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Marriott Acquisition Likely to Make Starwood VIPs Unhappy

The rewards program is not nearly as good, you see

(Newser) - Somewhere between their Westin Heavenly Beds and the room's rainfall shower system, Starwood hotel loyalists were struck Monday morning by a new reality: their beloved loyalty program would soon be gobbled up by Marriott's less-generous reward system. "It ruined my breakfast. I realized all the effort put... More »

Hilton Sued for Stealing Info From Rival

Starwood claims purloined plans used to copy W luxury hotels

(Newser) - Starwood Hotels is accusing archrival Hilton of using stolen documents to build its new luxury brand in record time, Marketwatch reports. Starwood—which says the pilfered information amounts to a "blueprint" for building a luxury chain like the successful W hotels—is suing Hilton and two ex-Starwood execs for... More »

Jean-Georges Has Appetite for Empire

Chef Vongerichten aims for unheard-of 50 restaurants in 5 years

(Newser) - Jean-Georges Vongerichten has been busy indeed outside the kitchen—too busy, in the minds of some. In the next 5 years, the restaurateur plans to open between 30 and 50 new establishments in Starwood Hotels worldwide. The dramatic move, brokered by a private-equity firm, will make consistency a challenge and... More »

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