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The Marriott / Starwood merger has recently been approved, and the hotels are moving forward with integrating the two programs. As of now, it is possible to transfer points between the two programs so you can book any Marriott Rewards or Starwood hotel no matter which points you have.
You can transfer points from Marriott to SPG® at a 3:1 ratio, and vice versa. Considering this, there are some opportunities available to save points by transferring Starwood points to Marriott and booking the Marriott hotel instead of the similar Starwood hotel in a city.
We’ll take a look at the hotels in Italy where it makes sense to use one type of points instead of the other (hint: you’re going to want to use Marriott instead of Starwood in many cases).
We have also analyzed the value of using your points at these hotels over a set of dates and will share the best Marriott / Starwood hotels in Italy. Since the value range we will be sharing is only for a subset of dates, you should check the value of using your points on the dates you are looking to travel before booking!
JW Marriott Venice Resort Spa – 35,000 – 40,000 Marriott Points (12,000 – 14,000 SPG Points)
The JW Marriott Venice Resort Spa might not be the most convenient place to stay in Venice, but it is surely a good choice nonetheless! The resort is set on a private island in the Venetian Lagoon and is only a 13-minute boat shuttle from the Piazza San Marco.
This hotel costs 35,000 to 40,000 Marriott points (or 12,000 – 14,000 SPG points) per night.
Points values were very good at this hotel on all of the dates we checked, ranging from 1.03 to 1.06 cents per Marriott point (3 – 4 cents per SPG point). Definitely a good option if you are looking for a secluded getaway in Venice!
The comparable SPG hotel is the St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace which will run you a whopping 30,000 to 40,000 SPG points per night.
Boscolo Milano, Autograph Collection – 35,000 – 40,000 Marriott Points (12,000 – 14,000 SPG points)
The Boscolo Milano makes it super easy to get around Milan being only a 2-minute walk away from the closest metro stop and is also only an 8-minute walk from the Duomo.
The hotel costs 35,000 to 40,000 Marriott points (or 12,000 – 14,000 SPG points) per night.
The value for redeeming points ranged from 0.48 to 0.70 cents per Marriott point on the nights that we checked. This hotel doesn’t present the most amazing option for hotel redemptions in Milan but is a solid option, especially if you find the location convenient!
The comparable SPG hotel is the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan which costs 20,000 to 25,000 SPG points per night.
AC Hotel Milano – 25,000 – 30,000 Marriott Points (9,000 – 10,000 SPG Points)
The AC Hotel Milano isn’t the most convenient option in the city but it’s a steal on points! For only 25,000 to 30,000 Marriott points (or 9,000 – 10,000 SPG points) per night, you can have a highly-rated hotel that is only a 7-minute walk from the Milano Porta Garibaldi Train Station which will make getting around a breeze.
Points values on the nights we researched ranged from a paltry 0.37 to a whopping 1.57 cents per Marriott point. Definitely makes sense to double check cash rates at this hotel before deciding to book with points but it could be an amazing deal!
A comparable SPG hotel is the Four Points by Sheraton Milan Center which costs 10,000 SPG points per night. At times, you might not save points by booking the AC Hotel Milano over the Four Points, so it is always good to compare for your specific dates!
MOXY Milan Malpensa Airport – 6,000 – 7,500 Marriott Points (2,000 – 3,000 SPG Points)
This hotel costs such an insanely low number of points it makes for the perfect place to stay after an evening flight arrival or the night before an early morning flight. In fact – this hotel is located right at the airport in Terminal 2, which primarily serves Easyjet – though it’s a cumbersome bus ride from the main Terminal 1.
You’ll only pay 6,000 to 7,500 Marriott points (or 2,000 – 2,500 SPG points) per night.
Point values ranged from a respectable 0.71 to 1.23 cents per Marriott point. This is a solid hotel to use some of your Marriott points at or transfer some SPG points for!
The comparable SPG hotel is the Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel Conference Center at a cost of 7,000 SPG points per night.
Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora – 40,000 – 45,000 Marriott Points (14,000 – 15,000 SPG Points)
The Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora is set in a gorgeous neoclassical-style building that is only a few minutes walk from the nearest bus station and a 13-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain. It will make a great base for the exploration of Roma.
Points prices range from 40,000 to 45,000 Marriott points (or 14,000 – 15,000 SPG points) per night.
On the dates we checked, values ranged from 0.6 to 0.8 cents per Marriott point. While this is decent value for your Marriott points, there are other hotels in Italy that had significantly higher value, so if you are short on points you might want to consider saving some!
A comparable SPG hotel is The Westin Excelsior, Rome which costs 20,000 to 25,000 SPG points per night.
Boscolo Exedra Rome, Autograph Collection – 40,000 – 45,000 Marriott Points (14,000 – 15,000 SPG Points)
The Boscolo Exedra Rome is located right in the Piazza della Repubblica in Rome and you’ll have a hard time beating the view! Points prices range from 40,000 to 45,000 Marriott points (or 14,000 – 15,000 SPG points) per night.
On the dates that we covered, values ranged from 0.45 to 1.01 cents per Marriott point. The upper end of the range makes this one of the better Marriott/SPG hotels to use your points at within Italy!
A comparable SPG hotel is the St. Regis Rome which will set you back 20,000 to 25,000 SPG points per night.