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The Phoenician Scottsdale Then & Now

The Phoenician Scottsdale is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels. The Phoenician is tucked into the Sonoran Desert at the base of Camelback Mountain. From the moment you arrive at the Phoenician you notice the lush grounds and traditional…

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Four Points Nashville Review

I visited Nashville last week for a conference and wanted to find a hotel within an easy drive of the Gaylord Opryland, where the conference was held, and would count towards my 2015 Starwood Preferred Guest qualification.   With the Sheraton…


Starwood Announces SPG Pro

Today, Starwood Hotels announced what they are calling a loyalty industry game changer with the launch of SPG Pro. A new and innovate program aimed at the B2B community, SPG Pro will replace Starwood’s business loyalty programs and become fully…


Norma’s NYC Restaurant Review

Norma’s is a NYC classic, James Beard award winning breakfast joint inside the Le Parker Meridien. With choices like Hot Chestnut Pancakes Topped with Candied Chestnuts and Brown Sugar Sauce or Mango-Papaya Brown Butter Cinnamon Crêpes, Foie Gras Brioche French…

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My House Smells Like Westin White Tea

I love Starwood, that’s no secret, and while I like several of their brands, I really like the Westin Signature Scent, Westin White Tea and the Heavenly Beds! The Westin Store sells all things Westin including beds, linens, robes, and…

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Sheraton Kona Review

The Sheraton Kona is the only Starwood property on the Big Island, so if you want to stay at a Starwood property, you may want to reconsider your destination or expect a underwhelming stay. If you’re set on Kona, you…

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Sheraton Waikiki Review

I was a little skeptical when some friends told me I should stay at the Sheraton Waikiki.  I had originally booked the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Hotel, but ended up switching to the Sheraton after seeing a great deal….

The Royal Hawaiian Entry

Royal Hawaiian Hotel Review

The Royal Hawaiian is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels and is located on Oahu.  It is one of four Starwood properties located on Oahu and all are located in Waikiki Beach.  The Royal Hawaiian built in 1927, is…