InterContinental is due to open its second hotel in Dubai in late July. This new property will be at Dubai Marina which is about as far away as you can get in Dubai from the original and impressive InterContinental at the Festival City complex.
The group appears to be making a serious effort with this property. The room specs look high, including in-room Nespresso machines and marina views, whilst Jason Atherton will be overseeing the restaurant. Importantly for the tourist market, the hotel will be a short walk to Jumeirah Beach.
Whilst you shouldn’t read too much into pre-opening pricing, it seems that it will be pitched substantially higher than the existing top-end IHG hotels in Dubai.
For a random Monday in September, the new InterContinental Dubai Marina is £255 including tax for a non-refundable ‘opening special’. The InterContinental Festival City is just £148 for the same night whilst the central but ageing Crowne Plaza on Sheikh Zayed Road is £139.
Where the new InterContinental really scores is for redemptions. At present it is asking just 35,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night. This is 10,000 points less than the InterContinental at Festival City and 5,000 points cheaper than the Crowne Plaza despite the hotel being considerably more expensive.
At roughly £7 per 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points redeemed it is an excellent redemption option. There are obviously no photographs available yet but you can see the full list of hotel facilities on its website.
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