For out trip to Los Angeles I focused on Starwood properties since I had recently picked up the American Express SPG credit card. (hint: right now there is a 35K bonus offer available If you would like to support my blog, just ask me for a link in the comment section with your email.) Before the trip began I had also signed up with Starwood for a Platinum status challenge. I needed to stay 18 ‘eligible’ nights. While visiting Los Angeles we stayed at 2 different Starwood properties. The Le Meridien Delfino in Santa Monica near the Santa Monica Pier was our first stop. The biggest issue here is that on our second day our room had not been made up by 5pm and we needed to get ready to go to dinner after a long day of walking the boardwalk. I requested the room be made right away and we went for another walk, at 6:45 the room had not been touched. We showered and went to dinner. I advised the front desk and sometimes between 6:45 and 9pm the room was cleaned. I complained when we checked out and was told we would be given points to compensate, but I don’t think those points ever showed up. All in all it was a lovely room and there is a small pool in the courtyard area. The pool was very crowded with no seats available anytime we tried to go.