Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Redemptions: Category 3

Within Starwood’s Category 3, several Luxury Collection properties start showing up. Oddly enough, many of them aren’t in the best shape and don’t measure up with lower-end brands like Four Points and Sheraton. However, there is still a great deal of value to be had in this category, with hotels and resorts requiring just 7,000 points per night. Redeem a hotel in this category as part of a Nights & Flights award and the rate on a 5-night stay decreases to just 2,000 points per night. Here are the best Category 3 Starwood Preferred Guest redemption options:

NORTH AMERICA

US

Aloft Orlando Downtown (Orlando, FL)

Aloft Orlando Downtown, Aloft Room

Aloft Orlando Downtown, Aloft Room

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: Standard Aloft Rooms are 374 sqft, with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in natural light and accentuate the modern decor. There’s also an ergonomic chair accompanying the desk – you’ll appreciate these if you’ve ever sat on those orange foam swivel chairs most office buildings are stocked with. All guests get complimentary wifi, local calls, bottled water, and coffee/tea provisions. Aloft rooms have views of either the city of lake.

Location: While the Aloft Orlando is in the midst of several corporate offices, it’s also within walking distance of the Amway Center, where you can take in an Orlando Magic game. Several performing arts centers, museums and shopping centers are also nearby. The hotel is also located within 20 miles of Seaworld, Universal Studios, and Disney World.

Honorable mention: Aloft Miami Doral (Doral, FL)

Canada

The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa (Victoria, BC)

Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa

Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Accommodations: At the standard level, guests can book a 450 sqft Fairways Building Traditional room, which sits right on the first hole of the championship golf course and offers views of the surrounding mountains or village, which guests can enjoy from the private balcony.. The room also features a kitchenette, while the bathroom has a deep soaker tub.  comes equipped with a kitchenette. It’s worth noting all rooms at this property are smoke free, which shouldn’t be surprising for a resort.

Location: The Westin Bear Mountain is a great place to redeem your Starpoints if you’re looking for a relaxing resort experience or a family vacation with a bit of the outdoors. You’ll likely need a car if you want to venture outside of the resort, where you’ll find several national parks, a movie theatre, shopping, a casino, and the harbor – all within 10 miles of the resort.

Honorable mention: N/A

Mexico

The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun (Cancun, Mexico)

The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun

The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: Award redemptions don’t always get you rooms with the best views, but that’s thankfully not the case at the Westin Resort & Spa Cancun. Guests get a 455 sqft Deluxe Room with a balcony offering beautiful ocean and lagoon views. The room decor is a bit on the tacky side, with turquoise tile floors in some rooms, but for the most part it’s typical Cancun. 

Location: The hotel is located right on the beach, where guests can enjoy typical activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, or zip lining if they venture out 30 miles. Within five miles, there are golf courses and several shopping centers to indulge in. Really, the big draw is it’s location on the beach and it’s reasonable redemption rates.

Honorable mention: N/A

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

The Westin Camino Real, Guatemala (Guatemala City, Guatemala)

Westin Camino Real Guatemala Lobby

Westin Camino Real Guatemala Lobby

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice 2014: #20 Top 20 Luxury Hotels in Central America

Accommodations: Guests booking a standard room get a tastefully decorated 301-377 sqft Deluxe Room with either a King or two Queen beds. This is a nice option compared to most hotels in Europe, which offer tiny Single (or Twin) beds instead.

Location: The Westin Camino real is located within walking distance of several museums, a shopping mall, and just 5 miles from the National Palace.

Honorable mention: Sheraton San Jose (San Jose, Costa Rica)

EUROPE

Western Europe

Sheraton Fuschlsee-Salzburg, Hotel Jagdhof (Salzburg, Austria)

Sheraton Fuschlsee-Salzburg, Hotel Jagdhof

Sheraton Fuschlsee-Salzburg, Hotel Jagdhof

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Accommodations: A standard award at this resort gets you into King Room with a balcony or patio overlooking the lake, park, garden, or golf course. Amusingly, the hotel website brags about the rooms featuring “windows that open,” which may be a huge plus for some people. In the rooms, guests can enjoy complimentary wifi, an espresso machine, and even umbrellas!

Location: With it’s location on Lake Fuschl and regular rates of over $300 per night, the Sheraton Fuschlsee-Salzburg is a great redemption option. The hotel is within 15 miles of the center of town, Mozart’s Birthplace, Hellbrunn Palace, and Salzburg Festival House. Guests can play golf, go skiing in the proper season, or hike around and take in the stunning scenery.

Honorable mention: The Westin Bellevue, Dresden (Dresden, Germany)

Eastern Europe

Westin Warsaw (Warsaw, Poland)

Westin Warsaw Deluxe Room

Westin Warsaw Deluxe Room

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice 2014: #18 Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Poland
  • Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice 2014: #18 Top 25 Hotels in Poland
  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Accommodations: At the standard level, guests can book a Classic Room that offers 323-431 sqft of space. While these rooms aren’t the most updated in the area, they do offer fairly spacious rooms equipped with an ergonomic chair and “windows that open.” The bathroom also has a bidet and possibly a whirlpool tub.

Location: The Westin Warsaw gets high marks for it’s central location. Within a 1 mile radius, guests will find Belvedere Palace, the Royal Castle, the Palace of Culture and Science, the US embassy, and Laienki Park. The Old Town area of Warsaw is just under two miles from the hotel.

Honorable mention:

Mediterranean

Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa (Maspalomas, Spain)

Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa pool

Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa pool

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: Deluxe Rooms offer 431 sqft of space with a King or Two Single beds and floor-to-ceiling windows leading to the private balcony. These rooms are outfitted with modern furnishing and offer views of the nearby golf course.

Location: The Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa is located on the Island of Gran Canaria, which boasts of average temperatures of 73 degrees year-round. The resort itself is located on a hillside, in a serene environment. Due to it’s location, it is a bit of a trek if you want to head out one of the local beaches, which are at least 5 miles away. Along the way, you’ll find the local shopping area as well as the harbor, where you can partake in activities like dolphin and whale watching tours.

Honorable mention:

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Africa

Le Meridien Ile Maurice (Pamlemoussens, Mauritius)

Le Meridien Ile Maurice

Le Meridien Ile Maurice

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Accommodations: Standard rooms at this hotel are relatively spacious at 538 sqft, with a balcony offering ocean or garden views. The set up of these rooms are similar to junior suites, featuring a separate seating area.

Location: This oceanside resort is a great option if you’re looking for a cheap redemption in Mauritius.  There aren’t many sight-seeing options in the area, which is why the hotel’s activity center is so important. Guests can arrange a variety of activities, including a bike tour, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and nearby island tours.

Honorable mention: Sheraton Soma Bay Resort (Red Sea, Egypt)

Middle East

Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdum (Beirut, Lebanon)

Four Points Le Verdun Beirut

Four Points Le Verdun Beirut

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice 2014: #1 Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Lebanon

Accommodations: Guests booking a standard award can choose between a modern 291-355 sqft Classic or Preferred room. The Preferred rooms, true to the name, are the way to go if you don’t mind being on a higher floor and getting a welcome amenity of a fruit basket. The bathroom comes equipped a bidet, as well as grab bars for guests who need assistance. All guests get complimentary wireless internet

Location: Beirut was once dubbed the “Paris of the Middle East.” For those who are undeterred by travel advisories and political turmoil, this the Four Points Le Verdum is a good place from which to explore the city of Beirut. The hotel is within walking distance of the beach, local shopping area, and the Beirut National Museums. Sights like Beiteddine Palace and Jeita Grotto are within 25 miles of the hotel.

Honorable mention: Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai (Dubai, UAE)

ASIA PACIFIC

Le Meridien Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand)

Le Meridien Bangkok Vista Room

Le Meridien Bangkok Vista Room

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Accommodations: For 7,000 points per night, guests can book a 388 sqft Vista Room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city. These rooms come equipped with a 32 inch flat screen LCD TV, a docking station for your iPhone, and a touch-screen phone. Wifi can be purchased for 470 THB ($15) per day.

Location: The Le Meridien Bangkok has a great location, close to several corporate offices, shopping, dining, temples and other tourist attractions. If you’re looking to venture out further, there is a nearby Skytrain station, making it easy to get around the city and to the airport. 

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