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Jul 11, 12, 4:50 am
Replies: 148
Views: 22,475
Posted By Shantanu

We left the Aloft this morning - they asked all...

We left the Aloft this morning - they asked all guests, irrespective of status, to check out by 11am, due to the Olympic security lock-out, and now, they won't accept any more reservations until...
Jul 3, 12, 6:32 am
Replies: 2
Views: 833
Posted By Shantanu

Small problem at the Aloft London

I don't know how to handle this. I would be grateful for any suggestions.

My girlfriend was visiting me from Amsterdam and stayed at the Aloft in London. It wasn't our first stay there.
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May 30, 12, 4:41 am
Replies: 40
Views: 6,848
Posted By Shantanu

I wonder what all that means! I am sure someone...

I wonder what all that means! I am sure someone will enlighten me :)

I thought in Cat 4 it was 10,000 points for a suite upgrade and 1,000 and above for a room upgrade.

I've booked rooms for...
May 30, 12, 12:01 am
Replies: 148
Views: 22,475
Posted By Shantanu

Thanks for your review. I was just wondering how...

Thanks for your review. I was just wondering how much it cost you in points to upgrade to the suite? Glad you enjoyed your stay!
May 20, 12, 2:49 am
Replies: 26
Views: 2,748
Posted By Shantanu

That is such a brilliant suggestion.........proof...

That is such a brilliant suggestion.........proof of why FT is such a great place to come for advice!
May 14, 12, 7:41 am
Replies: 23
Views: 4,043
Posted By Shantanu

Clicking on this, I realised it looked curiously...

Clicking on this, I realised it looked curiously familiar. I then realised....I stayed there last weekend.....it's the Turnberry Resort!

I realise you guys took London Bridge over to Arizona, and...
May 11, 12, 6:55 am
Replies: 103
Views: 16,294
Posted By Shantanu

I don't accept DCC, but I was just...

I don't accept DCC, but I was just wondering........

The official rate for the day of this transaction was 0.1574, thus, making the transaction amount worth $86.59; the hotel's rate was 0.1632238...
May 9, 12, 4:27 am
Replies: 103
Views: 16,294
Posted By Shantanu

I prefer to pay in the local currency, generally,...

I prefer to pay in the local currency, generally, because my bank usually offers me a better conversion rate, so, in Italy, I always pick Euros, and not pounds sterling (being a UK resident, my local...
May 9, 12, 3:59 am
Replies: 103
Views: 16,294
Posted By Shantanu

I stayed at 3 Starwood properties in Italy...

I stayed at 3 Starwood properties in Italy recently, and all had touch screen check out systems, and all three offered the choice of being charged in Euros or Pounds Sterling on the touch screen...
May 7, 12, 3:13 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 645
Posted By Shantanu

Starwood playlist

This weekend at the Turnberry resort, my girlfriend liked the music in the restaurant. When she asked about it, she was told it was a digital playlist supplied by Starwood! Does anyone know if it is...
May 3, 12, 6:41 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 765
Posted By Shantanu

Thank you William, I very much appreciate that! ...

Thank you William, I very much appreciate that!

Best regards,
Shant
May 3, 12, 5:19 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 765
Posted By Shantanu

Cash & Points Question

Anyone know what the practicalities are on this....I know I can read terms, but I would prefer to hear what is accepted and what is not.

I wanted to make two cash and points reservations for the...
Apr 26, 12, 5:53 am
Replies: 647
Views: 141,686
Posted By Shantanu

Whilst your proposal is great, I can't imagine it...

Whilst your proposal is great, I can't imagine it ever being used.....it would involve too much traffic towards customer services/plat concierge, with enquiries, people trying to decipher what they...
Apr 24, 12, 12:40 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,645
Posted By Shantanu

I am not commenting on this per se, but was...

I am not commenting on this per se, but was thinking about my last stay in Madrid, at the Westin Palace.

I arrived at 3pm, checked in, left my bags in the room, went to my friend's place, with...
Apr 21, 12, 3:45 am
Replies: 647
Views: 141,686
Posted By Shantanu

I hope so.....SPG promos are usually so much...

I hope so.....SPG promos are usually so much better. I'll wait until it is announced officially
Apr 15, 12, 9:02 am
Replies: 79
Views: 13,751
Posted By Shantanu

Mazel Tov! Considering your family are...

Mazel Tov!

Considering your family are scattered around Asia, Africa and North America, this stay really had to be somewhere in Europe! Enjoy Prague.....it is where I work, and if I were there, I...
Apr 15, 12, 8:12 am
Replies: 100
Views: 14,268
Posted By Shantanu

Apr 27 - Apr 29 / Sheraton Lisbon / Shantanu

Apr 27 - Apr 29 / Sheraton Lisbon / Shantanu
Apr 9, 12, 11:13 pm
Replies: 361
Views: 80,486
Posted By Shantanu

We had quite the opposite stay. Even though my...

We had quite the opposite stay. Even though my status went down to Gold last month, we still had a fabulous upgrade. We were checked in within 2 minutes of arriving, and even then, we were offered...
Apr 3, 12, 1:21 am
Replies: 18
Views: 2,105
Posted By Shantanu

I just went to both cities last week - 3 days in...

I just went to both cities last week - 3 days in each. Just going on rates, I would use your points in Rome, at either the St Regis or Hotel Eden. For the same period, the E&R is the cheapest of the...
Mar 29, 12, 3:02 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,630
Posted By Shantanu

I don't think anyone's going to weigh your dog. I...

I don't think anyone's going to weigh your dog. I think, if you walk in with a Great Dane, or a St Bernard, or something rather large that's misbehaving, smelly, scruffy or dribbling, then they will...
Mar 21, 12, 4:50 pm
Replies: 100
Views: 14,268
Posted By Shantanu

Mar 22 - Mar 23 / Sheraton Roma Hotel &...

Mar 22 - Mar 23 / Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center, Rome / Shantanu
Mar 23 - Mar 26 / St Regis, Rome / Shantanu
Mar 20, 12, 7:09 am
Replies: 40
Views: 45,354
Posted By Shantanu

Only going on what he told me!

Only going on what he told me!
Mar 20, 12, 6:39 am
Replies: 40
Views: 45,354
Posted By Shantanu

I think it is fine to overtip for exceptional...

I think it is fine to overtip for exceptional service....and travelling as a single father with young children, I do experience exceptional help, and it is part of my way to thank the staff and...
Mar 17, 12, 8:11 am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,770
Posted By Shantanu

I really can't blame the hotels for not offering...

I really can't blame the hotels for not offering the rooms as award rooms....that is only reasonable.....and I would say, wishful thinking on anyone's part!

.....But what you went through for the...
Mar 17, 12, 7:17 am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,770
Posted By Shantanu

I remember that being reported. Wasn't there also...

I remember that being reported. Wasn't there also a similar situation at Vancouver?
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