I am Giving Away a Free Hotel Night Which You Could Win

Y ou might remember that I won a free night award for a Category 1–5 hotel property as an instant winner of a promotion from the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program celebrating Design Hotels becoming the newest brand of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Incorporated; and I had to use the award by Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Where did the time go?

I am Giving Away a Free Hotel Night Which You Could Win

I have not been able to use this award due to reasons beyond my control; and hanging up and calling back to extend the expiration date was unsuccessful — so I am giving it away…

…and you could be the lucky winner. The catch is that your stay of one night must occur by Thursday, March 31, 2016.

I was told by a reservations agent via telephone that the award is transferable and could be used for a room in any hotel or resort property around the world which participates under the brands associated with the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program whose award category is 1 through 5. A test reservation was even done to ensure that it worked. I would be required to call to reserve the room for you if you are the winner. Ensure that you use an e-mail address through which I can contact you.

Terms and Conditions

Only one entry per person per e-mail address permitted. The Gate reserves the right to exclude persons from this giveaway suspected of entering greater than once or applying an unjustified advantage; and has the exclusive right to make final decisions about the prize, participation, and anything else associated with this giveaway.

The winner will be selected at random by using random.org and its random numbering system and will be notified via e-mail message — as well as announced here at The Gate. By accepting the prize if you are the winner, you automatically absolve The Gate and Brian Cohen from any liability which may occur as a result of winning the free night; or for any technical errors which may arise in connection with this giveaway.

Entries must be received by 11:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, March 25, 2016.


I realize that one week is not much time; and I apologize for that — I wish I could have done this earlier — but you can potentially save hundreds of dollars on a room; so if you are able to use it within the next week, please post in the Comments section below and I will randomly choose a winner.

My loss could be your gain. Good luck to you.

Screen shot ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

164 thoughts on “I am Giving Away a Free Hotel Night Which You Could Win”

  1. Shwetha says:

    Would love a Starwood treat as an early birthday present 🙂

  2. Darlen says:

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed. My son and I are going to Dallas next week so he can play in a junior golf tournament and that would help with his expenses!!!

  3. Anant Bhan says:

    Thanks! Hope to win 🙂

  4. Theresa says:

    Please pick me.

  5. Andrés says:


  6. Matt says:

    Thanks Brian from Brisbane

  7. Jacob says:

    Would love to win

    1. Andrew L says:


  8. Catherin says:

    Would love a free night, can use by the 31st.

  9. Arthur h says:

    Hopefully a staycation in DC will coming up for me.

  10. Wendy says:

    I could use a mini vacay. Need to run away from home for a day or two.

  11. Jerry says:

    My family will be visiting me this week, I still need to book them a hotel! (:

  12. Pablo says:

    I would love to win this for a nice weekend getaway with the wife.

  13. Ted says:

    Free night!

  14. shay peleg says:

    Yes please

  15. Mike says:

    Enter me too!

  16. Adeeb says:

    Have an upcoming stay in Singapore. Hope I win!

  17. Nancy O says:

    Yes! Please! Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica for Saturday night!!

  18. Bernard Binder says:

    Would definitely be able to use it!

  19. Christian says:

    Thanks for the contest.

  20. Marcia says:

    pick me, pick me, pick me

  21. Stacy says:

    Would love to stay in Portland when I’m in the area next week.

  22. Lucky meow says:

    Thanks a lot! Would love to win

  23. M Jones says:

    I would love this! Thanks for doing giveaways 🙂

  24. milo says:

    very cool

  25. Debra says:

    I’d love to win. I’d stay somewhere in ny.

  26. Chandra chan says:

    This would be good for my bachelorette party

  27. Elisa says:

    Pretty please..

  28. Bryan says:

    Staying at the SLS Vegas this weekend visiting the in-laws for easter. Already have the room booked on points since it’s 400+ for the night but would love to get 12k points back in the bank 😀 Thanks for taking the time to gift it!

  29. Ishan says:

    This would be awesome!

  30. Dave says:

    I’d like to enter and hope I win. I’ll be traveling to Quito with two friends arriving on 31Mar in the evening. It looks like they have a Sheraton and I haven’t booked a room quite yet. It looks like this is a cat 3 so is in the range 🙂

  31. Ted Ehrlich says:

    I would be able to use it. Thank you 🙂

  32. Jim says:

    I can definitely use it! My girlfriend and are I celebrating an anniversary and it’d be nice to get away for a night!

  33. Todd says:

    Could use this out in SF for sure

  34. Niladri says:

    Thanks Brian. Can use it in my trip to Madison this weekend.

  35. Mike S says:

    Would definitely love to use this for Chicago this coming week!

  36. Michael says:

    maybe i will have better luck here than I did on their contest.

  37. Bhavna D says:

    Thanks for this give-away. Hope to win as I am traveling in the coming week.

  38. Zachary says:

    Would love to bring my mum for a getaway in town if I’m fortunate enough! 😉

  39. Anita says:

    Thanks, play it forward!

  40. Ben says:

    May the luck be with me!

  41. Scott says:

    Your loss my gain

  42. Hung Huu To says:

    Favor me please!

  43. Patrick says:

    Would love a free night! Thanks 🙂

  44. TJ says:

    Could really use this, thanks for the opportunity!

  45. Alex P says:

    Looking to book a room in annapolis this weekend. Would love to stay at the Westin.

  46. Matt says:

    please add me to the drawing!

  47. Mats says:

    Randomly pick me!!!

  48. Kaji says:

    Hi Brian,
    I am planning for a stay in Austin this weekend. Would love to be selected for the giveaway.

  49. HockeyCoachBen says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I could definitely use the free night!

  50. Diego says:

    This is awesome! Thanks!

  51. Luke says:

    Thanks for the opp!

  52. pag says:

    Much needed break 🙂

  53. David says:

    Sign me up! Thanks for the opportunity.

  54. Max Wei says:

    Hope to use it in Kyoto!

  55. Elizabeth Haglund says:

    Would love an anniversary present of a one night stay for me and my husband this weekend. Exciting.

  56. Nicola says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I can use this before 31st for a stay in Doha

  57. Patricia says:

    That would come out really useful as am moving on the 1st April . Crossing fingers.

  58. Waldemar says:

    Going to Dubai tomorrow so will extend stay by one day

  59. noko says:

    Perfect for mom and daughter night out! Thank you:)

  60. Lars says:

    Please pick me, i would to suprise my girlfriend with a fantastic night in our hometown Berlin! Thank you!

  61. Jamie says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  62. Leo says:

    Nothing ventured!

  63. Taylor says:

    Time flies! Would gladly help put it to good use!

  64. Samuel Kemper says:

    thanks! hope to win it!

  65. Ike says:

    Rad got a small stay coming up I could add onto.

  66. Dan says:

    I am surprised to read that Westin Dublin is a category 5 hotel.

  67. MJ says:

    Can use this weekend!

  68. Samuel says:

    Overnight transit in SIN next week. Would definitely appreciate a free Starwood stay.

  69. Annemarie says:

    Would love to spend a night with my men in a lovely hotel in Berlin … Hope to win it …

  70. Jessdnomad says:

    Would really love to win this and treat someone special. Thanks!

  71. ajm says:

    Very nice of you!

  72. Cliff says:

    Let’s make it so, thanks!

  73. Lynn says:

    Heading to LA next week, appreciate the oppurtunity!

  74. Paul says:

    Would love to use that in europe this week!

  75. Thanks for giving away a free night! Would be nice to win this for a friend 🙂

  76. renee says:

    Would love to win a free night to use on our upcoming vacation.

  77. Christine B says:

    Yes, Please. Traveling with the kids for Spring Break

  78. Wes says:

    Please consider this as an entry to the drawing.

  79. Stephanie says:


  80. Kelly S says:

    I just finished chemo and my husband and I would love a one night staycation. Not up to traveling yet so we could do this and it would be so nice!

  81. Marvin says:

    Will be in Seattle this week. Could use it!

  82. Brian Ingraham says:

    Would be wonderful were staying in Jacksonville and we could move actually to a wonderful Starwood Property for one night would be so fantastic

  83. Lindy says:

    Great contest!

  84. A says:

    I’ll be in DC this weekend – so a free night would be amazing!

  85. Susie Callahan says:

    My 82 year old Mom is arriving on Easter Sunday for a week’s stay with us. Wouldn’t it be lovely to surprise her with an overnight getaway if I win?!. Thank you for the opportunity!

  86. Andrew says:

    Wish me luck

  87. Andy says:

    At a category 2

  88. Lori H says:

    I could use it!

  89. Karim Sie says:

    Pick me

  90. russ levinson says:

    Free spg night! Yes please

  91. Buvaneswaran Matheswaran says:

    Lets see what is going to happen 🙂

  92. Andrew says:

    Thank you

  93. Matt Lacy says:

    Count me in!

  94. Terence says:

    Would be awesome to win, wife’s birthday on 1 apr!

  95. Terence says:

    Would be awesome to win, wife-s birthday on 1 apr!

  96. C Y says:

    This would be awesome as a birthday gift (on Mar 30!!) Thanks!!

  97. Allen says:

    Would love to use it in a stay in NYC!

  98. Jim F says:

    Yes, I’d love to win it.

  99. david d says:

    Would like to win. On a quick getaway this easter weekend now.

  100. Eliteflyer says:


  101. Lc Chong says:

    Me please!

  102. Helen K says:

    Thanks for the chance for a free night!

  103. Sara J says:

    I am burnt out from work, and a leisurely overnight close to home would be a treat.

  104. Neer says:

    Sorry to hear you cannot use your certificate. Thank you for being generous to allow someone to use it!

  105. melvin says:

    Would love to give a room to my parents for their wedding anniversary! *cross fingers*

  106. Garrett says:

    Would love the ability to use a free night this next week 🙂

  107. Z T says:

    Hoping for the best!

  108. Randy Yelnat says:

    Would love the free night!

  109. amy says:

    would love a free night!

  110. R. Lu says:

    Definitely love to use it by the end of March. Will try to maximize the value of the prize. Finger crossed.

  111. Thora Breden says:

    Thank you

  112. Justin says:

    Pick me! 😀 Fingers crossed!

  113. JAXBA says:

    That would be nice! I’d take my wife for a one night staycation 🙂

  114. Janet says:

    This would be a wonderful birthday present 🙂

  115. MileStalker says:

    Certainly could use one night in the Netherlands next week.

  116. ro says:

    I’d love to use the free night at the Royal Hawaiian! Thanks…

  117. gymrat says:

    Yes, I would love to use it for a trip I have to the Bay Area in CA next week! Thanks!

  118. steve gregg says:

    Very kind of you. Fingers crossed!

  119. tbone s says:

    Thanks. You rock!

  120. Kristen says:

    This would be so helpful over spring break. Thanks for sharing!

  121. Joe C. says:

    Let’s roll the dice and see what happens!

  122. Robert says:

    It could be very useful for this long Easter weekend 🙂 Thank you!

  123. Rei says:

    Would love to get a break from med school internship, free night at the local intercontinental sound awesome! (This hotel is under a dome with its own water park!)

    1. Rei says:

      Oops mod please delete above comment. St Regis free night please 😉

  124. Jack S says:

    *Pick Me, Pick Me* Hehe.

    Would love a quick Starwood getaway.

  125. Bobby says:

    woo hoo I just got engaged Sat and my fiancé’s b-day is on the 1st so would surprise them with a mid week staycation!!

  126. Mahreen Nabi says:

    Would be great to get a stay at SPG hotels.

  127. Animesh says:

    I would love to have this, can take my wife for a nice gateway

  128. r hirsch says:

    i’m traveling by bicycle around the country. usually by plane. but we all need breaks. and i need a break from my wet tent! and oh lord, if there’s a free breakfast buffet, damage WILL be done!!

  129. Justin says:

    Sure would love a quick vacation this month! Perfect weather for the beach in CA!

  130. Jimmy says:

    Winner winner chicken dinner!

  131. Rachel S says:

    Thank you. I can use the certificate by March 31.

  132. David says:

    I would love to use at a Cat 5 hotel in Asia for my trip.

  133. Elaine says:

    Thanks! Would be perfect for a staycation.

  134. Harish Gupta Gopu says:

    How to enroll?

  135. Peter T. says:

    me me me please

  136. Aarash says:

    I could use it!

  137. Iwantmoremiles says:

    Currently in Costa Rica and could use this Sunday night.

  138. Andrew says:

    Thank you for your generosity!

  139. Linda S. says:

    I could use it for the nights of 3/30 or 3/31 in the Silver Spring, MD or Washington DC area for a meeting to learn how to advocate for people with rare diseases.

  140. Tony says:

    Ill be in boston next week and this would be very handy for a nice hotel!

  141. Abdul Bezrati says:

    I would be grateful to have it 🙂

  142. dee says:

    I would actually use it this holiday weekend! Thanks for the opportunity!

  143. Leon Le says:

    try my luck

  144. Frank says:

    Thanks! Hope I win!

  145. Ivan A says:

    Taking the niece and nephew to NYC. Would love to be able to stay overnight for free! Thanks in advance! 🙂

  146. Lu says:

    Thank you so much for doing this! I will be so happy if I win!

  147. Linda says:

    Love to have a free night!!!

  148. Lorinda says:

    It won’t go to waste with me!

  149. Jay says:

    Very generous of you. I could put it to use this weekend for sure. Thanks!

  150. Sonya says:

    Hope to win!

  151. Daniel says:

    Would be a great treat for my upcoming anniversary!

  152. Dori says:

    Hopefull staycation! 🙂

  153. Matt says:

    A free night would be great, I would love to win!

  154. fred says:

    I would love to have the chance to stay at *wood 🙂

  155. Sebastian says:

    I could use it!

  156. Paul says:

    Wow! Just n time for my wedding anniversary. I’d love to win!

  157. Lecia says:

    I’d love a surprise getaway!

  158. My wife and I are on vacation and have an overnight layover on the 31st in Portland. We have been dying to stay at The Nines hotel there, which is a Cat 5 and would be a great redemption value! We’d appreciate being considered and thanks for the great opportunity.

  159. Jeanne says:

    Thank you!

  160. wm says:

    I’d love to win.

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