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Which NYC Starwood Hotel Is Best for Award Nights?

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TPG reader Kyle tweeted me to ask

@thepointsguy – “What’s your favorite Starwood property in Manhattan? I’m a SPG gold member and I’d like to stay using my points.”

I love Starwood, and I’ve worked hard to become a SPG Platinum 100-night member. In between apartments in New York City, I’ve had the chance to stay in almost all the NYC Starwood properties. My personal favorite is the Chatwal, which is a Luxury Collection Hotel. It’s chic, and has an “old New York glamour” vibe to it, with its sexy dark and gold rooms. It’s technically part of the Times Square neighborhood, but tucked away a bit toward the Theater District. It’s perfect for a first visit to NYC: close to theaters, subways and more.

The Chatwal is probably my favorite Starwood property in Manhattan
The Chatwal is probably my favorite Starwood property in Manhattan.

My second favorite would be the St. Regis, which also gives me that same feel of  old New York. It’s definitely an older St. Regis, located a little farther east and close to great shopping. The amenities and the spa are fabulous at this hotel.

There are also several W properties in Manhattan, and my pick if you want to stay at a W Hotel would be the W New York Union Square. It’s the closest to the Village and some great restaurants, and has a hip, downtown feel that I love. My next favorite would be the W Times Square (check out TPG contributor Lori Zaino’s review), followed by the W Downtown. I don’t really love the W New York on Lexington, because the rooms are extremely small, and as a Gold member you probably won’t get upgraded. So I’d avoid that particular location.

The Le Parker Méridien New York is a huge hotel, and seems to be right in the heart of things in Midtown. Remember that if you stay for five nights on points, you can get the fifth night free to maximize your stay.

There are more Starwood properties in Manhattan to choose from, but these are my favorites, and I think you’ll have a great stay in NYC if you pick any of these.

Below I’ve listed each hotel I mentioned and how much an award night should cost you:

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at

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