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

  1. Westin Madrid because I used to live there and love to visit!

  2. Take me to Vedema in Santorini!

  3. The Vedema, Santorini
    Looks amazing

  4. The Gritti Palace!

  5. Would love to see Hotel Danieli, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice.

  6. St. Regis in Rome

  7. St. Regis in Rome looks great

  8. Sir Adam in Amsterdam. It’s brand new and very cool

  9. I can’t wait to stay at The Grotto Palace in Venice ND the at the Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort in Santorini.

  10. W Verbier, Switzerland

  11. The Westin Paris – Vendôme with a french coffee and a french girl..

  12. Vedema, santorini

  13. I’d love to stay in Le Méridien in Nice on the French Riviera

  14. The Westin Madrid in 3 years.

  15. We LOVE Santorini. Would love to stay in either Vedema or Mystique!

  16. Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is a great hotel.

  17. Le Meridien Lav, Split, Croatia.

  18. St. Regis Mardavall in the Balearic Islands, Spain

  19. I’ve been thinking of traveling to Switzerland, and the property you mentioned — W Verbier, Switzerland — has been on my list!

  20. the westin Paris. Paris is the next city I would like to visit in europe

  21. The Gritti Palace, Venice !

  22. The Westin Paris Vendome!

  23. St Regis florence

  24. Number 4!

  25. The Westin in Dublin, Ireland.

  26. I would love to go to Sardinia, so Hotel Pitrizza, A Luxury Collection Hotel, looks awesome :).

  27. I would love to propose to my girlfriend at The Gritti Palace, Venice Italy!

  28. The Excelsior Hotel in Milan!

  29. I’m going for Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini because I want to go the Greece

  30. The Westin Paris Vendome sounds good.

  31. More expensive but Mystique is absolutely my favorite SPG hotel!

  32. Definitely a stay at Gritti Palace in Venice. Especially after seeing Emily’s pictures!

  33. Hotel Nell Paris

  34. Gritti Palace looks amazing!!

  35. I would like to stay in The Westin Palace, Madrid.

  36. Barbara Harris

    The Gritti Place – I have always wanted to visit Venice!

  37. The Westin Paris Vendome.

  38. I would most like to stay at the Vedema hotel in Europe. It looks so beautiful.

  39. Love Starwood properties. We had a great time @our honeymoon @the Sheraton Kauai. Love to stay next @the properties in Greece.

  40. Westin Vendome in Paris

  41. W PARIS

  42. The romantic Gritti Palace in Venice.

  43. vedema looks fantastic. Would visit in a heartbeat.

  44. I think the W Verbier looks amazing! I may have to use some of my Starwood Points there.

  45. Was in Paris 50 years ago and stayed in some small hotel. Would love to stay at the Westin Paris Vendome my next trip!

  46. Have been eyeing the Gritti Palace in Venice. Looks gorgeous. *fingers crossed for extra points*

  47. Marie-Therese Harris

    Hotel Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg was lovely in winter. I would love to back in Spring.

  48. The Westin Paris!

  49. hotel imperial vienna

  50. Guesthouse Vienna

  51. The Vedema, Santorini
    My name is Fred Melamed. I’m an American actor. My wife and I share the same birthday, May 13. We have two twin boys, one of whom has autism. This prevents us from taking vacations without the children very often. In celebration of my 61st Birthday and my wife’s 49th, we would like to take a trip (sans kids) around the Ionian and Eastern Mediterranean, a part of the world neither one of us has ever seen. A stay at this beautiful hotel could anchor one end of our trip! Many thanks, I’m a long time Million Mile Secrets fan!!

  52. The Westin Palace in Madrid

  53. I’d like to stay at the Westin Madrid. I’ve never stayed at the hotel, but I’ve seen it every time I’ve visited Spain and wished I could stay.

  54. I would love to stay at the Gritti Palace in Venice!

  55. Shannon Ellis

    You convinced me … take me to The Gritti Palace, Venice please!

  56. Westin Excelsior in Florence to take Mom to go visit family she hasn’t seen since she left before the war.

  57. The Vedema in Santorini!

  58. Santorini, a dream for a long time now. Thanks for the opportunity!

  59. The Gritti Palace, Venice. I backpacked, with a friend, through Europe in 1970. Would love to go back to Venice in style! Love your posts. Thank you for all the information.

  60. Beth Caldwell

    I’d use them in Philadelphia to attend a conference for people with terminal breast cancer.

  61. I’d love to stay at the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca…looks positively dreamy!

  62. Lauren Anderson

    The Westin Paris – Vendôme- close to the Louvre and Angelina’s (the best hot chocolate ever!)

  63. St Regis Florence would really fit the bill for me! Quite the bargain with points!

  64. The Park Tower. Been staying there since 2004. It’s a home away from home.

  65. Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini!!! Honeymoon in Santorini FTWW

  66. Le Méridien Visconti Rome is the place I want to stay.

  67. W Paris!!!

  68. Take me to Princeville, Kauai!

  69. The Westin Paris!

  70. Westin Paris!

  71. Westin Paris

  72. The Great Northern London!! Looks like a charming independent hotel that is associated with SPG!

  73. I would use the points to book the St. Regis Rome. I went to Rome 20 years ago and would love to go back.

  74. Definitely Vedema! Relaxing in Santorini, enough said.

  75. The Augustine in Prague looks fantastic! Absolutely need to visit Prague.

  76. Totes going to The Gritti Palace whether or not I get any free points XD

  77. Westin Venedome has a great location it is calling my name

  78. Definitely Hotel Marques de Riscal in Northern Spain. A luxury hotel collection! In a small town and vineyards all around. What else could you want?

  79. 101 HOTEL, REYKJAVIK, A MEMBER OF DESIGN HOTELS™ Reykjavik is an amazing city that we’d like to return to explore more!

  80. W Verbier, Switzerland

  81. The St Regis in Rome so I can visit my daughter, son in law and grandkids
    who relocated there last year,


  83. St Regis in Rome!!

  84. The Westin Vendome Paris, of course!

  85. Santoriniiiiiii!!

  86. The Gritti Palace please 🙂

  87. The Gritti Palace. Stayed there last year. The best hotel I have ever stayed at.

  88. Le MÉRIDIEN ETOILE its so beautiful

  89. I’ve never been to Greece so Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorin please!i

  90. I’d love to visit The Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

  91. St Regis Rome for my next trip to Italy

  92. I would like to stay at Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini because it looks amazing and the Black Beach sounds so unique!

  93. The St. Regis Rome is definitely calling my name

  94. Love The Gritti Palace in Venice!

  95. Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. My wife took a trip to London a couple of years ago with a group and I couldn’t go. She’s dying to go back and wants me to share the experience. It’s now shot to the top of my list.

  96. I would be interested in the W Verbier in Switzerland because we don’t get to see snow in Florida.

  97. I heard Santorini was wonderful, so I would like to stay at the Vedema, Santorini. Looks so warm and beautiful!

  98. We’d like to stay at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna.

  99. Hotel Imperial in Vienna would be great.

  100. Westin Paris Vendome. Have an international conference coming up next year in Paris, and would love to stay in style.