Yes, I know. First world problem. What the heck am I talking about? My first real stay as a Starwood Gold after one year plus of Starwood Platinum. I’ve made more than a handful of stays at this particular hotel, and I don’t believe I’ve ever been placed below floor 20. This stay – 10th floor. Yes, I know….first world problem. Other than that, the stay has been just as any other. Desk staff – polite and welcoming. Lobby bar staff – awesome as ever. Only other difference – WiFi not complimentary in the room (unless you make the right benefit choice). Good thing I always travel with a Verizon 4G MiFi nowadays, huh?

I was offered a choice of amenities at check in as detailed in SPGs new benefits: 250 points, comp internet, or a comp cocktail. I went with the points. In truth, about the only thing I’m missing is the possible upgrade to a real suite. With just a 2-night stay, I’d almost be a shoe-in for a decent upgrade as a Starwood Platinum. As a Gold…at least for this stay, not so much….not even a next category room this visit. I did check, and there are NO ROOMS available for booking for the dates of my stay, so I guess I’ll take what I can get!

Starwood Preferred Guest continues to be one of my favorite hotel loyalty programs.