Starwood Hotels Status Challenge Update

Some of you may remember that a few months ago, I started a “Status Challenge” with Starwood Hotels.  You can read more details about hotel status challenges (and specifics on the Starwood Platinum Challenge) in my previous post here…but in short, a hotel status challenge is a set of requirements required to reach elite status with the hotel chain in an expedited timeframe. For Starwood’s Platinum Challenge, the requirement was to stay 18 nights within a 3 month period.  The 3 month period is based on calendar months, and with my travels, I stayed exactly 18 nights at Starwood hotels Continue reading Starwood Hotels Status Challenge Update

Review: Aloft Chapel Hill, NC

As part of a Starwood Platinum Challenge (by staying 18 nights at Starwood Hotels within 3 months, you can earn top tier Platinum Status – as opposed to the normal 50 night annual requirement to earn Platinum Status…click here to learn more), I recently stayed at the Aloft Chapel Hill for a night to check this relatively new kid on the block. It was built in 2010, and is right across the highway from the UNC Chapel Hill campus.  Upon pulling up, I was greeted by the valet service, and headed inside to check in.   I had never stayed at Continue reading Review: Aloft Chapel Hill, NC

Keyless Hotel Rooms – Use Your iPhone as your Room Key

As both a tech geek and a travel geek, I think this story about keyless hotel rooms is really interesting.  Starwood Hotels (Westin, Sheraton, Aloft, W, etc.) is launching a pilot program at 2 hotels – the Aloft Hotel in Manhattan (Harlem) and the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, CA – allowing guests to check in and unlock the door to their room using an app on their phone. They’ve put together a clever video to market the new technology: The full story is on Apple Insider: Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen told the publication that the company believes the new Continue reading Keyless Hotel Rooms – Use Your iPhone as your Room Key