Testing out First-Of-Its-Kind Smart Room Technology at the Aloft Boston Seaport

Over the past few years, Starwood Preferred Guest has been ramping up its efforts to be ahead of the competition as far as technologically-savvy properties go. In 2015, Starwood gave a preview of its products of the future, including keyless entry, colored LED lights and USB power outlets just to name a few. And, the brand is only continuing…

Review: An Overnight Stay at the Aloft Panama City, Panama

TO THE POINT: The Aloft Panama is a great base for exploring the Panama Canal and was a nice spot to rest during my epic mileage run. The pros: sleek, stylish rooms with an ultra-modern design and a complimentary SPG platinum upgrade to an Aloft suite. The cons: lousy views of the ocean and a sketchy-looking spot…

Review: A Large Loft Room at the Andaz Napa

TO THE POINT:  We loved the Andaz Napa’s central location, comfortable loft-style room and generous selection of elite benefits. The pros: great location in downtown Napa, friendly staff, nice Diamond benefits. The cons: No real drawbacks — we had a great stay! TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert shares the details of a recent…

Review: The Andaz San Diego Boutique Hotel

TO THE POINT: Our four-night stay at the Andaz San Diego was a great opportunity to use Citi Prestige’s 4th night free benefit, as well as a leftover Hyatt Diamond Suite Upgrade. The pros: a great location at the edge of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, a real front desk at check-in and an overall great Andaz experience. The cons: none,…

Review: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

TO THE POINT: A Category 6 property located on the Hawaii’s Valley Isle, the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort provides everything you’d need for what should have been the perfect family beach getaway. The pros: fabulous sunset views, flower leis at check-in and locally sourced bath products. The cons: a hefty $40 daily resort fee and lousy…

Review: Wynn Las Vegas

TPG Contributor Nick Ellis recently returned from his second trip to Sin City within a two-week period. Here’s his review of a stay at the Wynn Las Vegas. Just 10 short days after visiting Las Vegas with Team TPG for Vegas Uncork’d, I was scheduled to return to Sin City to celebrate my birthday with family and friends….

Review: The Palazzo Las Vegas

In April, TPG Editorial Intern Nick Ellis and several other TPG staff members took a food-fueled trip to Las Vegas with Chase Sapphire Preferred and visited their Vegas Uncork’d event. Knowing they were all going to be in Sin City at the same time for the same event, they chose to stay in three different hotels — all in the name of…

Review: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas — Terrace One Bedroom

In April, TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt and several other TPG staffers took a food-fueled trip to Las Vegas with Chase Sapphire Preferred at Vegas Uncork’d. Knowing they were all going to be in Sin City at the same time for the same event, they chose to stay in three different hotels — all in the name of…

Review: Andaz 5th Avenue, New York City

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen and his family recently spent one night at the Andaz 5th Avenue in New York City. Read on for his impressions. (All photos are by the author.) I grew up just outside New York City and when my wife and I decided to take Evy up to see the family…

Review: Hotel Americano, New York City

On a recent trip to New York City, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen had a chance to stay at one of Starwood’s latest member properties, Hotel Americano. Here’s his review. (All photos are by the author). Back in November, Starwood Preferred Guest added Design Hotels as the eleventh brand in its collection. While Design Hotels encompasses nearly 300…