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IHG PointBreaks Hotels for stays to May 31, 2015

IHG PointBreaks Hotels for stays to May 31, 2015 at 5,000 points per night offer some great deals if you are in the right places. I have reprinted the list in this post with direct links to the PointBreaks hotels still shown today. InterContinental...Show More Summary

SPG Hot Escapes Feb 25 edition

There are 137 hotels on this week’s list of SPG Hot Escapes with 41 hotels in the USA. I look at a hotel like Le Meridien Lav in Split, Croatia at $73 per night for the entire month of March and wish I could move there for a month to secure SPG lifetime Gold elite. […] The post SPG Hot Escapes Feb 25 edition appeared first on Loyalty Traveler.

List of USA 94 Starwood Hotels with SPG category increase March 10, 2015

This post has my list of USA 94 Starwood Hotels with SPG category increase March 10, 2015 ordered by State and City. Starwood released a table ordered by hotel brand. Our best bet this year is pay in the USA when low rates are offered...Show More Summary

Hilton HHonors Double Points or Miles March 1 to May 31, 2015

Hilton HHonors Double Points or Miles March 1 to May 31, 2015 is the upcoming global promotion. Hilton announced last month they will only run two global promotions per year and focus on targeted offers for HHonors members in the other months. Show More Summary

Get lost walking Amsterdam canals

I read in the KLM flight magazine that Rembrandt van Rijn made long walks around Amsterdam after his wife Saskia died in 1642. Rembrandt was in his mid-30s, financially successful as a distinguished artist for more than a decade with a recently purchased house in a fashionable neighborhood of Amsterdam during the city’s Golden Age. Show More Summary

SPG Europe 2015 hotel category changes are all down

There is not a single Starwood hotel in Europe going up in the 2015 SPG reward category changes. Europe sees 46 hotels drop in category. 33 of 46 hotels are located in countries on the euro currency. One year ago on February 24, 2014 the Euro was worth $1.37 USD. Show More Summary

SPG 2015 category changes Asia Pacific Region Starwood Hotels

Starwood Asia Pacific has 23 hotels rising in SPG reward night category effective March 10, 2015. 34 hotels drop in SPG category in the region. Here is my Loyalty Traveler table for SPG 2015 category changes Asia Pacific region Starwood Hotels. Show More Summary

Overview of SPG category changes March 10, 2015

Starwood Preferred Guest released its list of Starwood Hotels worldwide that will change SPG reward category on March 10, 2015. I am creating tables sorting the changes by country and city rather than the Starwood list ordered by region, country and hotel brand. Show More Summary

Marriott Rewards March 19, 2015 hotel category changes are bad news

Marriott Rewards March 19, 2015 hotel category changes affect a large number of properties, something like 1,400 hotels or 1 in 3 hotels worldwide. There are 8.5 pages of hotels going down shown in the Marriott Rewards pdf. 43 hotels on each page. Show More Summary

DOT response to United First Class $50 Danish Kroner fares

On February 11 there was a mistake fare spread around travel blogs about how to buy First Class tickets on United Airlines by changing your country of residence to Denmark to take advantage of a currency conversion error. I happened upon the fare shortly before it was corrected. Show More Summary

Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90

Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 I took this photo of the painting of the Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 by Hendrik Willem Mesdag in the Groninger Museum. I’m not sure whether the painting belongs to its collection or not. IShow More Summary

3 Tech-Saavy Hotels Offering Great 21st Century Amenities

While many hotels struggle to move into the 21st century—some still withholding complimentary Wi-Fi service and others furnishing rooms with outdated digital capabilities—smart hoteliers are bravely RELATED POST PROFILESHARE

Words and pictures of Andaz Amsterdam

Andaz Amsterdam seemed like a hotel that would be enjoyable for days. We barely scratched the surface of the hotel books available in the room and public spaces to see around the hotel. The former public library is mirrored in many of the hotel details. Show More Summary

Orlando: Hard Rock Orlando is Really 'Amped Up' About Their New Rooms

When a hotel decides to redo its rooms, it's called a renovation. When a Hard Rock Hotel decides to redo its rooms, it's called a "remaster." Such is the case with the 650 rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. Above is how the property looked before it got remastered. Show More Summary

A Swiss Hotel Design Competition Goes Downhill When Jurors Can't Pick a Winner

A design competition in Switzerland has seen a little drama recently, but will likely result in one amazing new hotel. The competition involved several international "starchitects" who were challenged to design a luxury hotel adjacent to the Therme Vals spa in the Swiss Alps, pictured above. It all went downhill from there, so to speak.

St. Simons: Before and After: St. Simon's King and Prince Resort in Georgia

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Show More Summary

Playa del Carmen: Mahekal Beach Resort is now Boho-Liscious After $10 Million Renovation

Newly opened after a $10 million renovation, Mahekal Beach Resort (formerly Shangri-La Caribe) in Playa del Carmen is Swiss Family Robinson-esque, comprised of 122 individual thatched-roof bungalows with touches of Mayan culture. Whether...Show More Summary

London: Forget BYOB, It's Bring Your Own Ingredients at London's Cafe Royal

Empty plates at the Ten Room, just waiting to be filled with your home-brought food Open kitchens and chef?s tables? Over. The latest idea in hotel restauranting? Get the guests to bring their own ingredients. The Ten Room at Café Royal,...Show More Summary

Brussels: Brussels' New Zoom Hotel is All About the Beer

Last time we checked in on Brussels, we were all about the beer bar at the new Zoom Hotel in Ixelles (up the hill from the medieval bit, but where all we the cool kids go). 50 Belgian beers, selected by a top Belgian sommelier? Oui, s?il vous plait. Show More Summary

Four Seasons Quits Uruguay, Shangri-La Has Island Fever, and Other Hotel News

It?s nearly the weekend, there's lots of hotel news that is worthy of your attention, so here are a few snippets to keep you up to date on the latest from around the world. Four Seasons Carmelo, Uruguay: we could almost do a weekly feature called the Four Seasons Chronicles, because the news about the Canadian group keeps coming in. Show More Summary

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