Your Favorite Hotel to Stay at on Points

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I was recently asked a question I travel related question wasn’t sure how to answer…what is my favorite hotel to stay at on points?

I have hotels I stay at frequently, hotels I daydream about, hotels I very much enjoyed, hotels I recommend to others going to a certain city, hotels in insane locations, but a favorite?

Would it be the close-to-home Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort that always delivers us a good family weekend?

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Would it be the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek that is right on the mountain and spitting distance to ski school?

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Maybe the St. Regis Princeville Kauai with its insanely beautiful location.

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Or the Grand Hyatt Kauai and its 50+ acres of Hawaiian fun.

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Maybe it was the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome and it’s Parisian Fabulousness.

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It could be the Westin Beaver Creek and its incredibly comfortable suites.

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I also never turn down a chance to stay at the Andaz Fifth Avenue in New York.

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The Park Hyatt Zurich also felt a bit magical.

I don’t know if I have a favorite hotel, but I sure have a bunch of hotels I can stay at on points that I very much enjoyed.

I would really love to know what is your favorite hotel to stay at on points and why?

Comments

  1. I often say that luxury is completely wasted on me. Maybe surprisingly to some, but I like the Hyatt Place in downtown Austin. A little bit pricey in points for a Hyatt Place, but it’s a very comfortable place and well located.

    I also liked the Park Hyatt Melbourne. Perhaps not so much for its location, as other hotels (and another Hyatt) is better situated for my needs. But, it also had one of the 2 best bathtubs I’ve ever had in a hotel. The other being in Hong Kong. And, I’m a sucker for Australia so that adds to it.

    Otherwise, my favorite hotel to stay at on points is whichever one costs me the fewest points in the city I am visiting.

  2. The Hyatt Place Austin Downtown is a REALLY good property. The staff is almost TOO friendly and service-oriented, though. Something odd about being escorted from check-in to the elevators RIGHT BESIDE CHECK-IN at a Hyatt Place that’s just… off, y’know? 😉

  3. My favorite hotel to stay on points without a doubt is the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora. For 50,000 IHG points per night you get a guaranteed overwater bungalow that is 1200 sq ft. I stayed there this past July with my wife and it is heaven on earth.

  4. I have to agree with Cory and Gary about the Hyatt Place in downtown Austin (and any of the new, urban Hyatt Place locations). It’s a fairly good deal on points and a great option compared to many of the higher-tier but aging hotels in downtown Austin. No-brainer for me.

    I will say that the escorting to the elevators is not exclusive to that location — in fact, if you think it’s weird in a beautiful Hyatt Place in Austin, how about a Hyatt Place off the highway in Mississippi?? That definitely struck me as odd, but I suspect it’s a corporate policy to do this when not too busy.

  5. Ours has to be the Sheraton Lake Burna Vista. A crazy bargain at only 3,000 points on a weekend night. They are great w platinum recognition waiving resort fee, free full buffet breakfast, ugrade to suite nearly 100% of the time, and choice of another amenity. At an hour and a half from home, it’s our go to for a weekend Disney trip. Actually here as I type!

  6. Park Hyatt Tokyo – I became fascinated with Tokyo after watching “Lost In Translation”. Glad I went before the devaluation.

    The Mayfair (London) – I feel like I’m at the center of the universe walking through the lobby in the morning.

    Holiday Inn Notre Dame – The view from the rooftop and perfect location. I’ll take this property over the IC’s any day.

  7. My favorite stay on points was the Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea in Maui! My husband and I went there last September for one night the week of our 20th wedding anniversary. It certainly was a more glamorous hotel than I would ever be able to rationalize paying for! Had a great stay there and thinking about it a lot right now with our anniversary coming up again.

  8. The Westin Turnberry in Scotland! Awesome platinum upgrades and general European awesomeness. You can even cash in point for falconry or archery lessons!

  9. Nicest place I’ve ever stayed at on points and my favorite is the Hilton Bora Bora. Granted there was a cash upgrade to an OWB but it was awesome.

  10. Hello! We are planning a visit to Park Hyatt Beaver Creek this December, and I hope you can share some insights from your experience staying there:
    – We have a one-year-old who is too young to ski. Will there be a lot of non skiing activities to do with the baby? And that will bring us to the next question,
    – if there are not many non-skiing activities to do at the hotel, shall we rent a car and explore the area, or arrange an airport pick up through the hotel and take advantage of their free shuttle to the village? Both options will cost us about the same, considering the hotel’s daily parking fee, baby car seat rental and gas… We would like to know which option will be better if this is the first time we are travelling to Colorado.
    Thank you

  11. We are big Marriott fans as I travel for work and those points quickly accumulate for us. We’ve had so many incredible experiences with their properties using points: The Autograph Turnberry Isle golf resort outside of Miami and the Ritz Carlton golf resort in Naples Fl. have been among our very favorites. Other favorite notable properties we’ve stayed at on points include the Mayflower Reniassance Hotel in DC, the Boston Waterfront Renaissance Hotel, the Boscolo Autograph Hotel in Prague CZ, and the Amsterdam Hyatt Andaz hotel on the Prindersgrecht canal.

  12. The fairmont Montreux palace! I loved staying in the signature suite with a panoramic view of the alp n lake Geneva. Plus, i get to see old churches and charming European old towns within minutes of the hotel. Can’t believe I like it better than park hyatt Paris vendom and moscow or the fairmont Maui, but I do!

  13. I echo the kudos for HP Austin. As far as favorite properties for me, it would be a close decision between the Park Hyatt Tokyo, St. Regis Rome and Hotel Danieli in Venice.

  14. 2 of my favorites all time are SPGs

    Hotel Marques de Riscal a Luxury collection hotel in La Rioja Spain. Design by world famous Frank Ghery this was a memorable stay. One of the most beautiful hotels I have stayed in.

    http://www.starwoodhotels.com/luxury/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1539&language=en_US

    Tambo del Inka in Urubamba Peru was also magnificent with its own train station to MatchuPiccu and fantastic Spa.

    http://www.starwoodhotels.com/luxury/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3285&language=en_US

  15. My favorite place for points in the Hyatt Regency Dongguan. It is branded as a business hotel but it is a great lakefront resort. Breakfast there is out of this world. There are two enormous swimming pools, one indoor and one out. The suites have TWO oversized bathtubs and humongous balconies. Did I mention that is is only 5000 points a night?

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