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10 celebrity favorite hotels you can book with points and miles

March 30, 2022
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From spacious suites and 24-hour room service to a perfectly mixed cocktail served to you poolside while you work on your tan, we love luxury hotels here at TPG.

During peak periods, these properties could cost you up to four figures per night. Using your points and miles instead can save you big on your next trip.

Do you like the chance of bumping into the odd celebrity during your stay? Here are 10 luxury hotels around the world favored by celebrities that you can boo with miles and points.

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ST. PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL, LONDON

Originally opened in 1873, this iconic building is just steps from the mammoth Kings Cross St. Pancras interchange train station. Nearby, the new Coal Drops Yard development features a wide range of exciting fashion and hospitality venues.

It's considered to be one of London's most romantic hotels with its traditional Victorian design and furnishings. You might have more of a 1990s flashback than an 1890s one when entering its opulent common areas. Why? This hotel was the location of the Spice Girls' breakthrough hit Wannabe video in 1996.

How to book: Room rates start at $289 per night, or you can redeem 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a standard night award.

Related: 10 famous London film locations and where to find them

(Photo courtesy of Marriott)

Park Hyatt, Sydney

Situated right on one of the most iconic harbors in the world, the Park Hyatt is a long-time TPG favorite. Eric Rosen returned to find the spa-style bath suites, incredible Globalist breakfast, rooftop pool and thoughtful Australian minibars were just as good as he remembered. Oh, and waking up with views of Sydney Harbour with the nearby Harbour Bridge and Opera House doesn't hurt either. The property is popular with touring musicians, too. The likes of Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Rihanna have all enjoyed this property while Down Under.

How to book: Room rates start at an eye-watering $753 per night (and reach four figures in peak periods), so it's an excellent use of 25,000-35,000 World of Hyatt points depending on dates.

Related: Vaccinations, declarations and testing: Everything you need to visit Australia now

Park Hyatt Sydney February 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN, HONOLULU

Right on the famous Waikiki Beach is the Royal Hawaiian, affectionately known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific. Travelers with a strong interest in local history will find plenty to love about the immaculately maintained, legendary property. Now part of Marriott's Luxury Collection of hotels, this resort has hosted screen legends like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Joe DiMaggio. More recently, Ellen Degeneres was spotted here. The property was also the location of the film "Punch Drunk Love" starring Adam Sandler.

How to book: Room rates start at $349 per night, or you can redeem 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a standard night award as a Category 7 property.

Related: The pinkest place on earth: A review of the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu

Cromlix Castle, Scotland

Hyatt's Small Luxury Hotels is a fantastic chance to stay at some truly unusual properties while still earning and redeeming valuable World of Hyatt points. How is a castle in Scotland unusual? The elegant Victorian Perthshire mansion, three miles from the town of Dunblane, is now a fully refurbished 15-bedroom five-star hotel. With a focus on luxury and privacy, you may not see any other guests, which makes celebrity spotting difficult in this truly unique property. However, you can just ask to speak to the owner -- U.S. Open, Olympic and Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray.

How to book: Room rates start at $259 per night, or you can redeem 25,000-35,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Related: My favorite hotel stay of 2021: A review of Crossbasket Castle, Hyatt’s Small Luxury Hotels, Scotland

(Photo courtesy of Cromlix Castle)

THE DOMES OF ELOUNDA, GREECE

One of the most family-focused spa resorts in Europe, Domes of Elounda on the Greek island of Crete is all about making sure everyone in the family has a relaxing and fun holiday. With daycare starting at four months, a kids club and babysitting, children of all ages will be properly cared for and entertained while parents can enjoy soaking up the sun with views over the Aegean Sea and enjoying delicious Greek cuisine. British celebrity chef James Martin is a fan, filming some of his Taste of Crete television series next to the hotel's spectacular swimming pool.

How to book: Room rates start at $307 or 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

Related: Why Crete should be your next Greek Island escape

(Photo courtesy of Domes of Elounda/Facebook)

Andaz West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Constructed in 1963 (the first property on the Sunset Strip), this hotel has quite a rock star history -- especially during the 60s and 70s. Little Richard and Jim Morrison lived there when it was known as the Continental Hyatt House. Keith Richards once famously dropped a television out of the window of the hotel, and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham once rode his motorbike down the hallway -- wrecking the carpet in the process. You're unlikely to see such raucous behavior nowadays. However, you can enjoy the convenient location on the Sunset Strip, and the hotel's event planners can organize photo shoots with iconic Hollywood backgrounds for your fifteen minutes of fame.

How to book: Room rates start at $258 per night, or you can redeem 17,000-23,000 World of Hyatt points as a Category 5 property.

Related: Rock of Ages: A Review of the Andaz West Hollywood

(Photo courtesy of Visit West Hollywood)

ST. REGIS BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA

French Polynesia is a dream location, and especially popular with honeymooners. A-list couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban chose the beautiful St. Regis Bora Bora for their honeymoon back in 2006 and if you've kept up with the Kardashians, you may also remember their visit there. The overwater villas here are huge -- the largest in the South Pacific, starting at 1,150 square feet. The villas also feature glass flooring sections throughout so you can see the fish swimming below your feet.

How to book: Room rates start at $1,311 per night, or you can redeem 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a standard night award as a Category 7.

Related: A review of The St. Regis Bora Bora

The St. Regis Bora Bora. (Photo by Zach Honig /The Points Guy)

Hotel Martinez, Cannes

The beautiful French Riviera is no stranger to celebrities, especially during the internationally renowned Cannes Film Festival in May each year. All those visiting celebrities need somewhere to sleep in and recuperate from the film premieres, cocktail parties and press conferences. So, why not try the Hotel Martinez in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt? Opened in 1929, this five-star Art Deco hotel boasts stunning views over the Bay of Cannes and the Croisette, and has a private beach. The property features a grand Art Deco designed lobby; guest rooms decorated in calming blues, grays and whites; and four on-site restaurants and bars. One of them, La Palme d’Or, is helmed by chef Christian Sinicropi, who helped the restaurant earn its two Michelin stars. Actress Andie MacDowell checked in last summer.

How to book: Room rates start at $239 per night, or you can redeem 25,000-35,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Related: 12 of our favorite points hotels in the European Union

THE NEW YORK EDITION

The building, which was erected in 1909 as the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, is known for its picturesque clock tower, blending history with an elegant, modern hotel. There's also a Michelin-starred restaurant by Jason Atherton with 360-degree views of the city that never sleeps. It's a favorite of Posh Spice Victoria Beckham. The property also hosted Rihanna's New York Fashion Week party with a guest list that include Joe Jonas, Gigi Hadid, Chris Rock and Justin Timberlake.

How to book: Room rates start at $617 per night, or you can redeem 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a standard night award as a Category 8.

Related: Book this, not that: New York City hotels edition

(Photo courtesy of New York EDITION)

WALDORF ASTORIA, NEW YORK

The Waldorf Astoria New York is currently closed for extensive multi-year renovations. However, it's hosted so many celebrity guests, we had to include it in our list. The hotel was reportedly the first hotel to offer room service and to hire female chefs -- the first woman was hired as a chef in 1931. The signature dish of the hotel, the Waldorf Salad, was created in the 1890s; back in the 1950s, the price was close to just $1.

U.S. presidents from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan have made this their New York hotel of choice, even leaving memorabilia in the famous Presidential Suite. In more recent years, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have stayed here, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

(Photo courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria New York)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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