park inn bratislava

A perfect location, directly on the main square of the the gorgeous Old City and steps from one of Europe’s mightiest rivers.

A view of a medieval castle out the window.

Complimentary access to a huge fitness center, pool, spa, and a sauna (no bathing suits allowed)!

Large, clean, and modern rooms.

A panorama lounge on the top floor for even more viewing pleasure.

Fast, free internet.

And an incredibly helpful and friendly staff.

What could make this hotel even better?

How about an incredible price?

When I wrote that the US Bank Club Carlson Visa was the best hotel card out there, I knew I’d get good value out of the 85,000 point sign up bonus by using them in Europe.

Not just because 85,000 is a huge chunk of points (which it is) but especially because every time you stay more than 2 nights on points, you get the last night free.

Stay 3 nights, pay for 2.

Or, your best value, stay 2 nights, pay for 1.  Buy one, get one free!

But even knowing this, I never imagined the value would be this great.

So, Where Am I?

As I’m sitting here writing this post, I’m gazing out of my 4th floor window at the Bratislava Castle.  Earlier today, I took an hour long swim, followed by a nice relaxing session in the hot tub.

And for this pleasure, I’ve spent 9,000 points for two nights!

That’s right, the amazing Park Inn Bratislava is listed as a Category 1 Club Carlson hotel, which costs 9,000 per night.

But since I have the US Bank Club Carlson visa, I get buy one, get one free nights.

This is not just a steal…it’s highway robbery!

Since I signed up for both the personal and business version of the Club Carlson Visa card (85k sign up each), I’ve got a total of 170k points.

This means I could theoretically stay here for 36 nights for free!

US Bank Club Carlson Visa personal card <—— Click here to apply

But What If I Don’t Want to go to Bratislava?


I’ve been in Bratislava for all of 20 hours, and I’m already absolutely in love with the city.  I’d tell anyone and everyone to head here.

Beautiful medieval old town that’s easily walkable, excellent weather, great food, and cheap beer.  Plus, it’s only an hour and a half train ride from Vienna.

But, if you don’t want to go to Bratislava, no problem.  There are tons of other intriguing options.

Looking at Club Carlson’s award chart, here are some of the most interesting places that are mind-boggingly listed as a category 1 hotel:

  • Radisson Blu Alexandria, Egypt
  • Park Inn Budapest, Hungary
  • Park Inn Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Park Inn Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Park Inn Cardiff, Wales
  • Park Inn Jaipur, India

(here’s the entire list)

I’ve never personally been to any of these hotels, but after staying at this Park Inn, I’ve a huge fan.  And Radisson Blu hotels are a step up from the Park Inn, so I’m sure the one in Alexandria is quite nice.

To put it into perspective how amazing it is that these hotels are Category 1, here are the Category 1 hotels in the US:

  • Country Inn & Suites Saraland, Alabama
  • Park Inn Fresno
  • Country Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport
  • Country Inn & Suites Greenfield, Indiana
  • Country Inn & Suites Tulsa
  • Country Inn & Suites Cookeville, Tennessee

No offense to the good people of Saraland or Cookeville, but I’m guessing their hotels don’t have a view of a castle.

You’re definitely going to get the best value by using these points abroad.

How To Get The Free Bonus Night

Be aware that you’ll only get the free bonus night if you are a Club Carlson Visa cardholder.  If you just use points for your stay, and don’t have the card, you can’t get this bonus.

The “Bonus Night” when using points is THE reason that the Club Carlson Visa is the best hotel card out there. 

And getting the free night is simple.

Each time you book a stay with just points (not points+cash), you’re last night is always free.

All you have to do is book your hotel stay for however many nights you want, and you’ll automatically get the last night free.

Remember, you get the last night free even if you only stay 2 nights (buy one, get one free)!

It really is that simple.

Save Even More Points By Switching Between Accounts

If you get both the personal version of the Club Carlson card and the business version, you’ll be given two separate Club Carlson accounts.

This is a good thing.

By having two accounts, you can switch back and forth and get the free nights.

For example, I’m staying at the Park Inn Bratislava for 4 nights.  If I booked this all with one account, I’d pay for the first 3 nights and get the 4th night free.

Total, I’d pay 27k points (3 x 9k)

But I booked the first 2 nights with my personal account, which means I’ll pay 9k for the first night and get the 2nd night free.

Then, I booked the second 2 nights with my business account, which means I’m paying 9k for the 3rd night and getting the 4th free.

By switching between accounts, I’m paying 18k for 4 nights instead of 27k.

If the person you are staying with also has a Club Carlson account, you can do the same thing.  Just book the 1st two nights under their name, and then the next 2 nights under your name.

Final Word(s)

I knew that Club Carlson points were going to be valuable when I headed to Europe, but even I couldn’t have imagined that the Park Inn Bratislava would be this nice and this cheap.

I’ve always said that the Club Carlson Visa was the best hotel credit card out there, but now I’m even more convinced.

I highly, highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to rack up a slew of free nights at some nice hotels.

I know of a great hotel in Bratislava…you may just see me moved in by the time you get here!

Caution:  US Bank is known to be stingy with applicants who have applied for multiple other credit cards recently. Also, they may approve you for the lower version, which is only 65k.  I still consider the rewards worth the risk, but just be aware.

US Bank Club Carlson Visa personal card <—— Click here to apply

US Bank Club Carlson Visa business card <—— Click here to apply

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Have you used Club Carlson points before?  What are some of your favorite Club Carlson hotels?

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