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

Venice hotels that you can book with points

Updated September 2018:  SPG and Marriott Rewards were integrated into one loyalty program in August 2018.  At that time, any existing SPG points were converted to points in the new program at a ratio of 1:3 (1 Starpoint=3 points in the new program).  SPG and Marriott redemption charts were eliminated and one award chart was implemented.  I’ve updated this to reflect the new category assignments.  

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 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 (New Marriott Category 8):
  • Cost: 85,000 points per night*
  • Value: 378 Euros per night (~$450 USD)

*Category 8 pricing does not go live until 2019.  Until then, you can book future category 8 properties at the category 7 standard price of 60,000 points.

3. The Gritti Palace (New Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost: 85,000 points per night*
  • Value: 1112 Euros per night (~$1330 USD)

*Category 8 pricing does not go live until 2019.  Until then, you can book future category 8 properties at the category 7 standard price of 60,000 points.

4. The Westin Europa & Regina Venice (New Marriott Category 7)
  • Cost: 60,000 points per night
  • Value: 380 Euros per night (~$450 USD)
5. Hotel Danieli (New Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost:85,000 points per night*
  • Value:437 Euros per night (~$520 per night)

*Category 8 pricing does not go live until 2019.  Until then, you can book future category 8 properties at the category 7 standard price of 60,000 points.

6. Boscolo Venezia (New Marriott Category 6)
  • Cost: 50,000 points per night
  • Rate: 237 Euros per night (~$280 per night)
7. JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa (New Marriott Category 6)
  • Cost: 50,000 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 and Marriott were combined into one loyalty program in August of 2018

Any redemptions for SPG and Marriott properties are bookable on Marriott.com.  I’ll separate Starwood and Marriott properties, but keep in mind that they are now the same program.

Remember that any SPG points earned prior to August were multiplied by 3.  So if you had 20,000 SPG points, you should now have 60,000 Marriott/’new’ points.  The values listed here are the ‘new points’.

I am trying to refer to points as ‘new’ points or just ‘points’ to prevent confusion.  It is important to distinguish between ‘old’ SPG points and ‘new’ points since the value is different.

Starwood options in Venice:

new marriott award chart 2018

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

Points can be earned from sign-up bonuses and everyday spending on the SPG credit cards from American Express.  While this used to be one of my favorite credit cards for everyday spending, the earn rate devalued in August.  For that reason, I no longer use this card for everyday spending.  These are great cards to earn a sign up bonus, though.

Now that Marriott and SPG have combined, points earned from the Chase Marriott credit cards are also redeemable for SPG properties.  Like the SPG Amex, the earn rate on Marriott cards isn’t great for everyday spending, though.

Click here for more information on the Marriott/SPG merger.

You can redeem new points for free nights at Marriott and SPG properties across the world.  Also, you can also transfer points to many airlines at a 3:1 ratio (with a 15,000 point bonus for every 60,000 transferred).  This ratio isn’t great for the ‘new points’ but if you had SPG points prior to August, the transfer ratio for those points is effectively 1:1.

  • 20,000 SPG points became 60,000 Marriott new points
  • 60,000 Marriott new points=20,000 airline miles

For most Starwood properties in Venice, I do not feel that the cash value of these rooms are worth the amount of points required.  One option to consider, but only if you really wanted to splurge, is The Gritti Palace.  As a category 8 property*, the new chart requires 85,000 points per night for this hotel.  As you can see below, these rooms go for over 1100 Euros a night!  Even though 85,000 is a lot of points, it is still a good value if you’re wanting a fancy hotel and you have lots of Marriott points.

*Category 8 pricing does not go live until 2019.  Until then, you can book future category 8 properties at the category 7 standard price of 60,000 points.

I valued the ‘old’ SPG points very highly.  I would not even consider using Starpoints if the value was less than 2 cents per point.  But I’m going to have to reassess how I value the new points.

I don’t think new points are going to be worth more than 2 cents in most cases.  The new redemption chart is inflated, but points add up quicker than the old SPG points.

Here are the Starwood Venice options:

PalazzinaG Venice (Category 8):
  • Cost: 85,000 points per night*
  • Value: 378 Euros per night (~$450 USD)

*Category 8 pricing does not go live until 2019.  Until then, you can book future category 8 properties at the category 7 standard price of 60,000 points.

The Gritti Palace (Category 8)
  • Cost: 85,000 points per night*
  • Value: 1112 Euros per night (~$1330 USD)

*Category 8 pricing does not go live until 2019.  Until then, you can book future category 8 properties at the category 7 standard price of 60,000 points.

The Westin Europa & Regina Venice (Category 7)
  • Cost: 60,000 points per night
  • Value: 380 Euros per night (~$450 USD)
Hotel Danieli (Category 8)
  • Cost:85,000 points per night*
  • Value:437 Euros per night (~$520 per night)

*Category 8 pricing does not go live until 2019.  Until then, you can book future category 8 properties at the category 7 standard price of 60,000 points.

Note that the points cost in this screenshot is from the old SPG program.  This is for cash price information only:

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 are also earned from the SPG Amex cards.

If you have a Chase Sapphire credit card, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.  I think Ultimate Rewards are more valuable that Marriott points, so I do not think the 1:1 ratio is a good value.

If you want to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book Marriott hotels, you are probably better off using the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking portal.   Click here for more information about using Ultimate Rewards points to book Marriott properties.

new marriott award chart 2018

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

Boscolo Venezia (Category 6)
  • Cost: 50,000 points per night
  • Rate: 237 Euros per night (~$280 per night)
JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa (Category 6)
  • Cost: 50,000 points per night
  • Rate: 324 Euros per night (~$390 USD)

Note that the points cost in this screenshot is from the old Marriott Rewards program.  This is for cash price information only: 

venice on marriott points

Hilton in Venice

Hilton points can be transferred from American Express Membership Rewards at a ratio of 1,000 MR: 2,000 Hilton Honors points. I do not recommend this because I think that even at a 1:2 ratio, Amex MR are more valuable than that.

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 Chase Ultimate Rewards.  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 a Chase Sapphire credit card on non-bonus category purchases.  Because of that, it’s not a terrible idea to use Hilton points if you have them.  Just know that 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 Ultimate Rewards points.  I can then transfer those Chase points to Hyatt 1:1 to book a top-category hotel since their highest category price is 30,000 points.  With the no-fee Hilton Amex, it would net least 90,000 Hilton points.  Top tier Hilton redemptions are around 90,000 points, so the net result is that the same amount of spend gets you a top tier hotel.  But if you look at the cents per point value, the room would have to cost $1800 for 90,000 Hilton points to be worth 2 cents each. 

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 35,000 Amex points to get 70,000 Hilton Honors points.  I value Amex MR points too much to transfer 35,000 to Hilton for a $400 room.

venice on hilton honors points

Bottom Line

There are some good options for Venice hotels if you already have Starwood, Marriott, or Hilton points.  I would not transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Marriott, though.  Also, I would not transfer Amex MR to Hilton.

If you really want to get fancy, you can splurge on the Gritti Palace.  At category 7 pricing until 2019, the cost is only 60,000 points.  For anyone who already had 20,000 SPG points, you should now have the 60,000 new points needed!  20,000 SPG points/60,000 new points is a great value, considering these rooms can go for over $1300 per night.

When we went to Venice, we decided to use the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking portal to book our hotel because I did not have Hilton or Marriott points and I did not want to use my SPG points.  I had other plans for those!

Want to earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards bonus points? Consider these two cards. 

Click here for my comparison of these 2.

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