Starwood Hotels today officially launched its SPG Keyless service, allowing guests to skip check-in and use their iPhone, Droid, or Apple Watch (coming later in 2015) to unlock their hotel room doors. There are currently only 10 properties participating, however in 2015 all Aloft, Element, and W hotels and resorts are scheduled to launch SPG Keyless…. Read full article

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I rarely book travel more than a few weeks out (generally the best time for premium airline award availability), but I’ve just locked in the Santa Marina Luxury Collection in Mykonos for next August! It was not an easy process but everyone was very helpful. When I first started looking at the hotel a few… Read full article

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Starwood is rolling out two robotic “Botlrs” named A.L.O. at the Palo Alto Aloft. The robotic butlers, built by Savioke, are able to perform tasks in the front of the house and the back of the house, as well as navigate around guests and use elevators. Wochit reports that for the most part the Botlrs will… Read full article

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This is part five of a thirteen part trip report from my third and most recent trip back to Thailand and includes my stay at the W Bangkok which opened in December 2012.  British Airways Terraces Lounge JFK Cathay Pacific Business Class JFK – Hong Kong (HKG) B777-300ER The Bridge, Cathay Pacific’s Newest Lounge at Hong Kong… Read full article

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These are some pretty fantastic views of Lake Michigan, but the view will be even better for tonight’s 4th of July fireworks celebration. I checked in and was upgraded this morning before 9am to a room on the 32nd floor (no suites were available). Pretty sweet vista upon entering…those boats are snagging spots for tonight’s show: The trip was… Read full article

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Another generous check-out for a Platinum member by Starwood! It’s 11pm here in Bangkok and I just checked out of the W Bangkok 2 1/2 hours ago at 8:30pm. When I first checked in they asked me whether I’d be flying out of Bangkok the day that I was checking out. I thought it was… Read full article

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Pretty cool tablet to control everything in my room at the W Bangkok, from lighting to A/C and messaging. I’ve had other recent stays at W hotels, but they’ve been a bit older than this one which opened in December 2012 and had no tablets. Tablets are by Archos…  

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This is part eleven of a fifteen part trip report from my travels to the Maldives and Dubai. This picture report covers the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort in Dubai. This one night stay was unique in that we received two nights while redeeming points for only one. Trip Report – United Economy Plus JFK-LAX Korean… Read full article

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It’s hotel promo reminder time! Check out the rundown of the numerous Q1 promos that have been released across all the major hotel brands: Hyatt – Endless Possibilities Promotion  – Choose Free Nights – Earn a free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel after you stay five eligible nights. Enjoy 4 free nights (valid through… Read full article

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Starwood is opening one hotel in China every two weeks, Hilton plans to go from 39 to 150 properties, and InterContinental is doubling its hotels in China to 400 over the next three to five years. Overcapacity or just fueling business need? From the Asian Review: In the northeastern port city of Dalian, a Ritz-Carlton,… Read full article

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It’s hotel promo time! Check out the tips, strategies, and details for each of the numerous Q1 promos that have been released across all the major hotel brands. Hyatt – Endless Possibilities Promotion  – Choose Free Nights – Earn a free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel after you stay five eligible nights. Enjoy 4… Read full article

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