In late January, the US added a pre-test requirement for all arriving international travelers. Hotels outside of the US have tried to adjust to this as it creates a potential complication for international travel. Well, Marriott has just put in place a (somewhat) coordinated testing process for the Caribbean and Mexico.
Marriott’s free coronavirus testing at select resorts
Marriott is rolling out free COVID-19 testing at select resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico:
- This free trial is available for up to two registered guests per room per stay
- Guests must stay at the resort for a minimum of three nights
The following nine Marriott hotels in Mexico are participating:
- JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
- Marriott Cancun Resort
- The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
- Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
- W Punta de Mita
- The Westin Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta
- The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
- Solaz, a luxury collection resort in Los Cabos
- Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton reservation
The following two Marriott hotels in the Caribbean are now participating:
- Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
- The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
Marriott offers discounts on extended stays
In addition to offering free trials, the above resorts also offer discounts of up to 50% on the flexible rate when stays need to be extended. This is available to guests who are unable to complete their trip due to testing issues, regardless of whether they don’t get results on time or test positive.
St. Regis Punta Mita
Marriott is finally rolling out a somewhat coordinated program to offer guests free trials. While this is a step in the right direction, it also perfectly highlights the difference between Hyatt and Marriott.
Starting January 26, when the testing requirements went into effect, instead of nearly a month later, Hyatt was offering free testing at resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, and beyond. In addition, all Hyatt resorts in the region participate, while only part of the Marriott resort portfolio participates here.
Has anyone an upcoming stay where they will benefit from this new Marriott testing feature?