SPG Member Favorites 2015

This is a list of truly remarkable and exceptional hotels from the viewpoint of our valuable Starwood Preferred Guest members.

October 9, 2015

Meet the Favorites

Recently this week SPG announced the list of SPG Member Favorites Hotels & Resorts around the world. This is a list of truly remarkable and exceptional hotels from the viewpoint of our valuable Starwood Preferred Guest members. You can now explore Italy whilst staying in our finest hotels and moreover you can visit all three of them in one day.

The best of the best in Southern Europe

Imagine this perfect weekend scenario. Have breakfast in Florence with a view over the Arno River, catch the Freccia train going to Venice, attend a cooking class in The Gritti Epicurean School and stargaze from your bed in Ljubljana – even in the winter time. Now, that’s an itinerary to get the best of two worlds: Italy’s charm and Slovenian uniqueness just over Italy’s border.

Drum roll, please. Meet Europe, Africa and Middle East SPG Member Favorites 2015:

“Member Favorites is truly a collection of exceptional Starwood Hotels and Resorts, beloved by SPG members,” says Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President of Starwood Preferred Guest. “This is the first time our ‘Wish List’ functionality is being made available, helping our members to document their aspirational travel destinations for future trip planning. For our hotels, it is an honor to be recognized by our members as being best-in-class.”

The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

Occupying a prestigious setting on the Grand Canal, The Gritti Palace was built in 1475 as residence of Doge Andrea Gritti. A leisurely short stroll from Piazza San Marco, the imposing palazzo awards rare views of Santa Maria della Salute.

The St. Regis Florence

Situated in central Florence, the scenic St. Regis Florence has been the preferred stop of seasoned travelers since the 18th Century. Steps away from iconic landmarks, it offers an unrivaled immersion into the cradle of the Renaissance.

Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

With sweeping views of the sparkling Venice lagoon, the Hotel Danieli enjoys a particularly majestic location—just steps from the legendary Palazzo Ducale, dramatic St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, and the famed Bridge of Sighs.

Villa Erba and Visconti: When cinema reflects on Como lake water

Villa Erba is one of the main characteristic villas on Lake Como. Luchino Visconti, one of Italy's best known directors, spent much of his life here. He decided to shoot one of the world cinema masterpieces, called Ludwig.

The Origins of Panettone and Pandoro

The deliciousness of Panettone and Pandoro has made a trademark of the Italian culinary tradition, much appreciated in most of Europe. Discover its history and the differences that characterize these two delicacies.

The Italian culinary traditions during Festive Days

Enjoy the culinary italian tradition around Christmas period, that gathers family and friends under the same roof. Discover the characteristic dishes and taste the unique diversity of the typical flavours of these festive days.