One StarPoint, Stamford, CT

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    As he stood on the corner of Canal and Ludlow streets in Wednesday's steamy heat, Frits van Paasschen, president and chief executive officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, joked that the weather gave a new meaning to a "hot" opening.

    Van Paasschen joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Mayor Michael Pavia to celebrate the global hotel giant's new headquarters at the sprawling office complex at 333 Ludlow St., during a street re-naming ceremony to christen that portion of Ludlow Street as "StarPoint." Starwood's new headquarters address will be "One StarPoint."

    The company, which manages more than 1,000 hotels worldwide, plans to move from its headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., to Stamford in December and have its employees settled at One StarPoint by January.
     
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    And they have the recently re-flagged former holiday inn around the corner in their family. Though the hotel by the train is no longer flagged by them, at least they have something in their new home town.
     
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    Also cuts Frits's commute by about 10 minutes.
     
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    Sheraton Stamford Hotel - Opening July, 2011
     
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    The website lists this as a AAA 3-star hotel. How does aaa rate a hotel that is not open? Or is this the legacy holiday in select rating?
     
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    I would think that it is based on the existing 3-diamond rating as a HI. But AAA ratings at that level are mostly about property features, so a rating can certainly be determined by AAA before a property opens. Opening date is July 12, 2011. 380 rooms & suites.
     
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    Will that street sign attract a stream of SPG loyalists and get dismantled on a regular basis, like some other popular street signs?
     
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    In finance, we add a little "wi" next to ratings or other designations to denote "when issued." Perhaps aaa should do the same?

    I somehow thought (based on what, I'm not sure) that aaa actually visited the hotels (perhaps annually)? Is that limited to 4-5 star properties? Or not even them?
     
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    Slightly off-topic: AAA says they visit establishments, so this seems to be an inherited status.
     
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    They do visit hotels for their evaluations, but these evaluations can come in advance of a new property's actual opening date. AAA ratings are based on fairly well-defined features. When a hotel is being designed and built, there's usually not much doubt about what the AAA rating will be. If it falls short, most developers will have every intention of addressing the shortcomings.

    In this case, though, I'm in agreement that it is probably being inherited. I have no knowledge about when a property must get re-evaluated after a flag change and/or renovation. (FWIW, this property was already recently renovated.)
     

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