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Trip Report – Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park – Another Awesome Sheraton

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The “updated” Sheraton brand keeps upping their game with each one of my last four stays and this one was no exception. Clean, modern, comfortable rooms with amazing service, I really think I’ve liked all of my last Sheraton stays more so than my most recent Westin stays (disclosure they have all been new or…

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Why Did Marriott Really Buy Starwood?

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Benzinga reports that Form S-4 (filed with the SEC during a business combination) associated with the Marriott/Starwood merger notes that Starwood received a better offer price, but still accepted Marriott’s offer due to their “strong management team, lower execution risk, greater resulting company scale and diversification, synergies, and asset light portfolio.” So why then did Marriott really…

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Starwood Discloses Data Breach at 54 Hotels

Here’s the statement just released from Starwood and you can check the impacted properties here: Dear Starwood Customers: We recently became aware of a malware intrusion that affected some point of sale systems at a limited number of Starwood hotels in North America. Promptly after discovering the issue, we engaged third-party forensic experts to conduct…

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Marriott – “We will take the best of both programs, bests preserved”, Acknowledges SPG Elite Value

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Not sure how many of you listened to the conference call this morning, but there was not much new information aside from what has already been shared via the early morning press release. However, one interesting tidbit seems to be that the SPG program actually played a part in Marriott’s desire to acquire Starwood. Marriott’s CEO said that…

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Breaking: Marriott to Acquire Starwood Hotels in $12.2B Deal w/ 5,500 Combined Properties

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Well, we thought it was going to be Hyatt, IHG, or a Chinese investment firm, but in a surprise this morning, we learn that Marriott will acquire Starwood in a $12.2B deal. Their combined footprint will include 5,500 properties (1,270 Starwood / 4,300 Marriott) with 1.1M rooms in 100+ countries across 30 brands. The deal is…

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Many New SPG Property Announcements – Maldives, Costa Rica, Belgrade, Los Cabos, Georgia, Spain, & Egypt

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It’s been about six months since we’ve taken a look at announcements for new properties coming to the Starwood brands.  This edition has lots of exciting upcoming properties where we will one day be able to redeem SPG points, but let’s start with the recently opened: St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya opened at the end of…

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More on Starwood’s New “Sheraton Grand” Brand

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Back in August, Starwood announced that the best and most luxurious Sheraton hotels would be re-branded as Sheraton Grand properties. During that announcement, Starwood noted that the hotels selected offered amazing locations, exemplary customer service and satisfaction, stellar gyms and spas, and rooms with “sophisticated design and precision workmanship.” “Sheraton is Starwood’s largest and most…

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My Experience Booking SPG Hotel Award Reservations for Someone Else – Confirmed at Gritti Palace!

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points are some of the most sought after for the frequent traveler, in part because they have some fabulous aspirational properties around the world.  For my parents, who recently went on a Mediterranean cruise that ended in Venice, Italy, the opportunity to stay at The Gritti Palace was one they were…

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