What are the best IHG Rewards Club redemptions in London?

Last year I ran an article on the best IHG Rewards Club redemptions in London.  Now that the IHG devaluation has kicked in, I thought I should take another look.  These are my personal thoughts – I don’t know the exact location of every IHG property or its physical condition although I have stayed, or had family stay, at most of the ones I discuss below.

Holiday Inn Mayfair

Best overall value:  Holiday Inn Mayfair (above)

40,000 points per night is a good deal for a hotel which is almost opposite The Ritz.  The rooms are very large, by London standards, with some having two double beds.  The rooms have not been refurbished since the mid 1980’s based on my last visit but I would trade that off for the location and space.  It is farcical that this hotel costs the same as the Holiday Inn Express at Victoria Station!  Website.

Best for luxury:  InterContinental Park Lane (or potentially InterContinental O2)

Park Lane is now 60,000 points.  However, whilst the hotel is undoubtedly impressive, the base level rooms are not huge and a lot face into the atrium.  There is no swimming pool.  It obviously looks great following the £75m refurbishment recently but don’t spend points unnecessarily.  The new InterContinental at the O2 has remained at 50,000 points – obviously the location isn’t central and, until I have checked it out (coming soon) I can’t personally recommend it.  It does have a pool.  Crowne Plaza The City is probably the 2nd most impressive IHG hotel in London and is 50,000 points per night.  Website.

(EDIT: since this article was published, the IC O2 has been reduced to 45,000 points. I have now been and it is a lovely hotel.)

Good value for the points:  Hotel Indigo, Kensington / Earls Court

At 40,000 points per night, this hotel – very close to Earls Court tube – is a great deal.  Why pay 40,000 for a Holiday Inn Express in Victoria when you can have this?  Room sizes can be quirky as you’d expect from converted Victorian housing but the hotel is fairly new and the Indigo brand is modern.  You even get a free soft drinks mini-bar.  Website.

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Express Wimbledon South

This hotel did not change price this week and is therefore (proportionately) even better value than it was at 25,000 points per night.  It is next to Colliers Wood tube station I believe and has been recently refurbished.  Website.

Holiday Inn Wembley bedroom

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Wembley (above)

At just 20,000 points per night, this hotel has a lot going for it.  The hotel might be ugly but it was fully refurbished in 2014 and even has a swimming pool.  It is directly next to the stadium and the designer outlet centre / cinema / restaurant complex.  In terms of connections to Central London, you had a National Rail station about 90 seconds walk away plus the Jubilee and Metropolitan underground lines within 10 minutes.  I reviewed Holiday Inn Wembley here.  Website.

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Express Ealing

This is a brand new hotel, opened last month, and is currently bookable for just 20,000 points per night.  It is apparently one of the first ‘new generation’ HIX hotels in the UK with a more modern design.  As a HIX you will receive free breakfast.  It is convenient for Heathrow too.  The only caveat is that cash rates are also low at the moment so you may want to save your points – it also seems surprisingly remote with the website saying it is over a mile from the nearest mainline (West Ealing) and tube (Ealing Broadway) stations.  Website.

If you have any other suggestions for London redemptions, please let me know in the comments below.

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  1. The Oxford Circus Holiday Inn seems to have remained at 35,000 points. I’ve stayed there twice before – once in an old, tatty room, once in a new, refurbished one. Maybe the whole place has now been refurbished, but I’m not sure. In any case, the location is very central, being just behind Oxford Street and close to the Wigmore Hall.

    You say “40,000 points per night is a good deal for a hotel which is almost opposite The Ritz”, but it really depends what you want to see in London. For many people, the Kensington Holiday Inn (or the Earl’s Court Indigo) will be better, because of the proximity to the museums there.

    I’d say that there are no stand-out deals in London now, so which hotel you’d go for will depend on which part of London you’re most interested in.

  2. Stayed at the HI ‘Wimbledon South’ i.e. the HI Colliers Wood recently when we had building work going on. It is in a great location for the tube, being straight opposite the station, and the standard of the room was fine. Nowhere good to eat nearby though, unless you love a kebab.

    It’s a very long walk to Wimbledon. Tooting is much nearer.

    (This is a good example where it can be better to pay cash on some nights, as it’s often available for £85 a night inc. breakfast, through Rocketmiles etc.; the benefit of using points was that I was reserving and then cancelling several days in a row as we weren’t sure when we’d need to use the room.)

  3. OT Just got the 4000 points for tesco pet insurance.

  4. Odd that you don’t mention Staybridge Vauxhall considering the rates and reviews. I’m giving it a try for four nights in May and based on what I have read, expect it to become my favoured London IHG. Cash rates are good though so it seems a little silly burning points on it.

    • I stayed there with work once. It seemed like a 100 mile walk from the tube and the base rate had no vat.

      • Bob, could you be a little more objective about distance or time it took you please? TA reviews suggest 10 minute walk. Apart from distance how did you find it, and how was breakfast? I booked it on points so I can change.

    • I stayed here last year on points also and would agree 10 mins from Vauxhall is about right. I was upgraded to a suite (IHG Platinum) which was fine, but compact compared to other UK Staybridge Suites.

      I’d recommend it if the area is convenient for you, but personally I find Staybridge Stratford City to be best for me due to easy parking/access to central line.

      • Thanks Johnny, will be travelling by train. Since it had been converted from Hilton we’ve just been staying HI Wembley because it was difficult to pass up at 10k/night when we were out all day anyway. Now that it has gone up to 20k I thought we would try sonething else. Before Wembley, Mayfair was first choice but we have also stayed Indigo Kensington and CP City.

  5. Hotel Indigo Earl’s Court is excellent – and the free mini bar also includes wine and beer in upgraded rooms which I always get with my IHG status. A Theo Randall restaurant opens at the hotel next week too.

    • That’s the Indigo Kensington that Rob refers to. I like it too, always got an upgrade to a mini suite there, even as platinum.

  6. The O2 still had a new room smell when i stayed and besides a chip in the window was spotless.

    Check in was great; though I’m not a fan of the meet the duty manager IC’s make me go through it always feels awkward.

    If you don’t want to read; took some photos : https://www.flickr.com/photos/u07ch/albums/72157663997370211

    I’m not sure if they upgraded me or not (was using a ihg credit card free night up before it expired.) The room was definitely bigger than the rooms in Park lane and the floor to ceiling view of the Thames was far nicer than a random wall i often get at IC PL. The in room technology was excellent. Power and USB power sockets each side of the bed as well as the desk. The AC Controls were on a panel linked to putting your room key in to turn the power on (a negative for me as if its hot you have to leave a key to keep the room cool.) TV has bluetooth enabled for synching your phone into it for sharing photos / music – which includes the speaker in the bathroom for music which is good. The desk was fine to work at; though I wasn’t a huge fan of the chair.

    AC was able to heat the room up to something comfortable; and setting it to 22 it felt comfortable rather than floating between too hot and too cold. Bathroom had a good shower and a separate tub. Water pressure was fine.

    I ate in the main restaurant which was fine; service was polished for a new opening. The 18th floor bar is reserve to get a window seat – but the view isn’t that much better than the clipper bar on the second floor. The bar on the 18th isn’t exactly cheap; a G&T was over £10. Clipper bar has usual IHG uk drinks unlike Park Lane so if you drink beer its grolsch, peroni etc rather than the lovely choices @ PL. Pool, Lounge etc were unfinished when i was around (and i declined the offer of a tour.) Lots of choice of places to eat in the O2 as well as starbucks / costa; or hop onto the jubilee line to get to the Jubilee line and quickly get back into the thick of it.

    Location; its a few minutes walk on an incomplete pavement from greenwich north station (walk through the bus station don’t follow the signs as they take you up and down so if you have luggage you will be carting it around needlessly. The gardens was incomplete; can imagine its the last thing you want to work on in December.

    The staff made the stay; very polished and excellent service everywhere i went. Check in and Check out were smooth. The fruit basket in my room was large and a great choice; there were also a small box of pralines which may be the Ambassador gift.

    • Really looking forward to staying here while supporting friends running the London Marathon in April. Thanks for the write-up!

  7. My favourite IHG hotel in London is the Indigo Paddington – the rooms are stylish and well-appointed and the location is great for transport links, especially if you have an early flight from Heathrow and want to take the Heathrow Express or Connect. They also do a variety of rooms for redemptions, not just standard ones. I’d say the rooms are more luxurious than the base-level IC ones, though the hotel itself is not, of course. But the room is what matters, for me.

  8. Rob, just out of curiosity, but why would you or your family stay in London hotels if you live in London? We also live here for many years but I just can’t imagine a scenario where we would want to spend money/points on a London hotel when we have a home here.

    • I do something think this blog would be better named “Head For London”.

      • Because my brother and his wife have 2 kids and they come down a few times a year to stay, and we always stick them into a hotel because we don’t have enough space for 4 guests (does anyone in Central London?!)

        I also, back in the days 2-3 years ago when IHG was dumping rooms at £29, booked into various hotels because it was roughly the same as a day office at Regus.

        • Happy for any info that saves on generally attrocious room rates in London and highlights better quality option in the various price brackets.

      • I’m ok with that, thanks to HfP when I do head to London I do so far better and cheaper than in pre HfP days! I wont be flying with BA next time, will be using Easyjet, but that’s so I can preserve my Avios for long haul first class :-)

      • I am sending Anika down to the new InterCon Bordeaux in a fortnight to review it – you will see more variety going forwards.

      • So we’ve had people complaining about BA being London-centric and now they’ve decided to start attacking HfP for this? Maybe they should start their own blogs just called ‘….head’?

        • Sussex bantam says:

          I am originally from Bradford – but I doubt my ‘head for Bradford’ blog will be very popular…

      • Well I guess more people head for London than anywhere else in the UK…..anyway comments are always full of comments from non-Londoners.

        • We don’t all have 6 toes and a pointed heads from the “shires” you know, some of us can be of benefit for the greater good of points collection and deals;)

        • Sandgrounder says:

          I think that given the high room rates, most of the best value hotel redemptions are often in London. Most, but obviously not all, for example the much-mourned Corby/Kettering 5k…..

  9. I should work for you guys. I stay in indigo Kensington with the wife, London city cp with the family and ic Pl when I have a free night voucher. I only stay in Mayfair with work when indigo tower hill is full.

    Saying that the devaluation is a joke especially Kensington that used to be 30k

    • The 30K rate was a sweet spot and was never going to last – it was at that rate because it was a new opening. I’m surprised that the rate lasted as long as it did.

  10. FYI Raffles, new HIX opens next month London Colney, J22 on the M25. Nowhere near public transport, but great for M25, A1, M1. Thameslink a couple of miles away.

    • Good tip, hadn’t heard about this. Is it a new build or rebadge from another brand?

      • It’s a new build. The roof is on and the windows are in. Oh and opening is delayed until June 2016 now.

        Actually public transport, there are a few bus routes that go to the nearby Sainsbury’s that will get you to St Albans, and possibly Borehamwood or Watford.

  11. Having read this I’m pleased that I took advantage of the 100% IHG points bonus in December and booked the Indigo Earls Court for two nights for 30k. Looks even more of a bargain now than it did then!

  12. Any commentary on the HI Kings X property? Booked there recently for a stay in August because it has a pool and spa

  13. HIE, HIX at Southwark: I’ve stayed here a few times when I can’t get in to the Novotel at Southwark Bridge. It’s 35k but on prized dates that’s not bad for the area on the south bank. Visitors to London can stroll to the Tate Modern, the Globe theater, Borough market, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s, Tower of London.

    I never knew London could be so quiet at times, it is really nice to stroll along the South Bank of the Thames on a quiet weekend morning and grab breakfast on route. I would say it is fairly central to a number of mainline stations and the nearest tube would be at borough market I think. They used to have a car park below the hotel,

  14. I stayed at the HIX Ealing a few weeks ago and although there aren’t any public transport options nearby there are well priced (free overnight until 0800) public car parks.

    Shockingly however the hotel has followed Marriott along the ‘no desks’ route and instead you get an easy chair (angled at about 120 degrees – too far back to work with a laptop) and podium thing to make do with. The bathroom had a huge shower and the breakfast/bar area had a great selection of magazines so it wasn’t all bad!

  15. Any IHG or other recommendations for Greenwich? Need a Saturday night in March for a wedding… Wondering if Accor Happy Monday deal is my best bet!

    • Yes, it is. You can try for the Novotel or the Ibis. There is a Holiday Inn Express on the peninsular (near to the O2) but that is a trot from ‘tourist’ Greenwich – although Uber would run you around.

      The Hilton or Marriott properties at Canary Wharf are both 30 seconds from DLR stations and under 5 minutes journey time into ‘tourist’ Greenwich. Never stayed at the Hilton but it is well regarded.

  16. I spent some points to take the family and children for a week to the HI Wembley in 2014, when it was still 10k per night. Nice to visit all the sights of London as a tourist!


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