In late January the US added a pre-travel testing requirement for all arriving international travelers. Hotels outside the US have been trying to adapt to this, given that it’s a potential complication for international travel. Well, Marriott has just introduced a (somewhat) coordinated testing procedure for the Caribbean and Mexico.
Marriott’s free coronavirus testing at select resorts
Marriott is introducing complimentary COVID-19 testing at select resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico:
- This free testing is available for up to two registered guests per room per stay
- Guests must be staying at the resort for three nights or longer
The following nine Marriott properties 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, Puerto Vallarta
- The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
- Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos
- Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Meanwhile the following two Marriott properties in the Caribbean are participating:
- Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
- The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
Marriott offering discounts on extended stays
In addition to offering complimentary testing, the above resorts are also offering discounts of up to 50% off the flexible rate when needing to extend stays. This is available to guests who can’t complete their travel due to test-related issues, whether it’s not getting results in time, or testing positive.
St. Regis Punta Mita
Marriott is finally introducing a somewhat coordinated program to offer free testing for guests. While this is a step in the right direction, it also so perfectly highlights the difference between Hyatt and Marriott.
Hyatt started offering free testing at resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, and beyond, as of January 26, when the testing requirements went into place, rather than nearly a month later. On top of that, all Hyatt resorts in the region are participating, while here only a subset of Marriott’s resort portfolio is participating.
Does anyone have an upcoming stay where they’ll benefit from this new Marriott testing feature?