Every year Starwood makes changes to what hotels are in what categories. Generally the changes affect a small portion of the hotels and in this case, for 2015, it’s a total of 22% that are changing categories. This year about 10% of the hotels are moving up and about 12% of hotels are moving down. The entire list of changes can be viewed here.
There really aren’t any big changes if you live in the NY/NJ area which is disappointing since the hotels in this area. There are 2 hotels in NJ going up from category 4 to 5 and one going down from 4 to 3. Overall, on the east coast the numbers don’t look that good with 9 hotels moving up and 6 down.
The changes are pretty minor overall and probably won’t affect your travels. In a way this is a good thing because change in the travel world is usually not a good thing.