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UPDATED: Best Club Carlson Hotels: Category 3

Category 3 Club Carlson hotels require just 28,000 points per night and  there are some really unique and amazing hotels to choose from. Considering it takes just $1,400 worth of paid hotel stays to earn a free Category 3 hotel night, this is an incredible value. Here are the best Category 3 Club Carlson hotels:

Since Club Carlson changed its award chart, the only differences in the Category 3 picks are in Asia and Africa. You can see the old list here and to compare the changes.

At 28,000 points per night, many of the hotels on this list offer great value – especially if you’re a Club Carlson Premier Visa Signature cardholder, in which case every two-night redemption will require just 28,000 points total. Here are the top Category 3 redemptions:

NORTH AMERICA

US

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

Source: Tripadvisor

Distinctions: 2011 President’s Award Recipient,  4 key rating from the Green Key Eco-Rating Program

Accommodations: This property was recently renovated and the rooms look fresh and modern. Standard rooms feature views of the Wasatch Mountains and downtown Salt Lake City. Complimentary wifi is available in all rooms.

Location: Located in the midst of the city’s business and entertainment districts, just a few blocks from historic Temple Square and other popular attractions: Capitol Theatre, Family History Library, Gateway Shopping Center, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and more.

Honorable mention:

SOUTH, CENTRAL AMERICA, THE CARIBBEAN & MEXICO 

Radisson Royal Quito Hotel (Quito, Ecuador)

Radisson Royal Quito

Source: Tripadvisor

Distinctions:

  • 2011 President’s Award
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013 Winner: #6 Top Hotel in Ecuador
  • 4-key rating from Green Key Eco-Rating Program.

Accommodations: Comfortable rooms with free wifi and evening turndown service. The Radisson Royal Quito offers an evening reception for all guests Monday through Friday from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, featuring snacks, water, unlimited soda, and a choice of 2 glasses of house wine or 2 national beers.

Location: Located 15 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport and is within walking distance of the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can check out century old cathedrals, El Panecillo, local markets, art museums, and more. The hotel secures special cab fares for guests.

Honorable mention: 

Radisson Hotel Iquique (Iquique, Chile). Guests describe this property as being “in the middle of nowhere,” but for those looking for a tranquil beachside location, this is a great spot.

Radisson Decapolis Hotel Panama City – CATEGORY 3

  • Recipient of the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #4 Top hotel in Panama
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #23 Best Service in Panama

EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA 

Europe

Art’otel Budapest by Park Plaza (Budapest, Hungary)

Art'otel budapest by Park Plaza

Source: Tripadvisor

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: An art-centric hotel, each room at this property features art work by contemporary artist Donald Sultan. Standard rooms are 226-290 sqft and include complimentary wifi along with access to the fitness rooms and sauna.

Premium Awards can be booked for 42,000 points and are the same size as standard rooms. However, they offer direct views of the Danube and come fitted with flatscreen tv’s, bathrobe and slippers, bottled mineral water on arrival, late checkout, and a free drink at the bar.

Location: Located opposite the Hungarian Parliament on the Danube River and within 1 mile of all the important sights and attractions: Budapest Citadel, Liberty Statue, Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Hungarian national Gallery, Batthyány Square, State Operat House, Gellert Thermal Bath, Margaret Island.

Honorable mention: Radisson Blu Hotel Olumpia, Tallinn

Middle East

Park Inn Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Park Inn Abu Dhabi, Yas Island

Source: Tripadvisor

Distinctions: Traveler’s Choice 2013 Winner: #6 Bargain Hotel in the UAE

Accommodations: All rooms at this property offer views of the Gulf or golf course. A standard award gets you a 300 sqm room with a walk-in shower and free wifi. The maximum number of guests for a standard room is 3.

Location: 7-minute drive from Abu Dhabi, 45 minutes from Dubai. Three golf courses, Ferrari World, and Yas Waterworld are located within 3 miles of the hotel.

Honorable mention: N/A

Africa 

Park Inn Ulysse Resort & Thalasso Djerba (Djerba, Tunisia)

Park Inn Ulysse Resort & Thalasso Djerba Club Carlson

Source: Club Carlson

This beachfront property boasts stunning views and has won three categories of Tripadvisor awards: Top Hotel in Tunisia (#8), Top Luxury Hotel in Tunisia (#9), and Best Service (#14)

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #8 Top 25 Hotels in Tunisia
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #9 Top Luxury Hotel in Tunisia
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #14 Top 25 Hotels for Service in Tunisia

Accommodations: For 28,000 points per night, guests can book a 236 sqft room with a balcony and garden views. Complimentary breakfast is included. An upgraded Seaview room can be booked for an additional 14,000 points per night.

Location: The Park Inn Ulysse Resort & Thalasso Djerba not only has an amazing beachside location, but it’s close to a variety of attractions when doing nothing at a resort gets boring. The Casino of Djerba, the Djerba Golf Club, Houmt Souk, and airport are all within a 20-minute drive of the resort. A bus station is located within walking distance, and a taxi station is in front of the hotel, making it easy to explore the surrounding area.

Honorable mention: N/A

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC 

Asia 

Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 (Bangkok, Thailand)

Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 Club Carlson

Source: Club Carlson

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: This hotel resembles a Park Hyatt more than a Park Plaza. Standard awards feature 300 sqft Deluxe Rooms with King and Twin beds. Rooms come equipped with international outlets, free wifi, refrigerator, tea/coffee maker, work desk with ergonomic chair, in-room tea and coffee maker, two bottles of water, and more. Bathrooms feature rain showers.

Cash & Points awards are available for as little as 5,000 points + $50 per night.

The property has a rooftop pool overlooking the city. Airport transfers in a Mercedes or Toyota Camra can be arranged for a fee.

Location: This property is located in the Sukhumvit district, close to Benjasiri Park, shopping malls and restaurants. In addition to a nearby train station, the hotel offers a complimentary Tuk Tuk shuttle service to Sukhumvit Road and Sukhumvit Soi 18.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located 22 miles away.

Honorable mention:

Pacific

Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu (Cebu City, Philippines)

Radisson Blu Cebu Philippines Club Carlson

Source: Tripadvisor

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #4 Top hotel in the Philippines, #4 Best Service in the Philippines.

Accommodations: Standard Awards offer Superior Rooms which are 376-495 sqft and offer views of the city or Mactan Channel. All rooms come equipped with memory foam beds, goose feather pillows, and down filled duvets, free wifi, laptop safe, and bottled water.

Location: Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and offers lots to see, all of which can be accessed from this property. Just 6 miles from Mactan International Airport, this hotel is a short walk from public transportation and the ferry terminal. This makes it easy to get to the many local attractions, including: Magellan’s Cross, Cebu Taoist Temple, Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, Colon Street (the oldest street in the Philippines), Fort San Pedro, and Casa Gorordo.

Honorable mention: N/A

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Ariana Arghandewal