Marriott vs Renaissance

Should you stay at a Marriott hotel or a Renaissance? This guide will help.

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How do you choose between a Marriott and a Renaissance hotel? Especially when you know that Renaissance hotels are owned by Marriott International. Is there even a difference between the two brands?

This guide turns each of the hotel brands inside out to compare them on everything from the availability of online chat to room rates.

Marriott vs Renaissance

FeaturesMarriottRenaissanceVerdict
Where are its hotels?
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • South America
  • USA
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • South America
  • USA
Renaissance doesn't have a presence in Australia or Central America.
Is there free breakfast?At some hotels.No.Breakfast is not included at Renaissance.
Is there a loyalty program? Is it free to join?Marriott Rewards – free to join.Marriott Rewards – free to join.Both share the same loyalty program.
Which chains is it partnered with?Marriott has 30 brands:
  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • St Regis
  • Edition
  • The Luxury Collection
  • Bulgari Hotels
  • W Hotels
  • JW Marriott
  • Marriott
  • Sheraton
  • Marriott Vacation Club
  • Delta Hotels
  • Le Meridien
  • Westin
  • Autograph Collection
  • Design Hotels
  • Renaissance
  • Tribute Portfolio
  • Gaylord Hotels
  • AC Hotels
  • Fairfield
  • Protea Hotels
  • Springhill Suites
  • Four Points
  • Courtyard
  • Aloft
  • Moxy
  • Marriott Executive Apartments
  • Residence Inn
  • Towneplace Suites
  • Element
Renaissance is part of the Marriott International.Renaissance is a sub-brand of Marriott International.
Is there free Wi-Fi?Marriott Rewards members get free Wi-Fi.Marriott Rewards members get free Wi-Fi.Both brands offer free in-room Wi-Fi to loyalty members.
Is there an executive lounge?In some hotels.In some hotels.Both offer some executive lounges.
How many stars does it have?Up to 5-stars, luxury.4-5 stars, luxury.Both are luxury hotels.
Are hotels pet friendly?1,400 pet-friendly hotels worldwide.More than 40 pet-friendly hotels.Marriott offers more pet-friendly hotels.
Is there online chat?Yes.No.Marriott offers online chat.
What are my payment options?
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • JCB
  • Switch/Maestro
  • Visa
  • Cheques
  • Marriott Gift Vouchers
  • Whitbread Leisure Vouchers
  • Love 2 Play
  • Red Letter Days
  • Bonus Bonds
  • Visa Checkout
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • Mastercard
Marriott offers more ways to pay than Renaissance.
Can I price match?Yes.Yes.Both price match.
Does it allow for cancellations / changes?Yes, you can cancel without charges 48 hours before the stay.Cancellation policies vary by hotel and rate. You can cancel most rooms 48 hours before the stay.You can make cancellations and changes at most hotels with both brands.
Does it have smoking rooms?Not in the USA or Canada; some outside these regions do.Not in the USA or Canada;, some outside these regions do.Both brands are smoke free across the USA and Canada.

Who offers the best price?

A room in New York’s East Side with a king-sized room costs US$290 including taxes with Marriott.

On the same date, a room, 15 minutes walk down the road, with a king bed costs US$465 including taxes with Renaissance.

The verdict?

In a like-for-like rate comparison, Renaissance came out more expensive. Note that these rates don't take into account any rewards discounts or sales that may occur from time to time with either hotel.


Any other differences worth noting?

Renaissance Hotels have in-house navigators – people employed to help guests find local experiences.


What are the deals like?

Renaissance hotel's website doesn't have an offers section, but deals are available through the Marriott website and are often valid for both chains.

The verdict?

The deals at Marriott and Renaissance are the same.


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