Now that you've been inspired to visit Buenos Aires, you'll need a place to stay. The city hosts a range of boutique hotels as well as luxurious ones such as the Four Seasons. This post, however, will focus on where you can use your hard-earned points to save a few pesos.
The Sheraton Libertador Hotel is a category 4 and requires 10,000 points or 5,000 points + $75. Rooms average $131 in February. Its location downtown makes it ideal though the surrounding area may get quite busy because of that. Service is friendly and rooms are nice and up to date.
Redeeming for 10,000 points per night yields a value of 1.3 cents per point while the cash + points option would mean you'd get 1.1 cents per point. I'd personally pay the $127 for the room given this comparison especially when I can get better value for my starpoints. I like to at least get ~2 cents per point.
The Park Tower, Buenos Aires is a category 5 and requires 12,000 points or 6,000 points + $110. Rooms average $285 in February. It is located near a train station and the Buquebus (ferry) so it may get loud. There isn't much to see in the immediate vicinity of the hotel but is within 10-15 minutes walking distance to points of interest. Rooms are large and upscale. Each floor offers butler service but those in suites on the higher floors up can enjoy a view of the city and the Río de la Plata.
Redeeming for 12,000 points per night means I get a value of 2.4 points per night while using C+P means I'd get 2.9 cents per mile. There's better value in redeeming for C+P over just points in this case.
The Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center is a category 4 and requires 10,000 points or 5,000 points + $75. Rooms average $180 in February. The hotel is adjacent to the Park Tower Buenos Aires. Its location allows for easy access to the rest of the city and across the street from the Manuel Tienda Leon station, where the airport bus drops passengers off. Rooms may be dated but overall clean and functional. The Club Lounge has been highlighted amongst past guests.
Redeeming for 10,000 points gives me a value of 1.8 cents per point while C+P gives me a value of 2.1 cents per point. The Sheraton Libertador and the Sheraton C+C are both category 4s yet redeeming points for the latter gives better value.
The Marriott Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires is a category 6 and costs 30,000 points. Rooms average $269 in February. This hotel is across from Plaza San Martín and close to Calle Florida. The hotel has a characteristic, old school vibe though some may say it's just outdated and lost its charm.
Redeeming for points means you get a value of .9 cents per point, which in regards to Marriott points for me is ok. I could go either cash or points depending on my needs.
The Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is a category 5 and requires 18,000 Gold points. Rooms average $550 in February. It's located in the heart of Recoleta and people rave about all aspects of the hotel – spacious and comfy rooms and attentive, helpful staff. Here, classic and contemporary meet as the hotel is a mix of a modern, tower section and an older, palace-styled mansion.
Redeeming for 18,000 points means you get a value of 3.1 cents per mile. I'd go for points since I consider more than 1.5 cents per point good value in regards to Hyatt points. Plus, I generally wouldn't pay $550 a night especially not if I had the points available.
The Hilton Buenos Aires is a category 7 and requires 50,000 HHonors Points. Averages in February are about $225. It's a contemporary hotel located in Puerto Madero and close to the Casa Rosada. Its immediate location in the newer part of BsAs offers modern restaurants and bars though one can argue that it lacks character because it's reminiscent of any other city of the US. People praised the spacious, comfy atmosphere of the property and the offerings of the Hilton Lounge.
I'd consider either cash or points as an option. Using points gives a value of .45 cents per HHonors point, which is ok. If you're staying 4 nights, you may get better value using AXON rewards.
The Intercontinental Buenos Aires requires 30,000 Priority Club points per night. Rooms average $185 in February. Its location is close to Calle Florida and the Plaza de Mayo & Casa Rosada. Rooms aren't particularly special but overall nice and comfortable.
You'd get a value of .6 cents per point if you redeemed your points for a night, which is decent. I'd go for either cash or points depending on my needs.
Everybody values points differently based on their specific needs. Evaluate what works best for your goals.