I am a big Starwood fan (especially with stays like this and this).

Starwood Resorts Whistler
Starwood Resorts Whistler

Here are some of my favourites:

1. The Westin Grand Vancouver

This hotel is located in the heart of Vancouver and features easy access to all downtown attractions. This hotel has a great location at the crossroads of trendy Yaletown and Robson streets puts our guests close to the city’s best dining, shopping, and entertainment.

This is a Category 4 property so a 1 night stay costs 10,000 Starpoints.

This hotel costs in peak season over $300 a night.

2. The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

This is another hotel in Vancouver that has a great location and is a Category 4 property.

This hotel costs in peak season over $250 a night.

3.  The Westin Whistler Resort & Spa

This hotel is just steps from both mountain gondolas and in the center of the excitement of the pedestrian friendly Whistler Village.  The hotel has been twice-named by Condé Nast as the #1 ski resort hotel in North America

This is an SPG category 5 property and is priced at a whopping 16,000 SPG points per night.

I recommend using your SPG points and booking at the Westin Whistler as nights can cost up to $999 (Rack Rate) during the peak ski season (over New Years).  You are basically booking a reward that can cost $5,000 during peak season (not that you would ever pay that amount).

I love my Starwood points as they do not have Blackout dates to redeem them – making them the most flexible rewards out there.

Did you know that if you book four nights with any reward that you can receive a free Fifth night! 

The free night offered with any Fifth Night Free Award applies only to the fifth consecutive night within the same stay for which that award was ordered.

One Starwood trick that I have is that my spouse and I each have the credit card and earn SPG points. When we need to make a redemption we simply combine our points for free (free for SPG members in the same house) to get a bigger reward.

I recommend applying for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card.

SPG American Express Card
SPG American Express Card

With the link below you will receive 21,000 Starwood points upon successful completion of the minimum spending ($1,000 the first three months).

Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card Application link.

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