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TPG Readers Reveal Their Favorite Points Hotels in Europe

June 30, 2019
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We recently asked our TPG Lounge members to share their all-time favorite points hotels in Europe. Here’s a look at some of our favorite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity).

Memorable Stays With Marriott

From beautiful resorts in the Greek Islands to rooms with castle views in Edinburgh, our TPG Lounge audience has definitely had some great points hotel redemptions at Marriott properties throughout Europe.

"Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, in Crete. Tremendous views and a funicular to the beach!" — Aaron J.A.

"Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh. Incredible castle views, great rooms, dining options in the hotel, access to a beautiful spa facility and a really nice lounge with breakfast and daily happy hours. I recommend it to all my Marriott friends who are heading to Edinburgh." — Kevin M.

"Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel, a new hotel and amazing value under the legacy SPG program. I think it was a Category 2 hotel and was only 3,660 points a night so I paid $95 a night to upgrade to a one-bedroom suite. The Westin Dublin, again another amazing value under legacy SPG that was only 16,000 points a night as a Category 6 during high season in summer." — Soroya G.G.

"Le Méridien Visconti Rome, The Westin Palace in Madrid, Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa in Lisbon and Le Méridien Lav in Split, all on points before the merger. Great redemptions with upgrades to suites." — Dante V.

The Westin Palace Madrid is a truly exquisite hotel. (Photo courtesy of hotel)
The Westin Palace Madrid is a truly exquisite hotel. (Photo courtesy of hotel)

"The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice." — Russell F.

"Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville and Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian. Both Spanish hotels are awesome." — Albert G.

"Palazzo Naiadi, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection in Rome (upgrade to larger room) and Hotel Arts in Barcelona (upgrade to two-story suite and concierge lounge!)" — M.A.M.

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"Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Autograph Collection in Rouen, France. Beautiful." — Traci M.S.

"Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection, in Crete!" — Rich S.

"Staying at Hotel Cala di Volpe, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Costa Smeralda in Sardinia this summer. I'll report back after that." — Max P.

"St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London in the Chambers Wing with automatic lounge access. So stately! It's right at King's Cross so it's accessible to so many trains. We had a junior suite that was larger than my first apartment." — Loren G.M.

High Times at Hilton

Many of our TPG Lounge readers wrote in singing the praises of various Hilton properties around Europe. The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice was a major hit, as was the Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. And if any of the below sound intriguing, be sure to check your Amex Offers to see if you're targeted for a discount!

"Hilton Molino Stucky Venice. Beautiful and away from the crowds but still just a stone's throw away by water taxi to Piazza San Marco." — Dan T.

"The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is a beautiful hotel with great upgrades, a fantastic restaurant and it's away from the crowds. Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort had a great location, beautiful views and amazing service. At the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh–The Caledonian, the location was great, breakfast was included and there were upgrades galore." — Kathleen M.S.

"Conrad London St. James. Steps from the St. James tube station, lovely rooms, excellent service and a great executive lounge. Can't wait to return. I thought the staff were outstanding." — Leslie A.B.

"About six years ago, I stayed at the Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, for 50,000 points per night [now 65,000-80,000] and was upgraded to a city view executive floor with access to the Imperial Lounge. Over New Year's." — Harry H.

The pool at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. (Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria)
The pool at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. (Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria)

"Just stayed at The Waldorf Hilton, London on points. Great Covent Garden location surrounded by great shops, restaurants and several tube stops for convenient sightseeing. The Covent Garden tube line also goes direct to Heathrow, about a 40-minute ride. I stayed over a holiday weekend so prices were high but luckily I was able to get a good points rate." — Mary K.Q.

"Great but busy lounge at The Waldorf Hilton, London. Afternoon tea was served with Waldorf Salad, of course." — Conrad F.

"Hilton Tallinn Park had great, low redemption rates and a brand new property in the center of it all." — Sáf D.

"I did three fairly recently: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - West End, Hilton Munich City and the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station. The executive lounge and breakfast at the Munich and Amsterdam hotels were fantastic. All locations were close to public transit. The Doubletree in the West End gave me the best upgrade of my life, to a one-bedroom apartment with two floors, two bathrooms and a kitchenette. I would definitely recommend all three!" — Lisa B.

"Hilton Paris Opera!" — Adele G.

"I second that (Hilton Paris Opera), especially with an upgrade to one of the suites." — Teresa D.

"Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Wonderful rooms, views and the best executive lounge anywhere." — Teresa D.

Hyatt, IHG and Other Hotels Worth Mentioning

Some of our TPG Lounge members said they had great stays at Hyatt, IHG and Choice Hotels around Europe, while one said she was able to book an epic stay at a non-points hotel by going through Chase Ultimate Rewards.

"About to find out! Leaving Wednesday for two weeks and will be staying at the Park Hyatt Milan, Hotel Martinez In The Unbound Collection By Hyatt, Hotel Lungarno, and Hostaria del Relais San Lorenzo, all on points. 10 nights for 310,000 World of Hyatt points." — Tom T.

"The Hyatt Regency London The Churchill, my first-ever hotel redemption using the Hyatt two free night sign-up bonus. This week, I'm using IHG points to stay at the InterContinental Madrid and InterContinental Lisbon — the Madrid one looks old but stately and the Lisbon one has just been updated." — Soroya G.G.

"Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. Great location and staff, and the points redemption was reasonable." — Randall C.W.

"I liked the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand, where I used an Ambassador free night certificate. The Hyatt Regency Amsterdam was nice and in a quiet part of the city near public transport. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Marble Arch was also conveniently located, and the Intercontinental Budapest was situated along the Danube with nice views." — Toshiba G.

"The Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel near Russell Square." — Kyria D.K.

"Clarion Hotel The Edge in Tromsø had a great free breakfast included with a nice room!" — Jake H.

"Just had a really nice stay in The Saint James' Court, a Taj Hotel, in London. Not as fancy as you might expect, but very inexpensive with Chase Ultimate Rewards points. It's across the street from Westminster and in a beautiful part of town. Ask for one of the renovated rooms and you won’t be disappointed." — Gloria L.

Featured image by The Opera Brunch is held in this fancy room at Westin Palace Madrid. Photo courtesy of hotel.
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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Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
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    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

    60,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees