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After using my points to stay at a few historic hotels, I started wondering how many other unique properties participate in one of the major loyalty programs. It turns out, there are quite a few! Today, I’ll continue my series on historic hotels that are part of major loyalty programs by taking a look at Starwood properties in the US.

As for what I’ll consider as “historic,” it would be easy to classify nearly any hotel in this category if a movie was shot there, or if it was the scene of any important event. To narrow things down, I’ll define a hotel as “historic” if it has unique architecture that dates back to before the Second World War or if it occupies a historic building that was not originally designed to be a hotel.

Starwood Preferred Guest is the program for Westin, Sheraton and other boutique brands. Of course these brands could all eventually fall under the Marriott umbrella now that the two hotel chains have merged. For now, you can earn Starpoints with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express, both of which are currently offering sign-up bonuses of up to 35,000 Starpoints.

Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel, South Carolina (1913)

The Vault martini lounge at the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel.
The Vault martini lounge at the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel. Image courtesy of Starwood.

Reward Category: 3 (7,000 Starpoints per night)

Originally the Palmetto Bank, the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel has an imposing façade of limestone and terra cotta, with an ornate copper cornice. This early 21st-century building features 134 rooms and a bar set in a nationally registered bank vault.

Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney, Michigan (1915)

The Aloft Detroit David Whitney
The Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney’s striking atrium. Image courtesy of Starwood.

Reward Category: 4 (10,000 Starpoints per night)

The building was designed by renowned architectural firm Graham, Burnham & Co., and features a Neo-Renaissance style exterior with glazed brick, a four-story gold-leafed atrium and 136 rooms.

Le Meridien Tampa, Florida (early 1900s)

The Le Meridien Tampa is set in a former federal courthouse.
The Le Meridien Tampa is set in a former federal courthouse. Image courtesy of Starwood.

Reward Category: 4 (10,000 Starpoints per night)

Originally a federal courthouse, this Tampa Bay hotel is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The boutique-style property boasts 130 guestrooms and suites, a meeting and event space, a French bistro and the Longitude Bar.

The St. Anthony, San Antonio, Texas (1909)

The Peacock Alley Lounge at the St. Anthony in San Antonio.
The Peacock Alley Lounge at the St. Anthony in San Antonio. Image courtesy of Starwood.

Reward Category: 4 (10,000 Starpoints per night)

The first fully air-conditioned hotel in the world, the St. Anthony mixes old-world interiors of Italian marble with the most modern conveniences. The hotel has attracted a range of prominent figures, including Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, General Douglas MacArthur, Eleanor Roosevelt and Princess Grace.

W Minneapolis – The Foshay, Minnesota (1929)

The Living Room lounge at the W Minneapolis - The Foshay.
The Living Room lounge at the W Minneapolis – The Foshay. Image courtesy of Starwood.

Reward Category: 5 (12,000-16,000 Starpoints per night)

This Art Deco tower was completed just months before the Great Depression and was the tallest building in Minnesota for decades. The property features African Mahogany, Italian marble and a silver- and gold-plated ceiling. The renovation that transformed the building into a W hotel reportedly cost about $90 million.

The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco on Union Square, San Francisco (1904)

The lobby at the Westin St. Francis.
The lobby at the Westin St. Francis. Image courtesy of Starwood.

Reward Category: 6 (20,000-25,000 Starpoints per night)

Located on the buzzing Union Square in San Francisco, this hotel has been popular even since it first opened in the early 1900s. While the building’s original interior was destroyed after the Great Earthquake of 1906, the property was restored and eventually became the largest hotel on the Pacific Coast — it currently has 1,195 rooms.

The Liberty, Boston (1851)

The Liberty in Boston.
The Liberty in Boston. Image courtesy of Starwood.

Reward Category: 6 (20,000-25,000 Starpoints per night)

Somewhat ironically, the building that’s now The Liberty hotel was previously a prison, housing some of Boston’s most notorious criminals until 1991. Today, the property’s exterior reflects its history, as do the preserved jail cells within the hotel’s chic Alibi restaurant.

Palace Hotel, San Francisco (1875)

Old-world charm in the Palace Hotel lobby.
Old-world charm in the Palace Hotel lobby. Image courtesy of Starwood.

Reward Category: 6 (20,000-25,000 Starpoints per night)

This property was originally designed to be an American counterpart to the grand hotels of Europe. Destroyed in the earthquake and fire in 1906, it was rebuilt in 1909 and artist Maxfield Parrish was commissioned to paint the 16-foot mural “The Pied Piper of Hamlin,” which is displayed to this day in the Pied Piper bar.

The St. Regis New York, New York (1904)

A guestroom at the St. Regis New York.
A guestroom at the St. Regis New York. Image courtesy of Starwood.

Reward Category: 7 (30,000-35,000 Starpoints per night)

John Jacob Astor IV of the famous New York Astor family opened this property (the original St. Regis) inside a Beaux Arts building in 1904. The property has attracted celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich and Salvador Dali over the years, and it’s known for its lavish accommodations and butler service.

Need some more points to stay at some of the properties above? Don’t forget that from now until April 5, 2017, you can earn up to 35,000 Starpoints when you sign up for the Starwood Amex or the Starwood business Amex. With the personal card, you’ll earn 25,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months, plus an additional 10,000 points when you spend another $2,000 in the first six months. And with the business version, you’ll get 25,000 points for spending $5,000 in the first three months, plus another 10,000 points for spending an extra $3,000 in the first six months.

Which historic Starwood properties have you visited?

Featured image courtesy of the St. Regis New York.

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