5 Top European Hotels to Book With Starwood Points

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The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood card (personal and business) has increased to 30,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements.  And there are many interesting hotels in Europe where you can stay with Starwood points!

30,000 Starwood points are a big deal because they’re hard to earn, so they’re more valuable than other points.  And great to use for Big Travel with Small Money!

5 Top European Hotels To Book With Starwood Points

The Gritti Palace in Venice Is 1 Hotel Where You Can Save a Lot by Redeeming Your Starwood Points!

I picked 5 Starwood hotels in Europe that make excellent award stays!

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The best use of Starwood points is at mid-range hotels, or hotels located in places that are usually expensive.  Although some folks prefer to transfer their Starwood points to partner airlines!

Starwood hotels include AloftElementFour PointsLe MeridienSheratonSt RegisThe Luxury CollectionWestin and W brand hotels.

And here’s how to use your Starwood points for award stays.

5 Top European Hotels To Book With Starwood Points

Starwood Has 7 Award Categories. And There Are Beautiful Hotels in Each One!

The sign-up bonus for the AMEX Starwood card (personal and business) is usually 25,000 Starwood points after after meeting minimum spending requirements.

But I speculated the 30,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus would return this summer.  That’s a big deal because with 5,000 extra Starwood points you can get:

30,000 Starwood points is more than enough to get started with award stays at Starwood hotels!  Or treat yourself to a luxury night at a top-tier hotel!

5 Top Starwood Hotels in Europe

Note:  The prices in these examples are based on travel in October 2015.

Note:   This is a wish list!  Emily and I also had memorable stays at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, and the Convento do Espinheiro in Portugal.

This list is intended to give you ideas for how to use your Starwood points.  I haven’t been to all of them.  But if you have, I’d love to hear what you thought!

1.   The Park Tower Knightsbridge, London

If you’re heading to London, you can stay at the centrally-located Park Tower Knightsbridge.  As a Starwood Category 6 hotel, it costs 20,000 to 25,000 Starwood points per night.

5 Top European Hotels To Book With Starwood Points

Use Your Starwood Points to Stay in London and Save ~$588

Standard rooms start at ~$588 per night.

5 Top European Hotels To Book With Starwood Points

Breathtaking Views From the Park Tower Knightsbridge in London

This hotel is a great base to start exploring London’s culture and activities!

2.   The Gritti Palace, Venice

Venice is a gorgeous city, which I had the chance to explore.

You can stay at The Gritti Palace in Venice, a Starwood Category 7 hotel, for 30,000 to 35,000 Starwood points, depending on the season.  This 1 in particular is a terrific hotel to splurge on!

Remember you’ll have more than 30,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements.  This hotel costs 35,000 Starwood points per night in October.

5 Top European Hotels To Book With Starwood Points

Stay in Venice for 35,000 Starwood Points per Night and Save ~$1,120!

The going rate is ~$1,120 a night, so you can save a lot by redeeming your Starwood points!

This hotel recently changed owners, but Starwood will continue to manage it.

5 Top European Hotels To Book With Starwood Points

I Had a Great Time Exploring the Canals of Venice!

There is so much to see and do (and eat!) in Venice, and the canals really are beautiful!

3.   Le Meridien Barcelona

Located on La Rambla, Le Meridien Barcelona is walking distance to many attractions, and surrounded by markets, sidewalk cafes, and shops.  La Rambla is also known for its many performance artists!

Two nights would cost ~$668 if you paid cash, or 32,000 Starwood points (you’ll have that many after completing the minimum spending required).  As a Category 5 hotel, award nights are 12,000 to 16,000 Starwood points per night.

5 Top European Hotels To Book With Starwood Points

Le Meridien Barcelona Is Located on La Rambla, a Street Filled With Activities and Sights!

Rates can start as high as ~$646 dollars a night, so you can save a lot of money when you redeem your Starwood points here! 

4.   Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

The Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens is another Starwood Category 5 hotel, requiring 12,000 to 16,000 Starwood points a night.

5 Top European Hotels To Book With Starwood Points

Dine With a View of the Acropolis in Athens from the Hotel Grande Bretagne!

Two nights in October cost ~$692 or 24,000 Starwood points.  So you’d still have enough points for another stay a Starwood Category 1 or 2 hotel!

5 Top European Hotels To Book With Starwood Points

Save ~$692 and Have Enough Left Over for Another Stay!

Talk about history!  You’ll have a great base to start exploring Greek culture, and guests rave about this hotel.  It has nearly all 5-star reviews!

5.   Hotel Kamp, Helsinki

If you’re heading to Finland, consider the Hotel Kamp in Helsinki.  It’s a Starwood Category 5 hotel, and costs 12,000 to 16,000 Starwood points per night.

Located in the city center, you’ll be walking distance to everything Helsinki has to offer, like nightlife, restaurants, and shopping!

Rates here vary a lot, depending on the time of year.  So your Starwood points can be very valuable when prices are high.

5 Top European Hotels To Book With Starwood Points

Have Near-Constant Daylight in the Summer, or See the Northern Lights in Winter… the Hotel Kamp Has Lots of Offer From Its Center City Location!

Rates in October for a 2-night stay are 24,000 Starwood points or ~$352.

Remember, in Helsinki you’re just a ferry ride away from Tallinn, Estonia.  Its medieval Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With the money you’ll save, you can get extra sima (traditional drink of Finland).  Kippis (Cheers)!

Bottom Line

I’ve picked 5 outstanding hotels in Europe where you can stay using points earned from the new higher sign-up bonus on the Starwood AMEX cards.

The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood card (personal and business) is usually 25,000 Starwood points, so you’ll get an extra 5,000 Starwood points with the current 30,000 point offers.  That’s valuable because Starwood points can be worth a lot of money towards Big Travel, and they’re hard to earn.

I haven’t stayed at all these hotels, but these 5 tempt me!  Which hotels would you add to the list?

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8 responses to “5 Top European Hotels to Book With Starwood Points

  1. I would add the beautiful and comfortable Florence Westin Excelsior. While there, check out the hotel’s Art Deco bar. At 25,000 points a night, you can book 5 nights for 100,000 points. Better yet: call SPG and book an upgraded room. You can book a substantially larger room for just 107,000 points over five nights. Well worth the extra 7,000 points.

  2. I have referrals for both the products SPG Business and Personal, if you interested in using my referral email me at: gbs10@live.com Put SPG Referral in Subject line
    I can assist you with an award booking or general travel related questions, if your willing to help me out with a referral.

    I have stayed at many of these awesome hotels and would love to give my viewpoint to any who are interested. Also a reminder the value on SPG points in the states is pretty remarkable, 2K and 3K nights are some of the highest value you will redeem.

  3. The Westin Warsaw is a category 2 hotel and in my opinion a great use of points. While not typically expensive (rooms for under a $100 in Oct.), it’s a nice hotel and tough to beat for 3,000-4,000 points/night.

  4. Is it true that AMEX would decline the application on SPG card unless you are 1st time EVER to get this card?

    It seems they say same thing to AMEX DELTA GOLD but it was never true for all 3 household members in my family.

    Anybody can shed the light ?

  5. PJ,

    NO…spg will not decline your application…they’ll just deny giving you ALL of those points you spend ALL of your hard earned dollar,s fulfilling their minimum spend sign-up promotion, on but only tell you this AFTER you’ve fulfilled everything 🙁 Been there, done that. When SPG says only hit us once for points, otherwise you will get nothing if you try it again, they mean it!

  6. If you absolutely had to transfer AmEx points asap. which airline program would you use?
    I mainly travel to Central and S. America, Asia and Canada.

  7. To DWG or anyone else about the Westin in Florence.
    Why did you choose that over the St. Regis?
    We’ll be there in March and I have reservations pending with both. Reviews of the St. Regis seemed to be hands down better than the Westin, and points were not that much more (stay 5 nights and get 1 free with points). thanks

  8. We stayed at Le Meridien in Barcelona for 5 nights last Thanksgiving using points. That was a beautiful hotel in the best area. We even had a balcony in our room. The staff was very friendly. They participate in Starwood’s Going Green promotion where you’ll get 500 points a night for not having your room cleaned. It was interesting to learn that Madonna and The Rolling Stones have stayed at this hotel while on tour.