First of all, I decided to post something since I'm surprised at how little activity there has been on this site - one post all of yesterday in this thread! Okay, back to the point. We go through hoops to get the elite status that will give us a chance of snagging a suite in a hotel we are visiting. We purchased a few timeshares 8+ years ago for a few reasons, but a big one was the knowledge that every trip we took to them would mean a bedroom and a living room. Having a kitchen also meant saving some money (and not overeating!) for breakfast. We just got back from a week at the Westin Kierland Villas - adjacent to the Kierland Resort in Scottsdale and to its Troon golf course. The facility is simply beautiful and the suites are gorgeous and comfortable with a nice kitchen and a wonderful bathroom. The staff is helpful and friendly. You have full access to the hotel and if you don't feel like walking over or driving, simply ask for the shuttle to take you there or to the nearby Kierland Commons shopping area for stores and restaurants. Rooms are bookable on the Starwood site with either Cash or Points but if you are willing to go for the full week, you can do MUCH better at sites like eBay or Redweek.com. At this stage of life, we will be selling two of the timeshares as we begin the process of buying a second home in Florida - just keeping Kierland since we love it so much. I'm not suggesting anyone buy a timeshare and certainly not that they purchase from a developer rather than the aftermarket. But you can have comfort and luxury at wonderful resorts for a fraction of what you would pay for a comparable hotel. The word timeshare turns many people off but with the big name chains, there is excellence and reliability and it's worth considering.