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. Steven Cavazzini

    I want to transfer the points and go to the JW Marriott in Venice. It is on its own private island in Venice

  2. Vedema Santorini, please! I would love the see the most beautiful sunset in the world with my husband for my 10th wedding anniversary!

  3. Would love to stay at Schloss Fuschi Resort in Salzburg, Austria.

  4. Sheraton Roma, only 3k points per night!

  5. St. Regis Florence!

  6. The Westin in madrid

  7. Sheet Rastogi

    Hotel Imperial, Vienna

  8. Norman Cabanilla

    I would love to visit the Le Meridien and the Westin on Malta!

  9. Definitely the W Verbier, Switzerland! Thanks!

  10. Westin Paris!

  11. W. St. Petersburg. I love that city!

  12. The Vedema in Santorini looks amazing!

  13. Would love to go back to Santorini! That hotel looks great!

  14. I was in Venice when I was a 20 year old college student and was so sick I could not leave my room. I would love to go back at 65 and have stay someplace beautiful to stay like the Gritti Palace and finally be able to explore the city .

  15. The Gritti Palace Venice will be my choice. Never visited Venice before and will be great to stay there on the first trip.!!!

  16. The W in Verbier so I can ski with the royals

  17. We’d go for the W Paris-Opera, looks classic and modern at same time!

  18. The Gritti Palace in Venizia~di cosa sono fatti i sogni~ what dreams are made of !

  19. The Westin Madrid is calling my name

  20. Gritti Palace in Venice–I’m hoping to do what Emily did–stay in Venice on the way to Croatia in June :-).

  21. i have to say the Vedema in Santorini sounds wonderful. i have to say that would be my choice to visit in Europe!

  22. The Westin Paris

  23. I want to stay at the Sofia Hotel Balkan in Bulgaria! It has been the epitome of luxury hotels in Bulgaria for since I can remember, although it is a bit rundown nowadays!

  24. Would love to visit Vedeme Santorini.

  25. Westin Dublin. Had been planning to go to Ireland a few years ago and family emergency came up. Still hope to get there someday.

  26. Debbie Guzman

    Gritti Palace. It simply looks amazing.

  27. Jerry Behrendt

    Santorini, for sure.

  28. I would love to stay at the gritti palace. Looks amazing.

  29. Dennis Morkunas

    Switzerland for sure. The Vernier us calling me. Alps is a dream vacation!

  30. Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa. A trip to Portugal is next on our list!

  31. Yodel e hi hoodoo! W Verbier Switzerland

  32. The Prince de Gaulles in Paris or St Regis in Rome

  33. Westin palace Madrid…beautiful property and can’t wait to go back!

  34. To the Westin palace Madrid

  35. I’d love to go back to Venice & stay at the Gritti Palace!

  36. I’d love to stay at the W Leicester Square next time we’re in London.

  37. Honestly,I would love to stay at any and all of them! For the purpose of this post, though, I will say the Westin Palace Madrid as Spain is currently at the top of my travel list!

  38. Gritti Palace, Venice

  39. I also thought the Westin Madrid is a great deal and booked it a few days ago.

  40. Four Points by Sheraton Kecsemet, Hungary!

  41. Westin Palace, Madrid!

  42. The Westin Paris – Vendôme

  43. The Westin Paris Vendome

  44. I’ve been to Milan, Florence, and Rome already but not Venice! I’d love to stay at Gritti Palace when I make my visit!

  45. I am planning a trip to Paris and Barcelona for my birthday this summer. I plan on staying at starwood properties. The westin in Paris and le meridien in Barcelona.

  46. I would love to visit Westin Palace in Madrid. I visited Madrid 20 years ago and would love to go back with my family.

  47. I would love to visit Westin Palace in Madrid. I went to Madrid 20 years ago and would love to go back with my family.

  48. Vedema Santorini here I come!

  49. W London

  50. Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini. Because you know, the beach!

  51. Bridget Shanks

    I want to stay at this property in Scotland.
    https://m.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/photos/index.html?propertyID=474
    Has anyone stayed there before?

  52. Would love to stay at st Regis Rome on my upcoming trip to Europe.

  53. The Gritti Palace

  54. The Gritti Palace

  55. I’d love to visit the The Westin Paris – Vendôme for my wedding anniversary this year.

  56. Boundary in London

  57. The W in Amsterdam is calling my name!

  58. Vedema looks stunning

  59. The Westin Paris – Vendôme! We are visiting France in April and staying here would be amazing!

  60. I would like to visit W Verbier, Switzerland

  61. I would love to visit The Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

  62. I want to visit the W Verbier hotel in Switzerland.

  63. I would like to go to W Verbier, Switzerland

  64. Heather Rodriguez

    I would love to visit Hotel George , in Athens. But with all of the examples you are giving – it will be hard to choose!

  65. Rather than just one hotel, I would prefer a combination of Starwood hotels on a trip, such as the King George in Athens for its proximity to historical sites and then the Blue Palace in Crete for its watersports

  66. My choice of Starwood hotel in Europe would be the Augustine in Prague

  67. The Westin Paris – it reminds me of an old train station.

  68. The Westin Madrid. I would like to have a three nights stay there

  69. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to visit the Sheraton hotel in Zurich.

  70. W Verbier, Switzerland

  71. Vedema Santorini!

  72. Prince de Galles

  73. I was in the “Westin Palace” in Madrid and would definitely recommend this hotel to any luxury seeker

  74. The Westin Paris – Vendôme

  75. W Verbier Switzerland

  76. The Gritti Palace!

  77. I hope to stay at Vedema Santorini at least once in my lifetime!

  78. Joshua Robles

    The Westin in Madrid looks amazing! Hopefully I can get to there soon.

  79. as much as I LOVE Switzerland…….such a beautiful country. My daughter has been on a kick lately to go to Santorini. The views from the Vedema look breathtaking, to visit the island and come back to this stunning hotel would be fabulous. We are planning to go later this year and I may just need to book this hotel.

  80. Taking a trip to Italy this summer and trying to decide between the Westin and the St Regis in Florence! They are so close to one another and absolutely gorgeous!

  81. Sheraton Salzburg, mainly cause I’d love to visit Salzburg.

  82. I’ve never been in Madrid, so I’d love to visit and stay at The Westin Palace

  83. The Westin Paris

  84. The Westin Madrid!

  85. Gritti Palace!

  86. Houston Causby

    The Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh!

  87. I totally want to go to The Gritti Palace in Venice someday.

  88. Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini of course. Wow!!

  89. Vedema Santorini looks wonderful. I’ve never been to Greece.

  90. I want to go to the Augustine in Prague for Christmas. It’s located in a 13th-century Augustinian monastery and the design is inspired by early 20th-century Czech cubism. Have you stayed there?

  91. The Westin Madrid Spain! Beautiful!

  92. Yes please! just signed up for amex spg card and this would be a nice add to the bonus I am getting!

  93. Yes please! just signed up for amex spg card and this would be a nice add to the bonus I am getting! I would like to stay at the Westin Dublin!

  94. The Le Meidien Picadilly!

  95. stacie churchwell

    The Gritti Palace in Venice looks AMAZING and would be an absolute dream!

  96. Sheraton Prague

  97. The Westin in Paris

  98. I would LOVE to stay at the St. Regis Florence!

  99. Wow! Thank you for sharing this post. The gritti palace in Venice seems like just the hotel I would want for the ideal vacation. Looking forward for those shinny 6K points 😀

  100. I want to go to Madrid and stay at the Westin Palace!