A Sheraton Club Perk: Learning the Secrets of 'Homeland'
Homeland fans staying at the Sheraton Tribeca last week got to experience a super special fan moment.
Actors Navid Negahban who plays terrorist Abu Nazir, and Nazanin Boniadi, who plays CIA analyst Fara Sherazi, were joined by former CIA Directorate of Operations Jack Devine, and journalist and former government official John Miller (hunky Damian Lewis, alas, was not present). Together they discuss the television series as well as -- amongst other things -- issues of national security, interviewing Osama bin Laden (Miller in 1998), representations of strong female Muslim characters on television and plotholes.
"There's no cell phones allowed in CIA buildings," Miller pointed out. "However, I've learned that every time I see something on the show and say that would never happen, I read about it in the New York Times six months later." Yikes!
Guests staying on the Club Floors were given the opportunity to ask the panelists questions and mingle afterwards during the Sheraton Social Hour while sipping on Sheraton Selects wines.
Unlike the Moments by SPG program run by Starwood Preferred Guests, SPG members did not have to cash in their hard-earned points to have a seat at the panel -- it was just a lucky perk of staying on the Club Floor at the right time. Starwood Hotels actually have a partnership with Showtime so expect more of these special events to come.
The Sheraton Tribeca Hotel Lounge is located on private key access floors with great views. Here's the view from the patio:
Guests staying on the club floors receive complimentary breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres in the lounge. November rates for the Club Floor at the Sheraton Tribeca start at $455 a night.