SPG Hot Escapes: The “Hey … I’ve Been There” Edition

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It’s Wednesday. It’s raining on the East Coast. I’ve been to Venice, Madrid and Abu Dhabi in the past six weeks. I’m in a rut. I decided to look at this week’s SPG Hot Escapes hoping for vacation inspiration and maybe even someplace sunny.

Every week SPG offers savings at select properties over the six weeks, which are bookable now through Saturday. Also, make sure you are signed up for the Starwood “More for You” promotion where you can earn double or triple Starpoints on stays of two nights or more. Register by October 31 for stays until December 15.  Meanwhile …

Offer Details for SPG Hot Escapes:

  • Weekly savings start at 20% off – and this week the biggest savings is 69% off
  • SPG members save more and earn Starpoints
  • Stay over the next 6 weeks at resorts and weekends at hotel

As I look down the list of SPG Hot Escapes I couldn’t help but think … hey, I’ve been there.  So here is this week’s random list of Starwoods where I’ve actually stayed before …

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 1.08.02 PMProperty: Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel
SPG member rate: $ 87 per night; Non-member rate: $ 92 per night

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 1.10.02 PMProperty: Four Points by Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport
SPG member rate: $ 95 per night; Non-member rate: $ 100 per night

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 1.17.22 PMProperty: Le Méridien Barcelona
SPG member rate: $ 171 per night; Non-member rate: $ 179 per night

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 1.26.16 PMProperty: Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai
SPG member rate: $ 81 per night; Non-member rate: $ 85 per night

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 1.21.10 PMProperty: The Westin Atlanta Airport
SPG member rate: $ 60 per night; Non-member rate: $ 63 per night

Bottom Line

There is one bonus property that I want to list under the category of “hey, I want to go there” and it meets my personal criteria because it’s most likely sunny there during the day. It’s also the hotel that was listed at 69% off of the regular rate of $495 per night. And of course, it has the high negative factor of being so far away … and the fact that I had to google it to figure out where in Thailand it is – about 125 miles south of Bangkok.

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 1.37.10 PMProperty: Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
SPG member rate: $ 129 per night; Non-member rate: $ 136 per night

If you are short on elite status, and mattress running isn’t going to cut it, consider the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from Amex which gives 5 elite qualifying nights, and 2 stay credits just for having the card. The Platinum Card from American Express offers complimentary annual SPG Gold status just for having the card, so that is something else to consider.

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