Update 2: The NYTimes recently had a blurb on the new luxury class Mamilla hotel. Here’s hoping that this is the start of a new SPG hotel in Jerusalem!
Update: Starwood stays classy!
Here is their offer to me that came without any prompting of my own for my upcoming Cash and Points stays (4,000 points + $60) at the Sheraton Jerusalem:
We are following up our email dated June 19th regarding your award booking at the Sheraton Jerusalem Plaza. Thank you for your patience.
We see that you are currently holding multiple upcoming reservations, the next one being confirmation number xxxxxxxx on xx/xx/2009 for 4 nights. As you are already aware, this hotel will cease its association with the Sheraton brand and so will no longer honor free night award reservations. We are sorry for any inconvenience this development may have caused and are pleased that we can now offer a new option to our members:
a) The Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem (www.mamillahotel.com) has agreed that it will accept the transfer of award reservations and guarantee Studio rooms (two persons) only, subject to availability. Please be aware that the hotel will not provide suites to members whose awards were previously redeemed for a suite. The Mamilla Hotel is not a Starwood property and therefore you will not earn Starpoints for any charges at this hotel and will not receive your regular amenities or benefits. The good news is that if we are able to move your reservations, you will not need to increase the number of Starpoints that were used for your booking at the Sheraton Jerusalem Plaza. If you would like to transfer your reservation to the Mamilla Hotel, please respond immediately to this email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will attempt to move as many bookings as the Mamilla Hotel can accommodate; however if there is insufficient space to accommodate your reservations, you would either have to remain at the former Sheraton Jerusalem Plaza at a paid rate or else look for other alternatives. We will handle the moves in chronological order, starting with July reservations. Please note that the Mamilla Hotel will only accept the transfer of award bookings; any paid bookings at the Sheraton Jerusalem Plaza will remain there.
b) If we cannot move your reservation or you decide to stay at the former Sheraton Jerusalem Plaza, then you will need to cancel your award reservations and re-book directly with the hotel the prevailing rate by June 30, 2009. You may contact the hotel by calling 97226298666 or email at email@example.com. Starwood will not pay for your reservations but we will return the Starpoints used for your award to your account and we will deposit 10,000 Starpoints as a gesture of goodwill. Please remember that you will not earn Starpoints for any charges at this hotel and that you will not be given your usual Starwood Preferred Guest amenities or benefits.
c) If you decide to cancel your reservation altogether, please respond to this email at firstname.lastname@example.org with that decision and we will assist you with the cancellation and return of your Starpoints. We will also deposit 10,000 points into your account as a gesture of goodwill.
We appreciate your continued patronage of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. We have made all reasonable attempts to take care of you and we are very pleased that the Mamilla Hotel has offered to take on reservations that can be moved.
We look forward to hearing from you so we may understand your decision and take care of any new arrangements as quickly as possible. Please keep in mind that we will start with members holding bookings for July.
Senior Director, Consumer Affairs”
Originally posted on 05/28:
According to this article (hebrew only) Starwood is giving the boot to the:
-Sheraton Moriah Tel Aviv
as of 06/30 for “failing to maintain the global standards of the Sheraton brand.”
This leaves only 4 Starwood hotels in Israel, the
-Le Meridian Dead Sea
-Le Meridian Eilat
-Sheraton City Towers Ramat Gan.
-Sheraton Tel Aviv
Hopefully we’ll see better hotels come under the Starwood brand in Israel…”Starwood is actively looking for new opportunities for all nine Starwood brands in Israel.”
As of now you are still able to book all of the above hotels on spg.com for dates after 06/30 but there’s no telling how much longer that will last.
I’m guessing this may have a good demographic of people start using their Starpoints for mileage transfers instead of hotel redemptions…
HT: Moish, via dansdeals.com/forums