Starwood Preferred Guest is one of my favorite hotel loyalty programs, next to Hyatt Gold Passport. Their loyalty currency, Starpoints, are difficult to earn in bulk as you can only earn them primarily by staying at their hotels and spending on their credit card (their co-branded AMEX doesn’t have any bonus categories). So, when they readjust categories each year, it’s a big deal, especially if one of the properties you have your eye on is affected by the changes. SPG announced earlier today their category changes for 2015 on Milepoint. […]
Starwood Hotels & Resorts continues to practice a strategy they and Hyatt have employed frequently of late with the sale of the St. Regis Rome to Constellation Hotels. The price was about $150 million, or just about $1 million “per key” for the 161-room property. For Starwood Preferred Guest fans, don’t worry. There’s a long-term contract to keep this hotel in the SPG family. More interesting to me was the news that Constellation plans more renovations to the property: The St. Regis, Rome was originally opened as the Grand Hotel […]
The St. Regis Rome is one of those truly special historical properties that also offers an unparalleled level of service and room quality. If you like great hotels, this is one to save up for and anchor to the bucket list.