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UPDATED: Best Club Carlson Hotels: Category 4

Free nights at Category 4 Club Carlson hotels require 38,000 points per night. This category features some pretty obscure hotel locations, though there are some great locations to pick from (i.e. Malta) and best hotels can be found in the Middle East. Here are the best Category 4 Club Carlson hotels:

Category 4  properties start at 38,000 points per night and offers values across regions. This extensive list of picks has changes slightly from the previous Category 4 list, though the changes have been mostly positive.

NORTH AMERICA

Canada 

Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)

adisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview Club Carlson

Source: Tripadvisor.com

Distinctions: 2011 President’s Award

Accommodations: This hotel has stunning views of Niagara Falls. It has undergone a recent renovation, so even the Standard Award City View Rooms have a fresh new look.

All guests get free wifi, in-room coffee maker, mini fridge, microwave, and jet tub in the bathroom.

Location: Right by The Falls. If that’s not enough, there is a casino, golf club, IMAX Theatre, bottanical gardens, and the Skylon Tower within a mile of the hotel to keep you entertained.

Honorable mention: N/A

US

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino (Ford McDowell, Arizona)

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino Club Carlson

Source: Tripadvisor

Distinctions: 2011 President’s Award, Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Accommodations: Guests can choose from three different rooms at the standard level. All of them include complimentary wifi and coffee/tea maker. The difference between standard and deluxe rooms seems to be that deluxe rooms include flat screen HD TV’s with On Demand, HBO, ESPN, and pay-per-view movies and Nintendo.

Location: Aside from an on-site casino, the resort is located within 12 miles of the following attractions: Fountain Hills Park, Verde River Rafting, Saguaro Lake Marina, and various shopping malls. Scottsdale is 12 miles to the west, Mesa is 17 miles southwest, and Phoenix is 29 miles west.

Honorable mention: N/A

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA, THE CARIBBEAN & MEXICO

South America

Radisson Hotel Maceió, Brazil (Maceió, Brazil)

Radisson Hotel Maceió, Brazil Club Carlson

Source: Tripadvisor.com

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #6 hotel in Brazil

Accommodations: Brand new beach front hotel with an amazing rooftop pool boasting beautiful views of the surrounding beach.

A Standard Award gets you into a Superio Room, which includes free wifi and daily breakfast. Currently no Premium Awards are available, but with this being a new hotel, you’re getting a nice room either way and with the location near the beach, will probably spend most of your time outside.

Location: Perfect for business travelers with its proximity to the Maceio Convention Center, it’s beachside location makes it a great choice for a vacation. This hotel is just 1 mile from the popular Pajucara Beach, which is famous for its natural pools. The airport is just 10 miles away, and great restaurants and local markets are within walking distance.

Honorable mention: Radisson Hotel Decapolis Miraflores (Lima, Peru)

  • Recipient of TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Award
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #23 Top hotel in Peru

Central America

Country Inn & Suites Panama Canal (Panama City, Panama)

Country Inn & Suites Panama Canal Club Carlson

Source: Club Carlson

Distinctions:

  • 2011 President’s Award
  • Winner of the TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence

Accommodations: All standard redemptions will get you a room with a balcony, complimentary breakfast buffet and wifi. If you can manage it, try to get a room with a view of the Bridge of the Americas and the nearby Panama City skyline.

Location: The hotel is right on the Amador Causeway, just under two miles from the Old Quarter, the city’s historical center and home to restaurants, shopping, and the Panama Canal Museum. Head to the arts and crafts market, which is just a half mile drive, or check out the Smithsonian Marine Exhibition Center. Two shopping malls are within a four mile distance of the hotel, making it a convenient base to explore the city from. Tocumen International Airport is a short 4.2 mile drive away. 

Honorable mention: N/A

EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

There were too many great hotels in this category, so I’ve included the best redemptions for Eastern and Western Europe.

Eastern Europe

Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk (Gdansk, Poland)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk Club Carlson

Source: Tripadvisor.com

Have you ever wanted to travel to Gdansk, Poland? Me neither, until I stumbled upon the Radisson Blu Gdasnk and learned about this historically rich city. And the hotel’s superb location in old town makes it a perfect base from which to explore the city.

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #12 Top Luxury Hotels in Poland
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #18 Top Hotels in Poland

Accommodations: Standard Awards include a 312 sqft room with heated bathroom floors, LCD flat-screen tv, and free wifi. While these rooms are on the small side, they make up for it in decor.

If you decide to splurge on a Business Class room for an extra 19,000 points, you get a slightly bigger room (385 sqft), free buffet breakfast, premium movies, in-room Nespresso coffee macine, and free in-house movies.

Location: The hotel is within walking distance of the commuter rail link, the famous Neptune Statue, St. Mary’s Church, the Polish Maritime Museum, Polish Blatic Philharmonic, Cinema City Theatre, Theatru Gedanense, Artus Court, and more. A cruise port and Gdansk Airport are both within 6 miles of this hotel.

Honorable mention: 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow (Krakow Poland) – CATEGORY 4

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #21 Top Luxury Hotel in Poland

Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava (Bratislava, Slovakia) With its location in Old Town, this makes for a perfect base to explore Slovakia’s capital, a historically rich city that is worth checking out if you’re headed to Eastern Europe.

Western Europe

Park Inn Berlin Alexanderplatz (Berlin, Germany)

Park Inn Berlin Alexanderplatz Club Carlson

Source: Tripadvisor

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Accommodations: For 38,000 points per night, you can book a 215 sqft Standard room with, floor-to-ceiling windows and heated marble floors. All guests receive free wifi. The hotel also allows one child under the age of 17 to stay in the room in existing bedding, free of charge.

For an additional 19,000 points per night, you can upgrade to a 260 sqft Superior Corner room on an upper floor, with city views.

Location: As the name suggests, the hotel has a great location just steps from Alexanderplatz. Several attractions are within walking distance, including Berlin Congress Center, TV Tower, Unter den Linden Boulevard, Museum Island, and the shopping district.

Public transportation is also nearby, making it easy to get around. Tegel Airport is just 8.5 miles away and can be accessed by bus.

Honorable mention: Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Mediterranean/Southern Europe

Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian’s (St. Julian’s, Malta)

Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian’s Club Carlson

Source: Tripadvisor

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #17 Top 25 Hotels for Service in Malta
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #19 Top 25 Hotels in Malta

Accommodations: A standard award gets you into a 301 sqft Deluxe room with free wifi and access to the Leisure Club, including, sauna, heated indoor pool, and whirlpool.

For 57,000 points, you can book a Seaview room, which is the same size and offers the same amenities as a standard room. Every room at the hotel has a balcony.

Location: Located right on St. George’s Bay, the resort offers guests a private beach and diving centre. If you want to venture out, there is a bus stop station within half a mile of the hotel. You can head to the seaside town of Sliema or the walled city of Valletta. Malta International Airport is just 8 miles away.

Honorable mention: Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens

Northern Europe

Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Riga (Riga, Latvia)

Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Riga Club Carlson

Source: Club Carlson

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #4 Top 20 Hotels in Latvia
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #7 Top 25 Hotels for Service in Latvia
  • Tripadvisor #6 Hotel in Latvia

Accommodations: This hotel offers great value for a Standard award redemption. Guests get a 312 sqft standard room with free wifi and buffet breakfast included. The only distinction between the 57,000 point Business Class room is that it offers a Nespresso machine. Hardly worth wasting your points.

Location: This hotel makes it easy to explore all Riga has to offer. It’s located within walking distance of Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Freedom Monument, Latvian National Opera, and the flower market. The hotel is just 10 miles from the airport, and one mile from the Riga Passenger Port.

Honorable mention: Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku

MIDDLE EAST

Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort, Aqaba (Aqaba, Jordan)

Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort, Aqaba Club Carlson

Source: Tripadvisor.com

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #5 Top Luxury Hotels in Jordan
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #7 Top Hotels in Jordan
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #13 Hotels for Service in Jordan

Accommodations: A standard award at this resort will get you the equivalent of a premium award at other properties: 340 sqft room with free breakfast buffet, wifi, bathrobe and slippers. You also get a balcony with views of the Red Sea, pool, or beach.

Premium Awards offer the same amenities, though the “premium” room type isn’t specified. You’re pretty much guaranteed a stellar view no matter what type of award you book, and I wouldn’t bother with a Premium Award unless the room is drastically different from a standard.

Note, all awards are subject to a 17% tax. Check with the hotel before booking to avoid sticker shock.

Location: This resort isn’t near any major attractions, but it does offer a peaceful oasis for anyone looking to unwind. The resort prides itself on its diving center. Families will be entertained with daily activities like volleyball, water polo, water aerobics, yoga, and more.

For those who do want to venture away, Wadi Rum, Petra, and the Dead Sea are 32, 80, and 118 miles away.

The airport is just a 15 mile drive and the hotel provides complimentary shuttle service for guests traveling on Royal Jordanian Airlines (a One World Alliance member).

Honorable mention: N/A

AFRICA

Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Djerba (Djerba, Tunisia)

Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Djerba Club Carlson

Source: Tripadvisor

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #15 Top Luxury Hotel in Tunisia
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #18 Top Hotel in Tunisia

Accommodations: This series has really brought Tunisia on my radar. It hadn’t crossed my mind as a travel destination (images of the Arab Spring come to mind), though I’m quite impressed with what it has to offer, especially within the Club Carlson portfolio.

The Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso is a beachside property resembling the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi more than your average Radisson hotel. All guests receive a free breakfast buffet every morning, free wifi, and a 450 sqft room with a balcony. You can upgrade to a seaview room for an additional 19,000 points per night.

Location: Located on what has been dubbed as “The Isle of Forgetfulness,” it’s easy to understand why. I can imagine staying here will make you forget all your problems back home. The hotel offers 6 PM late checkout, giving you even more time to enjoy your vacation.

A beachfront property and a 20 minute drive from Djerba-Zarzis International Airport. What more could you want? 300 days of complete sunshine and perfect weather? Check.

If you get tired of lounging by the indoor or outdoor pools, you can hit up a nearby golf club, Houmt Souk, museum, and notable historical sights are just a short cab ride away.

Honorable mention: Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC 

Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam

Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam Club Carlson

Source: Club Carlson

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Accommodations: For 38,000 points per night, guests can book a 255 sqft Superior room, equipped with iPad/iPod docking station, complimentary wifi, and tea/coffee provisions.

Location: The hotel is within walking distance of the Royal Regalia Museum, Tasek Recreational Park, Kianggeh Open Market, and Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. You can also take a 15-minute walk to the pier and take a water taxi to the nearby Water Village Kampung Ayer.

If shopping is your thing, the hotel is within a 10-minute drive of three major shopping malls.

Honorable mention: N/A

Pacific

Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti (Arue, French Polynesia)

Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti Club Carlson

Source: Club Carlson

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: With standard rooms going for well over $400 per night, the Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti is an excellent redemption at 38,000 points per night. At the standard level, guests can book a 454 sqft Deluxe Ocean View Room with a 140 sqft balcony overlooking Lafayette Beach and Matavai Bay.

The resort offers guests a variety of free cultural activities, including Tahitian embroidery, headcrown-flower making, Pareo tye-dying demonstrations, and Tahitian dance lessons.

Location: If bumming around the beach gets tiring, guests can head to the nearby Municipal Market for locally made merchandise. The nearby Pearl Museum, Arahurahu temple, and Paul Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands are great places to go to learn a bit more about the local culture. The resort also offers free daily shuttle service to the Papeete town center.

The resort is just a 10 minute flight/30 minute ferry boat ride to Moorea. Tours can be arranged through the hotel concierge.

Honorable mention: Radisson Hotel Narita

Have you stayed at any of the hotels on this list? Do you agree/disagree with their placement?

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Ariana Arghandewal

4 Comments

  1. Thanks for your inf.. It’s just what I am looking for. I have a question about “Park Inn Berlin Alexanderplatz (Berlin, Germany)”. Where do you get the inf. about “The hotel also allows one child under the age of 17 to stay in the room in existing bedding, free of charge”? When I try to book for 2 adults online, it shows the option for points, however when I add a Child (age 2-12), there is no option for booking with points. Even I called in to book, the csr told me that I have to book two room for 3 of us due to some fire code. Same thing happened for Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin. I really appreciate your inf., and I don’t want to book 2 standard room for 3 of us.

    • Can’t remember where I saw it, but it stood out specifically and that’s why I mentioned it.

  2. The Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti has apparently left the Club Carlson family. Looking on the Club Carlson website, it’s not currently taking reservations. On Booking.com, it’s name has been changed to Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort. Kind of a bummer, was considering staying there using my Club Carlson points.

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