2018: Final Year of SPG as We Know It!

Discussion created by verysuiteboy on Dec 4, 2017
Latest reply on Aug 29, 2019 by houstonfoodandwine


Since all signs are pointing towards 2018 as being the year of the merge, as well as the “Year of Explanation of Upcoming  Benefits” (with changes to become effective in Jan 2019), I thought as a Marriott lifetime platinum premier member, it would be sensible to experience maximum Starwoodiness this upcoming year, before everything becomes Marriottized!  I’ll also include notable stays at legacy-Marriott properties, as well.


I’ll catalogue each stay:

1) employee courtesy/responsiveness

2) Platinum recognition/arrival gift options

3) upgrade provided/impressiveness

4) lounge accessibility/comfort

5) newspaper obtainability

6) quality of bar/food/breakfast

7) pool/deck ease & design

8) final bill delivery

9) overall impression



2018 will likely be the last year ever that SPG can give me the quality of service that they originally envisioned, before rules & benefits are harmonized according to Marriott’s grand plan.  It should also be interesting to see if there's any noticeable change in standards as the year progresses!