Best International Ritz-Carlton Properties For Redeeming Complimentary Nights

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In this post I figured I’d look at six international Ritz-Carlton properties that I’d be really interested in redeeming three complimentary nights at.

I’m not suggesting that these are the most expensive properties or the absolute best uses of these complimentary nights, but rather these are all properties that actually interest me. Three of the properties aren’t actually directly Ritz-Carlton properties (at least by name), but rather are Ritz-Carlton partner properties.

Without rambling on any more, here they are:

1. Hotel Arts Barcelona

I’d like to return to Barcelona at some point, though I’ve sworn off the W Barcelona. I’ve heard great things about Hotel Arts, which is the Ritz-Carlton property in Barcelona. It has a great location and seems to strike a nice balance between having classic decor while also being contemporary. I’m hoping to stay here the next time I visit Barcelona.


2. Hotel De La Paix Geneva

While I’ve been to Zurich a couple of times, I’ve never been to Geneva. The city is outrageously expensive based on everything I’ve heard, so redeeming complimentary nights to stay at the Ritz-Carlton partner property there seems like an excellent redemption.


3. Ritz-Carlton Bali

Bali is one of my favorite places in the world, thanks to the friendly people and breathtaking sunsets. While I’ve stayed at several hotels in Bali over the years (including the St. Regis, Amandari, Amankila, the W, and the InterContinental), I haven’t yet stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, so I’d like to check it out the next time I visit.


4. Ritz-Carlton Budapest

Budapest is a gorgeous city, though not an especially great high end hotel market in general. Based on what I’ve heard, the Ritz-Carlton is an exception. It looks gorgeous, with incredible decor and a great location. I’ve only been to Budapest once for a couple of nights, so I’d love to return with Ford, as I recall it being beautiful.


5. Ritz-Carlton Vienna

In fairness Vienna is a pretty great luxury hotel market, especially for the points obsessed. Between Starwood’s Hotel Imperial and the new Park Hyatt, we’re pretty well covered. However, I’d love to try a new property the next time I’m in town. The Ritz-Carlton Vienna looks beautiful as well.


6. Al Bustan Palace Muscat

While some might find cities like Doha and Dubai to be sterile and overrated, Muscat is very different. For that matter, Oman as a whole is probably the most gorgeous country in the region, with beautiful deserts, incredible coastlines, and a surprising amount of lush landscape. I’d highly recommend a visit to Muscat, and Ritz-Carlton’s Al Bustan Palace is one of the best places to stay in the city.


Bottom line

There are so many great properties at which to redeem the three complimentary nights being offered with The Ritz-Carlton™ Card. In the previous post I shared some great US properties, though as you can see above, there are lots of great non-US properties as well. I’m especially fascinated by the Ritz-Carlton partner hotels, which seem to be both luxurious and unique, with lots of local flair.

Hopefully the above six hotels at least give you a good idea of the huge variety of properties at which you can redeem these complimentary nights.

Do you have a favorite international Ritz-Carlton property?

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  1. I highly recommend to stay at the Arts Hotel here in Barcelona. The Mandarin Oriental also keeps being an interesting option in BCN. But you know, we have really interesting hotels that are not the W.

    Waiting for you in BCN!

  2. I was expecting to see ritz Carlton herziliya for when you go to Israel! It’s a georgeous property, and rates are not cheap. Pretty recently opened too. This together will the WA in Jerusalem would make for a great and comfortable stay in one of the best countries!

  3. The Al Bustan Palace is seriously in need of a renovation; the public spaces are still impressively grand but the rooms are dreadfully dated.

    Geneva? Geneva is the beige on the color wheel of world cities.

    I am not a fan of Ritz-Carltons as they tend to be little more than tarted-up Marriotts. However, the R-C in Kyoto is certainly getting some interesting buzz and does look beautiful.

    Ben, I don’t remember the extant of your planned layover in Almaty. Are you staying overnight? If so, are you going to stay at the Ritz-Carlton?

  4. Ben, I am an avid reader of your travel blog and respect your travel advice. So a question. I am planning a big 30 th anniversary trip to Bali with my wife. I was planning on staying 4 nights in Jimbaran Bay, 4 nights at the St Regis and 4 nights in Ubud. Would you stay at the Four Seasons or the Intercontinental( in a club room) in Jimbaran Bay and would you stay at the Four Seasons in Sayan or the Aman in Ubud?
    Kind regards,

  5. Yes – the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman. That’s where I host our family get-together each Thanksgiving and it’s our favorite Ritz property.

  6. You may want to wait for Geneva, they are not finished with the renovation work. Should be done by early next year.

  7. I stayed at Hotel Arts Barcelona last Christmas. It is a beautiful property, great views and excellent lounge. Definitely recommended!

  8. When you stayed in Bali I notice that you didn’t try the Conrad Bali. We have stayed there many times and love it to death.

    In the UAE the Ritz Carleton on Jumeirah Beach (Dubai) was really lovely the last time we visited. It, however, was about 10 years ago so who knows today?

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