Posted by Ric Garrido

Another Wednesday and another set of SPG Hot Escapes hotels are out. These are prepaid, discount rates available over the next six weeks. The advertised rates tend to only be for a few dates over the entire booking period. There are 102 hotels listed at time of this post. Hotels drop off and get added throughout the day on the Wednesday day of posting.

I see a great $60 rate for Sheraton Minneapolis West during the time I will be there next month. Closer inspection reveals Minneapolis West is actually Minnetonka. Any knowledgeable folks have an opinion as to whether Minnetonka is worth a visit or am I better off sticking to downtown Minneapolis?

Here are some other Starwood Hotels with sample rates:

Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers $68 (2 dates out of 31 days); rate range ($68-$175).

Westin New York Grand Central $136 (4 dates on weekends with another 4 weekend dates at $144).

Paris Le Meridien Etoile $194 (11 weekend dates in February).

The Laguna Bali, Luxury Collection, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia $116 on ten dates in February.

Westin Verasa Napa, California $136 on 6 midweek dates in February.

SPG Hot Escapes Feb 1

SPG Hot Escapes – Book by February 1, 2014.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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4 Responses

  1. The Sheraton Minneapolis West is indeed in Minnetonka. I spent about 120 nights at this hotel over a 12 month span, and know the area very well. Its directly across from a shopping mall, and has 1-2 decent restaurants near by. Also, there is a remodeled YMCA 10 yards away and guests at the Sheraton can access it with hotel keys. Overall, a pretty mediocre SPG property, in a pretty mediocre area. I would suggest staying downtown if possible, the W and Westin are both nice, but if your like me, then proximety to a client site is usually more important due to reduced commute times. Very friendly staff though.

  2. I’ve never stayed at that Sheraton but I have stayed at the Marriott down the street. Location is pretty dead, not much going on out there unless you count the shopping mall that is right there. Driving on 94 can be a nightmare during rush hour too. If you are doing business downtown, I’d recommend staying down there, plus quick access to bars and restaurants that you can walk to. Depending on when you are going, I’ve seen rates at the aloft at around $120.

    Comment by Nick Summy on January 29th, 2014 at 8:25 am
  3. I also basically lived in this property for about six months about three years ago. It’s MUCH better to stay downtown. There is a great restaurant in the shopping mall. But, the area is fairly lame.

  4. Look like Minnetonka, Minnesota in February is out for me. I will look for a hotel downtown.

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