Marriott International is teaming up with a London home-sharing startup to offer members the option to live like a local in the United Kingdom. Partnering with Hostmaker, the hotelier is offering homes for short-term rental through Tribute Portfolio Homes.
Guests can earn Marriott Rewards points during their stay, or use them for award nights at around 200 homes across London. It marks the first time a major hotel loyalty program has expanded beyond hotels and into short-term rentals for awards.
Renting homes to live like a local
Teaming with Hostmaker, a finalist for its 2017 Travel Experience Incubator, Marriott identified London short-term rental homes that matched the Tribute Portfolio standards. The result is a cultivated collection that allow guests a boutique experience during their stay.
Besides the support of the Marriott brand, guests will receive an in-person welcome and check-in experience when they arrive. Hostmaker will provide a cleaning schedule for every guest and prepare homes for future arrivals.
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While Marriott and Hostmaker are managing the booking process, homes come much stricter cancellation policies than hotels. Travelers will get a full refund only if they cancel within 48 hours of booking and at least 30 days before check in. They only get a 50% refund if they cancel at least seven days before their arrival date. Guests give up their payment if they cancel with less than seven days’ notice.
The short-term rental experiment will end in October 2018. Marriott has not yet committed to continuing the program, or extending it to other cities.
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Is it a good deal?
Tribute Portfolio Homes gives you the opportunity to experience London close up with the benefit of a giant brand. While it may cost more than Airbnb, guests receive a dedicated check-in, cleaning and around-the-clock customer support.
The downside is that award nights cost significantly more than hotel award nights. When using Marriott Rewards points for Tribute Portfolio Homes, expect to get a value of 0.4 cents per point. This is a lower rate than most rooms at traditional Marriott or Starwood hotels.
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Feature photo courtesy Homemakers/Marriott