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While many hotels affiliated with major loyalty programs can seem cookie-cutter, not all properties were cast from the same mold. TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele takes a look at some historic properties within the Marriott brand, all of which can be booked using points.

After using my points to stay at a few historic hotels, I started wondering how many other unique properties participate in one of the major loyalty programs. It turns out, there are quite a few! Today, I’ll begin a series on historic hotels that are part of major loyalty programs by taking a look at Marriott.

As for what I’ll consider as “historic,” it would be easy to classify nearly any hotel in this category if a movie was shot there or if it was the scene of any important event. To narrow things down, I’ll define a hotel as “historic” if it has unique architecture that dates back to before the Second World War or if it occupies a historic building that was not originally designed to be a hotel.

This huge hotel chain happens to feature many historic properties. You can earn Marriott Rewards points from the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card or by transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards. These properties can also be booked using Ritz-Carlton Rewards points, which you can earn from the The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card or by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

1. Cairo Marriott Hotel, Egypt (1869)

The palatial entrance to the Cairo Marriott.
The palatial entrance to the Cairo Marriott. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 2 (7,500-10,000 points per night)

Originally built as a palace by Khedive Ismail, this hotel has housed European monarchs, including Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. Surrounded by six acres of lush palace gardens, this neoclassical-style property is also home to the Omar Khayyam Casino.

2. The Historic Davenport Hotel, Spokane, Washington (1914)

The Davenport's beautiful lobby.
The Davenport’s beautiful lobby. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 5 (20,000-25,000 points per night)

A majestic city landmark since it opened more than 100 years ago, this grand dame of Spokane hotels includes The Peacock Room Lounge, a Jazz Age throwback known for serving the most inventive martinis in town.

3. Fairfield Inn & Suites, Keene, New Hampshire (1891)

The charming lobby of the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Keene, New Hamsphire.
The charming lobby of the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Keene, New Hamsphire. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 6 (25,000-30,000 points per night)

An iconic Keene Landmark, the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites was originally built in 1891 by Elisha F. Lane to serve as the location for a Goodnow Department Store. In 2001, after the structure was carefully redesigned, the property was reopened as the Lane Hotel. Its high ceilings and exposed brick walls showcase the hotel’s historic charm while accommodating the urban appeal of the city center establishment.

4. Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C. (1918)

The Washington Marriott Wardman Park's impressive lobby.
The Washington Marriott Wardman Park’s impressive lobby. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 6 (25,000-30,000 points per night)

Before the US joined World War II, a British spy named Cynthia used the hotel as her base of operations while sneaking top-secret documents from an operative at the French Vichy Embassy. In the 1940s, Marine Reserves trained in the hotel pool, learning to swim in their clothes. Additionally, the hotel got a taste of political action when NBC broadcast its first televised episode of Meet the Press from Wardman Tower in 1947.

5. JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, Peru (1500s)

Beautiful architecture surrounds the front desk at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco.
Beautiful architecture surrounds the front desk at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 7 (30,000-35,000 points per night)

Built atop ancient Incan ruins and situated around a 16th-century convent, this hotel features two exhibition halls showcasing Peruvian artifacts and daily tours of the San Agustín Convent.

6. Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, Point Clear, Alabama (1847)

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama.
The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 7 (30,000-35,000 points per night)

This luxury hotel overlooking Mobile Bay has served as a military hospital as well as an Air Force training facility. Each afternoon, the staff celebrates the hotel’s history with a military procession and cannon firing.

7. Renaissance Denver (1915)

The Renaissance Denver sits in what was formally the Colorado National Bank.
The Renaissance Denver sits in what was formally the Colorado National Bank. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 7 (30,000-35,000 points per night)

Housed in the former Colorado National Bank building dating back to the early 1900s, this hip, contemporary hotel is in the 4 Corners area of Downtown Denver. The bank expanded horizontally in 1925 — and vertically in 1963 to accommodate six floors. The vaults were built to store gold, bonds and — later — currency. Their massive doors are 33 inches thick and weigh 62,000 lbs.

8. Residence Inn Chicago Downtown Loop (1915)

A view inside the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown Loop.
A view inside the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown Loop. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 7 (30,000-35,000 points per night)

The hotel was originally the Roanoke Building opened in 1915, and additions in 1922 and 1925 helped complete the now-standing 35 stories. Its exterior showcases the Portuguese-gothic style terra cotta façade that distinguishes the building as an architectural masterpiece.

9. The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C. (1925)

The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 7 (30,000-35,000 points per night)

The longest continuously operating hotel in the Washington D.C. area, the Mayflower has been an important location for presidential events. The Mayflower Hotel hosted the Inaugural Ball of President Calvin Coolidge just two weeks after its opening, and hosted every subsequent Ball until January 1981. (I’m guessing this hotel is probably booked for January 20th, 2017.)

10. Brown Palace, Denver (1892)

The Brown Palace in Denver.
The Brown Palace in Denver. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 8 (35,000-40,000 points per night)

Built in 1892, this was one of the first atrium-style hotels ever built. The lobby is open and the balconies feature cast-iron railings and ornate scrollwork panels. The Brown Palace has hosted nearly every US president over the past 100 years, and historic tours are available for free to overnight guests.

11. Courtyard by Marriott Boston Copley Square (1891)

The Courtyard by Marriott Boston Copley Square.
The Courtyard by Marriott Boston Copley Square. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 8 (35,000-40,000 points per night)

Housed in a refurbished apartment building from the 1800s, this Courtyard offers 81 guest rooms unique in design, complete with window benches and ornate windows. It’s located in the heart of the city near fashionable Newbury Street, Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Suffolk Law School and the Museum of Fine Arts.

12. The Press Hotel Portland, Maine (1923)

Reception at the Press Hotel in Portland, Maine.
Reception at the Press Hotel reflects the building’s newspaper past. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 8 (35,000-40,000 points per night)

Located on the corner of Exchange and Congress Streets in the Old Port District, this hotel occupies the former Gannett Building, which housed the offices and printing plant of the Portland Press Herald, the state’s largest newspaper. Each guest room is inspired by a 1920s writer’s office and includes a vintage-styled journalist desk, playful newsroom references throughout and floor to ceiling marble bathrooms.

13. Union Station Nashville (1900)

Union Station Nashville.
Hints of the Union Station Nashville’s train station past. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 8 (35,000-40,000 points per night)

The Union Station Hotel is located in the building of the L&N Railroad’s iconic train station, an important cornerstone in America’s economy that officially opened on October 9, 1900. It features the original 65-foot barrel-vaulted stained glass ceiling and unique bas-relief sculptures.

14. JW Marriott Essex House New York (1931)

JW Marriott Essex House New York.
JW Marriott Essex House New York. Image courtesy of Marriott.

Reward Category: 9 (40,000-45,000 points per night)

Ornate gilded doors and rich wood paneling harken to this hotel’s Art Deco history, while cutting-edge technology seamlessly blends past and present. The hotel’s known for hosting guests of Saturday Night Live, among other famous clientele.

What’s your favorite historic property that’s bookable with points?

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