5 Top Hotels in Europe to Book With Starwood Points

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Through April 5, 2017, the sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards has increased to a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.  And there are so many interesting hotels in Europe where you can stay with Starwood points!

Now is a great time to sign-up for these cards.  Because the sign-up bonus has NEVER been higher!  And because of the Marriott Starwood merger, we don’t know if or when these cards will be discontinued.

35,000 Starwood points is more than enough for an award night at beautiful Starwood hotels, like the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane in London!

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Here are 5 Starwood hotels in Europe that are an excellent use for your Starwood points!

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The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards is usually 25,000 Starwood points.  But for a limited time, you can earn 35,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

With the personal AMEX Starwood card, you’ll earn 25,000 Starwood points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.  And 10,000 more Starwood points for spending another $2,000 on purchases within the first 6 months.

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And with the AMEX Starwood small business card, you’ll earn 25,000 Starwood points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.  And 10,000 more Starwood points for spending another $3,000 on purchases within the first 6 months.

10,000 extra Starwood points is a LOT.  For example, with 10,000 Starwood points, you can get:

With 35,000 Starwood points, you’ll be able to stay multiple nights at a lower category hotel, or 1 night at nearly any luxury Starwood hotel in the world!

If you’ve never received the sign-up bonus on these cards, now is a great time to apply because of the higher sign-up bonus.  Because it is uncertain if AMEX will continue to issue this card after Starwood’s merger with Marriott.

Note:   American Express only allows folks to get the sign-up bonus ONCE per person, per lifetime on ALL their cards.

Starwood Points for Hotels in Europe

Here are 5 great hotels you can book with Starwood points, and save BIG!

1.   Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini

Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini is a beautiful hotel, and MUCH more affordable than its big brother, Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, on the same tiny island.  The hotel is removed from the busy part of the island.

The island is full of wineries, too!  Folks like the Vedema wine, made from the hotel’s personal vineyard.

The hotel is ~3.5 miles away from one of the best beaches in Santorini, Perissa Beach.

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If You’re After Peace and Quiet, the Vedema Resort Be a Perfect Choice

You’ll get free transportation between the hotel and its private black sand beach (folks on TripAdvisor warn the sand gets EXTRA hot!).  You can eat at the Black Rose, Vedema’s beachside restaurant and bar.

You’ll also get free transportation to Thira, about 7 miles north of the hotel, where there are excellent restaurants and activities, like the very popular hiking trail between Fira and Oia.

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Some Rooms Have an Outdoor Jacuzzi to Help You Enjoy the Grecian Sunsets

This is a category 6 hotel.  Rooms here usually sell for ~$490.  But you can reserve a free room for 20,000 to 25,000 Starwood points per night.  That’s a value of between 1.96 and 2.45 cents per point ($490 per night / 20,000 Starwood points).

2.   W Verbier, Switzerland

The W Verbier is a luxury ski resort in the Swiss Alps, near the French and Italian borders.  It’s perched in the middle of the mountain, just steps away from lifts that take you to the peak.  Perfect for skiers (or folks who would prefer to hike exclusively down the mountain!).

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Ask for a Valley View to Get the Best View for the Points!

Million Mile Secrets team member Joseph visited the W Verbier in November and loved it.  He says the bathrooms in the hotel rooms are extremely public, so only stay here with someone you feel very comfortable with!  He also recommends the fish tacos from the in-house restaurant, W Kitchen.

One of his biggest highlights in Verbier was Le Carrefour, a small restaurant along the mountain trail about 2 miles away from the W Verbier.  They serve raw meat on a hot stone, and you cook your own meal right at your table (order the doe steak!).  The restaurant provides you with straw hats on especially sunny days, so you can more comfortably enjoy the unbelievable views.

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Verbier Is a Ski Town, but It’s Just as Beautiful Without the White Stuff

This is a category 7 hotel.  Rooms here cost $1,000+ during ski season.  But you can reserve a room for just 30,000 Starwood points.  That’s a value of 3 cents per point ($1,000 per night / 30,000 Starwood points).

3.   The Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

The Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice was originally commissioned as a palace in the 1400’s, and has gone through many renovations.  It’s in a nice location, within walking distance to many historical sites

See if you can get a room overlooking the Grand Canal.

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Emily Stayed in the Gritti Palace for 30,000 Starwood Points Last Year On Her Way to Croatia!

Emily stayed at this hotel on her way to Croatia last year.  She loved it, and said the decoration and artwork made the hotel feel like a museum.  The lobby and bar area had Murano glass and lots of 17th century paintings.

Immediately outside the hotel is a traghetto (gondola ferry) stop that will take you across the canal.

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The Gritti Palace Is in the Most Picturesque Environment

This is a category 7 hotel.  Rooms here can cost ~$980 per night.  Or you can spend 30,000 Starwood points instead.  So you’ll get a value of ~3.2 cents each ($980 per night / 30,000 Starwood points).

4.   The Westin Palace, Madrid

The Westin Palace, Madrid is a luxury palace in the heart of Madrid.  And multiple guests say the staff treats you like royalty!  Plus, folks LOVE the breakfast here (though it might be on the expensive side).

The hotel is a 10 minute walk from Puerta Del Sol, one of the most popular areas in Madrid.  Beautiful buildings, street performers, and lots of restaurants!

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Lots of Politicians and Famous Folks Stay at This Hotel

One of the most popular things about this hotel is La Rotonda, a restaurant underneath a gigantic stained-glass dome.  You can attend an Opera & Brunch event every Sunday (but it ain’t free!).

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The Westin Palace Madrid Hosts an Opera & Brunch Event Every Sunday Under the Stained-Glass Dome

This is a category 5 hotel.  You can usually book this hotel for ~$260 per night.  And free nights cost 12,000 Starwood points.  So you’ll get a value of 2.1 cents per point ($260 per night / 12,000 Starwood points).

5.   The Westin Paris – Vendôme

The Westin Paris – Vendôme is in the heart of the tourist area of Paris.  That can be either a good thing or a bad thing!

There are plenty of amazing nearby places to visit.  Both the Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre are just a 15 minute walk from the hotel.  And nearly everybody speaks English.

But if you aren’t in Paris for the touristy activities, you might not want to stay in Vendome.

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Emily Visited the Musée d’Orsay – It Used to be a Train Station, and Even Maintains Its Original Clock

Emily and I loved Vendome when we visited a few years ago.  There are high-end shops like Place Vendôme and Charvet.  And the famous Galeries Lafayette is less than 1 mile away from the Westin Paris Vendome!  Paris is one of Emily’s favorite shopping destinations.

The hotel is also just a 2 minute walk from Le Castiglione, a restaurant our hotel concierge suggested to us.  I liked it!

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You’ll Have a Great View of the Eiffel Tower From the Hotel

This is a category 6 hotel.  Rooms here can cost $350+ per night.  Or you can book an award night for 20,000 to 25,000 Starwood points.  So you’ll usually get a value of between 1.4 and 1.75 cents per point ($350 per night / 20,000 Starwood points).

Bottom Line

There are lots of Starwood hotels in Europe where you can get Big Travel with Small Money.  It’s easy to save hundreds of dollars per night by booking with Starwood points, especially if you’re staying in popular cities like London or Paris.

The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards is usually 25,000 Starwood points.  But if you apply by April 5, 2017, you’ll earn a total of 35,000 points after meeting tiered minimum spending requriements.

This is as high as the sign-up bonus has ever been.  So it’s a great time to apply, especially if you’re considering a trip to any of these gorgeous European cities!

Do you have a favorite Starwood hotel in Europe?

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846 responses to “5 Top Hotels in Europe to Book With Starwood Points

  1. That photo of the pool is making me want to book a trip to Santorini right now!!

  2. Hotel Marina Christina, San Sebastian, Spain

  3. Vendema in Santorini would be my dream to visit!!

  4. Kristin M. Phillips

    I am planning to visit Germany in October and I would love 6000 Starwood points to use for that trip! I haven’t settled on our itinerary yet so not sure which exact one to choose from there are so many that I’m sure one will fit!

  5. I would love to stop by the Vedema in Santorini!

  6. GIARDINO LAGO, MINUSIO-LOCARNO,, want to go there.

  7. Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

  8. Dominique Zhong

    The Vedema in Santorini would be my choice, that view is amazing!!

  9. Definitely the Sheraton Athlone in Ireland. Haha.

  10. The Westin Palace Madrid for sure. Amazing breakfast buffet in La Rotinda! Great location!

  11. sheraton grand london

  12. Vedema would be my choice (haven’t been to Greece yet).

  13. The Westin Paris Vendome1

  14. I would be happy with any one of those amazing hotels! But, top of the list is Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini!

  15. I would love to visit the Gritti Palace in Venice.

  16. Hotel Bristol in Vienna

  17. InterContinental Berlin

  18. I’d like to. Stay at the Gritti Palace in Venice

  19. Westin Madrid! I’ve never been to Spain and it is on my list of countries to visit for 2017! 6,000 points would be the trip doable for my cost free w airline miles and hotel points!! Thanks Million Mile Secrets!

  20. Xerxes herrington

    Always wanted to take my wife to Santorini! But good luck to everyone!

  21. Wow! Just wow! I’d pick them all, but I’d start with Vedema!

  22. I’d love to take my wife on a suprise trip to venice and stay at The Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice!

  23. Gritti Palac, Venice!

  24. The Gritti Palace in Venice would be great to visit if I can still get in after tourism restrictions are introduced in that city.

  25. Stayed at and loved the Gritti Palace in Venice

  26. Westin palace Madrid looks beautiful and would have to be my choice….

  27. Love breakfast @ The Westin Palace, Madrid.

  28. Jonathan Baker

    I would like to visit the Westin Palace in Madrid.

  29. Love The Westin Palace, Madrid!

  30. The Westin Paris- Vendome That would be truly fantastic!! I need take my wife for our 41st anniversary!!!!

  31. Santa Marina, The Luxury Collection, Mykonos
    Did Greece on a shoestring budget and hostels. I want to go back in style!

  32. The Westin Madrid

  33. I would love to stay at Westin Paris Vendome. It’s been a dream of mine to visit Paris

  34. The Westin Paris Vendome! I would love to stay here. I’ve not been to Paris for 10 years and my French is getting rusty, so it would be great to get back over there and practice my language skills! Merci beaucoup!

  35. For me, it would be in exotic Spain at the Parador de Oropesa Castle!

    A 14th-century castillo in the foothills of the Sierra de Gredos.

    Historic experience!

  36. W Paris Opera is a great place to visit!

  37. The Westin Paris

  38. I would love to stay at The Gritti Palace!

  39. Gritti Palace in Venice

  40. The Westin Paris – Vendome

  41. I would love to stay at the Gritti Palace in Venice. I love Venice but have not been able to stay on the island before. This hotel sounds like a dream!

  42. I would LOVE to visit The Westin Palace, Madrid since I want to go Spain so badly!

  43. Vendome!!!

  44. Gritti Palace Venice!

  45. Gritti palace for sure.

  46. The Westin in Bangkok, on our first trip to Asia.

  47. It’s a hard choice! Both Madrid and Greece are on my list but I think I’ll go with Vedema in Santorini. It’s so beautiful!

  48. The Westin Palace, Madrid

  49. Four Points by Sheraton Panoramahaus Dornbirn, Austria – another category 2 in Europe!

  50. Having never been to Greece, my girlfriend I want to stay a few days in Athens at the Hotel Grande Bretagne.

  51. The Westin Europa and Regina in Venice – great location, wonderful staff.

  52. So many good options! Starwood is one of our favorite Hotel groups, and The Gritti Palace in Venice which was my first international city visit when my wife and I were dating(a little nostalgia!) and we love Italy, and my 2nd choice would be the Westin in Dublin since my wife’s family is Irish would be awesome uses of our Starwood points!

  53. Le Meridien Barcelona is calling my name…

  54. Weston Palace Madrid for us!

  55. The Gritti palace. My wife would love the small romantic feel.

  56. The Westin Madrid!

  57. Avinash Chukkapalli

    The Westin Paris – Vendôme

    There is always something more to Paris always. So much to see and so much to discover and with a hotel like Westin, nothing can make it better.

  58. Stayed at the Gritti Palace and they upgraded me to a canal view room! It was truly special…totally worth the points to stay there. Next up W Barcelona! or Singapore!

  59. The W Verbier looks awesome!

  60. Vedema in Santorini looks relaxing

  61. Without a doubt its the wine the sun the sweet smell of the sea air at sunset, it has to be Santorini Greece.
    Vendema Luxury Collection

  62. The WEstin Paris!

  63. Vedema in Santorini has to be my choice.

  64. Diana Winkler

    Paris Vendome all the way!

  65. The Gritti Palace – Venice

  66. Carla Theriot

    Love Spg in Chiangmai

  67. The W Verbier is my choice of places to stay. Thanks for the informative reviews.

  68. the Sheraton in London

  69. Vedema, Santorini – it would be great to be on in island like that!

  70. I would go to Santorini and stay at the Vedema

  71. We would love the Buckingham Palace location.

  72. Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini would be awesome!

    Really enjoyed our stay at the Sheraton Dubrovnik last year too.

  73. The Westin Paris Vendome. I’ll be there in a month thanks to a past bonus!

  74. I’d love to stay at The Westin Dublin for my trip this summer!

  75. I’d love to stay on the Grand Canal in Venice at The Westin Europa & Regina.

  76. I’d love to stay at the Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel

  77. The Westin Excelsior in Florence, Italy!! A room with a view!

  78. I would love to stay at the Vedema, Santorini! I have always wanted to go to Santorini!

  79. I’d like to visit Le Méridien Visconti Rome.

  80. The Gritti Palace!

  81. The St. Regis Florence in Florence, Italy, is my favorite Starwood hotel in Europe, which I would choose over the 5 great hotels listed in article.

  82. I’d love to visit the W Verbier, Switzerland – looks spectacular!

  83. At the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel

  84. We are going to Greece and would love to stay at King George hotel in Athens! Beautiful, historic hotel with perfect location.

  85. The Westin Paris!

  86. The Westin Palace in Madrid is calling my name!

  87. Sheraton Grand London Park Lane seems awesome. Would love to visit!

  88. The W Verner for sure! Went skiing in the Swiss alps once and it was the best. Would love to stay in this hotel and go skiing at this part of the Alps!

  89. I’ve actually stayed at The Westin Palace, Madrid and it’s my favorite. I’d go back there and I high recommend it.

  90. Westin Paris – Vendome

  91. Blue Palace (Luxury Collection), Crete.

  92. I would love be to stay at Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini. I’ve been to Greece 25 years ago and would love to return with my husband!

  93. The Westin Paris Vendome!

  94. I would love to stay either at the Gritti Palace in Venice or the Westin Vendome in Paris

  95. The W Verbier, Switzerland is for me!

  96. Vedema, Santorini looks incredible!

  97. I would love to stay at The Westin Paris – Vendôme and be able to walk to the Louvre.

  98. Hotel Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Spain! It’s designed by Frank Gehry and is currently used in many of SPG’s promotional materials.