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Hotel Review: The Westin San Francisco Airport

I've had an unofficial boycott of Starwood hotels for the better part of 10 years.  I felt I was unfairly denied a wheelbarrow full of Starpoints after a lengthy stay at a Starwood property in India in 2005, and so as soon as my former employer added other chains to the "approved provider" ...
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Review: Westin Singapore ~ Sea View Suite

We arrived in Singapore late on a Friday night. Despite being fairly well rested from our Korean Air flights, by the time we got to the hotel, it was midnight.
Our taxi pulled up to the Westin, and the entrance was typical Westin fashion: classy and minimal. I was surprised, however, that ...

Have you had the Westin Experience?

Westin hotels seem to employ an "Experience Specialist" at most of their properties.  I've had a few stays at Westin hotels the last few months, and wanted to share some of these experiences.  It has mostly been positive, but not always.

Westin Los Angeles Airport.  Photo ...
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Hotel Review: The Westin Portland Harborview


Located in downtown Portland, the Westin is one of two Starwood properties in the State of Maine. On a recent trip to Midcoast Maine, I had an extra night before flying back to Kansas City, so I booked a Cash & Points stay at the Westin Portland Harborview.

The property is less ...

Review: Executive Suite at the Westin Gurgaon, India

The Westin in Gurgaon, India is a fresh, modern hotel relatively close to Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi, and to the office where I would be working for a few days.  It also came highly recommended from a colleague, and it is pretty well reviewed online.  It was a very nice hotel, and ...
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Utilizing New Balance Workout Gear Rental at Westin Hotels

Working out, and for me especially running is a necessary part of my travel experience for both the physical and mental benefits.  Despite being a regular gym-goer, and a frequent traveler, I sometimes realize I didn't pack properly.  On a recent trip, I discovered I forgot my workout ...
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Hotel Review: Westin Bund Center Shanghai, China

Shanghai is China’s largest city by population and is the country’s global financial hub. Situated along the Yangtze River in East China, Shanghai is a major metropolitan city with high-rise commercial buildings, beautiful architecture and an amazing skyline that rivals the likes of New ...
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AVE high speed train for a day in Madrid - Star to Spain

Most of my trip reports are about airplane and hotel experiences, but for some variety, here is a quick review of the AVE high speed train that we took from Seville to Madrid.  Plus, a little bit from our brief time in Madrid.

AVE train at Seville Santa Justa ...
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A Review of the Historic Westin "Palace Hotel" - Madrid


This historical hotel in Madrid turned 101 years old on the night I was a guest. I have to admit upfront I’m more of a fan of modern hotels, but this hotel did a very good job at keeping to it’s historical ties while incorporating corporate brands standards.


Over ...
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Suite at the Westin Kuala Lumpur - Singapore Award

After a few days in Singapore, our next stop was in Kuala Lumpur.  The first two nights of our stay were at the Westin.  We chose this hotel due to its convenient location in the so-called Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur, near the KLCC and the famed Petronas Towers.

Amazing ...
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Westin St. John leaving Starwood?

Earlier today I received the following email with the subject SPG Participation from Starwood:
As a valued Starwood Preferred Guest member, we  are pleased to share some refreshing news with you. Beginning  August 2013 through Spring 2014 the Westin St. John Resort & Villas in ...
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Suite Upgrade at the Westin Minneapolis

Minneapolis is a relatively frequent destination for my business travels.  I've previously talked about my stays at the W Minneapolis and the Aloft near the Metrodome.  As I was preparing for another trip back in Minneapolis, I was expecting to stay at the Aloft, which has become my go-to ...

A review of the Westin Nova Scotian

I had a business trip to Halifax earlier this winter.  Its a city I've looked forward to visiting for some time, but I was hoping for a trip in the warmer months.  Fortunately, when I visited, it was unseasonably warm, so I was able to explore the city during my limited free ...
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Free Executive Suite Upgrade at the Westin Sydney

After my flight on Virgin Australia to Cairns and great time scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, it was time for the main portion of our journey: New Zealand.  I flew back to Sydney where my wife and I met up for a short overnight stay at the Westin Sydney before we departed for New ...
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Tour of Starwood brands, part 2.

 
 
This is a continuation of my discussion of the 9 Starwood hotel brands.  Below are comments on Le Meridien, Westin, W, St. Regis and the Luxury Collection.

 
Le Meridien

Pool and beach view at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
Le ...

A tour of Starwood brands, part 1


Four Points Sheraton Darling Harbour, Sydney
I have considered Starwood as my preferred chain for several years now.  I used to stay at Marriott, then Hilton.  For the last 2 years or so I have focused on Starwood and and I  also enjoy Hyatt Diamond status.  SPG has ...
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Venice in January

I haven't had a lot of noteworthy travel of late, so I figured I'd share some more photos from a past trip. 

Venice was always a place that intrigued me.  My wife and I made a trip there in January 2010.  It was cold and damp, but there is so much to see, we were always on ...

Review: The Westin Chosun, Seoul


Nestled in the heart of the Seoul, the Westin Chosun Hotel already had something going for it before I arrived—its prime location around restaurants and shopping automatically puts the hotel in a favorable position for those visiting Seoul for business or pleasure.
But location is ...
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A Nice Weekend at the Westin Mission Hills Villas

My girlfriend and I had to do two nights (Thurs - Sat) in Vegas for an obligation, and we wanted to extend the weekend, but given how much we both love the craps tables, we figured it best to leave Nevada in order to preserve our wallets. We wanted to find a spot with a great pool and easy access to ...
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Review: The Westin Beijing Chaoyang


My two weeks in China were spent mostly in Beijing, but I popped down to Shanghai for the weekend in between. My plan was to stay at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang for five nights, stay at the Renaissance Zhongshan Park when in Shanghai, and then return to Beijing for six more nights. I knew I ...