Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has released its list of hotels that will be changing categories effective March 6, 2018. The category adjustments give an insight into projected occupancy and the average daily rate forecasts into these hotels. Hotels that are expected to earn higher revenue will usually move upwards and become more expensive in points, and the ones they foresee with lesser occupancy will go down in points.

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Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Category Changes for 2018

With this year’s changes, 276 hotels will soon be moving up or down in categories, which represents 17% of Starwood’s total portfolio.

You can see the full list of properties that are changing categories on the SPG website here.  These changes will go into effect from March 6, 2018, and you can book stays 350 days in advance, so you have time to take advantage of the 2017 redemption prices before the rates go up next month.

With hotels moving up and down, this year the change affects a total of 11 properties, out of which 7 hotels are moving up by one category, and 2 hotels are moving down. Starwood’s new Four Points by Sheraton in Srinagar is coming down from category 4 to category 2.

Out of 11 changes, 4 of them are ITC Hotels

– ITC Gardenia
-ITC Chola
iTC Windsor

and ofcourse Grand Bharat heading back to it’s old position. 

Sheraton Grand Bengaluru is one of the properties that made it to top hotels list on Tripadvisor this year, which makes it more valuable.  Unfortunately, Westin Mumbai is changing too and going back to position in 2016. I feel SPG just reversed all it’s changes from last year. 

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