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New Aloft Hotel Opens in Syracuse

New Aloft Hotel Opens in Syracuse

Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of a new Aloft hotel in Syracuse, New York. The Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor is part of a $350 million redevelopment of the city’s Inner Harbor, which will also include educational facilities, and office, retail, and residential units.
The hotel offers 132 guestrooms, and provides complimentary Wi-Fi Internet. Guests have use of the property’s pool and fitness center.
The brand’s signature W XYZ Bar offers …

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Starwood Expands SPG Keyless Room Entry to Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton, and Four Points

Starwood Expands SPG Keyless Room Entry to Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton, and Four Points

Starwood Preferred Guest announced a major update to the SPG Keyless system, which gives guests keyless access to hotel room via a smartphone app. The system is currently in use at over 160 Aloft, Element, and W properties in over 30 countries.
The app now supports additional Starwood brands, namely Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton, and Four Points, and the system is being deployed at nine properties including Le Méridien Parkhotel Frankfurt, …

EU Greenlights Marriott’s Acquisition of Starwood

EU Greenlights Marriott’s Acquisition of Starwood

European Union anti-trust regulators on Monday unconditionally cleared Marriott International’s $13.6 billion takeover of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The merger, which was first announced last fall, was deemed not to harm competition in the region.
“Our investigation confirmed that the hotel sector will remain competitive for customers in Europe following the merger, so I am pleased that the Commission was able to clear the transaction quickly,” said Margrethe Vestager, the EU …

New Element Hotel to Open in Historic Detroit Building

New Element Hotel to Open in Historic Detroit Building

Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced that it will open a new Element hotel in Detroit in 2018. As its name denotes, the Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building will be located in one of the city’s most historic venues, which is being converted to a mixed-use development.
The 14-story neo-gothic Metropolitan Building first opened in 1925 as a jewelry emporium. The building’s exterior will be restored and its interior will be …

Aloft Veracruz and Aloft Queretaro to Open in Mexico

Aloft Veracruz and Aloft Queretaro to Open in Mexico

Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced that it plans to open two new Aloft hotels in Mexico in the near future. The Aloft Veracruz and the Aloft Queretaro are scheduled to open at the end of 2017 and in 2018, respectively.
To be located across the street from the Veracruz shopping center, the Aloft Veracruz will offer 165 guestrooms with complimentary Wi-Fi. The property will also host a fitness center and two …

Hotel Owners Challenge Marriott-Starwood Merger

Hotel Owners Challenge Marriott-Starwood Merger

The owners of hotels in New York and Chicago are challenging Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in court.
Cityfront Hotel Associates Limited Partners, which owns the Sheraton Grand Chicago, and Dream Team Hotel Associates, which owns the Westin Times Square in Manhattan, went to court Tuesday saying that the planned merger would violate their exclusivity arrangements. The suit was filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan …