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Discussion in 'Starwood | Preferred Guest' started by Explore, Mar 24, 2011.
Any current candidates for a weekend stay?
Sheraton New York, Westin Times Square = club lounge
Thanks.....also, I see an Element has opened on 39th St. west of 8th Ave.....free breakfast.
As another poster has mentioned- Westin Times Square- however my suggestion is pay for breakfast somewhere and stay at another (better) hotel for the same/less money.
There's a new Sheraton Soho that opened this fall near Washington Square and Chinatown. When I checked, it had a lounge that was open on weekends, but you need to check this carefully before booking.
W Union Square has no lounge and offers no alternative to Plats.
Stayed at Sheraton Tribeca 'bout a month ago. Decent lounge.
Does anyone know if the 'Manhattan @ Times Square' (formerly Sheraton TS) has a lounge, or offers free brekky?
I don't think so, and I wouldn't recommend that hotel either.
OK, was going to book it on pts for my son & his friends, -- will look elsewhere now!
Sheraton New York and Towers is much nicer. Also Westin Times Square has a good lounge.
Yes, I love the Westin TS, but the point requirement is too rich for a room for my son & friends!
Also, it says to 'call' to redeem an award nt, so am assuming it's similar to the redemp level for a W!
The Sheraton New York is a great option then.
Can someone provide more detail on the evening food offerings at Westin TS, Sheraton NY, and Sheraton Soho/Tribeca? Are any of them a match for the Grand Hyatt?
Yes.. but are they open on the weekend? I think the original poster is asking about a weekend stay unless I'm misreading perhaps?
Starting April 1st, All Sheraton club lounges will be open 7 days a week.
I missed that, thanks
Do the hotels know this and will they follow it? (Or, alternatively, will some just close their club lounges permanently?) Starwood isn't real good at enforcement, as all of the complaints about the required alternative Plat amenity for resort fee items such as internet indicate, not to mention the lack of uniformity about such basic and long-standing benefits such as the 4 pm checkout for elites.
They should be aware of it. If any issues, I'm sure Starwood Lurker Starwood Champion can help you. I know on FT he made a post about this.
I'm betting that there will be lots of issues because some hotels would clearly prefer to close their lounges over weekends and other periods of lower business travel such as around major holidays. Some Starwood hotels closed their lounges for months last year.
I guess we will see. I'm sure at first there will be problems, but as it is a brand standard, the hotels will have to comply.
Remember that if you're not staying, your status won't give elite benefits to your son and his friends.
I understand that -- it's not an issue!
I have had almost 100% success in getting benefits for a family member by making a reservation with my wife/other family member as the 2nd name on the reservation, then calling the hotel and letting them know I'll be arriving "later" and making sure they can check in without me.
Becareful with this as properties have gotten hip to this "loop hole" I've had several friends try this over the past few months where the front desk has called and required them to come to reception to check in. In addition, I've been at a property where an elite person added his wife and her friend (it may have been the wife and two people) to a reservation, this elite person didn't show up nor had any plans to show up. The property move the three people from a suite to a different room on a non SPG floor. I overheard this whole thing go down as I was checking in.
I appreciate when properties do this as I worked hard for my benefits and friends/family of elite member shouldn't get a free ride - when not with the elite member - in my opinion. If family/friends want elite benefits, then they should earn them!
I not down with this nor do I think it's "OK". Why should someone who isn't an elite member get the benefits I've worked for and possibly denying me a suite upgrade?
I agree with you. I've earned the benefits and I get frustrated when I notice others stealing from the hotel and taking benefits to which they are not entitled. It hurts other elite customers when the stolen goodies are things like upgrades that are in limited supply.
I'm surprised that more properties didn't wise up to this a long time ago. IMO, it should be SOP that the elite member must show their ID in person to a front desk employee. I wish there were a good way to check that the elite actually stays in the room overnight to prevent abuse at local properties.