Review: Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Upgrade and Benefits at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Nashville
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The Gaylord Opry Resort & Convention Center is huge and as in their advertisement: Everything in one place! Indeed, there are quite a few restaurants and bars at the resort, then there are activities to keep guests entertained such as evening live show, riverboat tour, water park, and arcade rooms to name a few. The resort is also located within walking distance to Nashville’s famous Grand Ole Opry House where we did a backstage tour the next day.
Marriott Bonvoy Points Booking & Free Night Certificate
I was lucky to be able to book a room for one night stay at the Gaylord Opry Resort for only 35,000 points per night.
Marriott at the time was having a Marriott PointSavers promotion that gives you a discount on award night. Instead of using my Marriott points of 35,000 points per night, I redeemed my Marriott Free Night 35k Certificate for this stay instead. I considered that was a very good redemption to enjoy everything that the Gaylord Opry Resort & Convention Centerhas to offer.
At this time, it’s unknown when this property is back on the Marriott PointSavers list or when there’s a Marriott PointSavers promotion again. It’s very rare though but be sure to subscribe to our blog posts below so you’ll be notified when the promo returns. Our Marriott Promotions and Offers page is the central page that keeps readers informed of all Marriott’s latest promotions.
So you can use any Marriott Free Night 50k Certificate that you earn through Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards to redeem for a free night stay there.
Complimentary Room Upgrade Atrium View
Prior to checking in, I used the chat feature in the Marriott Bonvoy app to inquire about any upgrades for our standard king room. They informed me that they had upgraded us to a King Atrium View room as part of Marriott Platinum Elite benefits and that they were not selling any larger suites at the time.
The room was a little bit dated but I already expected that from reading reviews on TripAdvisor. We originally booked into an exterior view room so the upgrade was very nice as you get the interior or Atrium view instead of the outside.
The room also comes with a small balcony that we enjoyed sitting there and listening to the waterfall. Everything was so green and beautiful in the Atrium.
During our riverboat tour at the resort, we were told that the resort likes to keep the temperature inside the Atrium at around 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Welcome Amenity: $10 Credit Or 1,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points
The guy at the reception desk was not very informative when it comes to Marriott Bonvoy’s elite benefits at the property. He did not give me the options of $10 credit or bonus points. I had to ask and he simply told me that he would give me 1,000 bonus points. He did not mention anything about the $10 food and beverage credit. I found this information out later on Marriott’s website for Marriott Platinum Elite benefits when staying at a Gaylord brand property. It wasn’t a big deal though as 1,000 Marriott points to me is worth about $8 so it’s not a huge difference for me to take 1,000 points as my welcome amenity instead of the $10 food and beverage credit.
Elite Member Black Key can be used to access any doors just like the regular room key, but it also offers one additional privilege in a form of discounts and gifts that can be viewed by scanning the QR code with your smartphone for the following perks:
Complimentary take-home delighter with purchase of a spa service.
Free All-Day Pass upgrade with the purchase of a Delta Riverboat Tour’s ticket.
Complimentary journey through Gaylord Opryland Scavenger Hunt Book. Pick up at Delta Riverboat Co.
Complimentary set of rental clubs with purchase of a round of golf at Gaylord Springs Golf Links.
Food & Beverage
Complimentary dessert at Old Hickory Steakhouse with purchase of an entrée.
Complimentary take-home spice bag at Jack Daniel’s with purchase of an entrée.
Complimentary basket of BBQ chips at Cascades American Café.
Complimentary Fried Green Tomatoes at Opry Backstage Grill with purchase of entrée. Located at The Inn at Opryland.
Buy one get one free regular cup or cone of ice cream with one topping at Carvel.
Buy one get one free original or cinnamon nuggets with drink purchase at Auntie Annie’s.
Buy one get one free Classic Roll or Bon Bites with drink purchase at Cinnabon.
Buy one get half off a single scoop at Bravo Gelato.
Elite Members Receive All Day Pass Upgrade For Riverboat Tour
Jack Daniel’s Restaurant
Jack Daniel’s Spice Bag Gift
Self-Parking & Valet Parking
Valet parking costs $40/night and self-parking costs $32/night. The cost does not include taxes. We did the self-parking. You go in and out using your room key. So at the end of your stay, be sure to keep one of your room keys to use for leaving the parking lot if you self-park. There’s a key drop box right by the exit gate. Otherwise, you can press for assistance if you no longer have your room key.
The Gaylord Opry Resort & Convention Center does have a resort fee of $20. It’s worth noting that, Marriott does NOT waive resort fees on award stays using points or free night certificates. The resort fees include the following:
High-speed in-room wireless internet access.
Unlimited local and long-distance calls.
Daily scheduled shuttle service to Grand Ole Opry House, Opry Mills, General Jackson Showboat & The Inn at Opryland.
Bottled water (2 daily) replenished once daily with housekeeping service.
Daily credit of up to $10 per room towards dry cleaning (credit is not cumulative through stay).
Gaylord Springs Golf Links practice range access, a daily bucket of balls, and shuttle.
Wildhorse Saloon cover charge for up to 4 guests (some restrictions apply).
Opry Mills Savings Passport is worth hundreds of dollars in additional savings.
Speaking of the Opry Mills Savings Passport, upon check-in they also provided that passport card. You simply show it to receive discounts at participating merchants. The savings inside the Opry Mills Savings Passport seems a little bit overlapping with the offers given to Marriott elite members (black key) as mentioned above. See the picture of the Opry Mills Savings Passport savings below.
Opry Mills Savings Passport
2 Daily Bottled Water As Part of the Resort Fee $20