Posts in Category: Starwood

aloft Hotels 7 years old….going strong 

September 17, 2012 Categories: hotel brands Starwood

If you work in the airline industry, show your ID to your bartender at the Aloft Chicago O'Hare to receive 20% off your total bill in the W, XYZ bar. This airport hotel has free breakfast at “re:fuel” and free parking for up to seven days. Zip in and zoom out on their complimentary airport shuttle with great rates from $129 per night.

aloft (by Starwood) is a modern, low cost hotel brand. I stayed at the Ballantyne aloft. It’s set amidst shopping, dining and retail conveniences, all in the lovely tree lined Community. The location is 18 miles from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and downtown Charlotte. SouthPark Mall, located within 9 miles north of The Ballantyne is home to the regions premier shopping destination with over 100 shops such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany and Nordstrom.


Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and its stylish W Hotels division started it’s aloft brand seven years ago and have not had the dreaded 7 year itch yet. – still going strong! Aloft was conceived by the same W Hotels team creators of one of the most successful new brands in decades, The W Hotel. The aloft brand is low cost construction and does not provide as many amenities as full service hotels. The bathrooms have the shampoo dispenser built in to the shower and you will not find a bath tub. There is often not even a wall dividing the bathroom area from the main room. The French aloft hotel I stayed at had a lot of people smoking in the lobby and when I tried to get away from the smoke, the elevator did not work so I had to climb the stairs with my bags.

w xyz bar - Roll with the A-list

I was able to enjoy the energetic lounge scene at the aloft hotel that I stayed at in Charlotte, North Carolina because they don’t allow smoking there and the XYZ bar area was fun. I usually like to stay around the corner at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge because they have a spa but the aloft has a Massage envy Spa a block away, so it turned out to be a money saving stay in every aspect.

W Hotels is a more comfortable upscale hotel chain, and I prefer to stay a W whenever possible. It’s more of a hotel for the grownups.

You can book hotels at Best Western at a bit lower or in the same price range as Aloft, but because Aloft brand has only been around for seven years, you can safely assume that you will have a modern newly constructed room. The World-wide budget brand Best Western, has more than 4,000 hotels in over 100 countries and territories.

Aloft has an offer going : for every day you pay the regular rate, the next night is 40% off, now through December 31, 2012. Stay 2 nights or more and just breeze into a participating aloft

Echa un vistazo a Aloft Hotels, the new tWist SM in travel, y despierta para disfrutar de un mañana mejor. Por cada día que pagues la tarifa regular, la noche siguiente tiene el 40% de descuento, desde ahora hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2012. Hospédate dos noches o más y simplemente entra a un hotel Aloft participante un jueves, viernes o sábado.

Starwood-W hotel designs are tranquil on South Beach 

August 24, 2011 Categories: hotel brands luxury Starwood

I loved the arty touches at the recently opened W Hotel Austin. The Bedouin style blue and red pillows made lounging around fun and relaxing but I wonder how long the white faux leather tables and chairs will last.

Some of the W hotels designs are surprisingly discreditable when you look at the bright kindergarten like colors. The W Austin has applied the bold colors more tastefully than the W San Diego CA. Though it is more luxurious and more adult than the Aloft branded hotels that are like teen dream hang outs.

Though, In my opinion the W Hotel that I enjoy best, is the W South Beach Miami because the contemporary luxury, is most appreciated when I’m on vacation, as palm trees sway to a salsa beat, nosh at the chic cozy Mr. Chow and Soleá, mingleing across six cool bars, lingering in the W Living Room, being pampered at Bliss Spa.All that cool is enjoyable. The hotel lounge named “the Living Room” is the perfect tranquil color for the beach blue with

Starwood’s W Hotels has appointed Jenné Lombardo, entrepreneur and style maven, as its new Global Fashion Director. W Hotels is definitely a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 41 hotels and retreats, including 14 W-branded residences, in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world.

Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide and Le Méridien said “Jenné Lombardo’s international outlook is what is needed. Prior to working with M.A.C. & Milk, Lombardo worked on Special Events at M.A.C., where she launched projects with celebrities and artists, including the Viva Glam campaign with Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, on a global level.

W South Beach Miami

W Hotels has been engaged with the world of fashion, from its Backstage VIP Lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to its various collaborations with fashion fixtures, including Simon Doonan, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg. W has also redefined traditional hotel retailing with the creation of W Hotels The Store, trendsetting boutique stores that sell designer apparel such as the aforementioned Global Glam collection as well as jewelry, accessories, home and design items in W Hotels around the world, online, and through the W Hotels iPhone application. Beyond the brand initiatives, W Hotels around the globe have also been engaged in fashion over the past years, whether from the W Lounge at ELLE Fashion Week in Bangkok to the launch of the exclusive James Small-designed Insider belt for W London – Leicester Square.

W Hotels have been announced for Paris, Guangzhou, Singapore, Milan, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Athens – Astir Palace, Muscat, Mumbai, and Sante Fe, Mexico, while upcoming W Retreats include Verbier and Mexico’s Riveria Maya 

Fashion is indeed an interesting part of W Hotels but most of the W Hotels that I have stayed at, would look nice with any furnishings because they are housed in modern, high ceiling buildings. Some of the W hotels make me think that they were designed by VERY young designers because they lack the harmony and luxury of beautiful pieces of solid furniture that you find at a Luxury Collection hotel or a Four Seasons.

Este destino: W Hotel South Beach Miami; Mientras las palmeras se balancean al ritmo de la salsa, disfruta de una comida en el moderno Hotel, socializa en los seis bares espléndidos, descansa en la sala de estar Living Room, mímate con el Spa Bliss®, diviértete en el sol. Vive la vida W, desde Nueva York hasta Londres,y Hollywood hasta South Beach

If Brands don't stay true to their brands, consumers feel cheated 

July 11, 2011 Categories: Starwood

I traveled to California and typed Whole Foods in the GPS to find a Whole foods near my hotel to get a chair massage, drinks and snacks.

Founder John Mackey’s innovative ideas have made Whole Foods a success and I hope that they will continue to cookie cut the successful stores by getting the Whole Foods brand to become consistent. I have a summer home in Austin and it’s nice to know that I can find the same stuff at any Whole Foods store. John Mackey is an original entrepreneur who’s unashamed to defend the morality of capitalism

I am disappointed that the newly opened store on Waugh does not have the chair massage. I wish that brands would stay true to their brands and not let each store operate as a different un-associated entity.

I really felt cheated that this SPG brand was not what I expected! Starwood_10_Logo_Spread:

I booked a 4 points hotel even though the Aloft in the area was cheaper, because I know that Four Points by Sheraton, hotels always have bath tubs whereas the Aloft only has a shower. After arrival, I discovered that it did not have a tub and even though it is a new hotel, the rooms are cheaply decorated to look like an old hotel. The lobby is nice at the San Antonio Four Points NW but the staff are not professional. I won’t bore you will the trivial problems that I encountered but I will tell you that I wish I had paid twenty dollars more to get a classy hotel.

Radisson hotel is a Central Ciudad México Location 

June 01, 2011 Categories: hotel brands Mexico Radisson Starwood

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This hotel is a central location in Mexico City, but Av.Revolucion is not near the tourist areas of Reforma. Nearby attractions include the Frida Kahlo Museum, but you will have to take a hotel taxi (Safe) to the  National Museum of Anthropology, Zocalo and other attractions. I did not enjoy spending an hour in the horrendous traffic, to get to the Museum. If there was no traffic, it would be a 10 minute drive but that is a part of the city that always has traffic jams.Frown The traffic runs faster from the International Airport. It’s12 miles from the Mexico City Airport, so I was glad to get settled in faster than my Colleagues staying at the STARWOOD BRAND W Hotel on Reforma. The hotel's restaurant, Passerina, serves fresh international and Mexican specialties. The Radisson also features a coffee,deli bar and the Scala Night Club. Mexico is a dangerous country so we ate at the hotel in the evening.

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Short of a few points to get a free flight or hotel? 

May 13, 2011 Categories: American Airlines Sheraton Starwood

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