor hotspot at the ECLIPSE rooftop bar, or make your way down to the Living Room to find their new restaurant FIRE & the W LOUNGE for a cocktail (or two). Take a dip at the WET pool surrounded by sun terraces and cabanas, and enjoy the only beachfront access at any hotel in the city.
8. Hotel Arts Barcelona, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Hotel Arts Barcelona, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel is one of the few luxury hotels in Barcelona which is nest to the beach, but unlike the W Barcelona, it doesn’t have direct beach access.
The nearest metro station is 10 minutes walk away; from there, you can connect to a tram which takes you nearer to the hotel if you don’t fancy the walk. The hotel is located in the city’s Olympic Village area (home to a Frank Gehry sculpture). The attraction of this hotel is, of course, the beach plus the two excellent pools.
Renowned the world over for its impeccable service and lavish accommodations, the stunning 44 storey Hotel Arts Barcelona, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, offers panoramic sea or city views from each of its 483 guestrooms suites and 28 duplex penthouses. The latter is located on the top floors of the hotel and offers butler service and the use of a MINI Cooper.
The rooms are great here, with particularly lovely bathrooms with Asprey toiletries (top suites have Bulgari), a bath, and a very large shower. Interestingly, some of the rooms look up the beach at the W-hotel, which is in a similar location to the Hotel Arts Barcelona, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Both are good choices in Barcelona, although only one has a club lounge.
The Ritz-Carlton does have a reputation for running excellent club lounges. You need to book a room with executive club lounge access to get executive floor privileges on the 33rd floor with a triple-height ceiling and great views across the marina and coastline. The club provides complimentary breakfast, tea service, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.
The disadvantage of this hotel, much like the W-Barcelona, is the location, on the edge of the city center and not within the history and action of the city or the crowds near La Ramblas. The advantage is that it is next to the beach and has a club lounge, super pools, spa, gym, etc., plus the two Michelin-starred restaurants and the classy bar.
If you are a Platinum Marriott Bonvoy member, expect a one-category upgrade but no breakfast or club access. If you are a Platinum Marriott Bonvoy member and you book with our luxury travel concierge, you will get your own Platinum benefits PLUS our extra set of benefits.
9. The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort
Beach lovers who are looking for Marriott hotels should consider Mallorca and the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, a Rewards Category 8 Marriott hotel on the southwest coast of Mallorca.
The St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort is arranged across four terracotta-hued buildings with 125 guestrooms and suites. All have large private terraces with an alluring Mediterranean vista.
Connoisseurs come from near and far and converge to dine at Michelin-starred Es Fum, where the exquisitely crafted tasting menu showcases seasonality, local ingredients, and global culinary talent.
Offering prime views of the sea and surrounding nature, sun loungers are placed throughout rolling lawns and around the stately cascading swimming pool.
10. Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve
In the Algarve, in Southern Portugal, the Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve serves up the ultimate in relaxation from its cliff-top perch overlooking Praia (beach) da Falésia.
Visit the hillside village of Monchique for a thermal spring soak to unwind further still. If you want a great meal, head into Albufeira for some fresh fish in a laid-back establishment like Tres Coroas and gaze out at the dreamy Atlantic while you dine.
This iconic, 5-star cliff-top retreat is located above Portugal’s famous beach, Praia da Falésia, and boasts stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. With a Moorish-influenced decor, the hotel’s newly renovated guest rooms teem with exquisite indigenous details, plush beds, and spa-inspired bathrooms.
Each hotel room boasts a private balcony with views of the Algarve’s red cliffs overlooking the ocean or beautifully manicured gardens. This resort’s exceptional amenities include a 9-hole golf course, a tennis club, a revitalizing spa, eight swimming pools, an up-to-date fitness center, and various fine dining options. Families also love their fantastic kid’s facilities, including Porto Pirata, the biggest kids club in the region.
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