This is astoundingly cheap. For comparison, most London Holiday Inn Express hotels are now 35,000 points. If you have an existing balance of 5,000 points, you can buy 10,000 points for just $70 (£42) via the ‘cash and points and cancel’ method (click and see under ‘Purchasing and Transferring Points’).
The reason that the hotel had been reduced to 10,000 points is that a huge refurbishment had been going on, with every guest room renovated. My best guess is that the noise had been putting off paying guests so the hotel decided to try to pull in as many redemptions as possible.
It is now a good six months since the work at Holiday Inn Wembley finished – but the hotel remains at just 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night. If you book now you can lock in that rate for up to 11 months in advance, with the flexibility to cancel your redemption if necessary.
I spent the night at the Holiday Inn Wembley after the Rotherham United vs Orient play-off match earlier this year! Here is my bedroom and bathroom:
There is kettle, tea, coffee and milk in the room. There is a bath with a shower attached. ‘Proper’ toiletries (ie not in wall-mounted dispensers!). I also received two free bottle of water and two small chocolates which may have been because of my IHG Rewards Club status.
It also has a small swimming pool, which includes a small childrens pool and a jacuzzi, although you can’t see them in my picture:
It is directly next door to the new London Designer Outlet. You may not have heard of this yet, but there are a LOT of High Street names, including M&S and Next, at discount prices. There is also a cinema and a large number of restaurants, so there is plenty of choice if you don’t want to eat in the hotel.
And of course it is also directly next door to this, if you want to take a guided tour:
Transport to and from the hotel is clearly a key issue. The nearest tube is Wembley Park on the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. It takes around 25 minutes to get to Bond Street station and about 12 minutes to walk from the hotel to the tube. You are therefore looking at about 40 minutes door-to-door to get into the West End.
Is this too far? It depends. You won’t want to be popping back to the hotel during the day. However, if you considering this as an option then your alternatives are probably also on the edge of London – and those hotels will be a lot more than 10,000 points and won’t have a designer outlet village on the doorstep.
There is also a National Rail option which removes most of the walking. Wembley Stadium station is literally 1 minute from the hotel, and takes you into London Marylebone in 13 minutes, for connections to the Bakerloo line (and for Madame Tussauds, which is very close!).
All in all, you really can’t go wrong for 10,000 points. The best value alternative is probably the Holiday Inn Express Wimbledon South. This is 15,000 points per night. You need 50% more points for a less impressive hotel (HI Express rooms in the UK are pretty basic.) You would, however, get the free Holiday Inn Express breakfast included.
The hotel is also opposite a tube station (Colliers Wood) which would save you the 12 minute walk to / from Wembley Park station that I had. You can find out more about that hotel here.
All in all, though, Holiday Inn Wembley is a fantastic deal for anyone who is ‘points conscious’ but is looking for a modern hotel that is well connected to Central London.
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