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18 of our favorite points hotels in Europe

Dec. 21, 2022
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Some of Europe’s most incredible hotels cost hundreds of dollars per night. However, your dream hotel can be within reach, especially if it allows payments with points or miles instead of money.

From dreamy Mediterranean beach properties to cozy Nordic cabins and regal, stately palaces, here are some of the best points and miles hotels in Europe. Our top picks include everything from hot, new properties to classic favorites and everything in between.

Andaz Prague: Prague

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This brand-new Hyatt property blends Czech design and art elements with modern features such as rotating televisions, backlit bathroom mirrors and massive windows. It's the perfect luxury addition to Prague’s somewhat lacking hotel scene (many of the properties in the city feel dated). The Andaz Prague also features the Zem restaurant, which offers Czech-Japanese fusion cuisine, ideal for adventurous foodies.

Room rates start at 330 euros (about $350) or 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Conrad Algarve: Almancil, Portugal

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It’s hard to choose between the Algarve’s iconic Pine Cliffs property and the Conrad Algarve. However, the latter's three pools, rejuvenating wellness program and myriad dining options (including the Michelin-starred Gusto by Heinz Beck) make it one of our top picks. Light streams into the coastal-chic rooms and suites, which are decked out in crisp whites, beachy beiges and soft blues. The Vale do Lobo Beach is exclusive to Conrad guests, though you’ll have to take a complimentary shuttle to reach it.

Room rates start at 193 euros ($204) or 53,000 Hilton Honors points per night, though rates can be significantly higher during the summer months.

Related: 11 best hotels for a beach vacation in Portugal

Hotel Ranga: Hella, Iceland

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Hotel Ranga may not be as flashy as some other properties on this list (though sleeping below the northern lights is technically flashy). However, this luxury log cabin located in Iceland’s Golden Circle has its own merits, especially for nature enthusiasts. It’s the only four-star resort in the country, featuring unique amenities such as geothermal outdoor hot tubs, skylights and telescopes from which you can view the northern lights.

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This Small Luxury Hotels of the World property is bookable with Hyatt points. Rates start at 262 euros ($278) or 25,000 points per night.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: Amsterdam

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The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam became one of the most desirable hotels in the city when it opened several years ago. Its facade perfectly fits its surroundings and maintains the characteristic architecture of other canalfront homes and businesses. The hotel has just 93 guest rooms and suites, giving it an exclusive, boutiquelike feel. Plus, it’s located near the city’s famous museums, parks and cultural sites.

Rates start at 800 euros ($847) or 100,000 Hilton Honors points per night. Some days, though, that rate skyrockets to thousands of euros or more than 500,000 points, so plan accordingly.

Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection: Barcelona

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One of Barcelona’s top hotels, the Cotton House is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. It's a modern and trendy space set in a historic neoclassical building; also, it’s just a short walk away from several of the city’s top attractions, including La Rambla, the Gothic Quarter and La Sagrada Familia cathedral. Head to the small but sleek rooftop pool in the afternoon, or spend a Spanish summer evening enjoying drinks and dinner on the property’s outdoor terrace.

Rates start at 330 euros ($350) or about 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night — though prices cost more in high season.

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa: Venice, Italy

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The JW Marriott Venice is one of Europe’s most unusual city hotels. It sits outside the city center on its own private island, called Isola delle Rose, which gives it a secluded resort feel. In reality, it’s just a 20-minute (complimentary) boat ride from St. Mark’s Square. Expect five-star amenities like beautifully designed rooms, a lavish spa, four restaurants, three bars and an outdoor picnic area with jaw-dropping views of the city’s iconic skyline rising from the lagoon.

Rates for the JW Marriott Venice start at 330 euros ($350) or 41,000 Marriott points per night starting in March 2023 when the hotel opens for the season. If you want to use points to book another stay elsewhere in the city, some iconic Italian hotels include Hotel Danieli and the Gritti Palace.

 W Ibiza: Ibiza, Spain

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Perched near the quiet shores of Santa Eulalia, the W Ibiza is for travelers that want to revel in the island’s boho-chic ambiance. It's close enough to Ibiza’s pulsating nightlife that guests can enjoy an evening of wild fun. However, it's far enough removed that guests can have an entirely different type of vacation (think wellness and cuisine); the W’s adults-only Glow roof deck and funky, colorful decor are luxurious, whimsical and sexy enough to fit the island culture just right.

Rates start at 200 euros ($212) and 54,000 Marriott points per night. Note: These rates increase dramatically in the high season (the summer months). The hotel is open seasonally from April to the end of October.

InterContinental Ljubljana, an IHG Hotel: Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Known as the tallest hotel in Slovenia’s capital city, the InterContiental Ljubljana has modern, luminous rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and gorgeous views of Ljubljana’s rooftops. The 18th-floor Serenity spa has a luxurious indoor pool and a comprehensive gym, with panoramic views of the city — as does the top floor’s B-Restaurant and Bar.

Rates start at 142 euros ($150) or 26,000 IHG One points per night.

Magma Resort Santorini: Santorini, Greece

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This hotel, part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, is an intimate property offering 59 guest rooms and suites in the heart of Santorini. The rooms and suites at the Magma Resort are decked out in earthy, upscale decor, and they offer views of the glittering Aegean Sea, Santorini’s hills or the white cliffside buildings that define this famous Greek island. Some even come with private hot tubs or pools. You can enjoy the best of Santorini’s high-end cuisine at Magma by Spondi, led by chef Arnaud Bignon.

Rates start at 200 euros ($212) or 25,000 Hyatt points per night. Note: The hotel is only open seasonally, from the beginning of April to the end of October.

The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection: Dublin

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This Marriott hotel sits beside St. Stephen’s Green — a park and green space with more than 200 years of history. Guest rooms featured regal details such as 300-thread-count Egyptian sheets and marble bathrooms; suites have touches like historic chandeliers and memorabilia. (The iconic Princess Grace Suite was inspired by Grace Kelly.) Speaking of history, The Shelbourne also features the Horseshoe Bar, which once hosted famous acts like the Rolling Stones.

Rates start around 300 euros ($318) or 50,000 Marriott points per night.

Related: 16 of the best hotels in Ireland

Hotel Pitrizza, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Costa Smeralda: Porto Cervo, Italy

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This property — located in the buzzy town of Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s sun-drenched Costa Smeralda — seems to rise out of the cliffs and natural rock formations along the Mediterranean Sea. The Hotel Pitrizza, part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, features chic guest rooms, suites and even private villas. Amenities include a swimming pool carved right out of the natural landscape, a private beach, and multiple dining and drinking outposts.

Rates at this Luxury Collection property start at 523 euros ($554) or 90,000 points per night, although they can be much higher in July and August. This resort opens seasonally from the end of May to October.

Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos: Mykonos, Greece

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There’s perhaps no better place to get a taste of the Mykonos lifestyle than the Santa Marina.

The rooms may be on the small side, but we doubt you'll want to spend much time there anyway. A stay at this property is all about having a good time — in style. The hotel sits on a bay with stunning views of the Aegean Sea; it offers beautiful infinity pools and outdoor spaces and keeps an approachable but chic beachside feel. According to the hotel’s website, it offers the island’s only private sandy beach. It also boasts a full-service spa, and four dining and drinking venues, including the Buddha-Bar Beach — the place to see and be seen in the Greek isles.

Rates start at 445 euros ($471) or 80,000 Marriott points per night. The resort opens for the season at the end of April and closes in October.

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome: Paris

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The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is a regular go-to property for any points traveler visiting the City of Light. Situated near the Place Vendome, this elegant Park Hyatt property has 156 rooms, including 45 suites. The property blends historic features with modern, art deco-inspired decor. Guests can enjoy five on-site places to eat or enjoy a cocktail, along with a spa and fitness center.

Rates start at more than 1,000 euros ($1,059) or 35,000 Hyatt points per night.

Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel: London

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This 19th-century hotel occupies an entire block along Bloomsbury’s Russell Square. The regal experience begins as you stroll through the columns and archways along the mosaicked entryway toward the lobby. The guest rooms are anything but stuffy, antiquated palace rooms: Expect a modern take on luxury, as rooms feature crisp white linens, live plants and gold hardware. For something a little different, enjoy drinks at the hotel’s charming courtyard, Palm Court.

Rates start at 199 British pounds ($242) or 54,000 IHG points per night.

Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel: Rome

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Another Italian classic, the Rome Cavalieri is a favorite of many TPG staffers.

You’ll enjoy views of Vatican City’s iconic St. Peter’s Basilica, but you'll feel a world away from the frenetic energy of the Eternal City. The hotel is spread across 15 acres on a hill above the city, giving it a relaxed resort feel that is unique compared to most other properties in Rome. It’s also home to the city’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars — La Pergola, helmed by chef Heinz Beck — as well as a full-service spa, multiple pools, lush gardens and more.

Rates start at 251 euros ($266) or 68,000 Hilton points per night.

Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris: Paris

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The Pierre-Yves Rochon-designed Prince de Galles is a throwback to 1920s glamor. It's situated in Paris' Eighth Arrondissement on one of the city’s most illustrious and high-end streets, Avenue George V. Guests will marvel at the abundant use of blacks and golds in the color scheme, and they may even be treated to a view of the Eiffel Tower from their guest room. The 116-room (including 43 suites) hotel is in an ideal spot for walking to top Parisian attractions like the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees.

Rates start around 1,000 euros ($1,059) or 74,500 Marriott points per night.

JW Marriott Cannes: Cannes, France

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Situated right on La Croisette — Cannes’ most famous avenue packed with bars and restaurants — the hotel is a perfect base for exploring the French Riviera. Or, if lounging in the sun and enjoying the high life is more your speed, you’re right across the street from the famous beach bars and clubs that line the Bay of Cannes.

Rooms start around 200 euros ($212) or 52,000 Marriott points per night, though rates can be triple that during the busy summer months.

Park Hyatt Vienna: Vienna

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One of the most prestigious addresses in the Austrian capital, the Park Hyatt Vienna is a sophisticated place to lay one’s head after a day of exploring and indulging in the famous Sacher torte.

The hotel is located on the historic Am Hof Square right in the heart of the city center. It's a fully modern space but preserves all the flourishes of the elegant, historic building it’s set within. It offers multiple options for eating and drinking as well as a full spa and fitness center complete with a gorgeous indoor pool. So, you’ll have all you need to make your stay in Austria memorable — and luxurious.

Rates start at 500 euros ($529) or 21,000 Hyatt points per night.

Bottom line

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No trip to Europe is complete without a fabulous place to stay — especially when you’ve got a stash of points to burn. This list is just a small sample of some of our favorite points and miles hotels. Thanks to acquisitions and program expansions, like Hyatt’s Small Luxury Hotels, it’s easier than ever to find hotels to use your points at — whether they’re smaller boutique spots or massive name-brand resorts.

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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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