Best Category 5 Starwood Hotels for Redemptions

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Starwood Hotels and Resorts have seven levels of hotel categories for members to redeem their Starpoints for free nights. Starwood’s fourth lowest category is a Category 5 property, which Starwood defines as an elite assembly of hotels and resorts in the most exclusive destinations.

You will need 12,000-16,000 Starpoints for a free night for a Category 5 hotel. As a reminder, you can redeem 4 nights and get the 5th night free.

Another option for Category 5 hotel is Cash and Points, which will cost 5,000 Starpoints + $75 per night.

Best Category 5 Starwood Hotels for Redemptions

Below is a list of some great Starwood Hotel Category 5 properties to consider:


The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten (St. Maarten)


W Fort Lauderdale (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)


The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali (Maui, Hawaii)


The Westin New York Grand Central (New York, New York)


The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya (Russian Federation)


Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort (Ayrshire, Scotland)


The St. Regis Shenzhen (Guangdong, China)


The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa (Langkawi, Malaysia)


Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa (Surat Thani, Thailand)

Bottom Line

These are just a look at some awesome Category 5 Starwood properties, which start at 12,000 Starpoints per night. If you’re looking to get good value out of your Starpoints, consider redeeming at Category 5 properties.

Do you have a favorite Category 5 Starwood property you’ve redeemed at? Feel free to share!

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  1. I have to say, having stayed at the Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa in September of 2015, I would not recommend this property at all.

    We did get a private plunge pool room, which was the best part of the hotel. The rooms are interesting, as the ‘living area’ is separated from the ‘bedroom’ and makes hanging out in the room feel very claustrophobic. The bathroom is completely open to the elements, some will like that (me) others will not (wife).

    The one and only place for food is outdoor seating only as well, the pool is not great, and the beach is a big let down. I found the staff to be impartial, and having stayed at the Intercontinental and Conrad on the island, I wished I had booked the W. There are better uses of SPG points on the island itself, which was wonderful – I will be staying at the Conrad again next time, having your own private villa and pool on the cliff side was amazing – it was the best hotel stay of my life, no joke!

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