7 Best US Starwood Hotels to Book With Points

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7 Best US Starwood Hotels to Book With Points

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For a limited time, you can earn a total of 35,000 Starwood points on the personal and small business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards after meet tiered minimum spending requirements.

This is a great deal because you’ll have at least 40,000 Starwood points after meeting the spending requirement.  That’s enough points for multiple free nights at excellent US Starwood hotels.

For example, you could enjoy a weekend in downtown Nashville at one of Starwood’s newest hotels.  Or soak in the sun on the Big Island at a Million Mile Secrets reader’s favorite Hawaiian Starwood hotel.

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From New York to San Francisco and Beyond, You Can Redeem Starwood Points to Stay at the Best US Starwood Hotels

I’ll share 7 of the best US Starwood hotels you can book using points from the limited time AMEX sign-up bonus.

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There are 780+ Starwood hotels in the US.  You can find hotels across all of the chain’s brands, including:

The best hotel for you depends on your travel plans and expectations.  Some folks like to use points to splurge at luxury hotels for an unforgettable experience.

Others prefer using fewer points at more moderate hotels, so they can make their points go further.  You can also stretch your points by:

I like using Hotel Hustle to find hotels because it shows you how many points you’ll need for your specific travel dates.  And it shows you if award nights are available!

I haven’t personally stayed at all these hotels.  But they have great reviews or they’re a good deal when you redeem points.

Let me know if you’ve had an experience with any of them!

1.   The Westin Nashville

The Westin Nashville is one of the newest Starwood hotels in the US.  It opened in October 2016 and is right in the downtown area.

You can walk to the major attractions like the Nashville Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, and many of the live music venues on Broadway.

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Enjoy Views of the City From the 27th Floor Rooftop Bar at The Westin Nashville

This is a category 5 hotel, which means a free night costs 12,000 Starwood points.

I found a sample 3-night stay in June 2017, which would cost ~$1,200 if you paid cash.  So using points from AMEX Starwood limited time offer could save you a lot of money!

2.   Sheraton Grand Chicago

If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, you can consider staying at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

Emily and I stayed close to this hotel when we visited Chicago.  It’s in a terrific location if you want to walk to popular spots like Millennium Park or Navy Pier.

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Enjoy Some Yummy Ice Cream at the Ghiradelli Store in Chicago!

And the hotel is close to some of Chicago’s top rated restaurants!  Folks on TripAdvisor like this hotel because of the location, spacious rooms, and views.

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You Can Travel to Chicago and Use Starwood Points to Stay at the Sheraton Grand Chicago

I checked the nightly rate in June 2017, which is ~$300 after taxes.  Or you can use 12,000 Starwood points for a free night!

3.   W New York – Union Square

If you’re visiting New York City, you can choose from ~30 Starwood hotels.

I like the location and vibe of the W New York – Union Square, which is in a local New York City neighborhood.  And there’s a subway station nearby, which can connect you to other parts of the city.

It’s also close to popular tourist attractions like Times Square and the Empire State Building.  If you’re looking for things to do in New York, you can read about my recent trip with my mom and sister.  Or see how to get Big Travel with Small Money in New York!

Best US Starwood Hotels
Stay in a Local New York City Neighborhood at the W New York – Union Square

You’ll need 20,000 Starwood points for a free night.  But rooms can easily cost $575+ if you pay cash.

So using the 40,000 Starwood points from the AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus and minimum spending can get you 2 free nights, which will save you Big Money!

4.   The Park Central San Francisco

After a busy day exploring San Francisco, you can relax at The Park Central.

Team member Keith stayed at this hotel not long ago and really enjoyed it!  He says the location made it easy to take a quick Uber ride to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alamo Square Park.

Folks who like to shop will only have to walk a few blocks to popular stores in Union Square.

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Rooms at the Park Central Have Terrific Views of San Francisco! You Can See Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge in the Distance

The hotel offers a fantastic buffet breakfast.  And it’s free if you have Starwood Platinum status.

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Team Member Keith Thought the Buffet Breakfast Was the Best He’s Ever Had!

This is a category 6 hotel, which requires 20,000 Starwood points for a free night.

I found a sample 2-night stay in June 2017, which would cost ~$1,000 if you paid cash.  So using points from AMEX Starwood limited time offer for 2 free nights is a great way to save money!

5.   Four Points By Sheraton French Quarter

If you’re looking for an adventure in New Orleans, you can use Starwood points to stay at the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter.

The hotel is located right on Bourbon Street.  Folks on TripAdvisor like the balcony rooms because it offers the ultimate people watching spot.

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The Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter Is Located Right on Bourbon Street!

The hotel is very close to famous restaurants like the Court of Two Sisters or Galatoire’s.  And it’s a good starting point if you want to book a popular walking tour like the New Orleans Ghost Tour.

I found a 2-night weekend stay in June 2017 for ~$450.  Or you can use 12,000 Starwood points per night, or 24,000 Starwood points total.

6.   Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

Going to Hawaii?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bohemiana, recommended the Sheraton Kona Resort for folks who want to make their Starwood points go further.

There’s lots to do at the resort like snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing.

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It’s Island Time! Use Starwood Points to Relax at the Sheraton Kona Resort

This is a category 4 hotel, which requires 10,000 Starwood points for a free night.

And you can take advantage of Starwood’s 5th night free benefit to spend more time on the Big Island.  For example, you can use the 40,000 Starwood points from the AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus and minimum spending for a 5-night stay, which could cost ~$1,500 if you paid cash.

Keep in mind, you’ll pay a ~$31 resort fee each day even if you use points.

7.   The St. Regis Aspen

If you’re looking to splurge for a memorable experience, you can use Starwood points to stay at The St. Regis Aspen.

The hotel gets amazing reviews on TripAdvisor because it’s near Aspen Mountain for folks who like to ski or snowboard.  And the hotel has upscale service and luxurious amenities.

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Treat Yourself to a Luxurious Stay During Ski Season at The St. Regis Aspen

This is a category 7 hotel.  So you’ll use 30,000 to 35,000 Starwood points for a free night depending on the date.

Using points can save you a lot of money because a night in April costs ~$1,170 if you pay cash.

Bottom Line

There are fantastic Starwood hotels in the US you can book using points!  Like the The Park Central in San Francisco or the The St. Regis Aspen.

If you need more Starwood points, you can earn total of 35,000 Starwood points when you apply for the AMEX Starwood personal or small business card and meet tiered minimum spending requirements.

This offer is good until April 5, 2017.  So it’s a great time apply if you’re looking to use  points for free nights at the best US Starwood hotels.

Which US Starwood hotel do you think is best to book using points?

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We love the Sheraton Grand in Chicago and stay there almost every time we are in town. Unbeatable location. Great club lounge on the 33rd floor with one of the best views in town for breakfast, overlooking the Chicago river.

Sounds fantastic! A team member will be staying at this hotel next month and is looking forward to visiting the lounge!

There are a lot of hotels in Starwood portfolio, personally stayed in few over the years. But I can’t see your logic behind above choices and stating they are “7 Best” for points booking.

For example, your choice of Hawaii resort don’t even have a beach to swim at…

I found Aloft to be a pretty good use of points: decent locations, good service, inexpensive on points. Good example is Aloft Cancun – you can spend 12 days there for 40,000 SW. And bike rental is included. That will give you close to $1,500 in value!

Using points at Aloft Cancun sounds like a great deal! Thanks for suggesting!

I STRONGLY disagree with your including Park Central San Francisco. They charge a $35 “resort fee” for letting you use the fitness center and for giving wifi and complimentary local calls. This “resort fee” for what is either traditionally given for free or is typically not needed or used makes the fee an utter scam! This hotel should not have been included and I recommend you do further research before including such unethical hotels in your recommendations.

I appreciate you sharing your feedback. A team member used Starwood points to stay at this hotel and didn’t pay a resort fee.

I agree these charges can be frustrating. I’ve written about how you can avoid them: https://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/11/06/how-to-avoid-hotel-fees/

As longtime Starwood fans I’m surprised we have only stayed at 3 of your choices.

The W Union Square was our first SPG property back in 2002 when our son was living in NYC. This hotel became our “go to” spot on our many visits over the next 6 years. The location was perfect, the ambiance relaxed and the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. This was the property that inspired us to become Platinums and kick started our loyalty. The only caveat at this hotel is that all rooms are not created equal. As plats we were typically upgraded to a nice room with views of the park- but some rooms are small.

We have stayed twice now at the Sheraton on the Big Island. I think this would have been a good choice when our kids were little, but the hotel is a little tired for us now.

We absolutely loved the St Regis Aspen and consider it one of our best point redemptions in 15 years of SPG travels. We booked 5 night (with 5th free ) and our Suite Night Award cleared, upgrading us to a gorgeous suite. The property is beautiful and in August, when we visited, uncrowded. Aspen in the summer is one of the prettiest places we have been.

Thanks so much for sharing your experience at the hotels!