Marriott makes life easier with new smartphone app

marriott appIt seems like everywhere we look, a hotel brand or travel company is launching a new app – not that we’re complaining. Marriott is the latest to debut an app to assist travelers. The app, conveniently available on platforms ranging from iPhone to Blackberry to Android, allows travelers to: Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Edition, Autograph, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn, TownPlace Suites, SpringHill Suites and Ritz-Carlton hotels and:

• View and modify upcoming reservations
• Access your Marriott Rewards account and make Rewards reservations
• See hotel photos and maps
• Find hotels near your current position with GPS functionality
• Browse city guides with helpful tips about your destinations
• Call a hotel or get help immediately with reservations
• Do all this securely just like you would on

Like most branded apps, this one is free. While it isn’t as visual as some we’ve seen – those are primarily geared towards the iPad – it’s a useful feature for travelers with Marriott brand loyalty and those who want the convenience of being able to book from their smartphone.