During my last stay at the Sheraton Milan Malpensa, one of my favorite airport hotels, I received one of the “suitest” upgrades I’ve ever had. I often get upgraded to a Junior Suite when staying at this hotel, but this time I was bumped up to the next level, a Diplomatic Suite. The decor and styling of the room was very similar to other rooms I’ve had, but it was absolutely massive.
I know it may not look that big in the photos, and because it was a single room, it might seem like a Junior Suite, but the difference is pretty apparent when you compare it to the room from my last review. Don’t get me wrong, I was only there for a night, and a room of this size was probably 5x bigger than I needed – but I certainly appreciated the gesture nonetheless!
As nice as the bedroom was, it wasn’t the true wow factor for me. That would be the enormous walk-in closet:
And even more than that, the bathroom:
It was open to the rest of the suite, but the separate shower room is what really put it over the top for me – there were 4 separate shower heads, a bath tub, and you could easily have fit 6-8 people in it if you felt so inclined
I’m always a bit conflicted on suite upgrades when I’m traveling for work, since my stays tend to be shorter and I spend so little time in the room. I certainly appreciate the gesture, but I’d love to be able to decline the upgrade in favor of more points. On work trips, I would probably choose a platinum welcome amenity of 1000 points with no suite upgrade eligibility over 500 points with suite upgrade eligibility. (hint, hint SPG!)
What is your take on suite upgrades, especially on short trips and/or work trips? Would you “opt out” of suite upgrade eligibility for some extra points? How many would it take? 500? 1000?