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Starwood’s Impressive Response Regarding Shark Fin Soup

Color me impressed. Earlier today I wrote about how the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel was violating Starwood's ban on shark fin soup. A reader reported the hotel's restaurant serving shark fin soup during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Show More Summary

Some Starwood Hotels Not Compliant With Shark Fin Ban?

I have a lot of respect for Starwood, and find them to be one of the most impressive brands when it comes to standing up for what they believe in, even when it's not popular. In 2014 Starwood announced that they will no longer procure shark fin in any of their hotels or restaurants around the world, without exception. Show More Summary

Starwood Hotels’ luxury at scale requires emotional analytics

VB EVENT: Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide has one of the best-reputed loyalty programs in the hotel industry, serving guests of its upscale hotel chains like Sheraton, St. Regis and W. The company has become known for luxury and personalized service. With more than 1,270 properties in about 100 countries, Starwood isn’t small, but it will soon […]

Vegas.com for Starwood best rate guarantee at SLS Las Vegas, plus In the Cards bonus offer

Vegas.com has been my best friend lately for getting discount rates at Las Vegas hotels through approved best rate guarantee claims. Yesterday, I checked hotel rates on Kayak.com and found a rate discrepancy for SLS Las Vegas, a member of Starwood Hotels Tribute Portfolio. Show More Summary

Testing Starwood Hotels best rate guarantee in Vegas

Chris Elliott had an article in USA Today last month on the truth behind best rate guarantees. When I googled ‘Chris Elliott’ and ‘best rate guarantee’ there were a number of relevant search results. Apparently Chris Elliott writes regularly about how he is not a fan of hotel best rate guarantee programs. Show More Summary

Starwood and Marriott Know They Have a Problem With Their Merger. And They Don’t Know How to Fix It Yet.

For all the talk of financial synergies, scale in dealing with online travel agencies, and the operational skill Marriott brings to managing Starwood hotels, at core there's still guests of the chain and in particular Starwood Preferred Guest members who drive an outsize portion of room nights. Show More Summary

Rooftop infinity pool offers panoramic views of Dubai from 50 floors up

Visitors to Dubai will soon be able to view a panorama of the city in their swimsuits. St. Regis, a Starwood Hotels property, has unveiled plans for The Palm Tower, which will boast an outdoor infinity pool with 360-degree views of the...Show More Summary

Stay at SLS Las Vegas to Earn Bonus Points, a Free Night, or Uber Credit

Starwood has been heavily promoting the SLS Las Vegas hotel since it announced a new partnership with the property late last year. This is partly because it’s one of a handful Tribute Portfolio hotels, a new brand that Starwood unveiled about the same time these two hooked up. Show More Summary

SPG Hotels Discounted From $66 a Night

Starwood comes out with a “SPG Hot Escapes” list of discounted hotels each Wednesday for bookings within the next six weeks. The discounts only last for bookings made by that Saturday, so you have to move pretty quickly to save up to 50% on selected properties. Show More Summary

Hilton unveils a new brand

Several major hotel companies have come out with new brands in recent years that target the growing market of millennials and their high-tech, social media lifestyles, like Starwood’s Aloft, Marriott’s AC Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group’s EVEN Hotels and Best Western’s Vib. Show More Summary

Starwood’s SLS Las Vegas $69 rate costs $110 per night after tax and resort fees

Seeing Starwood’s SLS Las Vegas Tribute Portfolio Hotel at $69 per night caught my attention. SLS Las Vegas debuted August 2014 as one of the first Hilton Curio Collection Hotels. The hotel’s Hilton affair lasted until November 4, 2015. Show More Summary

Was Al Maha Worth Redeeming All My Starwood Points?

The Al Maha desert resort outside of Dubai is not cheap, rates typically start around $1400 USD or 60,000 points a night for award redemption, but many consider it one of the best luxury hotels in the world. So when my flight to the UAE fell within Starwood’s Paradise is Closer promotion I decided to go for […]

More Hotel Consolidation Coming: Club Carlson Looks to Sell

IHG bought Kimpton. Marriott is buying Starwood. Accor is buying Fairmont. Now Carlson is exploring a sale of its hotel business. The Club Carlson brands including Radisson and Park Inn would wind up part of another, larger chain. Continue reading More Hotel Consolidation Coming: Club Carlson Looks to Sell...

Tepid Starwood Promotion Gets Spiced Up — a Little

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You can earn double Starpoints on eligible stays of two or more consecutive nights at all of the greater than 1,200 Starwood Hotels and Resorts properties worldwide in the Take Two promotion offered by the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent...Show More Summary

Starwood Just Enhanced their Current Promotion! Earn an Extra 10,000 Points!

A few weeks ago Starwood announced their Winter promotion where you’d earn double points for stays of 2+ nights and an extra 250 points per night at select hotels. Now, just 8 days into the promotion they added two more bonus point opportunities. Show More Summary

3rd Night Free At Starwood Hotels In Asia & Australia

Starwood is offering a third night free at select hotels and resorts in the Asia Pacific region. The promotion is valid for bookings made before February 14, 2016, and valid for check-ins through April 3, 2016. To take advantage of this...Show More Summary

Awesome New Starwood Platinum 50 Night Perks As Of 2016

Starwood is the hotel chain I stay most with, and part of the reason for that is because of the incremental benefits they give you for staying with them, beyond just qualifying for the traditional elite tiers. You can qualify for Platinum...Show More Summary

Behind The Curtain Of The Marriott-Starwood Hotel Deal: What About The Lenders?

Marriott. Starwood. Now the biggest hotel company in the world. While a lot has been said about Marriott’s $12.2 billion acquisition of Starwood, the stock price and the usual M&A fallout, what’s been missing is talk about the impact on the properties, in particular the numerous large loans behind them. [...]

Earn Starpoints® Points for the Honeymoon with a SPG Wedding

Between you and me, I think the only thing better than an amazing wedding, is an amazing wedding that actually helps you pay for your honeymoon. Cue the confetti! That’s exactly the idea behind SPG Weddings at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Not only do you walk away with a gorgeous venue for your wedding festivities, […]

Thoughts On Hilton Diamond Status After 2 Stays

I recently matched to Hilton HHonors Diamond status, thanks to the extremely generous status match promotion Hilton was offering. While Hyatt and Starwood are my preferred hotel chains, neither have the global footprint of Hilton (well, I guess Starwood will soon, with the impending Marriott merger). Show More Summary

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