Starwood is expanding its SPG brand with two new locations in Bursa,Turkey just off the Sea of Marmara with the opening of Sheraton Bursa Hotel and Aloft Bursa Hotel. Starwood already has a significant presence in Turkey with seven locations, but with the two new locations they will now have a total of nine properties. A tenth location is expected to be open by the end of 2013, making it the 500th Starwood property in the world.
Bursa is quickly becoming a new international winter getaway for tourists, and now SPG loyalty members have several choices to stay if they venture here. It’s already a popular location for Turkish residents to head out to year round, but in the winter, the nearby Uludag National park is a haven for skiing and snowboarding. Bursa is only 140 miles from Istanbul and the best way to get there is by a “fast ferry” and then a taxi, the trip is scenic and goes by quickly. If you have a rental car, you can drive your car onto the ferry as well.
The New Properties
Sheraton Bursa, with 171 rooms and Aloft Bursa, with 133 rooms each offer the latest amenities including a world-class spa, gym, restaurants, Turkish Baths, contemporary decor as well as several bars and restaurants.
The Sheraton is a category 3 location
The Aloft is a category 2 hotel
Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card currently has a 25,000 bonus after spending $5,000 in the first three months. Both of these new hotels look exceptionally nice and offer a great value for award redemptions. If you redeem 25k points at the new hotels in Bursa you can easily get $600+ value in free stays out of welcome bonus. Although you can get more value from staying at aspirational SPG properties, these hotels are brand new and very well finished.
Category 2 – Rooms at the Sheraton Bursa start at $144 or 5,600 Starpoints for a standard award room. For 5,600 Starpoints per night, 4 free nights can be redeemed using the 25k bonus points.
Category 3 – Rooms at the Aloft Bursa in July start at $105 per night or 4,000 Starpoints. For 4,000 Starpoints per night 6 free nights can be redeemed using the 25k bonus points.
SPG Properties in Turkey
Other SPG brand hotels in Turkey include Istanbul – Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel, Sheraton Istanbul Atakoy Hotel, W Istanbul and Le Méridien İstanbul Etiler, Sheraton Cesme Hotel, Resort and Spa, Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Centre, The Lugal and A Luxury Collection Hotel, Ankara.