The new format with SPG Hot Escapes combining limited time offers for discount hotel rates that were previously known as Starpicks and Beat the Timer needs some improved navigation tools.
Does SPG have the objective to increase the time stayed on the SPG Hot Escapes website searching for hotel offers?
There is a way to see all the hotels on one list if you can find the not so obvious link.
Click on the button at the right side of the page to “View All Deals”.
Or simply remember this link: http://www.spghotescapes.com/all
Do you shop for hotels by adjectives?
Hotels are listed in categories along the side with adjective descriptors like Beach, City, Spa, Romantic Getaway, Family and Outdoor Adventure.
Or the website visitor is asked to “Search for a destination”.
I type in Europe and no hotels are found. I pick a country like Germany and I get one hotel found.
I type USA and 15 hotels return in a search. That seems like a low number of hotels participating this week in SPG Hot Escapes.
Last week there were 128 hotels offered through SPG Hot Escapes. This week there are 34 hotels with 15 hotels in the United States.
- W Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona $197/$207
- Four Points by Sheraton San Jose – Silicon Valley, San Jose, California $79/$83
- Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado $113/$119
- Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach, Cocoa Beach, Florida $65/$68
- The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida $166/$175
- Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown, Tallahassee, Florida $98/$103
- W Atlanta – Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia $113/$119
- Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, Georgia $68/$71
- Aloft Leawood-Overland Park, Leawood, Kansas $75/$79
- The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Henderson, Nevada $96/$101
- Four Points by Sheraton San Antonio Airport, San Antonio, Texas $75/$79
- The St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah $175/$184
- Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia $71/$75
- The Westin Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia $98/$103
- W Washington D.C., Washington, District of Columbia $204/$215
There are some low rates listed here, yet when the rate is selected a calendar for October and November reveals these rates may only be available for a couple of dates over the next six weeks.
W Atlanta Buckhead advertised as $113, yet calendar reveals this rate is only valid for two Saturday dates over the next six weeks. The colored dates have a rate range from $113 to $227.
I found this common among several hotels where the low rate advertised is only available for two nights out of six weeks.
- Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina $209/$220
- Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center. Buenos Aires, Argentina $137/$144
- Sheraton Mendoza Hotel, Mendoza, Argentina $99/$104
- Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada $87/$92
- W Paris – Opéra, Paris, France $340/$358
- Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris, France $639/$672
- Sheraton Frankfurt Congress Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany $118/$125
- Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands $287/$302
- Hotel President Wilson, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland $318/$335
- W St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation $170/$179
- Le Royal Méridien Shanghai, China $181/$190
- The Astor Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin, China $118/$125
- Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort, Wanning Shenzhou Peninsula, Hainan, China $120/$126
- Le Méridien Jaipur, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India $139/$146
- Le Méridien Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia $99/$104
- Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia $146/$154
- Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia $140/$147
- The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, Langkawi, Malaysia $179/$189
- Four Points by Sheraton Penang, Penang, Malaysia $60/$63
There are 15 USA hotels and 19 international hotels for 34 Starwood Hotels available during this week’s SPG Hot Escapes. Last week there were 128 hotels.
Why not make a simple list of the 34 hotels easy to find by country, state and city for the website visitor?
Instead SPG Hot Escapes designates these 34 hotels among 10 categories.
- Featured Deals (4 hotels)
- Beach (6 hotels)
- City (21 hotels)
- Romantic Getaway (5 hotels)
- Golf (2 hotels)
- Ski (0 hotels)
- Spa (9 hotels)
- Family (14 hotels)
- Resort (7 hotels)
- Outdoor Adventure (3 hotels)
71 hotels listed in these ten categories means some of the 34 unique hotels available this week with SPG Hot Escapes appear on at least three different lists.
Do travelers really plan hotel stays by these categories? Really? Especially considering these rates are only available over a six week period.
I still think geography is the driving force for hotel travel plans. I get the idea that Starwood Hotels may want guests thinking of their properties as beach and golf locations, but at least give us an easy way to see hotels geographically.
This SPG Hot Escapes layout is a real time waster.
SPG Hot Escapes T&C
- Book Wednesday to Saturday.
- Hotels are available until midnight hotel local time Saturday.
- Savings start at 20%.
- Extra 5% savings for SPG members.
- HOT Escapes rates are prepaid, nonrefundable.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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