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Question about I I designation

kjd

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Is the II designation "Premeir" at the same standard as the Marriott brand? When searching II for a trade do these designations really mean anything? I realize that TUG has a resort review section but they are often the reactions of one or two persons or the review itself is out of date.

I traded into one of these recently but have no previous experience with this designation.
 

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Is the II designation "Premeir" at the same standard as the Marriott brand? When searching II for a trade do these designations really mean anything? I realize that TUG has a resort review section but they are often the reactions of one or two persons or the review itself is out of date.

I traded into one of these recently but have no previous experience with this designation.

I think the answer is "it depends". If you go outside of Marriott through II, Starwood and Four Seasons offer comparable or even superior accommodations. Many independents are also very nice, but I have found it to be more "hit and miss". I rely on the Tug reviews and Tripadvisor.com to try to get a feel for the resort and its amenities.
 

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I would venture to guess that Marriott is at the higher end of the Premier (golden pineapple) range. Theorectically, you could get quite a difference between the upper end and lower end of the range.

II changed the designations of many resorts this year when they went to their new rating system. I believe they actually closed the gap a bit within each range. In other word it's a bit more difficult to reach the Premier status than it was before to reach the Five Star status.

The one who explained this to me was the GM (or was in assist. GM) at my Christie Lodge Resort.


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