Marriott Rewards vs. Starwood Preferred Guest: Is the Acquisition Really That Bad?

IHG is about to get dethroned as the world’s largest hotel company (talk about Priceless Surprises – and not in a good way). I woke up to a flurry of tweets yesterday about SPG. By the tone of  things, it… Continue Reading


Earn Free Weekend Nights with Sheraton

Here’s my attempt at posting about a promoting in a timely manner. I just received an email from Starwood, announcing a promotion that isn’t half bad for those who frequently stay at Sheraton hotels. Through September 30, 2015 members will… Continue Reading


A (Better) List of Starwood Hotels Changing Categories in 2015

Starwood Preferred Guest has announced its annual category changes, which will affect a total of 255 properties that will either move up or down one category. These changes will go into effect on March 10, 2015, so if a hotel… Continue Reading


Best Starwood Hotels: Category 4

While researching the best Starwood hotel redemptions for Category 4, I came across quite a few gems. Unlike most other chains, low-category hotels in Starwoods portfolio are well located and offer decent accommodations. No hole-in-the-wall airport hotels here – especially… Continue Reading


Hotel Boasting the World’s Largest Suite to Join SPG Luxury Collection

Which city do you think boasts the world’s largest hotel suite? Dubai? Vegas? According to the Guinness Book of World Records that honor goes to the Grand Hills Hotel and Spa in Broumana, Lebanon. Broumana is about 30 minutes outside… Continue Reading


Best Starwood Preferred Hotels: Category 3

Within Starwood’s Category 3, several Luxury Collection properties start showing up. Oddly enough, many of them aren’t in the best shape and don’t measure up with lower-end brands like Four Points and Sheraton. However, there is still a great deal… Continue Reading


Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels: Category 2

Unlike other hotel chains I’ve covered in this series (Club Carlson, IHG Rewards Club, Hyatt Gold Passport), the number of low-category Starwood hotels is, well, low. There weren’t hordes of run down airport hotels to sift through or random hotels in the… Continue Reading