Hotel news: Club Carlson in Mauritius, Hilton at Schiphol, stunning new InterCon Bordeaux

Here are some bit of hotel news which accumulated last week:

Radisson opens two resorts in Mauritius – good Club Carlson redemptions

Radisson Blu, part of the Club Carlson loyalty scheme, has opened two beach resorts in Mauritius.

These are the Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa (100 rooms, photo below) and its adjacent Radisson Blu Azuri Residence & Suites (57 residences) and the Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa, Mauritius (100 rooms, adults only).   Both are existing resorts, previously independent, which have been rebranded.  Both opened within the last three years.

Azuri is 50,000 Club Carlson points per night whilst Poste Lafayette is 38,000 points per night.  Neither of these resorts is hugely expensive so you are getting around 0.3p per Club Carlson point – my typical valuation.

As American Express Membership Rewards points transfer at 1:3 into Club Carlson, you would be getting around 0.9p per Amex point.

Radisson Azuri Mauritius

New Hilton opens at Amsterdam Schiphol

The new Hilton hotel at Amsterdam Schiphol is now open.  The funky looking stucture, see below, is a replacement for the existing Hilton property which will now be demolished.  There is direct access to the hotel from the terminal.

The specification looks impressive and there is even a spa.  If you stay before 29th February you will earn double Hilton HHonors points, which would presumably stack with the ‘Double Your HHonors’ promotion which runs from 1st January.

Hilton HHonors redemptions will cost 50,000 points per night.  This is a pretty awful deal, to be honest, given that cash rates are as low as €126 at the moment.

The hotel website is here if you want to find out more.

Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol

New InterContinental opens in Bordeaux – and looks amazing

Finally, InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel has opened in France.

This is a landmark property in the town, situated in the Place de la Comedie.  It was previously known as the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa although InterContinental has overseen improvement works.  Intriguingly, Gordon Ramsay has been brought in to oversee all of the food and beverage operations.

InterContinental Bordeaux

The photographs look stunning as you can see here.

InterContinental Bordeaux bedroom

For a weekend in June, even a non-refundable standard room runs at €340 per night.  Given that this hotel costs just 40,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night – compared to the 50,000 charged by most top InterContinental hotels – it looks like a great potential redemption.  The website is here.

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Comments

  1. Have been looking to try the new AMS Hilton, but seems settled on Eur199 (Eur211 with taxes) for midweek dates. Can’t justify that even as a Diamond and with double points intro offer. CitizenM is 2 min walk from the Terminal and Eur82.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      As DIA, I got a cracking suite upgrade with views over the city at the AMS Doubletree. Lounge downstairs (slightly cramped) with pour-your-own draft Heineken too.

    • OT, but the last three times I have stayed at CitizenM I have noticed an unpleasant smell in the room. It seems like BO. Do they have a cleaning/aircon problem?

  2. stayed in the AMS Sheraton and as SPG Gold was upgraded to executive floor with lounge access, lounge was small but nice selection of food.

  3. IHG relates…Is anyone having trouble logging into their account this evening?