San Francisco Staycation and 25,000 SPG points giveaway

Last week I had the opportunity to stay two nights at the St. Regis San Francisco courtesy of SPG American Express and the SPG Amex Stars blogger program for 2012. San Francisco was my staycation destination.

25,000 Starpoints Sweepstakes

As part of the SPG Amex Stars staycation opportunity at the St. Regis San Francisco, I have also been authorized to run a Loyalty Traveler 25,000 Starpoints sweepstakes courtesy of SPG American Express. The winning reader will receive 25,000 Starpoints to redeem for a stay at a Starwood hotel or miles or whatever you choose to do with 25,000 Starpoints.

Sweepstakes entry:

To enter the 25,000 Starpoints giveaway please leave a comment on this blog post about which Starwood Hotel you would choose for a staycation in San Francisco or anywhere else you might be.

You may enter once each calendar day from Monday, December 17 to Saturday, December 22 at 12 noon California time when the sweepstakes entry period will end.

Winner will be chosen at random from eligible entries.

While my stay specifically was at the St. Regis San Francisco, this post will share views of the city  with photos I have taken over the past few years from rooms in each of the seven Starwood Hotels in San Francisco.

Westin Market Street San Francisco, SPG category 5

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View down Third Street to AT&T Ball Park on the waterfront, home of the San Francisco Giants MLB team. Moscone Convention Center and Yerba Buena Park are right foreground, San Francisco MOMA Museum of Modern Art is left foreground with W San Francisco the tall white building at left.

The Palace Hotel San Francisco, Starwood Luxury Collection

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The Pied Piper of Hamlin is a 1909 Maxfield Parrish painting in the Pied Piper Bar of the Palace Hotel. Most rooms at The Palace Hotel do not have much of a scenic vista view of the city outside with the historic 9-story hotel dwarfed by newer skyscrapers all around.

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The charm of the Palace is its interior.

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The Garden Court stained glass dome, The Palace Hotel, San Francisco.

W Hotel San Francisco, SPG category 5

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San Francisco Bay and AT&T Ball Park seen from W San Francisco Hotel.

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WET at the W San Francisco offers 24 hour swimming. Nightswimming is one of the pleasures I enjoy at the W.

The W Hotel and the St. Regis are located on the same city block separated by the San Francisco MOMA. The two hotels have many of the same views.

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Looking west across the city at night from W San Francisco.

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View at Sunrise from St. Regis San Francisco.

Westin St. Francis, SPG category 5


Union Square view at night during the holiday season. Westin St. Francis is another historic hotel originally opened in 1904 and restored in 1907 after the great quake with the 12 story old building and the 32 story Pacific Tower.

One of my great delights was seeing a rare peregrine falcon on the ledge outside our window during a stay in 2008.



Le Meridien San Francisco, SPG category 5

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San Francisco Bay Bridge seen from Le Meridien San Francisco.

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Top of Le Meridien Hotel reveals its close proximity to San Francisco’s iconic TransAmerica Pyramid skyscraper in the financial district of the city.

Sheraton San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf, SPG category 5

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Most rooms in the four story Sheraton do not have much of a view. Iconic Coit Tower can be seen from a few locations around the hotel. This is the only Starwood Hotel in San Francisco with an outdoor pool. W Hotel, St. Regis and The Palace have indoor pools.

The real advantage of this tourist location at Fisherman’s Wharf is the room rates are typically lower on weekdays November to May than all other San Francisco Starwood Hotels. The hotel is one block away from the waterfront, yet the proximity of the hotel to the Alcatraz Island Prison cruise and tours from the Fisherman’s Wharf area is another feature of this hotel.

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Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary

Starwood Hotels offer many choices in San Francisco.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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  1. While not a true staycation, I’d use them at the Sheraton Tokyo Bay (who knows, maybe I’d move to Tokyo after that and it would count as one).

  2. If this one doesn’t have to be the US, then I’m definitely jonesing for the Sheraton Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Two words: Spa Resort.

  3. I would choose my staycation at the W Hotel San Francisco. I too love night swimming and my gf and I would love to take a night in class from our shared studio apartment! Plus we love starwood properties.

  4. It would be wonderful to stay at the St. Regis in NYC after admiring it from the street for many years!

  5. I would take a staycation at the W in Hoboken, NJ. A wonderful little city in the shadow of the “Big City!”

  6. The Liberty Hotel Boston. Scampo for dinner and the make your own Bloody Mary’s in the weekend.

  7. I would go for the Maxfield Parrish SF since I have never stayed in SF and would love to see the Architecture in the historic Hotel!

  8. If In San Francisco I would probably go for the St. regis, just to be able to experience it. Abroad, I would love to try something in SE Asia, perhaps the Le Meridien at Koh Samui?
    Cheers and Happy Holidays!

  9. I can sneak into the Arion Resort & Spa, Astir Palace, Athens (Starwood’s Luxury Collection) in early April for 17,142 (go figure) a night. That would be my choice.

  10. I’ve already stayed at the W and Westin South of Market in SF so the next logical SPG property would be the St. Regis down the street!

  11. Staycation at the St Regis- SF. We have stayed at every other SPG property in SF except this one. Would love the chance to do so.

  12. I stayed at the Palace in San Fran in 1995 and it was beautiful, but I think the Le Meridien San Francisco would be my next choice…

  13. Perusing the NYT on a Sunday morning whilst sipping coffee prepared by the butler at the St. Regis NY.

  14. I would stay at St Regis Aspen…still disappointed you bloggers continue to take freebies, no matter what you say it has to skew your objectivity, no true journalist would take a freebie. I think The Points Guy survives on freebies

  15. I’d do the Westin just because of Market Street. Pretty centrally located so it would be a nice stay-cation. 🙂

  16. I’ve stayed at the Palace hotel in San Francisco and while a great hotel, I would really love to try the St. Regis…I’m a huge fan of the brand globally

  17. my staycation – which is planned for Nov 2013 is
    W Seattle

    …by train then to

    W San Francisco

    … by train then to

    W San Diego

    and will have a WOW of a time

  18. Stayed at the W in Chicago in Sept and was impressed, W in Houston and wasn’t, so I’d look forward to a staycation with the GF in SF!!! 3rd times gotta be a charm!

  19. I’d staycation at the ALOFT in a suburb outside of Nashville called Franklin/Cool Springs. Franklin was voted one of the top 5 small towns in America! A beautiful, yet trendy, downtown/main street area.

  20. I would stay at the St. Regis as I have visited the other six properties before. Would love to try it out!

  21. I’d stay at the W New York, NY. And enjoy every darn second of it, including a probable celebratory dance in the lobby.

  22. No specific location. But it would have to be someplace warm. I want to get away from Ohio’s winter.
    Probably the Westin Cape Coral Florida.

  23. I would stay at the W in San Francisco. I’ve never stayed in a W before and I was only in San Francisco once – when I was 11!

    Thank you for giving these points agway!

  24. A St Regis anywhere (Lhasa if I had to pick one), simply because it’s the one Starwood brand I’ve never experienced 🙂

  25. San Francisco stole my heart as an 8 year old…i miss living in the bay area so much! I would love to try a stay at The Palace! I have stayed at the St.Regis and Le Meridien is my favorite to return to…always feel welcome there. With so many great places, Starwood makes it hard to choose a regular home away from home.

  26. Definitely the Weston st Francis in one of the classic rooms overlooking union square! It was the place we started on my first trip to SF and it was magical.

  27. I would take a Staycation at the Aloft Washington National Harbor. It would be my first time at that hotel, and the National Harbor has a beautiful waterfront, great restaurants and a fab little dueling piano bar. I would love to treat my girlfriends to a girls weekend out 🙂

  28. I really enjoyed staying at the W hotel in Barcelona and would love to go back. I have also liked the Palace hotel in San Francisco

  29. Le Meridian in San Francisco. Really can’t beat walking out on the patios late at night or early in the morning.

  30. I’d head back to the SR in San Francisco. It had all the smoke and mirrors (toys) a guest could ask for.

  31. Between the Pied Piper painting and the glass dome (would be a nice place for a dance!), I think the Palace looks good. Though the St. Regis Kauai would be nice also. Thanks for the tour of San Francisco’s SPG properties.

  32. I would love to stay in the restored 17th century canal houses of Starwood’s Luxury Hotel Pulitzer on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht Canal.

  33. We have a trip planned to Spain and will be spending 4 nights in Madrid. The Westin Palace Madrid is definitely on our list. 25,000 Starpoints would cover two nights there. I’d only need one SPG Amex to cover the rest!

  34. I’m looking out my window right now at the St. Regis San Francisco. I’d be up for trying one of their rooms.

  35. Moana Surfrider, Island of Oahu, Hawaii. I don’t know what it is about this hotel, but all I wanted to do was stay there instead when my wife and I stayed nearby this summer.

  36. The charm of the Palace lobby really struck me. reminds me of a building you would find in a world’s fair!

  37. The Sheraton San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf – godda be closer to the bread bowls of chowdah!

  38. OHhhh I must check out the The Palace Hotel, San Francisco.. that is just a place to photography heaven

  39. Staycation at the Sheraton Chicago. Shopping, plus a show, plus room service = paradise.

  40. I would need a stay cation at the St Regis Aspen after a hard
    day’s skiing their fantastic slopes.

  41. When I go to SF, I love Le Meridien. It’s a great property and often a good value. Plus, platinum gets us to some amazing suites.

  42. For a staycation I would stay at the Sheraton Suites here in Columbus. Although the short drive for the Sheraton in Erie, PA is mighty tempting.

  43. I would choose The Palace Hotel in San Francisco for its amazing architecture and historic elegance!

  44. I would choose the Hyatt Place in Baton Rouge…or maybe the Westin New Orleans (not a true staycation, but close).

  45. My husband and I are moving to California from NYC soon, and we would stay at the Westin Verasa Napa as a little weekend getaway!

  46. I long to ski the slopes at the wonderful St Regis Aspen. The St Regis line of hotels make you feel like you ccould never leave your room for your whole vacation.

  47. Le Parker Meridien in NYC for me–just steps away from Broadway and so many major theatres!

  48. I would like to use the points for a stay at the St Regis Princeville when I take my winter vacation to Hawaii!