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Earlier in March, Starwood Preferred Guest introduced its annual changes to hotel categories.
For the most part, these changes have been as balanced as SPG changes have always been in the recent years. Out of 325 hotels changing categories in 2017, 63% have moved down, and only 37% have moved up. So it’s not really a surprise that we can find many sweet spots in the new Starwood chart.
Here are 11 properties going down in price this year that offer newly good values.
We’ve picked some peak-season dates in July (13-17) for prices, with a 4-night stay that falls on the weekend, when Category 2 and 3 hotels have lower point prices.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind.
7,000 points / $269 (3.8 cents per point)
Panama City isn’t just for spring breakers. The Bay Point Resort is newly renovated, family friendly, and located on St. Andrews Bay with a private beach on-site and a shuttle boat to Shell Island beaches.
12,000 points / $258 (2.2 cents per point value)
This is a very quirky hotel in a very quirky city, but it’s recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that surely didn’t hurt. If you want to be just a short walk away from French Quarter attractions, restaurants, and historical venues like Bourbon Street, this is perfect. And you can watch a Mardi Gras parade by just stepping outside if you so desire.
3,500 points / $121 (3.4 cents per point value)
While you probably wouldn’t stay here on vacation (although the nearest beaches are just a short drive away), you might need an overnight stay before or after the cruise, and this will be a fantastic redemption after the hotel opens its doors on June 1, 2017. You get a free shuttle to and from the airport, while a shuttle ride to the port will run you $6.
7,000 points / $199 (2.8 cents per point value)
True, Atlantic City might be just a shadow of its former self, but the city’s weekend hotel rates are still outrageous. So if you feel like driving to Atlantic City on Friday or Saturday night, redeeming 7,000 points on a comfortable and somewhat classy hotel room might be what the doctor ordered. The hotel is across the street from Tanger Outlets and about a 5-10 minute walk to Caesar’s Palace and the boardwalk.
2,500 points / $81 (3.2 cents per point value)
This is an artsy and well-reviewed hotel in a historic district of Mexico City. It is located in the old neighborhood, which offers great views of colonial architecture, and there are several art galleries and museums. Keep in mind that it’s not a centrally located hotel and It takes about half an hour to get to downtown Mexico City, but the neighborhood itself is worth exploring. A true bargain for 2,000-3,000 points a night.
3,500 points / $132 (3.8 cents per point value)
Sheraton Lima is one of these hotels you either like or hate. The hotel is old, but it’s a true 5-star property located in the center of the city across from the Justice Palace (or Injustice Palace as the locals call it). Lima has a very interesting historic center, which is close by, but Lima Centro isn’t where tourists usually stay – they prefer the upscale oceanside neighborhood of Miraflores.
Still, if you’d rather explore the historic center with its palaces, museums, restaurants, and cobblestone streets, Sheraton offers a tremendous value at 3,000-4,000 points a night. And it’s been known to upgrade even Gold members to a beautiful suite with access to the lounge.
3,500 points / $124 (3.5 cents per point value)
No one will blame you if Guayaquil is not on your bucket list, but should you need an overnight layover in Guayaquil on your way to or from the Galapagos, Sheraton Guayaquil Hotel is ideal. The hotel is very close to the airport and offers a free shuttle. In addition, it’s adjacent to a huge shopping mall with numerous restaurants, to kill some time. And it has overwhelmingly positive reviews.
3,500 points/$115 (3.3 cents per point value)
Sheraton Casablanca has mixed reviews, some of which dispute its 5-star status. But it is located in the city center and provides easy access to various tourist sites, such as Old Medina, King Hassan Mosque, and Musée Abderrahman Slaoui.
3,500 points/$143 (4.1 cents per point value)
This is a modern hotel surrounded by traditional stone houses offering its guests exposure to typical Turkish village life. Restaurants, coffeehouses, and historical places like Asmali Cave House are only minutes away. The neighboring Cemal Ranch offers horseback riding tours, and bus tours can be arranged in the hotel. A real bargain at 3,000-4,000 Starwood points per night.
10,000 points/$261 (2.6 cents per point value)
We wanted to sneak at least one St. Regis into our list, and we succeeded. The location doesn’t get better than this. Red Square, the Kremlin, St. Basil Cathedral, Manezh, GUM, and the Bolshoi Theatre are all within walking distance, and the nearest metro station is just a couple of blocks away. 10,000 points is a very good price for the unbeatable location and a huge bling factor.
2,500 points / $126 (5 cents per point value)
This Four Points hotel that’s set to open in May 2017 is worth considering if you’re on a tight budget. It’s just 10 minutes from the airport, and there’s a bus to central Venice that stops in front of the hotel. And it has easy access to the Mestre train station, which takes you to Milan and beyond.
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