8 Venice hotels that you can book with points (Updated 2018)

Venice hotels that you can book with points

Update July 3, 2018:  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.  Last week, Marriott released the new category assignments.  I’ve updated this to add the new rates that will take effect in August on the Marriott and Starwood properties.  

If you’re considering booking any of the properties goes up in price, you may want to book before August 1.  On the other hand, you should wait until after August to book any property decreasing in cost.

Here is a list of Venice hotels that you can book with a few different types of award currencies.  Keep scrolling for more details on each.  For more information about our recent trip to Italy, check out these links!


Venice hotels on points

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.
2. PalazzinaG Venice (Starwood Category 7):
  • Cost: 30,000-35,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 378 Euros per night (~$450 USD)
3. The Gritti Palace (Starwood Category 7)
  • Cost: 30,000-35,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 1112 Euros per night (~$1330 USD)
4. The Westin Europa & Regina Venice (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost: 20,000-25,000 points per night
  • Value: 380 Euros per night (~$450 USD)
5. Hotel Danieli (Starwood Category 7)
  • Cost:30,000-35,000 points per night
  • Value:437 Euros per night (~$520 per night)
6. Boscolo Venezia (Marriott Category 9)
  • Cost: 40,000 or 45,000 Marriott points per night
  • Rate: 237 Euros per night (~$280 per night)
7. JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa (Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost: 35,000 or 40,000 Marriott points per night
  • Rate: 324 Euros per night (~$390 USD)
8. Hilton Molino Stucky Venice (Hilton no longer has categories. More on that below.)
  • Cost: up to 70,000 points per night
  • Best rate: 332 Euros per night (~$400)

Use the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking portal to book Venice hotels

As I stated in my post about our hotels in Italy, I ended up using the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking portal to book our Venice hotel (and all of our hotels in Italy).  Click here to read more about that.  So, the first option is to book your hotel with the Ultimate Rewards booking portal if you have a Chase Sapphire card.*

Chase Ultimate Rewards allows you to transfer points to their airline and hotel partners.  This 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.  The way this works is that you use your points as cash to book any hotel available in the 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.

*Keep in mind that we have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which means our points are worth 1.5 cents per point when booking through the portal.  With Chase Sapphire Preferred, those points are only worth 1.25 cents per point.  That could make enough of a difference to consider using hotel points to book rather than the Ultimate Rewards portal. Or perhaps just saving your points and paying cash.

Click here for more information about using Chase’s booking portal vs. transferring Ultimate Rewards to partners.

Our Hotel: Hotel American Dinesen

Cost: For our dates, the cost was ~26,000 Ultimate Rewards points per night including taxes.  The cost of the room was about ~$390 per night.

Venice hotels Chase Ultimate Rewards points

Hotel American Dinesen is on a quiet canal in a convenient location!

Hotel American Dinesen Chase Ultimate Rewards

Hotel American Dinesen

Other options for Venice hotels on points:

If you have points with Starwood, Marriott, or Hilton, or if you have points that can transfer to any of these programs, you may want to consider these options.

Starwood options in Venice:

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. 

new marriott award chart 2018

The new Marriott/SPG/Ritz award chart that will go live in August 2018

Starwood points can be earned from sign-up bonuses and everyday spending on the SPG credit card from American Express.  Starpoints can also be transferred from Marriott Rewards*

*Starwood and Marriott have merged.  At the time of this post, both programs continue to operate separately, but you have the option to transfer points between the two programs.  Currently, the transfer ratio is 3 Marriott Rewards points for every Starpoint.   Click here for more information on the Marriott/SPG merger.

SPG award chart

I value Starpoints very highly.  In addition to some amazing SPG properties across the world, you can also transfer Starpoints to many airlines at a 1:1 ratio (with a possible 5,000 point bonus!).

For most Starwood properties in Venice, I do not feel that the cash value of these rooms are worth the amount of Starpoints required.  One option to consider, but only if you really wanted to splurge, is The Gritti Palace.  Starwood requires 35,000 points a night for this hotel, but as you can see below, these rooms go for over 1100 Euros a night!  Even though 35,000 is a lot of Starpoints, it is still a good value if you’re wanting a fancy hotel.

I would not even consider using Starpoints if the value is less than 2 cents per point, but here are the options:

PalazzinaG Venice (Category 7):
  • Cost: 30,000-35,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 378 Euros per night (~$450 USD)
  • The cents per point value is less than 2 so this is a no-go for me.

Beginning August 2018:

  • Cost in Marriott points: 60,000 per night*
  • Cost in Starpoints: 20,000 per night
  • New category: 8

*In 2019, this property becomes a category 8 property, but category 8 properties are temporarily available at category 7 standard pricing.  The best time to book future category 8 properties is in August 2018 through 2019 when you can get category 7 pricing.  Click here for more information. 

The Gritti Palace (Category 7)
  • Cost: 30,000-35,000 Starpoints per night
  • Value: 1112 Euros per night (~$1330 USD)
  • This is actually an excellent cents per point value (about 4 cents per point), but I’m still not sure that I’d splurge on this room.

Beginning August 2018:

  • Cost in Marriott points: 60,000 per night*
  • Cost in Starpoints: 20,000 per night
  • New category: 8

*In 2019, this property becomes a category 8 property, but category 8 properties are temporarily available at category 7 standard pricing.  The best time to book future category 8 properties is in August 2018 through 2019 when you can get category 7 pricing.  Click here for more information. 

The Westin Europa & Regina Venice (Category 6)
  • Cost: 20,000-25,000 points per night
  • Value: 380 Euros per night (~$450 USD)
  • At 20,000 points per night, this is a decent value.  At 25,000 points per night, it falls below 2 cents per Starpoint.

Beginning August 2018:

  • Cost in Marriott points: 60,000 per night
  • Cost in Starpoints: 20,000 per night
  • New category: 7

The new category assignment results in zero change in price.

Hotel Danieli (Category 7)
  • Cost:30,000-35,000 points per night
  • Value:437 Euros per night (~$520 per night)
  • This is under my 2 cents per point threshold. If I wanted to book a category 7, I would book the Gritti Palace for the same amount of points.

Beginning August 2018:

  • Cost in Marriott points: 60,000 per night*
  • Cost in Starpoints: 20,000 per night
  • New category: 8

*In 2019, this property becomes a category 8 property, but category 8 properties are temporarily available at category 7 standard pricing.  The best time to book future category 8 properties is in August 2018 through 2019 when you can get category 7 pricing.  Click here for more information. 

Marriott options in Venice:

Marriott points can be earned from sign-up bonuses and everyday spending on the Marriott co-branded credit card from Chase.  Points can also be transferred from SPG.  If you have a Chase Sapphire credit card, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.

Marriott Rewards chart until August 2018

new marriott award chart 2018

The new Marriott/SPG/Ritz award chart that will go live in August 2018

Boscolo Venezia (Category 9)
  • Cost: 40,000 or 45,000 points per night
  • Rate: 237 Euros per night (~$280 per night)
  • I would not use Marriott points or transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott to book this room, BUT
  • You could transfer 13,300-15,000 Starpoints to get the points needed for this room and it would be a value of about 2 cents per point.

Beginning August 2018:

  • Cost in Marriott points: 50,000 per night
  • Cost in Starpoints: ~16,667 points per night
  • New category: 6

Since this property is increasing in the new program, you should book prior to August 2018.

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa (Category 8)
  • Cost: 35,000 or 40,000 points per night
  • Rate: 324 Euros per night (~$390 USD)
  • Again, I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott to book this room, but I would consider using Starpoints.
  • For about 11,600-13,300 Starpoints, you will have enough Marriott Rewards points to book these rooms.  This would be a good value (about 3 cents per point).

Beginning August 2018:

  • Cost in Marriott points: 50,000 per night
  • Cost in Starpoints: ~16,667 points per night
  • New category: 6

Since this property is increasing in the new program, you should book prior to August 2018.

venice on marriott points

Hilton in Venice

Hilton points can be transferred from American Express Membership Rewards at a ratio of 1,000 MR: 1,500 Hilton Honors points

Points can also be earned with sign-up bonuses and everyday spending on Hilton co-branded credit cards from American Express.

My 2 cents per point redemption threshold goes out the window with Hilton

I generally refer to Hilton points as pesos.  While you can still find some decent values on some properties, they charge so many points that it’s a terrible cents per point value.  You can pretty much guarantee that you’re not going to get my recommended 2 cents per point if you book at a Hilton.  With that said, Hilton points are very easy to earn.

I take into account how easy or difficult it is to earn a particular type of points/miles when calculating a redemption value.  It is definitely easier to earn a large amount of Hilton points than points with other programs such as Starwood.  For example, you can earn 3 points per dollar on everyday purchases and more on certain categories with the no fee Hilton Amex.  So that’s 3x as many points that you earn with the SPG Amex.  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.*

*Look at it this way.  $30k in spend (assuming no bonus categories) would net 30,000 Starpoints.  With the no-fee Hilton Amex, it would net least 90,000 Hilton points.  Yes, Hilton redemptions cost more points than Starwood, but this is a good example of why I value points differently.

Hilton no longer publishes an award chart

In fact, they did away with categories.  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.  In this case, the Hilton Molino Stucky is listed as having a maximum cost of 70,000 points.  So you may get lucky and find dates where it costs less, but at least you know that 70,000 is the max.

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
  • Cost: up to 70,000 points per night
  • Best rate: 332 Euros per night (~$400)

If you already have lots of Hilton points this may be an option.  But since I generally do not collect Hilton points, I do not have many points in my account.  So I would have to transfer Amex MR points.  It would take almost 47,000 Amex points to get 70,000 Hilton Honors points.  I value Amex MR points too much to transfer 47,000 to Hilton for a $400 room.

venice on hilton honors points

Bottom Line

The only properties I would consider are the Marriott properties and one of the Starwood hotels.  I would transfer Starpoints to Marriott since I do not collect Marriott points, nor would I transfer that many Ultimate Rewards to Marriott.

There are some good options for Venice hotels if you have Starwood points.  If you really want to get fancy, you can splurge on the Gritti Palace.  But the Marriott options are also worth considering if you have Starpoints.  Remember that you can transfer Starpoints to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio!

After looking at other Venice hotels that we could have booked on points, I was okay with using the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking portal to book our hotels.  I went against my usual guideline of getting 2 cents per point, but since earning Chase Ultimate Rewards is so easy, it made sense.  We do have lots of Starpoints but I have other plans for those!

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Click here for my comparison of these 2.

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