The Starwood Chocolate Factory

If you’re a serious Starwood stayer you probably know what I’m talking about when I say there’s a Starwood Chocolate Factory.  Sure, they don’t actually have a factory, but they sure send out chocolates frequently!  Sometimes those chocolates come with special surprises.

At Christmastime I got a box of chocolates. There were 9 chocolates in the box, 1 for each brand, but they were all the same flavor.  For my birthday, in February, I got another box (same as the holiday box.)  Then I got another box – this time the box was a slightly different. Nine chocolates, one per each brand but they each had their own flavor.   This box came with a card that said “You really get around.”

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The card went on to explain that since I’d stayed at every Starwood brand in 2012, Starwood was giving me 3 free award nights! Yes! The nights are good at any category 1 – 6 hotel for a standard room and can not be used at a hotel that does not have standard rooms.  There are some really fabulous category 6 hotels including The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Kauai, Hawaii;  The St Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mina, Mexico;  The St Regis Mauritius Resort, Le Morne, Mauritius;  The St Regis Osaka, Japan and so on.  There are also dozens of amazing category 5 & 6 hotels to chose from.

My first reaction when I got the box was, “I stayed at all 9 brands?” Wow, I can’t remember staying at a Four Points.  So I had to take a look at my account. Here’s where I stayed:

  • St Regis Bangkok 
  • Sheraton Krabi
  • Sheraton Ho Chi Minh City
  • W Bangkok
  • Le Meridien Bangkok
  • Le Meridien Khao Lak
  • Sheraton Langkawi
  • Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
  • Le Meridien Angkor Wat
  • Westin Siray Bay
  • Westin LAX
  • Sheraton CLT
  • W Atlanta Midtown
  • Sheraton Frankfurt
  • The St Regis Singapore
  • Sheraton Incheon
  • Hotel Des Indes, The Hague (Luxury Collection)
  • Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam (Luxury Collection)
  • Sheraton Elk Grove Chicago
  • Four Points Charlotte
  • Westin SFO
  • Westin Macau
  • Westin St Francis
  • St Regis NY
  • Element Times Square
  • Sheraton Royal Orchid
  • Le Meridien Koh Samui
  • Aloft Brussels
  • Sheraton Brussels
  • Le Meridien Brussels
  • Le Meridien Piccadilly
  • Sheraton Park Lane
  • Four Points Sydney
  • Westin Sydney
  • Westin Bangkok

So, it seems I stayed at two Four Points hotels and 1 Aloft, which I didn’t even remember. It’s also pretty amazing, looking back that I stayed at so many hotels in 1 year and even though I only stayed at 35 hotels, I had 105 nights at those hotels.  A vast majority of them coming from the Le Meridien Bangkok, Sheraton Park Lane and Sheraton Brussels.

This year (2013), I’m not off to a great start…I need to start thinking about how I’ll stay at all 9 brands again! So far, I’ve stayed at

  • Le Meridien Bangkok 
  • Sheraton JFK
  • Westin Times Square
  • Sheraton Tysons Corner
  • Westin LAX
  • SLS Hotel Beverly Hills (Luxury Collection)
  • Four Points by Sheraton Tempe

So, I need a St Regis stay, an Aloft Stay (got that booked in September), an Element stay and a W stay.  Time to start earning some points and making some reservations!

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