12 of our favorite points hotels in the European Union
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It’s only Tuesday, but it’s already been a very encouraging week in travel.
The European Union on Monday signaled that it will reopen all 27 member states to fully vaccinated Americans this summer, a great sign for travelers eager to return to Europe after more than a year of being more or less banned from the continent.
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Many of us here at TPG began to plan trips back to some of our favorite places on Earth — including the places we’d stay once we got there.
If you’re like us and overjoyed at the prospect of planning a European summer vacation (just writing that feels so … normal) check out some of our favorite places to stay once you get there. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, as there are simply too many fantastic European properties to list in one place — and we’ve focused only on hotels in EU. So, a country like Iceland, for example, that’s a member of the European Economic Area but not a full member state of the EU, will be excluded.
Remember, too, that nations (such as Greece) have made individual decisions regarding who can visit, when and with what requirements. So some EU nations will certainly welcome some travelers sooner than others.
Finally, many of the properties listed below are still not open for new reservations. But as we hear more from the EU on an opening timeline, we should start to see hotels across the continent announce reopening dates.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, an IHG Hotel
Set within a grand 19th-century building alongside the Amstel River, this InterContinental property is one of Amsterdam’s Grand Dames.
Guests can expect an ornate lobby with original staircases and intricate moldings on the walls and equally regal guest rooms that harken back to a gilded age of palaces and aristocracy. Enjoy an afternoon tea in the riverside Amstel Lounge and then move outdoors to the terrace to enjoy a cocktail on a balmy summer day. You’ll also find an array of five-star amenities including an indoor pool, sauna, massage rooms and a fitness center.
Base rooms can be booked from 83,000 points per night. If you’re looking to increase your IHG points balance, the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 125,000 bonus points plus a Reward Night after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve directly to IHG at a 1 to 1 ratio.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam became one of the most desirable hotels in the city when it opened several years ago. Its facade fits perfectly with its surroundings and maintains the characteristic architecture of other canal-front homes and businesses. The hotel has just 93 guest rooms and suites, giving it an exclusive, boutique-like feel. Plus, it’s located near the city’s famous museums, parks and cultural sites.
Rooms can be booked from 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night, though some days that rate skyrockets to over 300,000, so plan accordingly. If you want to boost your Honors points balance, consider signing up for the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, which is currently offering a welcome bonus of 150,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening.
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Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection, Barcelona
One of Barcelona’s top hotels, the Cotton House is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and gives guests a modern and trendy space set in a historic neoclassical building just a short walk away from several of the city’s top attractions including La Rambla, the Gothic Quarter and La Sagrada Familia cathedral.
The Cotton House Hotel is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning free nights will cost you between 50,000 and 70,000 points per night depending on your travel dates and making it eligible (on off-peak award nights) for an up to 50,000-point free-night certificate that comes with certain Marriott cobranded credit cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card.
JW Marriott Venice
The JW Marriott Venice is one of Europe’s most unique city hotels. It’s housed on its own private island, known as Isola della Rose, outside the city center, giving it a secluded resort feel. But, in reality, it’s just a 20-minute (complimentary) boat ride from St. Mark’s Square. On property, you can 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.
The JW Marriott Venice is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning free nights will cost you between 50,000 and 70,000 points per night depending on your travel dates and making it eligible (on off-peak award nights) for an up to 50,000-point free-night certificate that comes with cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant.
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
One of Venice’s grandest properties, Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, treats its guests to a taste of the regal, old-world glamor of the Venetian Republic. According to Hotel Danieli’s website, the hotel’s story begins all the way back to the 14th century, when the aristocratic family Dandolo had what is now the hotel’s principal building originally built. It came to be known as the Palazzo Dandolo. Today, the hotel comprises three palaces with opulent guest rooms and unforgettable public spaces adorned with priceless works of art from antiquity.
Hotel Danieli is a top-tier Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning a free night will run you between 70,000 and 100,000 points, depending on the dates of your stay.
Hotel Pitrizza, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Costa Smeralda
Seeming to rise out of the cliffs and natural rock formations along the Mediterranean Sea in the buzzy, yet still under-the-radar town of Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s sun-drenched Costa Smeralda, the Hotel Pitrizza, part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, is an ideal place for travelers looking to avoid hoards of other American tourists.
This sprawling luxury resort features chic guest rooms, suites and even private villas as well as amenities like a swimming pool carved right out of the natural landscape, a private beach, multiple dining and drinking outposts and more.
This is a Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning a free night will run you between 70,000 and 100,000 points, depending on the dates of your stay.
Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Rome
Another Italian classic, the Rome Cavalieri is a favorite of many TPG staffers.
You’ll have views of Vatican City’s iconic St. Peter’s Basilica but feel a world away from the frenetic energy of the Eternal City. The hotel is located on a hill above the city and spread across 15 acres, giving it a relaxed, resort feel unique from the majority of the 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.
Base rooms start from 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos
The rooms themselves may be on the small side, but that won’t matter because this property is all about having a good time — in style. The hotel is set in a bay with stunning views of the Aegean Sea, enhanced by beautiful infinity pools and outdoor spaces with an approachable but chic beachside feel. According to the hotel’s website, it offers the island’s only private and sandy beach, and boasts a full-service spa as well as four dining and drinking venues including the Buddha-Bar Beach, a place to see and be seen in the Greek Isles.
Santa Marina is a Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning a free night will run you between 70,000 and 100,000 points, depending on the dates of your stay.
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
The Park Hyatt Paris is a regular go-to property for any points traveler visiting the City of Light. Situated near the Place Vendôme, this elegant Park Hyatt property has a total of 156 rooms, including 45 suites. The property blends a historic building with modern, art deco-inspired decor on the inside and offers guests five places to eat or enjoy a cocktail, along with a spa and fitness center.
The Park Hyatt Paris is a Category 7 World of Hyatt property, meaning free nights cost 30,000 points apiece. If you’re short on Hyatt points, remember you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points, earned with cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, transfer with a 1 to 1 ratio to Hyatt. The Sapphire Preferred is currently offering an 80,000-point sign-up bonus after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris
The Pierre-Yves Rochon-designed hotel is one of the chicest places to stay in arguably the chicest city on the planet. Guests will marvel at the abundant use of blacks and golds in the color scheme, and may even be treated to a view of the Eiffel Tower from their guest room. The 116-room (including 43 suites) hotel is ideally located to walk to top sights like the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysées.
Prince de Galles is a Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning a free night will run you between 70,000 and 100,000 points, depending on the dates of your stay.
JW Marriott Cannes
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 just across the street from the famous beach bars and clubs that line the Bay of Cannes.
The JW Marriott Cannes is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning free nights will cost you between 50,000 and 70,000 points per night depending on your travel dates and making it eligible (on off-peak award nights) for an up to 50,000-point free-night certificate.
Park Hyatt Vienna
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 Sachertorte.
The hotel is located on the historic Am Hof Square right in the heart of the city center and manages to present a fully modern hotel with all the flourishes of the elegant, historic building its set within. With multiple options for eating and drinking as well as a full spa and fitness center complete with a gorgeous indoor pool, you’ll have all you need to make your stay in Austria memorable — and very luxurious.
This is a Category 6 World of Hyatt property, meaning award nights will cost you 25,000 points apiece.
Europe is going to be opening back up to Americans who are fully vaccinated this summer, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Right now is the perfect time to plan those dreamy summer vacations you’ve been putting off for the last year, and no summer trip to Europe would be complete without a fabulous place to stay.
Europe is full of fantastic hotels — and many don’t participate in traditional points programs. But if you’ve got hotel points burning a hole in your wallet, don’t hesitate to use them at any one of these top-notch properties in the EU.
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