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.
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.
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.
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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