5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in Los Angeles

In the latest installment of our Points and Miles Destination Guide series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in Los Angeles.  Los Angeles is one of the most iconic American destinations; a melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds that all combine into something uniquely Californian. Having spent my own college…

Starwood Adds 5 More Design Hotels Around the World

Starwood added a few more properties to its collection of Design Hotels this week. Earlier this year, the chain announced that its would be partnering up with unique hotels around the world, initially adding 5 new properties to Starwood’s portfolio, including 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…

Should You Be Expected to Tip in a Hotel Club Lounge?

Hotel club lounges often have tip jars for guests to thank lounge employees for their service, but TPG Contributor Cindy Gossett recently discovered a more overt request for tips in the Club Lounge at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. As a long-time Starwood Platinum, I’ve stayed in a lot of SPG hotels. Recently, I had an…

World’s Most Unusual Hotels: Hotel de Glace — Quebec, Canada

Our new monthly series from TPG Contributor Lori Zaino, “World’s Most Unusual Hotels,” features some of the world’s craziest, most original hotels around the world, perfect for adventurous travelers who are ready for a little something different. (Except where noted, all photos are courtesy of the hotel.) Ice hotels are a hot trend in cold, Nordic spots like Sweden,…

Earn 2,015 Starpoints on Your Next SPG Stay in 2015

Starwood just launched another points promotion for guests. The hotel chain often awards its guests bonus points for completing certain tasks, ranging from trying out SPG Keyless to staying at a new Tribute Portfolio property. This latest promotion is a bit simpler than most – through the end of the year, SPG members can earn 2,015 Starpoints for simply registering online before your…

Get 2,500 Free Starpoints for Trying SPG Keyless

Around this time last year, Starwood began rolling out SPG Keyless, which lets you skip the front desk and unlock your room door at select hotels using your smartphone or Apple Watch. Now, to help drum up interest for the new service, the chain is offering 2,500 bonus Starpoints when you book a stay at a participating…

Marriott’s CEO on the Future of Marriott Rewards and SPG

What will happen to the Starwood Preferred Guest program after Marriott’s planned acquisition in 2016? It’s a question on everyone’s mind this week, as two of the largest hotel chains in the world are set to combine in the middle of next year. While the new hotel giant won’t merge the Marriott Rewards and Starwood…

Marriott Announces Plan to Acquire Starwood Hotels

It’s not IHG, Hyatt, or a mysterious group of Chinese investors. No — the company that will acquire Starwood’s portfolio of 1,270 properties is Marriott, creating the world’s largest hotel company when the deal is complete in mid-2016. Once the merger is complete, the combined chain will manage more than 5,500 properties with a grand total of…

Starwood Teases Cyber Monday Deals for 2015

Last week, Hilton unveiled its Cyber Monday sale plans, and today Starwood is chiming in with its own post-Thanksgiving deals. During the promo period, you’ll be able to book discounted rates at properties around the world. The exact hotels and destinations participating in the promotion will remain a mystery until the sale goes live, but there’s still quite…

Hotel Review: A Week at the Sheraton Maui

This past summer, during the TPG interns’ trip to the Hawaiian island of Maui, recently promoted TPG Assistant Editor Matthew Zuzolo stayed seven nights at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa located on Lahaina’s Ka’anapali Beach  — and here’s his review of the experience.  Set on the western coast of Maui in the tourist town of Lahaina, about an hour’s drive from…