List of Starwood Design Hotels Grows to 32

by Miguel R. Quinones


Late last year Starwood announced a marketing partnership with Design Hotels, a collection of smaller boutique-style independently owned properties scattered throughout the world. Design has close to 300 hotels in its portfolio. These properties have been joining SPG sporadically over the last few months.

Last week seven more Design properties joined SPG, bringing the total number of Design hotels that are part of SPG family up to 32. Those 32 properties are the following:

  • Gramercy Park Hotel, New York
  • Hotel Americano, New York
  • Condesa df, Mexico City
  • Distrito Capital, Mexico City
  • Habita, Mexico City
  • Boca Chica, Acapulco
  • Casa Fayette, Guadalajara
  • Hotel Escondido, Puerto Escondido
  • La Purificadora, Puebla
  • Azucar, Monte Gordo
  • Maison Couturier, San Rafael
  • Tribe Hotel, Nairobi
  • Ten Bompas Hotel, Johannesburg
  • The Guesthouse Vienna
  • Les Bains, Paris
  • New Hotel, Athens
  • Periscope, Athens
  • Semiramis Hotel, Athens
  • ION Luxury Adventure Hotel, Nesjavellir
  • C-Hotel & Spa, Cassago Brianza
  • Nira Montana, La Thuile
  • G-Rough, Rome
  • PalazzinaG, Venice
  • Kruisherenhotel Maastricht
  • Mainport, Rotterdam
  • Grand Hotel Central
  • The Principal Madrid
  • The Cambrian, Adelboden
  • Nira Alpina, Silvaplana
  • Gezi Hotel Bosphorus, Istanbul
  • 11 Mirrors (Kiev)
  • Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, London

One thing I love about Design Hotels is that many of their properties are located in areas or cities with very few or no international brand hotels at all, such as  the ION Luxury Adventure Hotel in Nesjavellir, Iceland and the C-Hotel & Spa in Cassago Brianza, Italy. Therefore, Design properties significantly expand the number of options where you can redeem and earn rewards points.

I have yet to stay at a Design Hotel, but many of their properties look amazing, so I am hoping to change that soon. Expect most of the remaining Design Hotels to join SPG by the end of this year.

[Update: Reader Bill has noted that Design Hotels still cannot be booked with SPG points, although you can already earn points and elite credit for stays at the aforementioned 32 properties. According to SPG, you should be able to redeem SPG points for Design Hotels soon, but an exact date is still unknown at this time.]  

Have you stayed at a Design Hotel? What was your experience like?


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Bill February 23, 2016 - 10:01 am

It should be noted that while you now can earn SPG points and stay credits for SPG Design Hotels, there remains no availability for any award stay redemptions as of yet. Starwood has promised early 2016 for award redemptions at the SPG Design Hotels, and reiterated that promised “early 2016” in its latest announcement for these new Design properties. But early 2016 is quickly coming to a close, since it’s hard to consider anything beyond March as early.

Miguel R. Quinones February 23, 2016 - 10:19 am

Thanks for your comment Bill. I have updated the article to clarify that you still cannot book Design Hotels with SPG points.

Travel Griz February 23, 2016 - 11:24 am

Really curious on what categories they put these hotels in. Many of them look really interesting. Hopefully they are bookable for this summer on points.


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