Category Archives: Starwood

How do beds impact the difference between a hotel and the rest of the chain?

Reading different Hyatt reviews on One Mile At A Time, I noticed something that I hadn’t noticed before.

Take a look at the bed from the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka.


Grand Hyatt Fukuoka Club King Bed

And the Park Hyatt Seoul.


Park Hyatt Seoul Park King Bed

Continue reading How do beds impact the difference between a hotel and the rest of the chain?


W Beijing open for trial runs

W Beijing, one of my most anticipated hotel openings, has just done their soft opening, which they’re now (vaguely) saying “Open Nov. 1 2014 – Now Open”.


The prices for the next few days are abysmally high, at HK$3500, and I wouldn’t recommend anyone stay there yet.

Continue reading W Beijing open for trial runs

W Brisbane to open in 2018

Long time readers will know that I love W hotels. I have yet to stay at a US W property (which, I’ve heard, is at the other end of the pole), and my stays at the W Retreat Koh Samui and the W Taipei have been excellent.

Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 3.42.36 pm

W Retreat Koh Samui

Continue reading W Brisbane to open in 2018


My last stay in Phuket

Something already tells me that the new Angsana Laguna Phuket isn’t as good as this place was.

Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 3.21.19 pm

Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket

Oh well, I’d like to see how the Naka Island stacks up.


The Naka Island Ko Nakha Yai Phuket

(Yes, I’m just showing off the fact that I still have a couple of the Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket pictures in my hands, given that it closed in 2011.)


Hotel Booking Rule No. 2: Check Promotions before Booking

I just used my father’s email to book the Naka Island for a February stay, though at a refundable rate (we’re actually also interested in the Anantara Mai Khao given the promotion, but we’re still trying to decide – I think we have plenty of time).


Then I went on Starwood’s website, and found out that they’re giving triple Starpoints for a stay when booking through their site and late checkout until four o’clock (though, since we’re more interested in Thai’s flight, we don’t need it). There are also special rates.

Continue reading Hotel Booking Rule No. 2: Check Promotions before Booking


The least pretentious W service anywhere?

I had dinner at the Sing Yin restaurant with family at W Hong Kong last night. After signing up for a Hong Kong W dining coupon, every restaurant at W Hong Kong, Taipei, Guangzhou, Sentosa Cove and a few other properties is 75% off, so I’m basically just trying to make up for the HK$2200 that I paid for my yearly fee for the card. (Actually, I’ve already saved $1868.5 and I have to renew my card next May, so I’m set for now.)


Ah, the big homey sign…

I enjoyed a stay at the W Retreat Bali Seminyak back in 2012. Everything was excellent except the service, which didn’t have the genuine “Bali” feel and was pretentious (I’m Starwood Platinum and I had to force them to upgrade to a Marvellous Suite – which they were still selling – by tweeting to SPG, since I was Starwood Platinum). The service throughout the whole hotel was a little pretentious, as we had to make them do most of the things that they are allowed to do for guests (such as ask if we could bring alcoholic drinks down from WOOBar) that they’re not obviously supposed to do (like give us a room – they did that).

Continue reading The least pretentious W service anywhere?


The Westin Ubud will not be a full-villa property

My blog did not get shut down by North Korea, never worry. I was busy trying to write up a long post about Starwood, Hilton etc brands. I’ve only got to the seventh hotel brand – ~80 more to go! It’s nice to at least post something to keep you entertained.

I’ve stayed at two spectacular all-villa properties in my life. The first villa property I’ve stayed at and had sweet memories of was the Sheraton Grand Laguna Phuket – unfortunately it closed in 2011 and renovated into a Banyan Tree property, the Angsana Laguna Phuket. We had our own pool, but that wasn’t the highlight – there were three floors. If it were still around it’d definitely be dated, but in 2009 it was simply spectacular.


Continue reading The Westin Ubud will not be a full-villa property