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Just How Bad is the Starwood Hotel in Cuba? And More..

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3 Steps to Effectively Measure Philanthropic Impact

Versaic, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the Rensselaerville Institute worked together to develop a results-focused plan for the hotel chain's corporate philanthropy initiatives. Here's what they learned.

Earn Double Starpoints At Tribute Portfolio Hotels

One of Starwood's newest hotel brands is Tribute Portfolio, which is a collection of independent hotels. Hyatt copied the idea shortly after Starwood introduced it, with their Hyatt Unbound Collection. I love the concept in theory. I love loyalty programs and points, but don't necessarily love cookie cutter hotels. Show More Summary

Earn Double, Triple or Up to 3,000 Starpoints When You Earn Your Dreams — But…

5 days agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

You can earn either double or triple Starpoints — or up to 3,000 bonus Starpoints — as a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program when you stay at select participating Starwood Hotels and Resorts properties...Show More Summary

Review: W Hotel St. Petersburg

We were spending a total of four nights in St. Petersburg, so as a Hyatt and Starwood loyalist my first choice was clear -- the W Hotel St. Petersburg. It's the only Starwood property in St. Petersburg, and it looked very nice. The rate...Show More Summary

Redeem Starpoints For US Open Packages Starting Next Monday

While in general my preference is to redeem airline miles for flights and hotel points for hotel stays, there are some exceptions. One of those is SPG Moments, which is Starwood's experiences marketplace. SPG Moments allows you to redeem...Show More Summary

Review: How the W Doha Hotel Called Out My Blog (But Was Still a Great Platinum Experience)

The W Doha hotel is a great property, much more in line with the Ws of Asia than the US. It's gorgeous, with friendly staff, and they treat Platinums well. Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum members regularly receive upgrades to suites here. Show More Summary

U.S. hotels interested in expanding to Cuba find Airbnb already established there

Starwood Hotels & Resorts this year became the first U.S. hotelier to ink a deal in Cuba in nearly six decades. Marriott International quickly announced plans to do the same, and a number of big-name competitors have since expressed interest in expanding to the island nation. But as U.S. hotels...

Starwood Loyalists Get #StarwoodProud

Later this month Marriott's takeover of Starwood is expected to close, meaning Marriott will become the world's largest hotel group by a long shot. For the most part it seems like Marriott loyalists are excited about the takeover, since it increases the hotels they have access to, and could even improve their elite benefits. Show More Summary

Starwood hotels expand keyless locks on hotel rooms

3 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

The keyless experiment was a success. That is the only conclusion to be drawn from the announcement that Starwood Hotels and Resorts is expanding the use of technology that lets guests use their smart phones to open their hotel doors. Connecticut-based Starwood tested the technology at 10 hotels...

Goodbye Starwood. Top Executives Share Their Memories

The hotel management company is saying goodbye via a series of videos under the hashtag #StarwoodProud

Four Points Havana Is the First U.S. Hotel to Open in Cuba in Nearly 60 Years

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is bringing three Cuban hotels back to life, starting with the Four Points Havana.

U.S. firm begins managing hotel owned by Cuban military

Starwood inks contract with Gaviota, the Cuban Defense Ministry's rapidly expanding tourism wing

SPG Keyless Is Improving & Expanding To More Hotels

In 2014, Starwood was the first hotel chain to introduce keyless entry, where you could use your smartphone as a room key at select hotels, allowing you to bypass the front desk altogether. SPG Keyless has been available at select Starwood...Show More Summary

Starwood Introducing Using Smart Phone as Room Key — Version 2.0

Sometimes you just want to get to your hotel room as quickly as possible. Hotel chains had the idea that they could accommodate this guest desire, and save on front desk labor costs, by rolling out check-in kiosks. I even won a whole bunch of Starpoints a dozen years ago by winning a contest to name Sheraton's solution ("Sheraton SpeedCheck"). Show More Summary

48 Starwood Hotels Where You Can Get A 3rd Or 4th Night Free

A couple of weeks ago Ford wrote about Starwood's Luxury Privileges program, which offers extra benefits for booking at St. Regis, W, Luxury Collection, and select Westin properties. It's a program I've used (and written about) for years. It's basically Starwood's equivalent of American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts or Virtuoso. Show More Summary

EU clears Marriott's purchase of Starwood Hotels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. hotel chain Marriott International secured EU antitrust approval on Monday for its cash and share purchase of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. The deal, currently worth about $12.1 billion, will put...Show More Summary

EU to Clear Marriott/Starwood Deal, Starwood Opening New Sydney Hotel, 8 Properties Coming to Australia

Marriott will win approval for its Starwood merger from EU antitrust authorities without any concessions according to Business Insider. In other Starwood news, a new Four Points by Sheration will open near Sydney’s Central Station in...Show More Summary

Leonardo DiCaprio, Barry Sternlicht back Qloo, a cultural recommendation engine

Qloo Inc. closed a $4.5 million Series A round of venture funding to support the growth of its cultural recommendation engine. Investors included: Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio; Starwood Hotels founder Barry Sternlicht;...Show More Summary

Exclusive: EU set to clear unconditionally Marriott, Starwood deal - source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust authorities are set to wave through U.S. hotel chain Marriott International's cash and share purchase of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc without demanding concessions, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Show More Summary

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