The 8 Best Hilton Luxury Hotels to Book With Points for Maximum Value

Grand Wailea Maui A Waldorf Astoria Resort Golf Course

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Hilton and its Hilton Honors award program is considered by award travelers to be one of the big 3 hotel programs, along with Marriott Bonvoy and World of Hyatt.

This luxury Hilton Hotels article is part of a series here at Upgraded Points where we’re sharing the best luxury hotels to book with points. The goal in this article is to show you how to receive the best value with your Hilton Honors points.

As of early 2020, Hilton points were worth ~0.4 cents per point. For the hotel redemptions below, we’ll show you luxury Hilton hotels where the value exceeds 0.7 cents per point value.

When putting together this luxury Hilton hotel list, several key assumptions were made including:

  1. We used Google Travel to determine the peak dates of travel for each destination
  2. The cost of a weekend night was used to determine what the cash rate would be for these hotels
  3. A cents-per-point value was determined by averaging the cash and points cost of the hotel over a 2-month time period

As anyone reading might imagine, the cash cost of these luxury hotels will fluctuate throughout the year. With that said, we intend to use the cash and points costs that travelers would experience if their travel occurred during peak travel dates.

With that background out of the way, let’s dive into the best luxury Hilton hotels that you can book with Hilton points.

We’ll start with the most valuable properties first, on a cents per points basis, and then work our way down the list. For travelers looking to book these luxury properties, we recommend holding Hilton elite status. The easiest way to earn top-tier Diamond status is to be a Hilton Honors American Express Aspire cardmember.

Hilton Credit Cards

Hilton, like Marriott, continues to make changes to both its credit card portfolio and its Honors program.

American Express offers a variety of Hilton co-branded credit cards that would be ideal for those who stay at Hilton. Each card is geared to a different type of traveler by focusing on earn rates and benefits to give cardmembers value.

The upside with Hilton credit cards is that several cards offer free weekend night certificates for a standard room. This card perk alone can make up for the credit card’s annual fee, especially when booking a hotel stay at any of the properties on this list.

With that said, below are the Hilton American Express credit cards we recommend:

The Hilton Aspire card comes with a free weekend night certificate. Travelers can also earn an additional free weekend night certificate with $15,000 spend in a calendar year on the Hilton Surpass card.

Business owners earn a free weekend night certificate by spending $15,000 on the card in a calendar year on the Hilton Business Amex card. A second free weekend night certificate can be earned by spending an additional $45,000 on the card in a calendar year.

For those of you looking for a deeper dive on these cards, check our Amex Hilton Honors credit card comparison article. We cover everything you need to know about each card to help you determine which Hilton credit card is right for you.

Bottom Line: Each of these Hilton credit cards will count towards your American Express 5 credit card limit. For those unfamiliar, American Express will allow you to hold 5 of its credit cards at any one time. Charge cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express do not count towards this 5 credit card total. 

Hilton Award Chart

Unlike the World of Hyatt and Marriott Bonvoy award programs, the Hilton Honors program does not have an award chart. Instead, the number of points required to book a free award night is based upon variable pricing. This means that you will need to search for your specific dates to see the number of points required.

Another way to estimate the number of Hilton points required is to use the Points Explorer tool. Simply enter your destination in the Where do you want to go? search bar and the number of points that you have in the How many Points per night are you working with? scroll bar to see how many points you will need for a hotel in that area.

Best Luxury Hilton Hotels

Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi Maldives

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Overwater Villa
Enjoy views of the ocean from your villa at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives. Image Credit: Hilton

If you’re looking for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world with crystal clear waters, look no further than the Maldives, which you can also fly to on points on miles.

Located just 40 minutes by boat from Malé International Airport (MLE), the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi Maldives has 119 villas to go along with its 11 restaurants and bars. There’s also a spa and several activities to participate in on the property.

At more than $2,000 per night during peak travel season, Waldorf Astoria Maldives is the most expensive property on this list. The hotel requires 120,000 points per night providing travelers with nearly 1.7 cents per point in value.

Hot Tip: The speedboat round-trip transfer to the resort from Malé International Airport (MLE) is $862 per adult, $369 per child (ages 6-12 years), and complimentary for children younger than 6. The cash rate shown below does not include the transfer cost. 

Points Required: 120,000 points per night

December-April Rate: ~$2,027 per night

Points Value: 1.69 cents per point

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Villa
Kick back and enjoy the beautiful Indian Ocean waters at the Conrad Maldives. Image Credit: Hilton

Another Hilton property in the Maldives to check out is the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

Spread across 2 islands, the Conrad Maldives offers suites, villas, and the Muraka, a 2-level residence with the master bedroom located 16 feet below sea level. The property also has a spa, fitness center, yoga, pools, and activities on the water.

Travelers will need 95,000 points per night to book the Conrad Maldives, which seems like a steal compared to the 120,000 points per night to book the Waldorf Astoria Maldives. Peak travel rates hover around $1,000 per night giving you more than 1 cent per point in value.

Hot Tip: The speedboat transfer from Malé International Airport to the property costs $589 per adult and $295 per child under 12. The cash rates shown below do not include the resort transfer cost. 

Points Required: 95,000 points per night

December-April Rate: ~$1,039 per night

Points Value: 1.09 cents per point

Bottom Line: We recommend taking a hard look at the Conrad Maldives versus the Waldorf Astoria Maldives. Not only does the Conrad require fewer points, but travelers will also save more than $300 per person on the airport transfer cost. 

Waldorf Astoria Park City (Park City, UT)

Waldorf Astoria Park City
Spend time by the Waldorf Astoria Park City hot tub after a day of skiing. Image Credit: Hilton

For travelers who like to ski in the winter and/or experience the mountains in the summer, the Waldorf Astoria Park City, located just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), is a points hotel to consider booking. During ski season, this hotel offers easy access to both Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain.

Guests at the Waldorf Astoria Park City have the option to book standard rooms or suites for their stay. Once on property, guests have access to golf, a pool, skiing, a restaurant, and a spa.

Park City Utah has summer and winter peak seasons and the summertime cash rate will be between $800-$900 per night. For travelers with Hilton points, the Waldorf Astoria Park City can be booked with 85,000 points per night. This means the return on points will be just under 1 cent per point in value.

Hot Tip: As part of the hotel’s commitment to sustainability, guests have access to a private shuttle that will take you to the Park City Base area, Deer Valley Resort and Historic Main Street. 

Points Required: 85,000 points per night

June-September Rate: ~$850 per night

Points Value: 0.96 cents per night

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Experience luxury during a visit to Amsterdam at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. Image Credit: Hilton

The capital of the Netherlands continues to be a popular travel destination for U.S.-based travelers, and for good reason. Amsterdam is a charming city with a canal system that is simply beautiful. The city has a quality restaurant and bar scene making it difficult for first-time visitors to not want to return.

The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam property is made up of 6 palaces that offer on-property dining, an indoor pool, fitness center, and a personal concierge for each guest during their stay.

95,000 points per night are required to book the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam during peak travel time during the summer months. Cash rates are between $700-$800 per night providing travelers with a return of just over 0.80 cents per point in value.

Points Required: 95,000 points per night

June-August Rate: ~$782 per night

Points Value: 0.82 cents per points

Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Maui, Hawaii)

Grand Wailea Maui A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Grab a beach chair and watch the sunset at the Grand Wailea Maui. Image Credit: Hilton

For U.S. travelers, and in particular, those travelers based on the West Coast, Hawaii is an outdoor vacation paradise. Diving, golf, hiking, snorkeling, and surfing are just a few of the many things to do when visiting any of the Hawaiian Islands.

On the island of Maui, points and miles travelers will find the Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Standard and club rooms, as well as suites, are options to book for your stay. Several restaurants, a spa, and a luau are also located on the property.

Peak travel cash rates for the Grand Wailea Maui are between $700-$800 per night. 95,000 points per night are what you will need to book a free night. This means that the value of your Hilton points will be 0.75 cents per point.

Hot Tip: The Grand Wailea Maui is not an all-inclusive resort. All on-property amenities and dining are charged in addition to the room rate. 

Points Required: 95,000 points per night

January-April Rate: $711 per night

Points Value: 0.75 cents per point

London Hilton Park Lane (England)

London Hilton on Park Lane Room
Stay in the Mayfair neighborhood at the London Hilton Park Lane. Image Credit: Hilton

Visiting London in late Spring is hard to beat. There are quality restaurants, sites to see, and the weather is good for casually walking around the city.

In the Mayfair neighborhood, you’ll find the London Hilton Park Lane. As one of the first Hilton hotels to open up in the city, this property overlooks Hyde Park. It also has on-property dining and all the facilities you need to have a relaxing stay.

Travelers will need 80,000 points per night to book a stay at this hotel. Cash rates during peak travel dates hover around $570 per night giving you just a shade more than 0.7 cents per point in value.

Hot Tip: Many luxury Hilton properties in big markets like London require 95,000 points per night. With the London Hilton Park Lane, you’ll get a 15,000 point per night discount. 

Points Required: 80,000 points per night

June-September Rate: $570 per night

Points Value: 0.71 cents per point

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, CA)

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Rooftop Pool
Kick back at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills rooftop pool. Image Credit: Hilton

Los Angeles has incredible weather year-round. For those of you stuck in cities with a cold winter and chilly spring, this city can be your ticket to warm weather.

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is one of Hilton’s most sought-after properties. Not only is the property well-located in LA, but it offers some of the best amenities out there, including a roof-top pool with VIP cabanas, spa, salon, fitness center, and florist.

95,000 points per night are what you will need to book this hotel in Beverly Hills. At slightly less than $700 per night, you are looking at receiving an even 0.70 cents per point in value.

Hot Tip: Many travelers report this hotel as a great property for using the free weekend night certificate that comes with the Hilton Aspire card. 

Points Required: 95,000 points per night

January-April Rate: $668 per night

Points Value: 0.70 cents per point

Bottom Line: If you have an upcoming LA trip planned and are looking for a luxurious experience, consider booking the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. 

The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR Hotels & Resorts (London, England)

The Biltmore Mayfair Premier Room
Use your Hilton points to stay at The Biltmore Mayfair hotel. Image Credit: Hilton

LXR Hotels & Resorts is a brand you may not be familiar with. It’s one of Hilton’s luxury hotel brands, joining the likes of Waldorf Astoria and Conrad.

If the London Hilton Park Lane does not work out and you still want to stay in the Mayfair neighborhood, check out The Biltmore Mayfair.

While not as cheap from a points perspective as the London Hilton Park Lane, there is still value to be had. The Biltmore Mayfair requires 95,000 points per night or can be booked for $667 per night. This means you will receive right at 0.70 cents per point in value.

Hot Tip: The London Hilton Park Lane and The Biltmore Mayfair offer travelers 2 luxury hotel options in the Mayfair neighborhood of London. 

Points Required: 95,000 points per night

June-September Rate: $667 per night

Points Value: 0.70 cents per point

Other Ways to Earn Hilton Points

Outside of applying for Hilton credit cards, using your Hilton credit cards for your everyday spend is the most efficient way to earn Hilton points. You can earn between 3x and 14x in spending categories like airfare, grocery stores, Hilton purchases, and restaurants.

Staying at Hilton as an elite member is another way to earn Hilton Honors points. Silver members earn 20% bonus points, Gold members earn 80% bonus points, and Diamond members earn 100% bonus points.

Members can also accumulate Hilton points by transferring American Express points to Hilton or by taking Lyft rides. We do not recommend transferring Amex points to Hilton but we do recommend using Lyft to earn 3x points per $1 spent on rides.

In short, not only can you earn a boatload of Hilton points from their credit cards, hotel stays as an elite member and Lyft rides will help to pad your balance. When you combine all of these point-earning methods, you will have more than enough Hilton points to book a stay at any of the properties on this list.

Final Thoughts

From what we have seen in this series thus far, the World of Hyatt program offers the highest cents per point value for Hyatt luxury hotels. Marriott comes in second due to the sheer number of properties in its portfolio. With respect to luxury Hilton hotels, we are putting its value in third place with IHG luxury options coming in last place.

It’s not all doom and gloom when booking luxury Hilton hotels. The ability to receive top-tier Diamond status with a Hilton credit card alone is fantastic! Compare this to having to stay 100 nights at Marriott and 60 nights at Hyatt and can you see how much easier it is to attain Hilton Diamond status.


Frequently asked questions

What is the best Hilton brand hotel?

Waldorf Astoria, LXR, and Conrad are the 3 luxury brands in the Hilton portfolio. Properties in these brands are likely to provide a top-notch experience during your stay.

What is the most expensive Hilton hotel?

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives is the most expensive Hilton property that made this list. Generally speaking, luxury properties in expensive cities or hard to get to island resorts will be the most expensive.

Are all Hilton hotels 5 stars?

Not all Hilton hotels are 5-star hotels. The location and the brand will determine if the hotel is rated 5 stars.

Is Marriott owned by Hilton?

Hilton and Marriott are 2 separate hotel operators. Hilton is headquartered in McLean, VA and Marriott is based in Bethesda, MD.

Who is CEO of Hilton Hotels?

Chris Nassetta is President and Chief Executive Officer for Hilton.

Michael McHugh

About Michael McHugh

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn't travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since. Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend's phone about a mistake fare.  That's where the love affair with points and miles began.

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4 comments

  1. Would love to see this list expanded to encompass top 30 (or even 50 hotels)!

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  2. Good luck booking the Waldorf Astoria Park City on points during ski season.

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