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Marriott Cat 6 hotel along S. CA coast

Discussion in 'Marriott Vacation Club' started by VacationForever, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. VacationForever

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    I have an old Cat 9 5-night that will expire this June but will extend a year when I convert it to the new Cat 6.

    We have nothing planned but we are fine with driving somewhere rather than to lose it. Looking along S. CA coast, 2 Cat 6 hotels show up: Lido House, Autograph Collection at Newport Beach and Laguna Cliffis Marriott at Dana Point.

    Is anyone familiar with both who recommends one over the other? I looked at the reviews and did not see mention of breakfast or lounge access. I am Titanium and want to pick if one or both offer complimentary/loyalty hot breakfast and lounge access?

    Thank you.
     
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    The Laguna Cliffs at Dana Point is very nice. Another option would be to use it at Newport Coast Villas, which although not directly on the beach has other qualities that I think make it nicer.
     
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    Thanks. I am trying to compare between Lido House and Laguna Cliffs as they are both full service hotels. We have been to Newport Coast a bunch of times, including going there again late May this year using our MVC points, but we are looking for a different experience with the hotel certificates.
     
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    Don't know either of these hotels but according to the new "Bonvoy" rules about free breakfasts, Autograph and Marriott hotels both give 2 free breakfasts either in the lounge or if there isn't a lounge in a restaurant. You have a free night cert but if you look at the retail price of these hotels the Lido house is about twice the price of Dana Point. Lido will be in the middle of Newport beach with surrounding restaurants and shops while Dana Point is a bit out of the way but probably much quieter.
     
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    This one is tough. I think the setting of the one at Dana Point is better, but you will probably get upgraded to a suite at the one in Newport if you have status. You are closer to more stuff in Newport, but if you want to relax the on at the Cliffs looks better. You should get breakfast at both. No concierge lounge at Autograph or Resort/Spa hotels generally. I wish I were going. That's one of my favorite places to go in the US.
     
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    Thank you. I have 5 suite award nights to apply to whichever we choose.
     
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    I agree that this is a tough decision. I think it depends upon how you want to spend your time, and how sensitive you are to possible noise/congestion. Lido is out on the Balboa Peninsula, lots of restaurants and nightlife nearby, and it's a more trendy property, but not a peaceful location by any standard. Laguna Cliffs is up on a hill, much quieter with better views of the water, but it's an older property. Still walkable to restaurants, etc. in Dana Point.
     
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