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Starwood Adds Design Hotels to SPG Portfolio

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SPG has been in the news a lot lately – whether it be for rumored acquisitions, potential Cyber Monday deals, offering up to 10% off select stays or adding two new hotels in Las Vegas. But today, SPG announced that it has added Design Hotels to its collection, becoming the eleventh brand in the chain’s portfolio. Design Hotels are described as a curated selection of individual hotels that offer cultural authenticity and thought-provoking design and architecture.

The Gramercy Park Hotel, a Design Hotel property. Image courtesy of Boutique Hotels.
The Gramercy Park Hotel, a Design Hotel property. Image courtesy of Design Hotels.

The full Design Hotels portfolio, which has 287 properties worldwide, has yet to be added to SPG. As of today’s soft launch, five properties are available to book with SPG – the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City; the C-Hotel in Lake Como, Italy; the Nira Montana in La Thuile, Italy; the Ten Bompas Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa; and the Kruisherenhotel Maastricht Hotel in Maastricht, Netherlands. SPG will add additional Design Hotels on a regular basis, with 40 projected to join by the beginning of 2016.

SPG Members who book stays at participating Design Hotels will be offered different benefits than they receive at other SPG properties (when booking through Starwood) — here’s the rundown:

Pool at the Nira Montana in La Thuile, Italy, a Design Hotels property. Image courtesy of Design Hotels.
Pool at the Nira Montana in La Thuile, Italy, a Design Hotels property. Image courtesy of Design Hotels.

To book a stay at one of Design Hotel’s properties, go to the new chain’s tab on SPG’s website. When booking, make sure to use the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, which is offering 25,000 points when you make $3,000 in purchases in the first three months or the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express, which is offering 25,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first three months. SPG points are widely regarded as the most valuable loyalty currency, and you can now earn points at some amazing new properties with the addition of Design Hotels.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

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  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
  • Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
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Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 15.74%-19.74% Variable $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. 0% Excellent Credit