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Which Is The Best Miami Hotel Suite To Book With Points For A Bachelorette Party?

by on October 27, 2013 · 7 comments

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TPG reader Eli emailed me about how to book some suites while planning her sister’s bachelorette weekend in Miami:

“I’ve got a great task on my hands – to plan the ultimate bachelorette party for my younger sister. She is thinking Miami and I totally thought of you! What hotel do you recommend we could splurge using points if possible to book a suite or two? We will ultimately have 10 girls but thinking if we can get 1-2 awesome suites using miles/points the other girls can get basic rooms while we all party it up in the big rooms. Do you have any recommendations? I’ve got SPG points and tons of Chase points although I don’t think Hyatt has any viable options down there.”

The first property that came to mind was the W South Beach, which is a lot of fun and should be a great choice for you ladies on a bachelorette weekend. Now, it is a Category 7 hotel that will cost you 30,000 points a night minimum, and even more during peak season, but those rooms are pretty large with big bathrooms and a balcony.

An Oasis Suite at the W should have more than enough room for you.

An Oasis Suite at the W should have more than enough room for you.

The Oasis Suites, which I’ve been upgraded to as an SPG Platinum, have large living and common areas and a big master bedroom that can accommodate 4-5 people no problem. The thing is, Starwood will charge you double the points for those suites, so what I’d recommend instead is looking into getting a discounted rate through AAA or a corporate code to get that same room for $600-$800. It’s currently going for $1,139 on the Starwood site, but remember it has a king bed in the master bedroom and a queen sofa bed, so you can get a lot of people in there!

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Another good option is the Hilton Bentley Bay, but their premium room rewards are insanely inflated over this winter. When I checked a two-bedroom suite was either $1,349 or…485,000 points!

Screen shot 2013-10-25 at 1.30.22 PMThat’s a mere 0.3 cents per point. No deal. That’s not a huge surprise though since Hilton premium room rewards tend to be a bad value.

So I think your best bet might not be using points at all, but just paying for a couple of larger rooms and getting the girls to chip in while putting the reservation under your SPG or Hilton account number so you get the points.

I would recommend calling up and trying to negotiate a good rate at whatever property you do choose, and there are a tone of great ones in South Beach and Miami Beach in general, which you can read about in my Destination of the Week.

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  • Cory

    The club at the W is AWESOME! It’s really cool inside and on the smaller side. Definitely worthy of one last hoorah!

  • Sam

    You could also book a standard room with points and then contact the hotel to negotiate a paid upgrade. This has worked for me a few times at other properties.

  • Sam

    Also forgot to add that there is no risk. If you can’t negotiate the upgrade, you can just cancel your stay.

  • Traveler

    I stay at the W South Beach every year with my family. It’s a great hotel and you should definitely stay there.

    I just want to suggest that you don’t necessarily need a suite. Even the basic rooms are more similar to a junior-suite type room…although not a separate room, there is a living area with a couch and coffee table. I’ve had 3 people in the room comfortably. I’ve also sometimes had rooms that did have a separate living room, and those rooms were still counted as the basic room type.

    Only trouble we’ve ever had is that one room type has the bathroom in the bedroom with no door. It’s really weird. The toilet and shower both have their own door, but you can hear everything and there is zero privacy. Here’s a link to a tripadvisor comment where they posted photos of the room I’m talking about: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34439-d1161109-r167843104-W_South_Beach-Miami_Beach_Florida.html

  • Eli

    Thanks Brian and thank you everyone for the feedback! Can’t wait to start planning. If you’ve got any recommendations for a spa day and/or fun dinner spots, I’m all ears!

  • Michael Carey

    The Epic could be ideal especially if you are Inner Circle (they will match you to it if you have elite status with another chain)

  • Sam

    Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel (IHG) is awesome. Great rooms and balconies, especially if you get upgraded to the top floor.

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