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It's Regent vs. Starwood in a Battle for The Venice Lido

Where: Lido, Venice, Veneto, Italy
June 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Excelsior, up for sale

Last week we learned that one struggling Venice island hotel had finally had its prince come along, in the shape of St Regis, and it got us thinking: what’s happening with the grande dames of the Lido?

The glorious old Hotel des Bains – which was the setting for Death in Venice and, more recently, one of the venues of the Venice Film Festival – closed in 2010, to be redeveloped into luxury apartments within a year.

But in Venice a few months ago, we couldn’t help noticing that it was still a building site.

Meanwhile, the Excelsior, which was a Starwood property until 2008 (along with the des Bains) is still operating, but up for sale.

According to Il Sole 24 Ore, everything is up in the air. There’s some complicated real estate fund stuff going on, but basically Est Capital, which bought the properties off Starwood, has foundered, and they’ve been passed to Hines Sgr, which is mulling over the options.

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Have a Tipple Today and Get a Tote at W New York

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  Site Where: 541 Lexington Avenue [map], New York, New York, United States, 10022
June 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

British-born, NYC-based artist Shantell Martin has designed a stream-of-consciousness-type summer tote exclusively for W New York. As an added bonus it's filled with sweet treats and summer essentials for a weekend getaway:

- Sugarfina Candy Cubes (Champagne Bubbles, Martini Olive Almonds, Peach Bellinis, Sugar Lips, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, and Robin’s Egg Caramels)

- Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen

- AMAzon Coconut Water

- Never Hungover hangover prevention

So how do you get ‘em? It’s remarkably simple: stop in at the W New York’s newly reno’ed Living Room on Fridays between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., order a cocktail, and presto! A tote bag arrives. This will only last until supplies run out, but we’ve been promised that they have a goodly sum available.

[Photo: W New York]

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St Regis Takes On Venice's San Clemente Palace, But Will It Reopen This Month?

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  Site Where: Isola di San Clemente 1, Venice, Italy, 30124
June 3, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comment (1)

If there were one major European city where we’d pick a hotel for its far out, rather than central, location, Venice would probably be it. La Serenissima, as everyone who’s elbowed their way through the crowds on the Riva degli Schiavoni or queued to walk across the Rialto bridge will know, is anything but calm in the touristy bits.

That’s why the San Clemente Palace – far from the madding crowd on a private island, only accessible by its own shuttle – has always sounded ideal to us. A 17th-century monastery (though island life dates back to the 1100s), it sits in the lagoon between Giudecca and the Lido – about a 12-minute boatride to San Marco on the hotel’s private shuttle.

And now it’s got a little more ideal with the news that, following an 18-month, €25m refurbishment after it ran out of money in 2012, it’s reopening as a St Regis property – mmm, butler service – on June 15. (Somehow, Starwood has won out over Four Seasons, which initially was slated to take it on.)

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The Lanesborough London's Reopening Has Been Delayed Until March 2015

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
May 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Having closed just before Christmas last year, The Lanesborough London has been hiding under scaffolding and protective wrapping for its extensive renovations.

At the time of closure – and based on a sign that was displayed on its front door until not too long ago – we had hoped for a return just before the 2014 festive season. But the first delay is already in the bag: the hotel’s website now talks about reopening on March 31, 2015.

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The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel London Is Finally Up for a Renovation

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  Site Where: Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom, W1J 7BX
May 22, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Lanesborough may have closed late last year for its year and a half overhaul, but it looks like another Starwood sibling in London will finally be getting its turn to go in for a little refresh too: the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel will start a full renovation this autumn.

Technically on Piccadilly and not Park Lane, the hotel’s snooze-inducing décor in its 303 guestrooms (which is much less fresh-looking than the above image would suggest) is not something that many will miss we think.

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Get 30 Percent Off in NYC with Starwood's 'Suite Week'

April 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Restaurant Week, Broadway Week et al are now all old hat. Courtesy of Starwood Hotels, we now have a new sweet promotion to spend our money on: Suite Week.

From now through April 29th, you can book a future stay (through March 31st, 2015) in a suite at any Starwood property in the New York City area for 30 percent off best available rate. Just book as normal through the hotels' websites.

Each hotel will also be creating its own package that comes with early check-in, late check-out, complimentary WiFi, complimentary parking and then three unique amenities that are specific to each hotel. Here's the rundown:

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'Ok Glass, Access My Starpoints': SPG Creates an App for Google Glass

April 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Google Glass hit the market for the general public yesterday for one day only (and for $1,500 a fully tricked out pair) and already, a hotel brand is catering to the Glassholes new owners.

Starwood Preferred Guest announced this morning that they will soon be releasing its SPG app for Google Glass. Here's what you'll be able to do with Glass and SPG:

· Search and Book: Voice search Starwood's 1,150+ hotels worldwide and then book your room
· Explore: Get turn-by-turn directions to any hotel and explore photos of amenities, rooms or local areas
· Check Your Account: Access your Starpoints balance
· State Aware: The state aware technology already found on SPG's mobile app will be implemented here so guests can display upcoming stay details, recognize arrival, and customize experience.

In essence, it's not that much different from what you do on your phone, except you'll be showing off your Glass-ware.

The app has not yet been released to the Google Glass store but it is coming soon. SPG's Glass website also says that the app will be updated based on member feedback and of course, any new Glass features that come out.

[Photo: SPG for Glass]

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The Hotel's Response to Our Less-Than-Stellar Stay in Brisbane

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  Site Where: 99 Mary Street, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 4000
March 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we shared our experience checking out Brisbane's newest hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton.

Our stay wasn't perfect. When we highlighted our minor issues, it caused quite a stir amongst our readers. We later opted to let the property know, via an email survey, what we usually expect from Starwood Hotels and other international hotel chains and why this stay fell short.

Since then, we've been in contact with the Four Points' general manager (who also saw our story on HotelChatter.) In true form of a good hotelier, he not only took the feedback on to ensure it doesn't happen again, but also explained why we experienced the hiccups. Here are the responses:

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Aloft Calgary To Open In April As Per Starwood’s 'Go Big Or Go Home' Goal

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  Site Where: 2359 Banff Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2M 4L2
March 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re hearing a lot about Aloft Hotels these days and here’s why: Starwood is planning to open 100 Aloft Hotels in 14 countries by the end of 2014. That’s a big shout-out to you, Gen Yers, since Starwood's building 'em mostly for you.

So without further adieu, here comes Aloft Calgary University, set to open on April 17—the first Aloft in Western Canada and the third to debut in the country.

Like all of the Aloft properties, you can expect modern design, loads of tech, and local live music at its signature W XYZ bar. You’ll also find a 24/7 pantry for when you have the munchies, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, full-service day spa, spin studio and a casual eatery on the second level of the hotel.

The Aloft Calgary University will have 143 loft-inspired rooms each with a walk-in shower, Bliss toiletries, free and, they’re promising, fast WiFi, and plug & play charging stations that connect to the 42” LCD TV.

Rates in May start at $189 CAD, but we say go the distance and have breakfast included for $199 CAD.

{Rendering: Starwood Hotels & Resorts]

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W's Upside Down Amsterdam Hotel Coming in Fall 2015

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  Site Where: Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam, NH, Netherlands, 1012 VN
February 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

We already showed you what W Hotels’ entry into Amsterdam is going to look like, but now it is official: Starwood has announced it is opening its Dutch W outpost in the second half of next year.

The first rendering (we have a picture from almost exactly the same angle just below) also clearly shows the all-glass top floor that will be added to create an ‘upside down’ hotel with Living Room lobby, restaurant, and bar all on the hotel’s rooftop.

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Wave Goodbye to the Room Key and Wave Your Smartphone Instead at Aloft Hotels

January 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

In case you've already forgotten, our #6 resolution for hotels to adopt was more mobile check-ins with "bonus points if they offer keyless entry too." Well, it looks like Starwood Hotels will be getting an envelope of bonus points from us.

The hotel brand announced yesterday that members of its Starwood Preferred Guest program will be able to test a Keyless Mobile Check-In via the SPG smartphone app. Take a look at how it will work:

It's not that much different from the Smart Check-In that Starwood first started doing with its Aloft brand, except the app replaces the special SPG member keycard.

Starwood will be testing this new keyless technology at Aloft hotels in early 2014 with plans to roll it out in Aloft and W Hotels after that. You can apply to be a tester here but you have to be an SPG member first.

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Arrivals, Departures, and Renovations: Latest Hotels News from Philly to Bermuda

January 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM | by | Comment (1)

It’s Monday morning and there is tons of hotel news flying around, so to get the week off to a good start we have the latest for you from Philadelphia to Bermuda and Indianapolis to Kuala Lumpur.

The debate on which Philadelphia hotel has the best view we think may permanently shift in a few years’ time, with the announcement that Comcast is building a second skyscraper – 59 stories tall – that will house a new Four Seasons Hotel on its top fifteen floors. Furthest up is the above top-floor restaurant, in what we assume is one of 13 three-story “sky gardens” the building will feature. Located at 18th and Arch, it will be the tallest building in Philadelphia, and the tallest in the United States outside New York and Chicago.

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