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Rack Up Hotel Points with These Loyalty Program Fall Promotions

If you're a point counter and plan to travel this fall, there are some fall promotions you'll want to check out. The lineup includes popular hotel chains Starwood, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, and IHG Rewards. Read more...

More For You Promotion Starts Today For Qualified Stays at Participating Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Properties

4 days agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

Stay at any of greater than 1,000 participating Starwood Hotels and Resorts properties worldwide between today and Monday, December 15, 2014, and earn double or triple bonus Starpoints; and the amount of bonus Starpoints you can earn...Show More Summary

Review: Hotel Des Indes The Hague

On one hand vacationing in The Hague (or Den Haag, if you prefer) seemed kind of random to me at first. However: -- I had some friends that recently visited and really enjoyed it -- There's a Starwood Luxury Collection property there...Show More Summary

The Clock Is Ticking: What Developers Have Planned for Apple Watch

When the Apple Watch launches early next year, it will boast applications that let you pay for products, check the weather, find your car (if that car is a BMW) and unlock your hotel door (if that hotel is Starwood). It will have apps...Show More Summary

See Ya Smartphones: Apple Watch Will Let You Unlock Your Hotel Room Door

At the start of the year, we were raving about how Starwood Hotels was piloting a program for Starwood Preferred Guests members to use their smartphones to open hotel room doors. Recently, we heard that Marriott International, which already allows its guests to check-in and check-out via smartphone, was working on smartphone room entry as well. Show More Summary

Phuket: W Hotels Announce Another New Property, This Time in Phuket

2018 is still a long time away but W Hotels is getting very excited for it. Just after announcing plans for W Brisbane, the Starwood design brand has announced W Phuket Phang Nga Bay. This will be the third W Hotel in Thailand and fortunately, it does seem a bit different from the other W hotels out there, at least in terms of layout. Show More Summary

SPG does not award points for combined award and paid nights stay. Why did I not know this?

For many years from 2003 to 2010, I was SPG Platinum and a Starwood Hotels advocate. When people complained the earn rate for SPG points was too low compared to the cost of award nights, I responded that in my case I could figure, on...Show More Summary

Earn Double or Triple Starpoints for Your Fall Hotel Stays

Starwood Promotions: Starwood is out with their fall promotion — double Starpoints on eligible stays of two or more nights and triple Starpoints if the stay includes a Friday or Saturday night (Thursday or Friday night in the Middle East) between September 15 and December 15. Show More Summary

Ctrip Tries Cruising, Starwood Bulllish On Hainan

By Doug Young: China's broader domestic travel market may be quickly getting saturated, but that hasn't stopped leading online travel agent Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP) and global hotel giant Starwood (NYSE:HOT) from seeking out new investment opportunities in more niche-focused areas. Show More Summary

Frankfurt: Element Hotels Has Landed In Europe at Frankfurt Airport

2 weeks agoTravel / Hotels : HotelChatter

The European chapter of Starwood?s expansion for Element Hotels has officially commenced: Element Frankfurt Airport opened its doors this past weekend. Part of a mixed-use development called Gateway Gardens, the hotel is just over 2 miles from the airport terminal. Show More Summary

Triple Starpoints For Dining During Weekdays

2 weeks agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

Through December 30, 2014, when you dine at 1,436 participating restaurants and bars at participating Starwood Hotels and Resorts properties throughout the world on Mondays through Thursdays and spend a minimum of $50.00, you will earn...Show More Summary

Westin Diplomat Leaving Starwood October 30, 2014

One of Starwood's great South Florida hotel options has long been the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, located in Hollywood, Florida. With nearly 1,000 rooms it's a massive hotel, and the great thing is that they have a ton of suites, which...Show More Summary

Sold! Westin Diplomat leaves Starwood Oct 30, 2014

One of Florida’s biggest hotel transactions announced this week is the sale of The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida for $460 million. Affiliates of Thayer Lodging Group purchased the hotel, golf course and land properties for a total $535 million. Show More Summary

I Love Seeing Heads of Loyalty Programs Getting Ice Thrown On Their Heads!

Jeff Zidell of Hyatt Gold Passport took the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. And since I filmed my own video at a Starwood hotel, and Randy Petersen issued his challenge to me from a Starwood property as well, I thought it appropriate to name SPG head Chris Holdren to take the challenge. Show More Summary

Can Hotels Read Minds?!?

Last week I wrote a post entitled "Hospitality Happens At The Margins." The post was based in part on a Bloomberg interview with a Starwood VP, who was emphasizing the importance of basically "customizing" stays, because apparently 2% of their guests generate 30% of their profits. Show More Summary

Starwood Hotels to Open 3 Very Important Hotels in China Next Month

4 weeks agoTravel / Hotels : HotelChatter

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has done exactly what they said they would do in their expansion into China and the Asia Pacific. There are, and have been for quite some time, more hotels in the works than we can keep up with. Almost all Starwood brands have or will soon have an address in China, including Element Hotels, which is opening next year. Show More Summary

Four short links: 22 August 2014

Blame the Crowd, Not the Camera (Nina Simon) — Cameras weaponize an already unwieldy mob of people. The Botlr — the Cupertino Starwood hotel has a robot butler (botlr) doing room service. tcpcrypt — opportunistic encryption of all network traffic. …

A byte to eat

last monthLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

STARWOOD HOTELS is rolling out a robot to help fulfil room-service requests for its guests. The butler known as a "botlr" is being tested in its Cupertino hotel in Silicon Valley (naturally) with a view to expanding its presence worldwide. Show More Summary

SPG Hot Escapes 270 hotels August 13 to September 24 stays

This is one of the largest selection of Starwood Hotels listed on SPG Hot Escapes this week for stays at 270 hotels August 13 to September 24, 2014. There is an extensive list of 131 hotels in the USA with a large number of them under $100 per night. Show More Summary

Starwood Introduces Robotic Butlers At Aloft Hotel In Palo Alto

Robots are everywhere, including wandering around your hotel. Starwood, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, is rolling out two robotic “Botlrs” named A.L.O. in their Palo Alto Aloft Hotel. Read More

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