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Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels: Category 4

While researching the best Starwood hotel redemptions for Category 4, I came across quite a few gems. Unlike most other chains, low-category hotels in Starwoods portfolio are well located and offer decent accommodations. No hole-in-the-wall airport hotels here – especially outside of North America. 

Starwood’s Category 4 hotels require just 10,000 points per night and these rates are eligible for Nights & Flights redemption. This is ideal for families who want to visit Disney World, as a 70,000 Starpoint redemption allows them to book five nights at the Walt Disney Swan/Dolphin hotel and leaves them with 50,000 miles to cover airfare. Considering high season rates average around $300 per night, this is a bargain. Aside from this, the 5th night free benefit makes it easy to stretch your points further for an extended stay no matter where you go.

Without further ado, here are the best Starwood hotel redemptions for Category 4:

North America

West Coast

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa (Tucson, AZ)

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa - One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa – One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Distinctions: 

  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • TripAdvisor Green Leaders: Bronze Level

Honorable mention: 

Midwest

Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney (Detroit, MI)

Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney - One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney – One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Distinctions: N/A

Honorable mention:  The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

South

Walt Disney World Dolphin (Orland, FL)

Walt Disney World Dolphin - One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotel Redemptions

Walt Disney World Dolphin – One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotel Redemptions

Distinctions: N/A

Honorable mention: The Westin St. Louis

Canada

The Westin Grand, Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

Westin Grand Vancouver pool Source: Hotel website

Westin Grand Vancouver – a Category 4 Starwood hotel

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Honorable mention: Westin Bayshore Vancouver

Mexico

The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico)

The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos - One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos – One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Distinctions: N/A

Honorable mention: Boca Chica, Acapulco, a Member of Design Hotels

Central & South America

Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Cusco, Peru)

Palacio del Inka Lobby Source: Hotel website

Palacio del Inka Lobby
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014: #3 Top 25 Hotels in Peru
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014: #5 Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Peru
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014: #9 Top 25 Hotels with Exceptional Service in Peru
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014: #9 Tp 25 Hotels for Romance in Peru

Honorable mention: Le Meridien Panama

Europe

Northern Europe

Hotel J, Stockholm, a Member of Design Hotels (Stockholm, Sweden)

Hotel J Stockholm Design Hotels - One of the Best Category 4 SPG Hotels

Hotel J Stockholm Design Hotels – One of the Best Category 4 SPG Hotels

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice: #15 Top 25 Hotels for Romance – Sweden

Honorable mention: Stallmästaregarden, Stockholm, a Member of Design Hotel

Eastern Europe

Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Warsaw, Poland)

Hotel Bristol Vienna - One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Hotel Bristol Vienna – One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2016: #9 Top 25 Luxury Hotels – Poland

Honorable mention:

Western Europe

Mainport Rotterdam, a Member of Design Hotels (Rotterdam Netherlands)

Mainport Rotterdam - One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Mainport Rotterdam – One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Distinctions: 

  • TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice 2016: #1 Top 25 Luxury Hotels – The Netherlands
  • TripAdvisor #4 Hotels in Rotterdam

Honorable mention: Le Méridien Vienna 

Mediterranean

Gezi Hotel Bosphorus, Istanbul, a Member of Design Hotels (Istanbul, Turkey)

Gezi Hotel Bosphorus, Istanbul - One of the Best Category 4 SPG Hotels

Gezi Hotel Bosphorus, Istanbul – One of the Best Category 4 SPG Hotels

Distinctions: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Honorable mention:

Africa

The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius (Mauritius)

The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius - One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius – One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Distinctions: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

 

Honorable mention: Ten Bompas Hotel, Johannesburg, a Member of Design Hotels

Middle East

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa Deluxe Room Source: Hotel website

Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa – One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Honorable mention: Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, Ajman

Asia Pacific

Asia

Le Meridien Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand)

Le Meridien Bangkok - One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Le Meridien Bangkok – One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Honorable Mention:

Pacific

The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa (Nadi, Fiji)

Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa Source: Hotel website

Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa – One of the Best Category 4 Starwood Hotels

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Honorable mention:

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Ariana Arghandewal

6 Comments

  1. We are platinum SPG members but didn’t know about the Nights and Flights program. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I prefer the way you presented the first 3 categories, e.g. with short description of each property on accommodation/location/etc explaining why it stands out.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Hsu. The majority of readers found those redundant since it was mostly a recap of what was on the site, so I decided to leave it out going forward.

  3. Yes, I definitely miss the text as well, helps me realize what’s so good about the property. I love this series in general.

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