Oct012014

SPG Hot Escapes October 1 The Clooney Venice edition

There are 75 hotels on SPG Hot Escapes October 1, 2014 edition at the time of this post. Westin Bayshore Vancouver shows a $126 rate. That looks enticing until I click on the rate calendar to find that is the low rate for only one date, Sunday, November 1. There are five consecutive dates with $135 rates beginning next Thursday.

Element Denver Park Meadows at $68 looks like a potential stay for me. Last time Kelley and I stayed there, we walked into the place to find two couples playing Wii video games in the lobby with a 1.75 L bottle of bourbon sitting on the table in a joyful weekend party time at the hotel.

The U.S. list of hotels has the usual suspects: Airport hotels, Arizona, D.C. area and Florida. Le Meriden Dallas by the Galleria at $90 looks like a good deal, but that rate is only for the weekend of Nov 8-9.

If I were in Austria I would try the Sheraton Hotel Jagdhof Fuschlsee-Salzburg at $117 for many dates in October. Then, go hang out at the Luxury Collection hotel,

Schloss Fuschl, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Fuschlsee-Salzburg,

where rates are $235 per night. These two hotels receive terrific guest ratings.

Starwood Salzburg

Is there ever a week on SPG Hot Escapes without two hotels in Brussels, Belgium?

Live it Up like the Clooney’s in Venice

Seriously, I do not have a movie star complex. I simply read a lot of news stories and the George Clooney wedding has been a daily headline in almost any news source. In case you did not know, the wedding was last weekend in Venice, Italy at the Aman Canal Grande Venice luxury hotel. The link is to an article I wrote about the $1,000+ room rates there at the Aman Venice.

What catches my eye this week is the relatively low rates for Starwood’s The Gritti Palace Venice. Room rates are $488 on four nights November 9-12. That is a high rate, yet far below the average rate for this historic 1525 palace hotel. For example, the low room rates for most dates in October range from $622 to $814 with most dates over $1,100 per night. Gritti Palace gets a 4.8 of 5.0 guest rating with 98% recommendation.

Starwood Italy

Hotel Danieli is about $100 less, but only receives a 78% recommendation.

Pine Cliffs Residence, Albufeira, Portugal is an all apartment suites category 6 hotel at 40,000 to 50,000 points per night. The basic 2-bedroom apartment with 1,227 sq.ft. (114 sq.m) is $246 per night in October and drops to $194 in November.

For two couples or a family the Pine Cliffs Residence can be a better deal than Sheraton Algarve, Luxury Collection in Albufeira at $134 per night for nearly all dates in October. The price difference between the two hotels drops to under $50 in November when the Sheraton is $145 per night.

SPG Hot Escapes offer discount rates at participating hotels over the next six weeks. SPG Hot Escapes are fully prepaid and nonrefundable after booking. Be sure to check for other refundable rates before booking SPG Hot Escapes. AAA or some other discount may offer a similar rate with flexible cancellation policy.

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

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