What are the best IHG Rewards Club redemptions in London?

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc rewards scheme – has a huge portfolio of hotels in London.  If you are looking to redeem your points here you will be spoilt for choice.

Importantly, the points cost of a hotel often bears no resemblance to the quality of the hotel.  Given that IHG is constantly opening new hotels and changing the points required for others, I thought it was worth taking another look at the best IHG Rewards Club options in London.  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

40,000 points per night is a great 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 London Victoria!  Website.

Best for luxury:  InterContinental Park Lane, Crowne Plaza The City or InterContinental London O2

The O2 is outstanding value at 45,000 points per night.  These are the three ‘high end’ hotels in the portfolio – don’t be fooled by any of the other Crowne Plaza properties!  Last year I reviewed, back to back, Park Lane and the O2.  O2 is a nicer hotel, by a long way – including an excellent pool – but you need to be happy with the location.  Park Lane, despite the £75m refurbishment a few years ago, has uninspiring rooms.  Park Lane is 60,000 points per night.  Crowne Plaza The City is 50,000 points.

Best boutique hotel:  Crowne Plaza Kensington

You pass this hotel, in a row of converted houses, on the drive out to Heathrow.  Sitting, as it does, near an easyHotel and similar places, you might think it is dreadful.  It isn’t.  Following a huge refurbishment it has incredibly nice interiors and – amazingly – a huge garden.  It will set you back 50,000 points per night though.  I reviewed it here.  Website.

Good for families:  Holiday Inn Camden Lock

At 40,000 points per night, this hotel does not score well on a ‘quality per point’ basis.   It has a funky new lobby but the rooms are basic.  What I like about it – and my brother stays here sometimes with his family – is that you are directly overlooking Camden Market with its literally hundreds of food and merchandise stalls.  To be able to walk out of the hotel and be in the market within 30 seconds via a bridge over the canal is quite cool.  Others may find it a bit too ‘lively’ in the evenings, however.  Some redemption rooms have two double beds.  Website.

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 not a bad deal, although Holiday Inn Mayfair would be better on a pure location basis.  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:  Crowne Plaza Kings Cross

At 35,000 points per night, this fully refurbished Holiday Inn has only just switched brands and should look great inside.  It also has a pool.  The location is a bit out of the way, however, and calling it ‘Kings Cross’ is a bit optimistic.  Website.

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Express Wimbledon South

Whilst no longer the bargain of 15,000 points, it is still good value compared to other options at 25,000 points per night. It is directly opposite a tube station I believe.  Website.

Holiday Inn Wembley bedroom

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

Whilst the cost has gone up in recent years to 25,000 points, this hotel still has a lot going for it.  You are looking at a tube ride into Central London each day but, once back at night, you have a refurbished room, a pool and a cinema / leisure / outlet complex directly opposite.  Website.

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Whitechapel

30,000 points per night is a decent deal for a very modern hotel – it is only a couple of years old.  The East End location is a bit odd but OK if you want to explore Shoreditch etc.  Website.

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Express Ealing

This is a new hotel and is just 20,000 points per night.  As a HIX you will receive free breakfast.  I reviewed it here because it is a pilot for a new style of HIX design – and I was impressed.  This is probably the best value hotel in London if you are low on points but you need to be in good shape as it is quite a walk to the nearest station, and the ‘pound shops’ surrounding the hotel are not inspiring.  Website.

If you have any other suggestions for London redemptions, please let me know in the comments below.  Suggestions for the worst value redemption are also welcome ….

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Comments

  1. Can you run a ‘mirror’ articles in the best options in London to _earn_ points? These could be useful for those who are after accelerate targets etc.

    Airport hotels are the obvious start but perhaps there are other options especially those which allow to build mini-breaks around them (I am not a fan of mattress runs which are sign of cheating and laziness).

    • A mirror article for Hilton etc best redemptions would also be very welcome

    • Genghis says:

      Laziness? They’re actually hard work as you have to have the motivation to go there and check in for (in reality) no good reason.

    • Any of the hotels in this article, at the right price, is worth a visit. Worth noting that Staybridge and HI Stratford share a building so easy to switch and trigger 2 Accelerate stays!

      • I quite like the Crowne Plaza Battersea. It’s a bit out of the way but the fun (and fairly short) boat ride over to Westminster worked well for me when on business; certainly better than what her majesty was willing to pay for more centrally.
        When staying with my family they upgraded us to a nice suite on the top floor with great views and a balcony thanks to Spire status. Our son loved watching the helicopters come and go from the London Heliport next door both from the room and at breakfast.

        Elite recognition can be a bit hit and miss though, once they decided that my upgrade to a “club” room did not get “club” benefits – i.e. free drinks and food at the bar as they don’t actually have a lounge. Other times when they did provide this it was quite good overall.

        I recall seeing it for very low prices in the past so not a bad place for earning points/stay credits if you do actually need a place to stay in London.