Tag: Starwood

Hotel Review: Sheraton da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

There are not a ton of big chain hotels in Salvador. There are a bunch of big hotels on the beach in the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, and then a bunch of boutique hotels in the old town, Pelourinho, including the well-reviewed Pestana Convento do Carmo.   But about three years ago, Sheraton took over the Hotel
Read More

Four Nights in Brazil, Part 5: Sheraton Iguazu and the Argentine Side of Iguazu Falls

I could have just done a day trip from Foz do Iguassu to the Argentine side of the falls, but I decided that the Sheraton in the park on the Argentine side seemed more relaxing given the extra time I had. And while I had 2 more expensive taxi rides, it wasn’t that much more than
Read More

One City, Three Hotels: Reviews of the Imperial Palace, Four Points by Sheraton Seoul – Namsan, Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro

I spent a total of four nights in Seoul, which ended up being split between three hotels.   The first hotel I booked was the Imperial Palace in Gangnam, for a great rate on Skyauction.com. Unfortunately, when my plans changed and I wanted to add a third night, there were no rates via Skyauction available. Since
Read More

A Tale of Two Hotels: The Wonderful Le Royal Meridien and the Terrible Hilton Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a city of hotels (and not much else). There are tons of options ranging from midrange to high end to super luxury. I was spending three nights in the city- the first on my own, and the next two with my friend. So I considered that an opportunity to try two different
Read More

Hotel Review: The Westin Zagreb, SPG Preferred Rooms, and Sudden Whooshing

Let me preface this post by staying that the Westin Zagreb is a perfectly fine hotel.  It provided the basic amenities that the Maistra Park Hotel Rovinj did not, and at less than half the price.  People were friendly, and the one problem I had was rectified immediately without any problems and with apologies from
Read More

Alaska Trip Report Conclusion: Of Early Morning Fire Drills: The Sheraton Anchorage Review and Delta ANC-SLC-JFK

Alaska Trip Report Conclusion:  Of Early Morning Fire Drills:  The Sheraton Anchorage and Delta ANC-SLC-JFK I arrived in downtown Anchorage at around 5pm, and headed right to my hotel.  Hotels in downtown Anchorage weren’t particularly expensive, and there was a Marriott, a Hilton, and a Sheraton all downtown.  I went with the Sheraton based on
Read More

YWW Does East Asia: The Sheraton Macao Hotel Cotai Central Review — Starwood’s Largest Property in the World

There are two main areas to stay in Macao:  the Macao peninsula, and the Cotai Strip.  Cotai is actually a new area of reclaimed land, and its name is actually a portmanteau of the two (former) islands it connects – Coloane and Taipa.  Cotai is now the home to new mega-Vegas-style casinos and hotels.   Several
Read More

YWW Does East Asia: Trip Report Part 9: Four Points by Sheraton Sukhumvit- Bangkok Review

Bangkok has a ton of relatively affordable hotel options.  That being said, rates were higher the week we were going than usual.  Starwood happens to have an extremely wide footprint in Bangkok, with at least one properties from eight of its nine brands! (There is no “Element” in Bangkok.)  Everyone recommended the Le Meridien in
Read More

100 Free Starwood Preferred Guest Points

Pretty easy.  Just go to this Facebook page and “like” SPG if you don’t already, and fill out the form.    You’ll get 100 points automatically, and be entered to win 100,000!   HT: Lucky

Four Days in San Francisco . . . Part 1

Greetings from the City by the Bay, or more specifically the SFO SkyClub. After a whopping two days in New York after my Brussels trip, I hit the air again for a law conference in San Francisco.   At first, I didn’t even think the trip would merit blogging due to its rather boring nature  from
Read More