Posted by Ric Garrido

SPG Hot Escapes is still screwing around with their website. This week the “See All” button is removed which forces visitors to go through each page of properties. I kind of felt that was the website’s intention the first week of SPG Hot Escapes. This week’s change makes that more evident.

This weekly promotion seems more of an effort to get people to think of their properties in terms of vacation categories rather than bring people to the site for hotel discount rates. I think every Starwood Hotel in Canada is on this list, but the categorization leaves something to be desired.

Four Points Calgary Airport as a ‘romantic getaway’ destination. Seriously?

Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls is found in the Family Destination category. My parents remember that hotel as the romantic spot they vacationed.

Sheraton Ottawa is only listed under Family Hotels and not in the City hotels section.

Aloft Chapel Hill in the Family section. These rooms barely accommodate one person, let alone a family.

The person in charge of organizing these hotels is an idiot and obviously does not use the website. Who has time to go through the different categories searching for hotels which may only appear in one randomly assigned category?

Come on Starwood. You can do better than this.

At least bring back the button to place all the hotels on one page. That “All List” button was useful and it is not there this week.

It is sort of misleading to entice people into SPG Hot Escapes by the rate shown to only find the low rate available one or two dates. For example Sheraton Times Square New York is a steep discount at $136 per night, however, that rate is only available November 25 and 26.

Albania

  • Sheraton Tirana Hotel, Tirana, Albania $122
Australia
  • Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia $158
Belgium 
  • Sheraton Brussels Hotel, Brussels, Belgium $84
  • Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel, Brussels, Belgium $115
  • Aloft Brussels Schuman, Brussels, Belgium $75
  • Four Points by Sheraton Brussels, Brussels, Belgium $76
  • Le Méridien Brussels, Brussels, Belgium $120
Canada
  • The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain, Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada $135
  • Four Points by Sheraton Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada $73
  • Aloft Montréal Airport, Montréal, Quebec, Canada $94
  • The Westin Grand, Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada $127
  • The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada $127
  • Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada $84
  • Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada $108
  • W Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada $181
  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada $116
  • Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada $94
  • Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada $105
  • Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada $101
  • The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada $130
  • Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada $83
  • Le Westin Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada $105
  • Le Méridien Versailles, Montreal, Quebec, Canada $108
  • Four Points by Sheraton Saskatoon, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada $98
  • The Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada $87
  • The Westin Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada $87
  • Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada $79
  • Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg South, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada $73
  • Four Points by Sheraton Calgary Airport, Calgary, Alberta, Canada $87
  • Four Points by Sheraton Cambridge Kitchener, Ontario $72
  • Four Points by Sheraton St. Catharines Niagara Suites, Thorold, Ontario, Canada $73
  • Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Suites Calgary West, Calgary, Alberta, Canada $94
  • The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada $87
  • Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada $94
  • Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada $108
China
  • The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai, China $156
  • Sheraton Sanya Haitang Bay Resort, Sanya Haitang Bay, Hainan, China $138
  • Sheraton Qingdao Jiaozhou Hotel, Qingdao, Shandong, China $90
  • Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Wanning Shimei Bay, Hainan, China $170
  • Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula, Wanning Shenzhou Peninsula, Hainan, China $82
  • Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort, Wanning Shenzhou Peninsula, Hainan, China $120
  • Four Points by Sheraton Hainan, Sanya, Sanya Bay, Hainan, China $106
  • Sheraton Huizhou Beach Resort, Huizhou, Guangdong, China $98
  • Le Royal Méridien Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai, China $153
  • The St. Regis Beijing, Beijing, Beijing, China $175
  • The Astor Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin, Tianjin, China $119
  • Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, Hong Kong, Hong Kong $196
  • The Westin Beijing Chaoyang, Beijing, Beijing, China $170
  • Le Méridien Cyberport, Hong Kong, Hong Kong $157
  • Sheraton Qiandao Lake Resort, Qiandao Lake, Zhejiang, China $80

Fiji

  • The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji, Nadi, Fiji $125

France

  • Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, Paris, France $217
  • Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris, France $620
  • Le Méridien Etoile, Paris, France $194

Germany

  • The Westin Grand, Berlin, Berlin, Germany $132
  • The Westin Grand Frankfurt. Frankfurt, Germany $166
  • Le Méridien Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany $153
  • Sheraton Munich Airport Hotel, Munich, Germany $81
  • Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel, Munich, Germany $89
India
  • The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Haryana, India $122
Indonesia
  • Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia $142
  • Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia $136
  • Le Méridien Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia $99
  • W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia $238

Italy

  • Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy $92
  • Sheraton Diana Majestic, Milan, Italy $98
  • The Westin Palace, Milan, Italy $159
  • Sheraton Padova Hotel & Conference Center, Padova, Italy $76
  • The Westin Excelsior, Rome, Rome, Italy $274
  • Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center, Rome, Italy $89
  • The St. Regis Rome, Rome, Italy $303

Malaysia

  • The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, Langkawi, Malaysia $179
  • Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $90

Mexico

  • The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa, Cancun, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico $143

Netherlands

  • Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands $286
  • Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center,  Amsterdam, Netherlands $143
  • Hotel Des Indes, a Luxury Collection Hotel, The Hague, The Hague, Netherlands $135

Panama

  • Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center, Panama City, Panama $117

Portugal

  • Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa, Porto, Portugal $90

Qatar

  • W Doha Hotel & Residences, Doha, Qatar $209

Russia

  • Sheraton Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel, Moscow, Russian Federation $126

Singapore

  • Sheraton Towers Singapore, Singapore $166
  • W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, Singapore, Singapore $269

Slovakia

  • Sheraton Bratislava Hotel, Bratislava, Slovakia $112

South Korea

  • Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel, Seoul, South Korea $160

Spain

  • Le Méridien Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain $194
  • The Westin Palace, Madrid, Madrid, Spain $204
  • The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, Mallorca, Spain $282

Switzerland

  • Hotel President Wilson, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland $308
  • Sheraton Zurich Neues Schloss Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland $156
  • Four Points By Sheraton Sihlcity – Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland $155
  • Sheraton Davos Hotel Waldhuus, Davos-Platz, Switzerland $162

Thailand

  • Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Bangkok, Thailand $122

United Arab Emirates

  • Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates $79
  • The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates $211

United Kingdom

  • Sheraton Heathrow Hotel, London Heathrow, England, United Kingdom $66
  • Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom $225

United States

  • Aloft Birmingham Soho Square, Homewood, Alabama, United States $90
  • The Westin Long Beach, Long Beach, California, United States $98
  • The Westin San Diego, San Diego, California, United States $94
  • Four Points by Sheraton San Jose – Silicon Valley, San Jose, California, United States $83
  • The Westin Denver Downtown, Denver, Colorado, United States $128
  • SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States $275
  • Element Denver Park Meadows, Lone Tree, Colorado, United States $54
  • The Westin Westminster, Westminster, Colorado, United States $72
  • The Westin Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida, United States $106
  • Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, Tampa, Florida, United States $83
  • Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach, Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States $65
  • Sheraton Orlando North Hotel, Maitland, Florida, United States $64
  • Aloft Miami – Brickell, Miami, Florida, United States $121
  • Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown, Tallahassee, Florida, United States $79
  • Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel, Dania, Florida, United States $68
  • The Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida, United States $81
  • Sheraton Suites Plantation, Plantation, Florida, United States $94
  • Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, Tampa, Florida, United States $83
  • The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Savannah, Georgia, United States $104
  • W Atlanta – Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia, United States $106
  • The Westin Buckhead Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, United States $99
  • Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, United States $68

  • The Westin O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, United States $90
  • The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States $75
  • Aloft Leawood-Overland Park, Leawood, Kansas, United States $74
  • W New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States $98
  • The Westin Washington National Harbor, National Harbor, Maryland, United States $113
  • Aloft Washington National Harbor, National Harbor, Maryland, United States $83
  • The Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, Massachusetts, United States $132
  • Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States $68
  • The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Henderson, Nevada, United States $91
  • Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York, New York, United States $136
  • Aloft Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States $68
  • The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States $180
  • The Westin Columbus, Columbus, Ohio, United States $90
  • Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station, Portland, Oregon, United States $75
  • Four Points by Sheraton York, York, Pennsylvania, United States $68
  • The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, United States $341
  • Aloft Dallas Downtown, Dallas, Texas, United States $75
  • W Dallas – Victory, Dallas, Texas, United States $220
  • The Westin Stonebriar, Frisco, Texas, United States $106
  • Sheraton Suites Houston Near The Galleria, Houston, Texas, United States $94
  • Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel, Houston, Texas, United States $67
  • Four Points by Sheraton Houston West, Houston, Texas, United States $66
  • Four Points by Sheraton San Antonio Airport, San Antonio, Texas, United States $75
  • Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States $98
  • The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States $109
  • The Westin Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia, United States $94
  • The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States $83

Vietnam

  • Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa, Nha Trang City, Vietnam $105
  • Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam $88

There are some really low rates here. This was the list at 12 noon New York time, Wed Nov 6.

After taking the time to create this geographical list, I am kind of pissed that SPG makes it so hard to see the hotels. This is a stupid marketing plan for a hotel company in my opinion. Does geography not matter any more?

6 Responses

  1. Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel, Seoul, South Korea $160 – Great rate! Love that hotel. 5 star but a bit out of town. Wish I was there now.

  2. “Four Points Calgary Airport as a ‘romantic getaway’ destination. Seriously?”
    - Quickie with your mistress while changing planes at YYC?

    Aloft Chapel Hill in the Family section. These rooms barely accommodate one person, let alone a family.
    - Visit your kids in college?

  3. Sheraton on the Falls is connected to an indoor family water park and arcade so I don’t think that one is too off base. Of course their website also has romance packages so they really want to be a little of everything.

  4. ric, i see a “view all deals” button in the upper right side of the window above the hotel listing. i get 190 hotels all on one scrolling page. check out the site again? maybe they had left it out accidentally (or they just read your post!)

    Comment by Ben Senise on November 6th, 2013 at 11:10 am
  5. @Ben – The “View All Deals” button is there now. It was not there when I wrote the post.

  6. Notice that the Westin Calgary is the same rate as the Four Points by Sheraton Calgary Airport: $87/nt.

    That tells me how far the Westin Calgary has fallen. And that Four Points is in the same parking lot as an ethnic grocer, Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s and a Days Inn, bordering two major highways and miles south of the airport. If that means “Romance” to someone, well bless their heart.

    If you want to mint money, please come open some new hotels in Calgary. Even our mayor is begging for investors to develop new hotels. Fortunately, someone just broke ground on a Residence Inn tower in Downtown which hopefully will be open by 2015.

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