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SPG Hot Escapes July 23 edition with Westin Princeville discount

SPG Hot Escapes this week has over 200 hotels with over 100 hotels around the USA offering hotel rate discounts for some dates over the next six weeks. SPG Hot Escapes rates must be booked by Saturday July 26. These rates are prepaid and nonrefundable.

Two items of note from this week’s SPG Hot Escapes. Firstly, I noticed Hotel New Orleans Downtown which was not a Starwood Hotel name I recognized. Turns out the former W New Orleans is being rebranded to Le Meridien and currently the unbranded Starwood Hotel is a bargain rate.

Secondly, I think I found an SPG Hot Escapes loophole for a discount stay at Westin Princeville in September. Check it out in this post. It likely won’t last long.

Hotel New Orleans Downtown is the hotel that caught my eye this week with $75 per night rates. Turns out this hotel is the former W New Orleans, which apparently was one of the most poorly rated W Hotels in the system. It only has a 55% favorable rating on TripAdvisor.com and is ranked #111 of 153 hotels in New Orleans. The hotel dropped the W brand and is in the process of a renovation to rebrand as Le Meridien during the next year.

Hotel New Orleans Downtown Special Conditions

Hotel Transformation

The Hotel New Orleans Downtown, formerly W New Orleans, is undergoing a $29 million transformation and will debut as Le Meridien New Orleans this winter. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.hotelneworleansdowntown.com/LM-transformation.

 

SPG Hotel New Orleans

Westin Resort Princeville, Kauai on the cheap?

Advertising prices like $238 for Westin Princeville is one of the reasons I really dislike the SPG Hot Escapes model for advertising hotel rate discounts.

I clicked the link and studied the rates and the lowest rate shown for July or August is $285 for August 3, 18-19. I looked closely at the calendar and there was no $238 rate displayed for July or August. Then I clicked the month to September and there is a $238 rate for Wednesday, September 3. That is the last date shown for this week’s SPG Hot Escapes.

An interesting thing happened when I checked to compare the cost of additional nights past September 3. The SPG Hot Escapes rate comes up for every day on a 5-night stay for check-in September 3 and check-out September 8.

Westin Princeville SPG Hot Escapes Rate Sep 3-8, 2014

Westin Princeville 238

Westin Princeville is $1,347 for five nights after tax and resort fees.

The next lowest rate is the advance purchase rate with same prepaid, nonrefundable terms.

Westin Princeville 333

Westin Princeville with SPG Hot Escapes is $1,347 for a 5-night stay compared to the Advance Purchase rate of $1,888 for the same room on same dates. The SPG Hot Escapes rate of $238 extends out for nights past September 3.

Here are my hotel reviews of Westin Princeville and St. Regis Princeville from December 2012 stays.

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas (Dec 5, 2012)

St. Regis Princeville, Kauai (Dec 8, 2012)

St. Regis Princeville, Kauai–Part 2, Really (Dec 11, 2012) –focus on resort pools.

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

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