SPG has announced revisions to its property categories for 2016. The changes, which take effect from 1 March, 2016 will see 12% of hotels moving up a category, and 8% moving down a category. There are no changes to the points levels for a category, and they have not announced any new categories â€“ hotels have only been moved within the existing categories.
Starwood have published the full list on their website here.
Category revisions are an annual event for the SPG program, and is generally reflective of their view of the nightly rates for the hotels. In a way, they reflect, to a degree the local market conditions of the hotel
In Australia, there is only one change, with the Four Points Brisbane moving down a category, from category 4 to category 3.
In the wider Asia Pacific, we see some interesting decreases â€“ with both the The St. Regis Bangkok, Thailand & Le Meridien Bora Bora moving down a category. On the other hand, the W Bali steps it up a notch, increasing from Category 6 to Category 7.
There are a number of hotels moving around categories in Asia Pacific, so it is worth reviewing the list if you had been intending on using points at one of the hotels.