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Marriott Announces Strategy for Marriott Rewards and SPG Guest Loyalty Programs

With Starwood Hotels and Resorts now part of Marriott International, members of both hoteliers’ guest loyalty programs have been wondering what will happen to their respective programs and – perhaps as importantly – to their points.
On Friday, Marriott said it plans to continue to operate both programs – Starwood Preferred Guest, or SPG, and Marriott Rewards – for at least the next two years before it eventually phases out SPG. …

Short Stay: Le Méridien Étoile, Paris – Hotel Review

Paris-born Le Méridien is perhaps one of my favorite hotel brands, mostly because it’s quite clear what the brand stands for, namely cuisine, the arts, and local culture. In many respects, this alone is why people should consider staying at one of its properties.
Starwood acquired Le Méridien in 2005 and has continued to build up the portfolio of Le Méridien properties, from 40 at the time of the acquisition to …

Short Stay: Conrad New York – Hotel Review

I hadn’t been to New York City for over a year and a half, (my last visit was for the world’s tallest Holiday Inn) but there I was again in the city’s Financial District on the last night of my visit, checking into the Conrad New York, which we last reviewed a few months after it opened in 2012.
This was my first time at the property (Dan Collins reviewed it …

Even Hotel New York – Times Square South – Review

There are only five Even Hotels in the world, two of them in Manhattan. While the first two to open have already been reviewed here at Frequent Business Traveler, neither was in a major city. The first to open in New York City, the Even Hotel New York – Times Square South, was therefore worth exploring.
I arrived at the Even Hotels New York – Times Square South, one block from …

Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, Minnesota – Review

These pages have seen reviews of hotels that formerly had been monasteries, post offices, and army barracks, so it stands to reason that, eventually, one of us would check into what had been a church, or at least a building built with that purpose in mind.
Recently, I checked into the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, a Mesopotamian Ziggurat style tower erected in 1930 as part of the Second Church of Christ Scientist. …

InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco – Hotel Review

One of my favorite parts of San Francisco is Nob Hill and one of my favorite hotels to stay in the city is the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. When I pulled into the driveway at the intersection of California and Mason, I thought of my many past visits, some with my parents when I was younger, others more recent. I thought of the view from the Top of the Mark, a …

Corinthia Hotel London, England – Review

Corinthia Hotel London, England – Review

While I’ve stayed at a former royal post office, a former monastery, a former 17th-century army barracks, and a former cotton warehouse, none of these comes close to staying at the fictional headquarters of MI6.
What is now the Corinthia Hotel London first opened its doors as the Hôtel Métropole in 1885. One regular guest was the Prince of Wales, who later reigned as King Edward VII. During the First World …