The best points-bookable new hotels in the world (2022)

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One of the things that I love most about collecting points and miles is that it gives me the opportunity to book incredible travel experiences that are otherwise so expensive that I never would have tried them.  Examples include flying international first class in fully enclosed suites (such as Etihad Apartments), staying in amazing $1,500+ per night resorts (such as Alila Ventana Big Sur), and even spending an all-inclusive week on Richard Branson’s private island (unfortunately, this one is no longer bookable with points).

In my search for similarly exciting new opportunities, I looked to Travel & Leisure’s 2022 list of the best new hotels in the world.  With each of the many hotels listed in their article, I checked to see if it was bookable with points.  Many were!

From top-left, clockwise: Matild Palace – Budapest; The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko – Japan; The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands; The Tasman – Hobart, Tasmania.

I found 19 new “best in the world” hotels that were bookable with points: 8 bookable with Marriott points; 5 bookable with IHG points; 4 bookable with Hyatt points; and 2 bookable with Hilton points.  Surprisingly absent: I couldn’t find any that were bookable with Choice points via Choice’s partnership with Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

Keep in mind that the following list is only for hotels that are new in 2022.  For more “best in the world” hotels, see: The Best Points-Bookable Hotels in the World.

Australia

The Tasman – Hobart, Tasmania (Marriott Luxury Collection)

Travel & Leisure writes:

Hobart—the largest city on the island of Tasmania—finally has a destination-worthy hotel… The Tasman’s location near the Central Business District puts every city attraction in easy reach; it’s also the ideal base for excursions to vineyards in the Coal River Valley, encounters with Tasmanian devils at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and invigorating walks in Mount Field National Park, a 90-minute drive west of Hobart.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 34,000+ Marriott Bonvoy Points
  • Cash rate: ~$300
  • Point value: Good

Hungary

Matild Palace – Budapest (Marriott Luxury Collection)

Travel & Leisure writes:

Many structures conjure Budapest’s exhilarating bohemian past, but none are as glamorously executed as the UNESCO-preserved Matild Palace… the hotel’s contemporary spirit is exemplified by an outpost of Wolfgang Puck’s breezy Spago and the jewel-toned Duchess, a bar on the rooftop. From there, you can see how Budapest sprawls out as wondrously as it did in the early 20th century.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 52,000+ Marriott Bonvoy Points
  • Cash rate: $350+
  • Point value: Poor

Iceland

The Reykjavik EDITION (Marriott)

Travel & Leisure writes:

Located on the city’s Old Harbor, it is surrounded by breathtaking, 360-degree reminders of Iceland’s seafaring identity: lighthouses, fishing trawlers and Coast Guard ships… The rooftop bar, singular in Reykjavik, overlooks this majestic tableau… If there is a pièce de résistance, it is downstairs at Chef Gunnar Gislason’s Tides Restaurant. Here, the elegantly-prepared Icelandic staples—lamb, skyr, reindeer, blueberries and salmon—are served in an equally stunning dining room.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 79,000+ Marriott Bonvoy Points
  • Cash rate: $680+
  • Point value: Good

Israel

Six Senses Shaharut – Negev Desert, Israel (IHG)

Travel & Leisure writes:

… when guests arrive, they’re rewarded with refreshing iced tea and date cookies, along with uninterrupted vistas of golden sand dunes and the dramatic red Edom Mountains… Guests can partake in an herbal tea-making workshop, guided hiking and mountain biking, and even a caretaking session with the resident camels. In the evening, they can join in the nightly sunset ritual at the outdoor amphitheater with a local musician and a roving drinks cart.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 182,000 IHG points
  • Cash rate: $1K+
  • Point value: Poor

Italy

Ca’ di Dio – Venice, Italy (Hyatt SLH)

Travel & Leisure writes:

The team behind V-Retreats tapped renowned Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola—known for her clean-lined, modern aesthetic—to transform the 13th-century convent into a contemporary retreat. She certainly delivered, outfitting the 66 rooms and public spaces with wood paneling inspired by sailing ships, bespoke Murano lamps with sleek silhouettes, and whimsical touches like Gaetano Pesce chairs and a custom-made ceiling mural featuring flowers, vegetables, and fish in the restaurant, Vero.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: Hyatt Category 6 (21K off-peak, 25K standard, 29K peak)
  • Cash rate: $600+
  • Point value: Very good

Dimora Palanca – Florence, Italy (IHG Mr & Mrs Smith)

Travel & Leisure writes:

…travelers don’t need to wander far from the Duomo to find tranquility at the new Dimora Palanca…  Enjoy morning plum cake on a linen-dressed table in the private courtyard garden, but save your appetite for dinner in the fine-dining Mimesi, where executive chef Giovanni Cerroni turns Tuscan ingredients into edible masterpieces.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 80,000 IHG points
  • Cash rate: $460+
  • Point value: Poor except when cash rates are higher

Il Tornabuoni – Florence, Italy (Hyatt Unbound Collection)

Travel & Leisure writes:

From the hotel’s Butterfly Bar terrace, the city is a dazzling Renaissance diorama in ochre, terra-cotta, and marble. But art and history also flourish inside this converted 12th-century palazzo: take the Lorenzo Il Magnifico suite, covered from wall to ceiling in astonishingly well-preserved 18th-century frescoes. Mostly, though, the first of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection properties in Italy feels glamorously modern, as bold in its patterns and color schemes as an Alessandro Michele-era Gucci jacket.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: Hyatt Category 6 (21K off-peak, 25K standard, 29K peak)
  • Cash rate: $400+
  • Point value: Great when the cash rate is significantly higher than $400.

Masseria Calderisi – Puglia, Italy (IHG Mr & Mrs Smith)

Travel & Leisure writes:

Puglia—the heel of Italy’s boot—isn’t a flashy place. In fact, much of its charm lies in the natural beauty (rolling hills, the striking Adriatic coastline), deliciously unfussy food (derived from its strong agricultural heritage), and the joyful, easygoing spirit that makes everyone you meet feel like family. Melding those aspects with a touch of understated refinement is Masseria Calderisi, a restored and renovated 17th-century farmhouse estate set amid almost 20 acres of centuries-old olive trees.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 62,500 IHG points
  • Cash rate: $400+
  • Point value: Fair

Japan

The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko – Japan (Marriott)

Travel & Leisure writes:

The floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies in every room draw the eye across spectacular lake and mountain views. The engawa—or sun porch—encourages lounging in the room over a Japanese breakfast while wearing a linen yukata. The indoor-outdoor hot-spring baths and spa also invite maximum relaxation, but if you’re ready for something new, the superb staff offers dozens of activities for every age.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Ponts cost: 91,000+ Marriott points
  • Cash rate: $500+
  • Point value: Poor

Roku Kyoto – Japan (Hilton LXR Hotels & Resorts)

Travel & Leisure writes:

… LXR opened the Roku Kyoto in the gentle foothills of the Japanese city’s northern Kita Ward. The hotel reflects the natural surroundings of the area—Okitayama Park and the Tenjin River—with a landscape design infused with water, dotted with cedar trees, and anchored by century-old stone lanterns that have been repurposed from former temples.Influenced by the Rinpa school of art, the resort continues to foster budding artists.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 110,000 Hilton points
  • Cash rate: $500+
  • Point value: Fair

Maldives

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands (Marriott)

Travel & Leisure writes:

Taking cues from the swirls of wind and waves, he [architect Kerry Hill] designed overwater villas that are sleek and circular yet somehow at home on the water. Each is powered by solar panels and comes with its own swimming pool. The spa is a low-rise ring set on stilts above a lagoon. This is the second resort to open in the Fari Islands, a groundbreaking man-made archipelago “village” of three private-island resorts that champion sustainability and community.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 98,000+ Marriott points
  • Cash rate: $1,600+
  • Point value: Good

Spain

Six Senses Ibiza (IHG)

Travel & Leisure writes:

The enormous cliff-top space has been sensitively designed to fit in with the island, using local materials for the buildings and the gardens are filled with homegrown herbs of vegetables, so that it feels fully integrated, as opposed to a chain brand clumsily dropped on a rock.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 165,000 IHG points
  • Cash rate: $900+
  • Point value: Good when cash rates are over $1,150

United Kingdom

Rusacks St Andrews – Scotland (IHG: Mr & Mrs Smith)

Travel & Leisure writes:

Rusacks St Andrews is a townhouse hotel that’s died and gone to golf heaven. The Georgian-era building has been in the club-and-ball business since 1887, but it has been beautifully reimagined by its new Nashville-based owners, with hat tips to the great game throughout. The golf touches are hardly subtle here: carpets woven with dimpled latex balls; a grandstanding portrait of Old Tom Morris, golf’s original Tiger Woods.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 62,500 IHG points
  • Cash rate: $400+
  • Point value: Fair (~0.6 cents per point)

United States

Alila Marea Beach Resort – Encinitas, California (Hyatt)

View from my balcony. See my review here: Hyatt Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas. Bottom Line Review.

Travel & Leisure writes:

All of the 130 sprawling rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views, as well as prints from photographer Aaron Chang. The locale is perfect for a laid-back getaway, with waves crashing on the beach, bicycles available to ride into town for tacos, and a solar-heated pool.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: Hyatt Category 7 (25K off-peak, 30K standard, 35K peak)
  • Cash rate: $700+
  • Point value: Good

Arizona Biltmore – Phoenix (Hilton Waldorf Astoria Resort)

Travel & Leisure writes:

The property is a world of its own: a sprawling 39-acre complex of over 700 guest rooms spread across a main building and standalone cottages; seven swimming pools; six food and beverage outposts (including the outdoor Spire Bar, built from the ground up with a soaring conical tower that’s meant to pay homage to Wright’s legacy with its scallop-patterned mosaics); and a 12 treatment room spa, Tierra Luna. All of it is interspersed with desert blooms and the majestic, endemic Saguaro cacti.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 80,000 Hilton points when standard rooms are available
  • Cash rate: $650+ (winter months)
  • Point value: Very good during peak season

The Cloudveil – Jackson, Wyoming (Marriott Autograph Collection)

Travel & Leisure writes:

Conveniently perched in the historic main square, the 100-room Cloudveil captures the destination’s ski-centric modern energy… The on-site French bistro has become one of Jackson’s most sought-after reservations, and if you’re hankering for a nightcap, the world-famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is directly across the street.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 80,000+ Marriott points
  • Cash rate: $650+
  • Point value: Fair

The Hythe – Vail, Colorado (Marriott Luxury Collection)

Travel & Leisure writes:

Located a short walk from the Eagle Bahn Gondola in the Bavarian-inspired Lionshead Village, the former Vail Marriott Mountain Resort was rebranded after a $40 million renovation. White marble walls have been inlaid with lighting and motifs that evoke fresh snow, and the lobby lounge—anchored by an oversize, glass-enclosed circular fireplace—serves libations curated by 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits Co.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 70,000 – 100,000 Marriott points
  • Cash rate: $300+ off peak; $700+ peak
  • Point value: Poor during off peak dates, Fair otherwise.

Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel – Los Angeles (Marriott Design Hotels)

Travel & Leisure writes:

Leave it to illustrious designer Kelly Wearstler to make a nearly 100-year-old building—once an elite private club and later a YWCA—feel like a lush, far-flung getaway. The 147 richly textured, colorful rooms feel like sanctuaries above DTLA’s busy Broadway thoroughfare. And that feeling of warmth extends to the hotel staff, who exude genuine friendliness, as well as Caldo Verde—chef Suzanne Goin’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Point cost: 40,000 – 60,000 Marriott points
  • Cash rate: $300+
  • Point value: Fair

Thompson Savannah (Hyatt)

Travel & Leisure writes:

Savannah is a river town, and nowhere embraces this like the Thompson, purposely set back from the water and fronted by green space. Snag a west-facing room with floor-to-ceiling windows, or head 13 stories up to Bar Julian and watch mammoth container ships from far-flung ports slide quietly past, day and night.

Cost per night (based on a random selection of dates):

  • Hyatt Category 5
  • Point cost: Hyatt Category 5 (17K off-peak, 20K standard, 23K peak)
  • Cash rate: Varies ($200 to $400)
  • Point value: Good only when cash rates are high

Watch for these…

A number of properties in Travel & Leisure’s post belong to hotel collections that sometimes, but not always are available to book with hotel points.  The following hotels may become bookable with points in the future…

Mr & Mrs Smith

Through IHG’s partnership with Mr & Mrs Smith, some but not all Mr & Mrs Smith properties are bookable with IHG points.  These show up on IHG’s website to book with cash, but I couldn’t find any dates available to book with points:

  • Casa di Langa — Italy (Also Preferred Hotel)
  • Kalesma Mykonos — Greece
  • The Place Firenze — Italy
  • The Rooster — Antiparos, Greece

These are Mr & Mrs Smith properties, but are not (yet) on IHG’s site:

  • JOALI BEING — Maldives
  • Silky Oaks Lodge — Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
  • Bethlen Estates — Romania
  • Borgo Santandrea — Amalfi Coast, Italy
  • Hotel Motto — Vienna
  • Madame Rêve — Paris
  • Nordelaia — Italy
  • Villa Igiea — Sicily
  • Marram Montauk

Six Senses

IHG owns the Six Senses resort chain, but hasn’t yet made all properties available to book with points.  This one isn’t yet available to book with IHG points:

  • Six Senses Fort Barwara — Rajasthan, India

Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Many Preferred Hotels are bookable with Choice Privileges points, but not this one:

  • Casa di Langa

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH)

Many Small Luxury Hotels of the World are bookable with Hyatt points, but not this one:

  • The Green-O — Greenough, Montana
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Billy Bob

Right across the street from the Matild Palace is the Klotild Palace, which is slated to become a St. Regis. We were just in Budapest and stayed a block away at Hyatt’s Párisi Udvar Hotel, booked for 8000 points per night (and continually delayed for 2.5 years) just before it jumped to 20K+.

Duc Nguyen

I was at the waldorf astoria maldives and surprised that it wasn’t on this list as I think it’s significantly better than the ritz carlton property. Insanely well appointed rooms, top notch dining, and fantastic service. The whole novelty of being on a man-made island probably played a significant factor.

PeterSFO

I stayed at the Reykjavik EDITION this March. It’s billed as the only 5 start hotel in Reykjavik. It was an OK hotel, great location but there was nothing outstanding about the hotel itself. We had dinner and breakfast at the Tides restaurant, it was mediocre at best, definitely not a highlight of our visit to Iceland.

The Alila Marea is a questionable inclusion as well. I guess either there just haven’t been that many exciting hotels opening up this past year or the list isn’t very good.

I wonder if these magazines even try to visit some of the properties listed or if they just do a quick google search and collate things on the hotel website.

Anthony Fantino

I will be disappointed if there isn’t a Roku in the room at Roku Kyoto.

Tonie

Thompson Savannah? Come on, Greg.

Pam

Uncertain if your jaded comment arises from The Thompson, Savannah, or both but you could easily drop that particular property into the location of your choice & it would easily surpass most of its competition. I like the Thompson brand just fine but this location would clearly be the jewel in its crown, in my opinion. In the last 2-3 yrs Savannah’s luxury hotel scene has overall been elevated with the extension of its river walk and its exciting new 3-bldg JW/Power Plant District to the still-in-development Eastern Wharf where the Thompson now sits.

CaveDweller

Oh my God HaHa !!
But u do give Great Advise to the middle class.

CHEERs

Julian

Love this post… Lots of inspiration. Thanks Greg!

Raylan

The Biltmore offers phenomenal value with one of the Amex FNCs.

Joe

I’ve read super divergent opinions on the AZ Biltmore. Never having stayed there but enjoying historic hotels (and therefore knowing they’re not for everyone), they’ve always been on my mind and I’ve wondered whether the place underperforms or if it’s folks that don’t like how historic properties are usually pretty eccentric past the lobby unless they’ve been thoroughly modernized. Historic places give some people Paris Syndrome.

Speaking of which, glad to see a list that doesn’t include the PH Vendome. Nothing at all against it, it’s just basically so expected at this point that I enjoy a fresh list.

Last edited 1 month ago by Joe
NK3

Stayed last week at the recently opened Andaz Prague. Awesome hotel! Could definitely be on this list. Great breakfast. As a globalist I was upgraded to a premium Andaz Suite. One of my favorite hotel rooms I have stayed in.

Pam

So many wonderful (& expensive) new build/recently renovated Savannah hotels but have to say that Thompson really is spectacular. It doesn’t really feel southern other than the on-site hospitality & restaurant (aeesome Globalist breakfast).

A builder finally got wise to showcasing the river & bridge from a respectable-enough distance to completely highlight them & the gorgeous sunsets. It’s a bit from the other river & historic action, but you can easily hop on a shuttle behind the hotel that takes you around for free.

2 Choice-bookable Preferred Hotels also in Savannah will be checking out soon – leaving today. Thanks for the list, Greg, nice job culling bookable luxury for us! Happy 4th

Alex

I’m at the Matild Palace right now. It’s certainly a good hotel but I would not call it one of the best in the world. I’d probably argue that Hyatt’s Parisi Udvar across the street is a notch better. But it’s a good use of Marriott’s 50k certs with a bit of top up.