SPG Hot Escapes for July 9, 2014 has 239 hotels listed for some discount rates over the next six weeks. This week’s list has 110 hotels in the USA and 15 hotels in Canada for summer travel discounts. These numbers compared to 26 hotels in Europe shows where the summer travel rate discount emphasis is with Starwood Hotels.

SPG Hot Escapes are prepaid, nonrefundable rates for hotels worldwide released every Wednesday. Bookings through SPG Hot Escapes for this week’s offers must be made by Saturday, July 12.

Some Starwood discount rate deals

Westin New Orleans Canal Place is $97 tonight, Thursday, July 10. Rates are $104, $112 and $119 for most weekdays into August.

Westin Las Vegas $83 for most weeknights. There is a resort fee here.

Westin Beach Resort Fort Lauderdale $92 first two weeks in August and $99 last week of July.

Sheraton Davos Hotel Waldhuus, Switzerland $149 for most of August.

Aloft San Jose, Costa Rica $61 to $69 most weekends.

Westin Calgary, Alberta Canada $86 Sat. July 19 and $96 Sun. July 20 are lowest rates for a hotel that is over $300 per night many nights.

W Minneapolis – The Foshay $112 for several Friday dates.

Le Meridien Versailles, Montreal, Canada $120 to $135 weekends in July.

There are some good deals around this week with SPG Hot Escapes.

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SPG Hot Escapes for Starwood Hotels discount rates


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

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Starwood Preferred Guest is known for its high proportion of Starwood Hotels in upper upscale and luxury hotel properties with more than 250 hotels in brands like W Hotels, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Le Meridien and Westin around the world in many countries. 

Sheraton and Four Points by Sheraton are the workhorse brands of Starwood Hotels as the upper upscale to upper midscale brands with about half of all 1,300 hotels in the Starwood chain. Like horses, some of these hotels are thoroughbreds. Starwood Hotels has a good track record for hotels that are functional and with luck, in a good location for business or tourism. 

Two newest brands in the Starwood family are Aloft and Element. These brands saw their debut in the past decade and were the forerunners of what are now being labeled a ‘millennial’ style brand in the 2014 hotel industry with newcomers like Moxy from Marriott and Even at InterContinental Hotels Group. Aloft had pool tables and a bar in an open-space lobby with electrical charging tables for guests over six years ago. Starwood’s Element offers apartment style amenities like a functional kitchen in what remains a very small brand for Starwood in the extended stay market with fewer than 20 hotels.

Starwood Vacation Ownership properties sometimes offer rooms for award nights in certain locations like Colorado ski resorts.

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Starwood Preferred Guest Guide includes:

  • SPG overview and basics
  • Buy SPG points
  • Starwood Best Rate Guarantee policy
  • SPG American Express credit card
  • SPG and Delta Airlines Crossover Rewards program
  • Starwood Hotels brands
  • SPG Hotel Stay Earn Rates for Points
  • Fast-track to Elite
  • SPG Restaurants and Bars points when not a guest at the Starwood Hotel.
  • SPG Moments
  • SPG partners.

Starwood Preferred Guest Program Basics:

Starwood Hotels has a reputation for high-end properties around the world with three luxury market segment brands in St. Regis, W Hotels and Luxury Collection(161 hotels), three upper upscale hotel brands (722 hotels) in the workhorse brands of Sheraton, Westin and Le Meridien, and an expanding presence in the upscale brands (268 hotels) with Four Points and 2008 newcomers aloft and element.

Starwood Preferred Guest seems better known to many guests for its SPG American Express card more than hotel rooms. The ability to earn 1 point per $1 with the credit card and the opportunity to exchange SPG points into airline miles at 1-to-1 rate with over 25 airline partners makes SPG points a versatile currency. Transfer 20,000 points and SPG adds 25% more miles: 20,000 SPG points = 25,000 miles.

Elite members report being treated well with frequent complimentary upgrades, elite benefits on award stays and SPG promotions offering opportunities to earn SPG points at a rate quicker than hotel spend earning.

SPG has many ways to redeem points for award stays with Standard awards, Cash & Points awards, Upgrade Awards and Suite Awards.

Personally, I find SPG one of the best programs for getting into a luxury or upper-upscale urban hotel or vacation resort at a price far less than possible with most hotel chains. Read More…

Starwood Preferred Guest has offered their environmental incentive Make a Green Choice program since at least early 2010 where I remember using it at the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel. The deal is a member can refuse housekeeping service and receive a $5.00 food and beverage certificate or 500 Starpoints for each day housekeeping is declined.

500 Starpoints is the better value for most of us into points.

Make a Green Choice does not apply to one-night stays and you will not get points or credit for your last night since housekeeping has to clean your room after checkout.

FlyerTalk has a thread with a global list of Starwood Hotels known to participate in Make a Green Choice. This is a good list to favorite since a five night stay at the right Starwood Hotel can mean a couple thousand extra Starpoints added to your account.

Make A Green Choice
  • To participate in Make a Green Choice, and be eligible for the $5 food or beverage voucher or the 500 Starpoints®, hang the Make a Green Choice doorhanger on the outside of your guestroom door by 2am or let the hotel know during check-in that you’re interested in opting-in.
  • You are not eligible to participate in the program on the day of departure; it is only on stayover nights. Please note: the $5 F&B voucher is only valid at time of purchase and cannot be combined with other offers. Unused $5 F&B vouchers may be turned in at the front desk before check-out for 500 Starpoints each.
  • If you opt-in to the Make a Green Choice program, housekeeping services will not be available for the day. Please note this includes all room cleaning and coffee & bathroom amenities will not be automatically replenished.
  • If you opt out of the program, but still want to conserve water and energy, you can hang your towels you want to reuse and place your doorhanger on the nightstand to reuse your bed linens. The bed(s) will be made. For fresh towels, please leave them on the floor. For fresh linens, please leave the doorhanger on the bed.

Sheraton Hotels Make a Green Choice

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Westin Hotels Make a Green Choice

Are Westin hotel guests water hogs?

Westin Green Choice

Westin’s Green Choice graphic shows the water savings as 49.2 gallons vs. 37.2 gallons at Sheraton Hotels. That is 32% more water.

Related post:

Walt Disney World Dolphin (Starwood Sheraton Hotel)-Resort Review

Starwood Preferred Guest has a great 10,000 points bonus offer for stays at two different hotels of five Latin America hotels in the Aloft brand June 1 to September 30, 2014. Stays also earn double points.

SPG members must register for this offer by July 31, 2014.

Check in to double your earnings at any of these Aloft hotels:

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Another enhancement to the weekly SPG Hot Escapes website is the ability to sort hotels by room rate. I just noticed that feature with this week’s edition of hotels. There are 161 hotels on the SPG Hot Escapes list with 43 hotels in the USA.

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SPG Hot Escapes hotels sorted from low to high room rates.

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A FlyerTalk member noticed his Cash & Points reservation for Athens Grand Bretagne changed this week from 18,000 points + $330  to 30,000 points + $540 for a 3-night stay.

Luxury Collection Grand Bretagne Athens is one of the hotels to rise from Category 5 to Category 6 last week. Athens is suffering riots in the streets, and the tourists and business people are paying more for the comfort of being out of the maddening crowds.

Starwood Lurker responds,

My apologies for the inconvenience. This happens every year when the categories change and a property goes up. Just ignore it. No one is coming after you for more points or cash.

Best regards,
William R. Sanders
Social Media Specialist
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Don’t worry about a thing. Every little thing is going to be all right.

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Speaking of Athens

I’ll be in Athens October 23-25 for TBEX14 Europe, the travel blog exchange conference. Looking forward to the trip. This will be my first time visiting Athens and Greece.

I haven’t been close to a street riot since TBEX11 Vancouver when the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup hockey finals.

Hotel Ivy Minneapolis opened in 2008 as a hotel and residential building in downtown Minneapolis. A unique feature of the hotel is its incorporation of a historic building into the modern main skyscraper structure.

The Ivy building  Starwood photo

My photo (on left, if you could not tell) was taken from the Minneapolis Skyway on a snowy day. The photo on the Starwood site gives a bigger perspective of the juxtaposition between historic and modern structures.

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Another Thursday and another list of SPG Hot Escapes with 142 hotels. While the list actually appears each Wednesday, I have pushed my post to Thursday since there seem to be hotels added throughout the day on Wednesday.

SPG Hot Escapes rules:

  • Available rates are posted for next six weeks.
  • Teaser rate shown may only be available for one or two dates over that period of time with higher rates on other dates.
  • Prepaid and nonrefundable, no changes allowed.
  • Must book by Saturday, March 1.

W City Center Chicago is $133 when I will be in Chicago in April. Now if it were $106 rate shown on the Hot Escapes page available for March 8, then I might jump on that price. I like the hotel lobby ambience and location in the Loop.

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I wrote this line to start my blog post from my 2010 visit to W City Center:

I walked into the W Chicago City Center and I felt that ‘WOW’ factor that I never got at the Chicago W Lakeshore.

W Chicago City Center in blue ray                                Loyalty Traveler, October 27, 2010.


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

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This post looks at 139 Starwood Hotels being reassigned to a lower hotel award category on March 4, 2014. Fewer points for a hotel night is a welcome change, but are these hotels in places you travel? Or places you actually want to travel?

State of the Globe or 60 seconds on hotel economic conditions

The hotel industry executives all love the USA this year. Seems like yesterday when the articles in 2008 decalred America the land of poor returns and executives patted each other on the back for all the hotel projects they had in the pipeline outside the USA.

The main push following the 2008 recession in the USA was a focus by the hotel industry on the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China. Economists look at these places with booming middle class growth and think there is money to be made in consumer goods. Brazil and Russia have Olympics and World Cup. Tourists need hotels.

The major hotel chains concentrated growth in these places. Six years later, growth has slowed in Asia, regional conflicts are hurting tourism across much of Africa, Thailand, Ukraine. Many of the hotels that were built in the past decade are hitting the boom and bust bumps that hotel ownership brings. Sochi, Russia has plenty of hotel rooms now. Radisson, the largest of the chain brands in Sochi, lowered the reward night cost for many hotels there effective March 15, 2014. SPG lowers the Hotel National, a Luxury Collection property in Moscow, from category 6 to category 5.

Starwood Hotels award category reassignment = 139 down, 111 up on March 4, 2014

There are global factors and local situations affecting Starwood Hotels and the hotel industry as a whole, resulting in 139 hotel properties dropping in award category for 2014 compared to 111 hotels rising in award category effective March 4, 2014.

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