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. Westin Vendome. I’d especially love a hot chocolate From Angelina’s next door.

  2. Jacob Dlougach

    St. Regis in Moscow

  3. Had a great time several years ago at the Hotel Danelli in Venice (using Starpoints!) and would love to stay at the Gritti Palace someday.

  4. I want to go to the Vedema in Santorini!!

  5. The Westin Paris – Vendôme, because I love to dream!

  6. Vedema Santorini please! It looks and sounds like it is an amazing place to experience!

  7. Please let me go to the Gritti Palace!

  8. BE”H

    Verbier, Switzerland
    LOVE THE SCENERY
    THX FOR THE OPPORTUNITY BE BLESSED

  9. The Gritti Palace because I am planning a trip to Italy this summer to attend an astronomy conference.

  10. Would love to visit Austria and the Sheraton Grand Salzburg. Thanks

  11. Vedema in Santorini. Would love to go to Santorini in august!

  12. Hospes Amérigo, Alicante Spain. It’s been more than 20 years since I’ve been to Alicante and would LOVE to go back this great beach town!

  13. W Verbier!

  14. Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta

  15. W Verbier!

  16. I want to stay at the St. Regis in Moscow.

  17. Vedema on Santorini, oh how I would love to go back to that island…

  18. The Vedema Resort looks exactly like what my wife and I need right now!

  19. Vedema santorini

  20. Venice is one of my favorite places in the whole world, and I’d LOVE to stay at the Gritti Palace!

  21. Vedema looks amazing and I would love to explore the wineries!

  22. Westin Paris! Oh la la la la!

  23. Le Méridien Piccadilly (with a cuppa, please!)

  24. Without a doubt the W Verbier, Switzerland.

  25. Danieli in Venice, please. Pasta, vino, gelato and gondolas.

  26. Westin Palace Madrid. Have had an SPG Amex since the 1990s.

  27. Schloss Fuschl, Fuschlsee-Salzburg, Austria

  28. W Verbier, Switzerland – the hills are alive!

  29. Brandon Gardner

    I have always wanted to visit the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Greece. It is just beautiful. My wife and I have been married 20 years now and that would be my dream anniversary!

  30. You had me at Madrid! Westin Palace all the way.

  31. Westin Dublin

  32. Santorini is on my bucket list and the Vedema sounds great!

  33. W Verbier, Switzerland would be amazing

  34. I want to go to St. Regis in Florence, Italy

  35. Vedema Santorini! They have me at “hiking trail”

  36. I would love to stay at Gritti Palace and experience Venice!

  37. Corey Carmack

    The Westin Dragonara in Malta!

  38. The Westin Paris – Venice all the way!

  39. I’d love to go back to Paris or go to Madrid but of those shown, id 200% go in for Venice and The Gritti Palace. Its gorgeous.

  40. Sheraton grand London park lane

  41. Brijesh Narula

    Westin Vendome

  42. Jannie Bouchard

    W London – Leicester Square

  43. I Would love to visit the Augustine in Prague! What a beautiful place!

  44. Vernier in Switzerland

  45. The Westin Paris – Vendôme

  46. Darren Remsburg

    ION ADVENTURE HOTEL, NESJAVELLIR, ICELAND!

  47. Le Maredian Monte Carlo

  48. Anywhere you want to send me! My wife and love SPG.

  49. Ravi Radhakrishnan

    The Westin Palace, Madrid – would love to stay here for my Euro graduation trip this summer and hopefully see some famous people at the hotel.

  50. Wow. They have 4 hotels in Venice old town. Any of those!

  51. Would love to go to Evora, Portugal and stay in the Convento do Espinheiro. Amazing online. Converted monesatry, so unique. Wine tastings. Yes, please!

  52. St. Regis in Moscow

  53. Doreen Cesari

    I would love to stay at the STALLMÄSTAREGARDEN, STOCKHOLM, so I can visit family in Sweden!

  54. Westin Paris looks nice

  55. W Verbier, Switzerland – Loved it here…

  56. St. Regis in Florence, Italy

  57. I would love to stay at the W in Amsterdam! Please! 🙂

  58. Mmmmm The St. Regis Bali Resort, most definitely. And ideally never leave…

  59. Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

  60. W Verbier.

  61. The Westin Paris Vendôme!! Sign me up for 10,000 points!

  62. W Verbier is my wishlist!

  63. Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh is calling my name!

  64. Paris and stay in one of the newly added hotels like Le Dokhan’s, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel.

  65. The W Verbier!

  66. Excited to read this post because my wife and I just booked flights to Barcelona and Madrid. We were looking for hotels and thinking about the Westin Palace in Madrid and now I’m totally sold.

  67. I would love to stay at the Gritti Palace on our upcoming trip to Venice!

  68. Westin Vendome, of course. Especially if we can combine it with the Park Hyatt Vendome too (2 nights free) with Chase Hyatt

  69. I’d like to go to Cerina, the first one you linked.

  70. Stephanie Hirshberg

    Would love to visit Venice and stay in the Gritti Palace.

  71. Coincidence? My preference for hotels that I want to stay at is exactly the same as your blog:-

    Vedema, Santorini > W Verbier, Switzerland > The Gritti Palace, Venice > Westin Palace, Madrid > Westin Paris – Vendôme

  72. Would love to make a trip to The Gritti Palace in Venice for my honeymoon in a few years!

  73. Definitely would be Westin Paris!!

  74. W Opera

  75. I’d love to stay at Prince de Galles, Paris!

  76. The Gritti Palace, for sure, Starwood points make the dream a reality

  77. Would love to use it on the W Paris – Opéra hotel.

  78. Michelle Hayes

    The Gritti Palace in Venice has been calling my name for quite some time.

  79. W Amsterdam looks amazing. Would love to visit there.

  80. westin vedome

  81. The Westin Paris Vendome gets my vote — I will be booking this for my visit in May!

  82. I’d love to stay at the Gritti Palace in Venice

  83. The Sheraton Salzburg. Looks like a great lounge. And such a quaint town.

  84. The Gritti Palace!

  85. Vedema Santorini is the place to be!

    It looks and sounds like it is an amazing place to experience a great getaway.

  86. W Barcelona! Great city makes for a great time.

  87. St Regis, Bangkok

  88. Westin Paris

  89. Oops, I meant the Gritti Palace, in Venice, IT

  90. Would love to stay at the Paris Vendome!

  91. Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini.
    I’m looking to stay here for years…

  92. I want to stay at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. Never been to London before.

  93. Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh if I plan to visit Scotland this year.

  94. I’d love to stay at the G-Rough in Rome, among European Starwood hotels! I’ve only passed through Rome briefly and would love to explore it more, and this hotel looks like my kind of place from which to enjoy that.

  95. Moshe Gottesfeld

    The Westin palace Madrid

  96. The The Westin Paris – Vendôme. It costs in the $300+ range per night. We are heading to Paris for 3 nights this summer and it would be a wonderful thing to stay in a centrally located property like that.

  97. St Regis In Moscow for sure 🙂

  98. Would love to stay at Gritti Palace in Venice