5 Terrific Tokyo Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

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5 Terrific Tokyo Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

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If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, remember you can use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points for free nights at terrific hotels in this beautiful city!

I haven’t been to Tokyo, but I’d love to visit and learn more about its history.  Tokyo is known for its numerous temples and shrines, delicious sushi, world-class shopping, and tons of cultural and artistic attractions.

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Planning a Trip to Japan? Check Out My List of 5 Terrific Hotels In Tokyo!

Here are 5 highly rated hotels in Tokyo where you can stay using Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood points!

Top Marriott & Starwood Hotels With Points Index

Tokyo Marriott and Starwood Hotels With Points

Link:   Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Tokyo

Link:   Starwood Hotels in Tokyo

You can redeem Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points for award nights at all 3 hotel chains.

If you collect Starwood points, you can instantly transfer points to your Marriott account at a 3:1 ratio.  And vice versa!

And you can book luxury hotel stays at Ritz-Carlton hotels using Starwood points.  Because Marriott and Ritz-Carlton essentially have the same rewards program, just with different marketing and branding.

Before you book your stay, be sure to link your loyalty accounts to get an instant status match.  This way, you’ll enjoy all of the perks regardless of which hotel chain you choose.

I haven’t personally stayed at all these hotels, but they get great reviews!

1.   Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

If you want to splurge on a luxurious hotel in Tokyo, consider The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo.

This hotel gets almost all 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor for its amazing service, great restaurants, and convenient location.

It’s even located in the Midtown Tower, the tallest building in Tokyo!

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Folks Love the Plush Beds at the Luxurious Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

I found rooms in May 2017, for ~$719 per night.

Or, you could save your money and use 70,000 Ritz-Carlton points for a free night stay.

And if you don’t have enough Ritz-Carlton points, you can use Marriott points or convert Starwood points to cover your stay.  You’d need to transfer 24,000 Starwood points to have enough for a free night (because you must transfer in 1,000-point increments).

That’s a lot of points, but it could be worth it if you’re celebrating a special occasion or want to impress a friend or loved one. 😉

2.   The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel opened in July 2016 and gets great reviews on TripAdvisor.

Folks enjoyed the panoramic views of the city and the hotel’s clean & modern design.  And popular sites like the Imperial Palace and Tokyo National Museum are within a ~30 minute drive.

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Enjoy the Modern Design of the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho Hotel, Located On the Upper Floors of a High Rise Building. Offering Great Views of the City!

Rooms here in May 2017, cost ~$659 or 25,000 Starwood points per night.  So you’re definitely getting Big Travel using your points here!

Tokyo Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points
Wake-Up to Expansive Views of the City at the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel

And if you don’t have enough Starwood points in your account, you could convert 75,000 Marriott points (25,000 X 3) for an award night.  Saving you over $650!

3.   The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

If you’re looking for a conveniently located hotel in a peaceful setting, consider The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, Autograph Collection.

Travelers love that it’s close to public transportation, is only a ~20 minute drive to the airport, and has spacious rooms.  And it gets 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor!

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Enjoy the Beautiful Japanese Garden That Surrounds The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo Hotel. Complete With Cherry Blossom Trees!

A night here in May 2017, costs $465 or 40,000 Marriott points.

That means you’d only need 14,000 Starwood points for an award stay!  That’s a great deal, because you’re saving a LOT by using points.

4.   Tokyo Marriott Hotel

The Tokyo Marriott Hotel is located in Tokyo’s historic Gotenyama district, on a main train line that connects it and other parts of the city to the rest of Japan.  So it’s a great jumping-off point for a visit to Japan!

It’s also next to the beautiful traditional Japanese-style garden, Gotenyama Garden, one of the area’s top tourist attractions.

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Rooms at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel Are Clean & Modern. And Some Come With Views of the City!

You’ll pay 40,000 Marriott points for an award night.  Or you can convert 14,000 Starwood points. 

Depending on when you stay, you could save nearly $300 using your Marriott or Starwood points here!

5.   The Westin Tokyo

The Westin Tokyo is another great option if you’re looking for a quiet retreat within the bustling city of Tokyo.

Reviewers on TripAdvisor give this hotel high ratings for its quiet rooms, excellent staff, and convenient location.

Some rooms even have views of Mount Fuji in the distance!

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The Westin Tokyo Is Conveniently Located Near Lots of Public Transportation Options. So You Can Easily Get Around Tokyo, and to the Rest of Japan!

Rooms here in May 2017, cost ~$242 or 20,000 Starwood points per night

You could also use 60,000 Marriott points for an award night here!  Because Marriott points transfer to Starwood points at a 3:1 ratio.

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You Can See the Top of Mount Fuji in the Distance From The Westin Tokyo’s Restaurant

Which Cards Earn You Points for Free Stays?

You can use points from either of the 3 loyalty programs to book an award night.  

1.   Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Credit Cards

Link:   Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card (personal)

Link:   Marriott Rewards Premier Business Card (small business)

With the Marriott Rewards Premier personal and small business cards, you’ll earn 80,000 Marriott points after completing minimum spending requirements.

If you get the personal version of the card, you can earn another 7,500 bonus Marriott points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months of opening your account.  The $85 annual fee is NOT waived for the first year.

The $99 annual fee on the small business version of the card is also NOT waived for the first year.  Here’s my review of the offer.

2.   Starwood Credit Cards

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (personal)

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express (small business)

You can earn 25,000 Starwood points after completing the minimum spending requirements on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards.

For everyday non-bonus spending, I recommend the AMEX Starwood cards.  Because you’ll earn 1 Starwood point per $1 you spend, which can be converted to 3 Marriott or Ritz-Carlton points.  That’s better than the 1 Marriott or Ritz-Carlton point per $1 you spend you’ll get with the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton cards.

Also, the AMEX cards are easier to get than the Chase cards.  Because earlier this year, Chase started to make it difficult for folks to be approved for Chase cards if you’ve opened ~5 or more credit cards (from any bank) in the past 24 months (excluding certain business cards).

But remember, you can only earn the bonus on any AMEX card ONCE per lifetime.

3.   Ritz-Carlton Card

Link:   Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card

You can earn 3 free nights at participating Ritz-Carlton tier 1 through 4 hotels after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening a Chase Ritz-Carlton card.

You’ll also get 10,000 Ritz-Carlton points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the same timeframe.

The $450 annual fee is NOT waived the first year, but the card offers perks that offset the annual fee.  Here’s my review of the deal.

And Chase’s stricter approval rules do NOT apply to the Chase Ritz-Carlton card.  So if you’ve opened more than ~5 credit cards within the past 24 months from ANY bank (except certain small business cards), you could still be approved for this card.

Bottom Line

You can use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points to stay at terrific hotels in Tokyo.

For example, you could redeem points for free nights at the luxurious The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo.

Redeeming points can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cash cost of a room night.

Before you book, be sure to link your Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood loyalty accounts.  This way you’ll enjoy the benefits of your elite status across all 3 hotel chains!

Have you used points to stay in Tokyo?  I’d love to hear about your experience!

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My wife and I stayed at the Tokyo Marriott for five nights at the end of December 2015. It was a very nice Marriott. I have Gold “status” in Marriott, which often doesn’t mean too much but at the Tokyo Marriott we were treated better than at any other Marriott brand hotel we’ve every stayed. Their elite lounge had the most robust snacks, drinks, and food of any elite lounge at any hotel I’ve ever visited.

For check-in they ushered us into the lounge for their separate check-in desk where we got to sit down during the whole process. We also had access to their elite lounge on the first floor, which was in a private room just off the hallway between the main entrance and the elevators. The lounge provided light snacks and beverages all day long and then in the evenings it essentially provided a buffet dinner. Most nights we were in Tokyo this was plenty to suffice for our dinner. Assortment of cheese, charcuterie, french fries, sushi, some fried fish, calamari, sliders/ham hoc/chicken, small salad bar and more. They also had wine, beer, and top shelf liquor in the evenings.

They have a fantastic and VERY large breakfast buffett in their beautiful lobby atrium restaurant and as a Gold member the buffet was included. Made-to-order coffees/mochas/lattes, made to order omelettes, cereal, full fruit spread, full European style continental breakfast with the cheeses, pastries, breads, sliced meat as well as fresh juices and then a full hot line with both western options and Japanese options.

The room was an average room size for U.S. rooms but it’s in Tokyo, which means it was a very good sized room. More importantly it was done in a slightly modern style and the whole room felt smart and fresh.

The hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the Sinagawa station of the green loop JR line, which does easily connect to all the key spots in Tokyo. It is also an easy train hop to Haneda airport. Definitely a great choice for staying in Tokyo and of course you get the 5th night free if you stay on points!

Million Mile Secrets

Thanks for sharing your detailed experience. I’m sure it will help others looking for a stay in Tokyo. I’ve noticed that hotels outside the US often treat Gold members better than hotels in the US.

Perfect timing! Going to Tokyo for first time in April! Some of those 14k point hotels look perfectly fine!

I really love these recent articles highlighting great Marriott/SPG redemption awards at locations around the world! They’re super helpful, especially when you’re considering honeymoon locations for late 2017/early 2018 and have a variety of SPG/Marriott points! Please keep it up. Thanks again!

Million Mile Secrets

Hi Josh! Thanks for your feedback. It let’s us know what’s working and what isn’t. Hope you have a super Honeymoon. 🙂