The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest Pool

Marriott Bonvoy 85K Free Night Certificate Redemptions in Europe


Marriott’s 85K Free Night Certificates is the highest level of Free Night Certificate in the Marriott Bonvoy program, which can be earned through the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card and the Chase Ritz-Carlton Card with the annual fees of $650 and $450 respectively.

Marriott still secretly assign category to their hotels, and with this information, we can infer the potential of Marriott’s free night certificates with topups. Here’s the secret chart:

9C (StR/RC Maldives)70,000164,000
RC Reserve Zadun (Cat 11)131,000212,000
RC Reserve Dorado Beach (Cat 12)170,000254,000
Nujuma, RC Reserve (Cat 12)163,000299,500

After studying the chart, I’m pleased to see that the 85K FNC is quite valuable. While not as valuable as Hilton Free Night Certificate, you can still redeem 85K FNC’s at really nice hotels, and they’re not as difficult to use like 50K FNC’s.

Due to the high-value nature of 85K FNC, I would only list hotels listed as Category 6 at minimum, and up to Category 9 which is the max Category an 85K FNC could be redeemed on hotels set at that Category. Countries excluded either mean that there’s no Marriott hotels there, or the max Category level found in the country is Category 5 or lower.

CategoryPoints Range85K Cert ViabilityRecommendation
635-81k/NightGuaranteed without topupsRedeem during peak season, or if you can't find Cat 7 hotels at destination
744-102k/NightGuaranteed with topups for ~99% of Cat 7 hotelsThe sweet spot category for 85K Cert. Try to aim for this!
852-130k/NightGood chances, but some of dates will be out of boundsRedeem during low-mid season or plan trip around redemption
980-140k/NightSlightly harder, though the difficulty level could be similar to Cat 8 depending on the propertyPlan trip around the redemption

Category 7 is the sweet spot for 85K FNC redemption as the pricing during peak season is just below 100K points, and as long as you have the required Marriott points for top-up, then you’re pretty much guaranteed to redeem as long as award availability exists. So far, I only found 2 Category 7 hotels that’s out of bounds with 102K points max, and they’re Sheratons in Hawaii.

Understandably, there’s not as many Category 7 as Category 6 hotels in the world, so one might have to settle for that if they still wish for a guaranteed redemption without worrying about planning your trip around a hotel redemption.

Most Category 6 hotels are still very nice though, and would most likely cost more than the effective annual fee for the Bonvoy Brilliant, and even more so for the Ritz-Carlton Card at peak seasons.

If you really want to maximize the potential of 85K FNC’s belonging to Category 8 or 9, then you’d have to plan your trip around that redemption and look ahead months in advance for better chances.

Here’s the list for the hotels you can redeem 85K FNC’s on in Europe:

Hotels with links are hotels I’ve personally stayed at and reviewed.



  • Vienna Marriott Hotel (Cat 6)
  • Le Meridien Vienna (Cat 6)
  • Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna (Cat 6)
  • Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna (Cat 7)
  • Ritz-Carlton, Vienna (Cat 7)
  • Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg (Cat 7)



  • Le Meridien Lav, Split (Cat 6)
  • The Isolano, Cres, Autograph Collection (Cat 8)



  • Almyra, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 6)
  • Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol (Cat 8)


Czech Republic



  • Copenhagen Marriott Hotel (Cat 6)



  • AC Hotel Nice (Cat 6)
  • Sheraton Nice Airport (Cat 6)
  • Sheraton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotel (Cat 6)
  • Le Meridien Nice (Cat 6)
  • Riviera Marriott Hotel La Porte De Monaco (Cat 6)
  • Le Metropolitan, Paris Tour Eiffel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel (Cat 6)
  • Hotel de Tourrel, Saint Remy de Provence, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • JW Marriott Cannes (Cat 7)
  • Le Parchamp, Paris Boulogne, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel (Cat 7)
  • Le Dokhan’s, Paris Arc de Triomphe, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel (Cat 7)
  • Le Maison Champs Elysees, Paris, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • Renaissance Paris Nobel Tour Eiffel Hotel (Cat 7)
  • Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel (Cat 7)
  • Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel (Cat 7)
  • Westin Paris – Vendome (Cat 7)
  • Le Roch Hotel & Spa, Paris, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 8)
  • Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel (Cat 8)
  • Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel (Cat 8)
  • Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel (Cat 8)
  • Hotel de Berri Champs-Elysees, a Luxury Collection Hotel, paris (Cat 8)
  • Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris (Cat 8)
  • Five Seas Hotel Cannes, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 8)
  • Hotel du Couvent, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nice, France (Cat 9)



  • Paragraph Freedom Square, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tbilisi (Cat 6)



  • Residence Inn Munich Central (Cat 6)
  • Hamburg Marriott Hotel, (Cat 6)
  • Munich Marriott Hotel City West (Cat 6)
  • SIDE, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 6)
  • Ritz-Carlton, Berlin (Cat 6)
  • JW Marriott Hotel Frankfurt (Cat 6)
  • Westin Hamburg (Cat 7)
  • Koenigshof, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Munich (Cat 8)



  • Olea All Suite Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 6)
  • Academias Hotel, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Domes of Corfu, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu (Cat 6)
  • Domes Aulus Zante, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Westin Resort, Costa Navarino (Cat 6)
  • King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens (Cat 7)
  • Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens (Cat 7)
  • Domes Zeen Chania, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete (Cat 7)
  • Myconian Avaton, Mykonos, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • Mykonos Theoxenia, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • NOUS Santorini, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • Odera, Tinos, Autograph Collection (Cat 8)
  • Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection (Cat 8)
  • Domes Novos Santorini, Autograph Collection (Cat 8)
  • Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection (Cat 8)
  • W Costa Navarino (Cat 8)
  • O by Myconian, Mykonos, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 8)
  • The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino (Cat 8)
  • Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos (Cat 8)
  • Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini (Cat 8)
  • Cosme, a Luxury Collection Resort, Paros (Cat 9)
  • Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santorini (Cat 9)



  • Dorothea Hotel, Budapest, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Budapest Marriott Hotel (Cat 6)
  • W Budapest (Cat 6)
  • Ritz-Carlton, Budapest (Cat 6)
  • Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest (Cat 7)



  • The Reykjavik EDITION (Cat 7)
  • 101 Hotel, Reykjavik, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • ION City Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • ION Adventure Hotel, Nesjavellir, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)



  • Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • The College Green Hotel Dublin, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)



  • Sheraton Diana Majestic, Milan (Cat 6)
  • Westin Palace, Milan (Cat 6)
  • Hotel Viu Milan, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 6)
  • Sheraton Lake Como Hotel (Cat 6)
  • The Regency, Rome, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel (Cat 6)
  • Le Meridien Visconti Rome (Cat 6)
  • AC Hotel Venezia (Cat 6)
  • Palazzo Velabro, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • La Bandita Townhouse, Pienza, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • Rastrello, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan (Cat 7)
  • Delta Hotels Olbia Sardinia (Cat 7)
  • Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora (Cat 7)
  • Cardo Roma, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • Sina Villa Medici, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • Sina Bernini Bristol, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • Westin Excelsior, Rome (Cat 7)
  • JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa (Cat 7)
  • The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel, Autograph Collection (Cat 8)
  • Elizabeth Unique Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 8)
  • G-Rough, Rome, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 8)
  • W Rome (Cat 8)
  • St. Regis Rome (Cat 8)
  • St. Regis Venice (Cat 8)
  • St. Regis Florence (Cat 8)
  • Cervo Hotel, Costa Smeralda Resort (Cat 8)
  • Westin Excelsior, Florence (Cat 8)
  • St. Regis Rome (Cat 9)
  • The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice (Cat 9)
  • The Rome EDITION (Cat 9)
  • Hotel Cala Di Volpe, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Costa Smeralda (Cat 9)



  • The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta (Cat 6)



  • Le Meridien Beach Plaza (Cat 8)



  • The College Hotel Amsterdam, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel (Cat 6)
  • Amsterdam Marriott Hotel (Cat 7)
  • W Amsterdam (Cat 7)



  • The Ivens, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Pine Cliffs Hotel, A Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve (Cat 6)
  • Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Algarve (Cat 7)
  • W Algarve (Cat 7)
  • Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve (Cat 8)



  • Hotel Ercilla de Bilbao, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Hacienda Son Antem Golf Resort, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Lose Seises Sevilla, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel (Cat 6)
  • Westin Palace, Madrid (Cat 6)
  • Hotel Riomar, Ibiza, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel (Cat 6)
  • Querencia de Sevilla, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Hospes Marciel & Spa, Palma de Mallorca, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 6)
  • Castillo Hotel Son Vida, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca (Cat 6)
  • Concepcio by Nobis, Palma, a Member of Design Hotel (Cat 7)
  • Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego (Cat 7)
  • W Ibiza (Cat 7)
  • Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • Circulo Gran Via, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • Hotel Palacio Del Retiro, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • Hotel Palacio Del Carmen, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • JW Marriott Madrid (Cat 7)
  • Le Meridien Barcelona (Cat 7)
  • Santa Mauro, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Madrid (Cat 8)
  • The Madrid EDITION (Cat 8)
  • Hotel Arts Barcelona (Cat 8)
  • W Barcelona (Cat 8)
  • The Barcelona EDITION (Cat 8)
  • Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville (Cat 8)
  • St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort (Cat 8)
  • Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian (Cat 8)



  • The Hotel Lucerne, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Renaissance Lucerne Hotel (Cat 6)
  • Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Neues Schloss Privat Hotel Zurich, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Geneva Marriott Hotel (Cat 6)
  • Hotel President Wilson, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Geneva (Cat 7)
  • The Cambrian, Adelboden, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 7)
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel De La Paix, Geneva (Cat 8)
  • W Verbier (Cat 9)




United Kingdom

  • Edinburgh Marriott Hotel Holyrood (Cat 6)
  • London Marriott Hotel Regents Park (Cat 6)
  • London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch (Cat 6)
  • Residence Inn London Tower Bridge (Cat 6)
  • Residence Inn London Bridge (Cat 6)
  • Great Northern Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, London (Cat 6)
  • St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London (Cat 6)
  • Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh (Cat 6)
  • London Marriott Hotel Kensington (Cat 6)
  • Inhabit Southwick Street, a Member of Design Hotels (Cat 6)
  • The Dixon, Tower Bridge, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Hotel Xenia, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Montcalm East, Autograph Collection (Cat 6)
  • Sheraton Grand London Park Lane (Cat 7)
  • London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square (Cat 7)
  • Westin London City (Cat 7)
  • The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • St. Ermin’s Hotel, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • Threadneedles, Autograph Collection (Cat 7)
  • The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire (Cat 7)
  • The Park Tower Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, London (Cat 7)
  • JW Marriott Grosvenor House London (Cat 7)
  • W London (Cat 7)
  • London Marriott Hotel County Hall (Cat 8)
  • London Marriott Hotel Park Lane (Cat 8)
  • The Wellesely Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, London (Cat 8)
  • The London EDITION (Cat 8)
  • W Edinburgh (Cat 8)



85K Free Night Certificates are quite valuable and can deliver in having you stay at many of the nicest Marriott properties worldwide. It can be worthwhile to collect as many as you could if you really enjoy Marriott’s luxury hotels, and to mitigate you from spending too many points for redemptions as Marriott points are harder to recoup compared to other hotel loyalty programs.


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