A reader at HotelChatter.com wants to know which Starwood hotel to use for an anniversary stay.
- The choices are:
- Westin St. Francis
- W San Francisco
- Palace Hotel
- Le Meridien
- Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf
The St. Regis – not on the list above – is absolutely outstanding. Of course it’s category 6 property so 20k – 24k points per night!
The choice depends on how many points this person has to burn in their account….
The other key question is whether they have any status with Starwood. The Westin St. Francis has some absolutely teeny rooms at the entry level, so I don’t think I’d stay there unless I was a Platinum and thus reasonably assured of an upgrade. (The St. Regis does a good job upgrading Platinums to suites, by the way.)
The Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf really isn’t honeymoon material. It’s a good touristy location but not a good hotel.
The Palace — love it or hate it, and lots of folks hate it — is sometimes available real cheap ~ $129 a night in which case I might choose it and pay instead of burning points, and hope for a Platinum upgrade.
The Le Meridien is the former Park Hyatt which was a great hotel, but I have no recent experience.
Without status and without enough points for the St. Regis I’d opt for the W. The W San Francisco is certainly one of the better W properties, up there with Seattle and San Diego.
The other thing to check on — if the person posing the question isn’t a Platinum and has gobs of points, ask whether upgrades are available for additional points. Better views and the like are usually 1500 points and double points garners a suite at time of booking, providing the hotel is offering the option. That’s something which Starwood Preferred Guest has over, say, Hilton or Priority Club.