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How Well Do Starwood’s New Keyless Rooms Work? Review of the W Times Square

I needed to be in New York on Monday for meetings, so I flew up Sunday night. I spent less than 20 hours in the city. My plan was a hotel near my first meeting of the day. And the W Times Square was both reasonably close and priced ~ $180 on a 'AAA Hot Deal'. Show More Summary

20,000 Starwood Points Will Now Transfer to 30,000 American Miles

While the most obvious thing to do with Starwood points is use them for hotel stays, I think the most valuable thing to do with them is transfer them to airline miles. Through August 7 there's a 20% bonus on transfers to American AAdvantage...Show More Summary

Starwood Announces New Luxury Collection Hotel in Los Cabos

Starwood has announced that they’ve broken ground on their first Luxury Collection Resort in Los Cabos. Scheduled to open in June of 2017, the property will be called Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos. The resort will be spread over 33 acres, including a private beach club, spa, residences and vacation ownership units. Show More Summary

Starwood Achieves 16% Carbon Reduction

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has reduced carbon emissions by 16 percent, water use by 17 percent and energy use by 12 percent across all owned, managed and franchised properties from 2008 through 2014. The reductions stem from Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 environmental goals, launched in 2009, to cut energy use by 30 percent and water […]

SPG Sheraton free Nights promotion July 9 to Sep 30, 2015

Starwood Preferred Guest is calling this Sheraton summer promotion their richest Sheraton Hotels promotion ever. Stay five nights at Sheraton Hotels and earn one free weekend night good for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Five qualifying nights do no need to be consecutive nights. Show More Summary

Selecting My SPG Platinum 50 Night Benefit

In 2012 Starwood introduced a suite of new benefits for elite members, which really propelled them to one of my favorite hotel loyalty programs. From the perspective of a Platinum member, the two most significant improvements were as...Show More Summary

Earning Starpoints For Multiple Hotel Rooms Per Stay

While I live in hotels full time, I don’t accrue as many elite qualifying hotel nights as you might expect. I’m primarily loyal to Starwood and Hyatt. Yet between the two chains I don’t get anywhere close to ~365 elite qualifying nights. Why? --...Show More Summary

Suzhou: China (And Asia Pacific) Gets Its First Element

2 weeks agoTravel / Hotels : HotelChatter

China is of course the market to watch, and the one every hotel chain wants to crack. Hands together, then, for Starwood, which has just hit China (and Asia Pacific) with its first ever Element. The Element Suzhou Science and Technology...Show More Summary

Play Ball at Wrigley Field Using SPG Points!

From time to time I write about Starwood Preferred Guest “Moments” opportunities where you can use SPG points for some pretty cool experiences beyond just SPG hotel stays and partner airline transfers.  These sort of things aren’t for...Show More Summary

Honolulu: Blue Ocean Views from Waikiki's Pink Palace

2 weeks agoTravel / Hotels : HotelChatter

It?s perhaps not such a surprise that Starwood Hotels would be well-represented among Waikiki?s major concentration of Hawaii hotels. When we did the math during a recent stay at The Royal Hawaiian, we were still a bit shocked by the sheer scale of things: four hotels, all virtually neighbors. Show More Summary

Chase Hotel Status or Get the Credit Card? Here’s What I Would Do

At the beginning of the month, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express card rolled out some serious upgraded benefits, pretty much mimicking Starwood Platinum benefits to an extent without actually having to qualify. Show More Summary

Starwood Debuts Eco-Conscious Hotel in China

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has debuted its eco-conscious Element brand of hotels with the opening of Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town in Suzhou, China. The hotel, owned by Suzhou Science and Technology Town Kexin Cultural Tourism Development, features 188 guestrooms and suites. Show More Summary

Starwood SPG Hot Escapes – up to 45% off Starwood hotels globally

Every Wednesday, by 11.00 am GMT, Starwood Hotels releases its “Hot Escapes” list: a selection of heavily discounted Starwood hotels rates worldwide. You can book up until Saturday, for stays within the next 6 weeks. Importantly, you get an additional 5% off the already reduced rate if you are a member of SPG, Starwood Hotels’ loyalty programme. Show More Summary

Starwood Tabs $200 Million For The Luxury Collection North America; Plans Significant Global Growth

Exclusive: Starwood Hotels & Resorts is planning to significant growth for The Luxury Collection with a focus on major metropolitan markets and resorts. It is also investing $200 million upgrading North American properties of The Luxury Collection. The brand is expected to pass the 100 hotel mark by the end of the year.

Starwood CIO Martha Poulter Fosters A Culture Of Innovation

Martha Poulter joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide just over a year ago after spending 19 years with General Electric, most of it in the financial services side of GE. Her final stop was as CIO of GE Capital. Switching companies and industries is a challenge for most executives, but [...]

[PROMOTION] Earn 1,000 Bonus Points with Best Western Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest

Two hotel chains are offering bonus points for upcoming stays, just in time for the summertime. Best Western Rewards is offering 1,000 bonus points for each qualified stay between May 26 and September 7, 2015. You will need to register for this promotion. Show More Summary

Here's Another Way to Get 'Free' Premium Internet at Starwood Hotels

last monthTravel / Hotels : HotelChatter

Earlier this year, Starwood Hotels freed the WiFi for all members of its loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest, so long as they booked directly through Starwood. However, that was just for basic internet usage. Premium internet--which...Show More Summary

Starwood SPG Hot Escapes – up to 44% off Starwood hotels globally

It’s Hot Escapes Wednesday again. Every week by 11.00 am GMT on Wednesdays, Starwood Hotels releases its “Hot Escapes” list: a selection of heavily discounted Starwood hotels rates worldwide. You can book up until Saturday, for stays within the next 6 weeks. Show More Summary

1000 bonus SPG Starpoints on stays until 31 August 2015

Starwood hotels’ summer “Make It Count” offer is now live: 1,000 bonus Starpoints will be awarded for all stays of two nights or more that include a weekend night (Friday, Saturday or Sunday, or Thursday Friday and Saturday in the Middle East). Show More Summary

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