• New W Melbourne hotel set for Collins Street in 2020

    Marriott International will open a new W Melbourne hotel by 2020, nestled on Collins Street in the city’s bustling CBD as part of a $1 billion mixed-use luxury development. The hotel itself will feature 294 guestrooms including 40 suites and an ‘Extreme Wow Suite’ – the b...

    POSTED 2 Feb, 2017 11 Comments

  • Marriott eyes 50 hotels for Australia, NZ, Pacific region by 2020

    Marriott's portfolio of hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the broader Pacific region will stretch to 50 properties by the end of 2020, aided by its recent acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. With 24 locations currently  within the region, those ambitious expansion plans see tha...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • Starwood to open new W Madrid hotel in 2018

    Starwood Hotels and Resorts will bring a new ‘luxury lifestyle’ hotel to Spain in 2018 with the opening of the W Madrid, located on Plaza de Canalejas in the centre of the fashion capital’s thriving restaurant and entertainment district. The hotel will feature 141 guestrooms in...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2016 0 Comments

  • W Bellevue hotel to open in Greater Seattle, Washington in 2017

    Travellers to Washington state USA will find a new W Bellevue hotel waiting for them by May 2017. Part of the Starwood family, the property will sit near the shores of Lake Washington and just across from Seattle proper, which is already home to the W Seattle hotel. With 219 standard guest...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2015 0 Comments

  • New hotels for travellers to Brisbane

    Planning a business trip to the Sunshine State? Visitors to Brisbane are about to be spoilt for hotel choices over the coming years, with several global brands and chains expanding their existing networks by opening their first Brisbane hotels. Included on that list is Starwood with the newly-op...

    POSTED 11 Nov, 2014 5 Comments

  • New W Beijing

    China’s capital is now home to the latest Starwood property, the W Beijing – Chang’an hotel. Situated on Chang’an Avenue, the hotel is a short distance from the headquarters of the Central Bank of China, and if you’ve a little free time, its also close to Tiananmen ...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2014 0 Comments

  • Starwood kicks off mobile phone hotel room keys

    Starwood Preferred Guest members can now use their smartphone as a hotel room key at ten properties across Asia, the Middle East and North America, with all Aloft, Element and W hotels activating keyless entry throughout 2015. SPG Keyless enables guests to bypass the front desk by checking-in th...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2014 2 Comments

  • Slash your hotel costs: flash your NRMA, RACV or RACQ card

    Aussie business travellers with a paid-up auto club membership with the likes of the NRMA, RACV and RACQ can enjoy discounts of up to 15% on hotel room rates in Australia and abroad, which could save frequent jetsetters thousands of dollars each year. Membership cards of these motoring bodies co...

    POSTED 17 Sep, 2014 5 Comments

  • Earn up to triple Starpoints with Starwood Preferred Guest

    If you’re staying in a Starwood hotel between now and December 15 2014, why not earn double, or even triple Starpoints in the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program? Just register for the ‘More for You’ promotion before October 31 and you’ll pick up double Starpoints on s...

    POSTED 17 Sep, 2014 0 Comments

  • Starwood: W Hotel Brisbane set to open in 2018

    Brisbane will be home to a new W Hotel from early 2018 when the luxury chain re-enters the Australian market. Located on George Street, guests will enjoy views of the Brisbane River amidst the city’s main business and financial hubs. Guests staying in its 280 guestrooms, 25 suites and t...

    POSTED 3 Sep, 2014 7 Comments

  • Starwood introduces anytime check-in & check-out, 24 hour stays

    Starwood hotels including Sheraton, Westin, W, St. Regis and Le Méridien is moving to 24-hour room stays with check-in and check-out at any hour of the day (or night) for top-tier members of the Starwood Preferred Guest programme. Under the Your24 scheme, Starwood says...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2012 0 Comments

  • Order room service via your smartphone touchscreen

    UPDATE: Starwood's chic W Hotels chain has released an iPhone app that allows guests to order room service and request housekeeping services like more towels through their iPhone touch-screen. In keeping with the brand's bent towards the social-set, it also has a streaming music player with W ...

    POSTED 25 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Starwood: business travel booms past pre-GFC levels

    Business travel is back and business is booming for Starwood, with occupancy already above the pre-GFC peak of 2007 and over two dozen new hotels opening this year in key cities around Asia. “Business travel drives 75% of our total revenue so it’s a big part of our business” sa...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Frequent Flyer: George Freney, conTgo

    George Freney is the Managing Director, APAC for conTgo, a company that provides SMS alerts to travellers of itinery items as they're coming up — and particularly if things change in their itinerary. Based in Sydney, he travels regularly within Australia to visit clients as well as round th...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2011 0 Comments


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