SPG Hot Escapes Great Picks for July 15, 2015

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Happy Wednesday! The SPG Hot Escapes weekly list came out this morning. Here’s the full list, and some of Magic of Miles’ great picks including one in Panama and two US properties great for mattress runs.

Oddly, the list has reverted back to the old format that SPG used prior to just a few weeks ago when they made a change to the site. Yay! I suspect it is just temporary, but I personally prefer the look of the “old list” since it allows you to scan the entire list at once rather than just certain areas. I also didn’t like the graphics heavy format and preferred just the data, not needing to search by which hotels are close to shopping or beaches.

For those who aren’t familiar with Hot Escapes, SPG combined Beat The Timer for Hot Escapes and Starpicks into something called Hot Escapes. Every Wednesday at 6am EST new properties are added and must be booked by that Saturday, for stays during the following six weeks. As an SPG member, you also save an extra 5% and earn points for the stay.

The only downside is that reservations are prepaid, and if you change or cancel a fee is involved.

Here’s a link to this week’s Hot Escapes selections.

This is the full list of properties on offer this week, with my recommendations at the bottom –

Africa and Middle East Division

Algeria

Sheraton Oran Hotel
Oran, Algeria
USD 107
was USD 134
SPG Member rate:
USD 102

Egypt

Le Méridien Dahab Resort
Dahab, Egypt
USD 72
was USD 90
SPG Member rate:
USD 68

Sheraton Soma Bay Resort
Red Sea, Egypt
USD 62
was USD 79
SPG Member rate:
USD 59

Gabon

Le Méridien Re-Ndama
Libreville, Gabon
USD 174
was USD 218
SPG Member rate:
USD 166

Jordan

Le Méridien Amman
Amman, Jordan
USD 141
was USD 176
SPG Member rate:
USD 134

Morocco

Le Méridien N’Fis
Marrakech, Morocco
USD 84
was USD 123
SPG Member rate:
USD 80

Qatar

W Doha Hotel & Residences
Doha, Qatar
USD 247
was USD 329
SPG Member rate:
USD 235

United Arab Emirates

Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
USD 63
was USD 79
SPG Member rate:
USD 60

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
USD 68
was USD 85
SPG Member rate:
USD 65

Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, Ajman
Ajman, United Arab Emirates
USD 111
was USD 139
SPG Member rate:
USD 106

Asia Pacific Division

Australia

Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
USD 117
was USD 146
SPG Member rate:
USD 111

Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
USD 145
was USD 193
SPG Member rate:
USD 138

China

Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
USD 142
was USD 177
SPG Member rate:
USD 135

Four Points by Sheraton Hangzhou, Binjiang
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
USD 97
was USD 129
SPG Member rate:
USD 92

Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
USD 98
was USD 122
SPG Member rate:
USD 93

Sheraton Shenyang South City Hotel
Shenyang, Liaoning, China
USD 80
was USD 100
SPG Member rate:
USD 76

Sheraton Xiamen Hotel
Xiamen, Fujian, China
USD 104
was USD 138
SPG Member rate:
USD 99

Vietnam

Le Méridien Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
USD 147
was USD 183
SPG Member rate:
USD 139

Europe Division

Albania

Sheraton Tirana Hotel
Tirana, Albania
USD 78
was USD 98
SPG Member rate:
USD 74

Belgium

Four Points by Sheraton Brussels
Brussels, Belgium
USD 64
was USD 83
SPG Member rate:
USD 61

Bulgaria

Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria
USD 66
was USD 83
SPG Member rate:
USD 63

France

Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
Paris, France
USD 175
was USD 226
SPG Member rate:
USD 166

Le Méridien Etoile
Paris, France
USD 158
was USD 208
SPG Member rate:
USD 150

Germany

Le Méridien Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany
USD 131
was USD 174
SPG Member rate:
USD 125

The Westin Grand Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany
USD 158
was USD 197
SPG Member rate:
USD 150

Italy

The Westin Excelsior, Rome
Rome, Italy
USD 262
was USD 350
SPG Member rate:
USD 249

The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
Venice, Italy
USD 854
was USD 1067
SPG Member rate:
USD 811

Poland

Sheraton Poznan Hotel
Poznan, Poland
USD 62
was USD 77
SPG Member rate:
USD 58

Slovakia

Sheraton Bratislava Hotel
Bratislava, Slovakia
USD 106
was USD 132
SPG Member rate:
USD 100

Switzerland

Four Points by Sheraton Sihlcity – Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
USD 168
was USD 211
SPG Member rate:
USD 160

Sheraton Zurich Neues Schloss Hotel
Zurich, Switzerland
USD 211
was USD 263
SPG Member rate:
USD 200

Latin America Division

Dominican Republic

Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
USD 78
was USD 98
SPG Member rate:
USD 75

Mexico

Le Méridien Mexico City
Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
USD 120
was USD 150
SPG Member rate:
USD 114

Panama

Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center
Panama City, Panama
USD 111
was USD 139
SPG Member rate:
USD 106

United States

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, United States
USD 259
was USD 345
SPG Member rate:
USD 246

Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
USD 135
was USD 169
SPG Member rate:
USD 128

North America Division

United States

The Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida, United States
USD 89
was USD 119
SPG Member rate:
USD 85

Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Northeast
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
USD 103
was USD 129
SPG Member rate:
USD 98

The Westin Arlington Gateway
Arlington, Virginia, United States
USD 95
was USD 119
SPG Member rate:
USD 90

Four Points by Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport
Romulus, Michigan, United States
USD 92
was USD 115
SPG Member rate:
USD 87

Sheraton Crescent Hotel
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
USD 75
was USD 94
SPG Member rate:
USD 71

Sheraton PGA Vacation Resort, Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie, Florida, United States
USD 90
was USD 112
SPG Member rate:
USD 85

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
USD 95
was USD 119
SPG Member rate:
USD 90

Aloft Tempe
Tempe, Arizona, United States
USD 63
was USD 79
SPG Member rate:
USD 60

The Westin Tampa Bay
Tampa, Florida, United States
USD 111
was USD 139
SPG Member rate:
USD 106

Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport
Mesa, Arizona, United States
USD 62
was USD 77
SPG Member rate:
USD 59

The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont
Manchester Village, Vermont, United States
USD 247
was USD 329
SPG Member rate:
USD 234

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center
Overland Park, Kansas, United States
USD 95
was USD 119
SPG Member rate:
USD 90

Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel
Houston, Texas, United States
USD 84
was USD 105
SPG Member rate:
USD 80

Aloft Cleveland Downtown
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
USD 106
was USD 132
SPG Member rate:
USD 100

Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport North
Irving, Texas, United States
USD 68
was USD 85
SPG Member rate:
USD 65

Aloft San Francisco Airport
Millbrae, California, United States
USD 135
was USD 169
SPG Member rate:
USD 128

The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, United States
USD 133
was USD 166
SPG Member rate:
USD 126

Four Points by Sheraton Fort Myers Airport
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
USD 84
was USD 110
SPG Member rate:
USD 80

The Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard in Florida has a great rate of $85, though just on a couple of Sundays in August.

Here’s the mattress running roundup for the week – Aloft Tempe in Arizona at $60 for a dozen dates and Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport in Arizona for $59 a night on a handful of days in July.

Four Points by Sheraton Fort Myers Airport in Florida has a rate of $80 for the next two weeks.

If you’ve wanted to stay at The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa in Vermont, even though the $234 rate is listed as a “25% savings” off the regular rate, keep in mind that at the beginning of June it was down to $185. Not a huge jump but not the lowest rate of the season.

Sheraton Soma Bay Resort in Egypt has a low SPG member rate of $59, with wide open availability.

Le Méridien N’Fis in Morocco is at $80 for just about every day, the lowest rate we’ve seen all year.

Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre has a member rate of $166 for every day.

The UAE has three properties on offer this week –

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Le Méridien Amman in Jordan is at $134.

Back in April, the W Doha Hotel & Residences in Qatar was offered at $261, and this week it has dropped to $235.

Sheraton Xiamen Hotel in China is offered at $99.

Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia was at $125 at the beginning of June. It’s on the list this week at a still-reasonable rate of $138, which is a 25% savings over the regular rate.

In Germany the Le Méridien Hamburg is $126.

Le Méridien Mexico City is offered at a low rate of $114 for two dates at the end of August.

We’ve seen the Westin Excelsior in Rome listed at under $230 on both January and April’s lists, but it is still at a decent rate this week of $249 especially considering it is the middle of popular tourist season.

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Heading to Panama? The Category 3 Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center has a great low member rate of $106 on the weekends especially since the usual prepaid rate is $136.

W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico is up just a smidge from June’s $253 to this week’s $246.

That’s it for Magic of Miles’ best Hot Escapes picks for the week!

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