17 options for Rome hotels on points

If you haven’t read our posts about how we flew to Italy and stayed in hotels there for free, you should catch up!  In this post, I will list some options for Rome hotels on points.

rome hotels on points


Options for Rome hotels on points

These prices are for random dates in September of 2018.  Depending on your travel dates, prices could go up or down.

1. Use the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking portal to book your hotel
  • Cost: 1 point per 1.5 cents of the price listed on the Ultimate Rewards booking portal if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
  • For example, if a room is $150, it will cost 10,000 UR points.
  • Note that the Chase Sapphire Preferred is 1 point per 1.25 cents.  So for 10,000 points you can get $125 worth of travel.  Click here for more info on that.
2. The St. Regis Rome  (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost: 25,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 588 Euros per night
3. The Westin Excelsior, Rome  (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost: 20,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 363 Euros per night
4. G-Rough, Rome, a Member of Design Hotels™  (Starwood Category 7)
  • Cost: 30,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 344 Euros
5. Le Méridien Visconti Rome  (Starwood Category 5)
  • Cost: 12,000 Starpoints
  • Value: 304 Euros per night
6. Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center  (Starwood category 2)
  • Cost: 4,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 127 Euros
7. Sheraton Parco de’ Medici Rome Hotel  (Starwood category 3)
  • Cost: 7,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 72 Euros
8.  Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora  (Marriott Category 9)
  • Cost: 45,000 Marriott Rewards points per night
  • Value: 203 Euros per night
9.  Boscolo Exedra Roma, Autograph Collection(Marriott Category 9)
  • Cost: 45,000 Marriott Rewards points per night
  • Value: 271 Euros per night
10.  Courtyard Rome Central Park   (Marriott Category 6)
  • Cost: 30,000 Marriott Rewards points per night
  • Value: 107 Euros per night
11.   Rome Marriott Park Hotel  (Marriott Category 5)
  • Cost: 25,000 Marriott Rewards points per night
  • Value: 121 Euros per night
12.  Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton (Hilton)
  • Cost: 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 332 Euros per night
13. Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts (Hilton)
  • Cost: 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 288 Euros per night
14. Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge (Hilton)
  • Cost: 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 175 Euros per night
15. Hampton by Hilton Rome East (Hilton)
  • Cost: 40,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 74 Euros per night
16. Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport (Hilton)
  • Cost: 50,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 127 Euros per night
17. Hilton Rome Airport (Hilton)
  • Cost: 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 161 Euros per night

Option #1: Use the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking portal to book Rome hotels

rome hotels on points

Obligatory Colosseum photo

Chase Ultimate Rewards can be redeemed for travel two different ways.  First, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards to airline and hotel partners such as United and Hyatt.  The other option is to book travel on the Chase Ultimate Rewards website and essentially use your points as cash.  Click here for more information about when I would and would not use each option.

As I stated in my post about our hotels in Italy, I ended up using the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking portal to book all of our hotels in Italy.

Transferring points to airline and hotel partners is usually my preferred way of using UR, but if there aren’t good options with their transfer partners, you can use your points to book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking portal.  While booking through the portal is not the highest redemption value for your points, it definitely gives you more options than if you only have points such as Hilton or Marriott. 

Our hotel in Rome- Hotel Napoleon

We redeemed ~15,500 Ultimate Rewards points per night for a room that is normally $233 per night.  This includes breakfast for 2.

Hotel Napoleon in Rome is a 4 star hotel located close (but not too close) to the train station.  I booked this hotel because I wanted to minimize our time in transit.  We only had one day in Rome after arriving via train.  We were flying out the next day so had we wanted to take the train to the airport, we were in a convenient location.  The hotel is walking distance to the train station, and it is also walking distance to all of the things we wanted to see in Rome.  The concierge gave us a map and marked out an efficient walking route so that we could see everything we wanted to.

Hotels in Rome on Chase Ultimate Rewards points

I was so excited to see the Colosseum that I forgot to take a photo of the hotel. This photo is courtesy of the hotel’s website.

If you do not have Chase Ultimate Rewards points or if you have points with Marriott, Starwood, or Hilton that you would like to use, here are your options:

Starwood options in Rome:

Update 4/17/18: SPG and Marriott Rewards will be integrated into one loyalty program beginning August 1, 2018.  At that time, any existing SPG points will become points in the new program at a ratio of 1:3 (1 Starpoint=3 points in the new program).  Current SPG and Marriott redemption charts will be eliminated and one award chart will be implemented.  The chart has been released, but we do not yet know which properties are assigned to each category.  I will update this post once we know the new category assignments.  In the meantime, you have until August 1 to book with current SPG rates.

rome hotels on points

Spanish Steps is a great area in Rome. If you want to stay in this area, the Westin and St. Regis hotels are good options.

How to earn Starwood points:
  • sign-up bonuses from the SPG credit card from American Express.
  • everyday spending on the SPG credit card from American Express.
  • Starpoints can also be transferred from Marriott Rewards at a ratio of 3 Marriott Rewards: 1 Starpoint. This is due to the merger between Marriott and SPG.  Click here for more information.
  • Paid hotel stays at SPG properties
A few Starwood properties in Rome are a good value

SPG award chart

The St. Regis Rome  (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost: 25,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 588 Euros per night (~$680 USD)
  • This is about 2.7 cents per Starpoint which is a good deal
The Westin Excelsior, Rome  (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost: 20,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 363 Euros per night (~$420 USD)
  • This is a value of 2.1 cents per Starpoint which is also a decent deal
G-Rough, Rome, a Member of Design Hotels™  (Starwood Category 7)
  • Cost: 30,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 344 Euros (~$400 USD)
  • This is a value of 1.3 cents per Starpoint.  If you read here enough, you know that I will not even consider using Starpoints if the value is less than 2 cents per point.
Le Méridien Visconti Rome  (Starwood Category 5)
  • Cost: 12,000 Starpoints
  • Value: 304 Euros per night (~$352 USD)
  • This is a great deal at almost 3 cents per point
Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center  (Starwood category 2)
  • Cost: 4,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 127 Euros ( ~$147 USD)
  • You can’t beat 4,000 points! But, the location isn’t great.
Sheraton Parco de’ Medici Rome Hotel  (Starwood category 3)
  • Cost: 7,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 72 Euros (~$83 USD)
  • Not a good value

rome on spg starpoints

rome on spg starpoints

Of the Starwood properties in Rome, I would consider the St. Regis, Westin, or Le Meridien.  Our friends stayed at Le Meridien and they said it was a nice hotel even by US standards!  It is located in the business district which isn’t far from many of Rome’s attractions, but it’s about a half mile to a mile walk to get to many of the things they wanted to see.

Marriott options in Rome:

How to earn Marriott points:
  • sign-up bonuses from the Marriott co-branded credit card from Chase
  • everyday spending on the Marriott co-branded credit card from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards points can also be transferred from SPG at a ratio of 1 Starpoint:3 Marriott Rewards points.  Click here to read more about the merge between Marriott and SPG.
  • If you have a Chase Sapphire credit card, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Of course, you can also earn Marriott Rewards points for paid stays at Marriott properties

I do not generally collect Marriott Rewards points because I prefer SPG.  But due to the merger, I can book these properties with my SPG points.  To be honest, only one Marriott property in Rome would get me 2 cents per Starpoint so I would rather consider SPG’s options.  But if you have Marriott Rewards points that you’re looking to use, here are your options.

Marriott Rewards chart

Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora  (Marriott Category 9)
  • Cost: 45,000 Marriott Rewards points per night
  • Value: 203 Euros per night (~$235 USD)
  • This would be 15,000 Starpoints per night. Not a good value.
Boscolo Exedra Roma, Autograph Collection(Marriott Category 9)
  • Cost: 45,000 Marriott Rewards points per night
  • Value: 271 Euros per night (~$314 USD)
  • This would be 15,000 Starpoints which is just over 2 cents per Starpoint.
Courtyard Rome Central Park   (Marriott Category 6)
  • Cost: 30,000 Marriott Rewards points per night
  • Value: 107 Euros per night (~$124 USD)
  • This would be 10,000 Starpoints per night.  Not a good value.
Rome Marriott Park Hotel  (Marriott Category 5)
  • Cost: 25,000 Marriott Rewards points per night
  • Value: 121 Euros per night (~$140 USD)
  • This would cost a little over 8,000 Starpoints per night.  Also not a great value.
rome on marriott points

Boscolo Exedra Roma is probably the only property I would consider, but like I said, I think I would rather use my SPG points to book the SPG properties in Rome.

Want to know how to calculate the value of a mile or point? Click here.

Hilton in Rome

How to earn Hilton points:
  • sign-up bonuses from Hilton co-branded credit cards from American Express
  • everyday spending on Hilton co-branded credit cards from American Express.
  • Hilton Honors points can be transferred from American Express Membership Rewards at a ratio of 1,000 MR: 1,500 Hilton Honors points
  • Shopping through Hilton’s shopping portal.  Although I prefer to do my shopping through the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal (not to be confused with the redemption booking portal) or airline shopping portals.
  • And of course, paid stays at Hilton properties will earn Hilton Honors points
My 2 cents per point redemption threshold goes out the window with Hilton

You can pretty much guarantee that you’re not going to get my general recommended 2 cents per point if you book at a Hilton.  But, Hilton points are very easy to earn.  That is why the cost of an award night at many properties seems high.  All properties on this list cost more than the highest category SPG property.  But since Hilton points are much easier to earn, booking an award night at a Hilton hotel isn’t necessarily a bad deal.

I take into account how easy or difficult it is to earn a particular type of points/miles when calculating a redemption value.  Because of that, it’s not a terrible idea to use Hilton points if you have them.  You’re probably not going to even get close to 2 cents per point when redeeming, but that is okay considering how easy they are to earn.  

At this time, I do not collect Hilton points (mainly because I like SPG better!), but I know many people do.  That may change soon when the new Hilton credit cards from Amex become available.  More on that in a future post.  Anyway, if you do not collect Hilton points, Amex Membership Rewards is a transfer option, but I value Amex MR too highly and the transfer ratio isn’t good enough for me to consider using Amex points to transfer to Hilton to book Hilton properties.

Hilton no longer publishes an award chart.  In fact, they did away with categories altogether.  Now, there are ranges for what a property may cost.  Different properties may have different rates depending on what they consider their peak dates.  This is frustrating as it makes it difficult to plan your earning strategies if you are looking to stay at a Hilton property.  The good news is that you can check Hilton’s website to find out what the maximum cost would be for a standard room.

Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton (Hilton)
  • Cost: 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 332 Euros per night (~$384 USD)
Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts (Hilton)
  • Cost: 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 288 Euros per night (~$333 USD)
Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge (Hilton)
  • Cost: 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 175 Euros per night (~$202 USD)
Hampton by Hilton Rome East (Hilton)
  • Cost: 40,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 74 Euros per night (~$85 USD)
Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport (Hilton)
  • Cost: 50,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 127 Euros per night (~$147 USD)
Hilton Rome Airport (Hilton)
  • Cost: 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night max
  • Value: 161 Euros per night (~$186 USD)
 

Conclusion

Using Chase Ultimate Rewards to book a hotel will give you the most options.  But there are other award currencies that are better redemption values for Rome hotels.  For me, there are few Starwood options worth considering!  If you have Marriott and Hilton points, you may also want to consider some of the options listed above.

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