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Bits: InterContinental at the O2, Marriott Rewards at Protea Hotels, Madonna with Hilton

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News in brief:

Bookings open for the new InterContinental London – The O2

The new InterContinental London – The O2 is now taking bookings from 19th December.

This is a slightly risky hotel project but the owners have had the sense to include what they are calling ‘one of the largest column-free ballrooms in Europe’.  This should guarantee them the conference and exhibition business that will keep the 453 bedrooms full.

With five food and beverage outlets, including a panoramic ‘sky bar’, and what looks like an impressive – albeit small – swimming pool (does any other IHG hotel in London have a pool except for Holiday Inn Wembley?), it certainly has a lot to offer without the guest needing to leave the building.

Surprisingly, it is not offering any opening deals for redemptions as you often see with new IHG hotels.  From Day 1, it will cost 50,000 points per night.  This is a pretty bad deal given that the cash cost is under £150 from what I can see.

I am hoping to check the hotel out with a Head for Points review early in the New Year.  You can find out more at the dedicated website here.

InterContinental London O2

Marriott Rewards now available across Protea Hotels in Africa

Two years after buying the chain, Marriott Rewards has fully integrated the 100 Protea Hotels and African Pride Hotels in South Africa that it acquired.  You can now earn and redeem Marriott points, and receive your Marriott Rewards status benefits, across the Protea chain.

Hilton at Play

See Madonna with Hilton HHonors points

Finally, Hilton @Play still has some tickets left to see Madonna in Birmingham on 16th December and in Glasgow on 20th December.

The cost is 75,000 Hilton HHonors points for two ‘premium’ tickets.  It is not a giveaway at that price but, if you have Hilton points you are struggling to use, it would make a pleasant change.  The Hilton @Play site is here.

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  1. I bought the tickets to see Madonna in Glasgow via Hilton @ play and they said that the tickets are p1 category which appears to be some sort of VIP package, definitely worth redeeming for 75000 points

  2. Funny I made my booking at the Intercontinental The O2 on 18th October.

    But at 50,000 points the redemption was good value (for me) as the cash cost was over £230/night.

  3. Apparently, they do have the same opening deal as all new IHG – i.e. free breakfast, late check-out and bonus points. May not always be available, though.

    • Indeed – link for Europe new openings with this offer: (doesn’t seem to appear from the actual Offers page) – T&Cs include:
      Valid for stays between 1 October 2015 and 29 February 2016 that are booked between 1 September 2015 and 23 February 2016.
      5,000 IHG® Rewards Club points allocated per stay.
      Reservations require a full non-refundable payment at time of booking.
      Subject to availability, valid on new bookings only, not applicable to groups and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or special promotions. Blackout dates (days when the Offer is not available) may apply.

  4. We moved into our current rental town house 2.5 years ago, right opposite the O2. Soon after we moved in they started the ground breaking for the Intercontinental. It was noisy for 2 weeks with the thumping sound. We have watched – across the river – the progress of the construction. It does look nice from our side. I may go over there one day, after it opens, to check it out.

  5. The Crowne Plaza London Docklands has a little pool, nothing exciting but they have “Spa” facilities too!

  6. Arnaud Amiel says:

    Holiday Inn King Cross has a swimming pool. A couple of years back, my son wanted a holiday which for him means going to a hotel with a swimming pool.
    So at the last minute we looked for a night in London with a swimming pool. Don’t know why we chose this one but we did. It is really out of the way and not very nice but great view on the post office sorting office which my son loved. What’s more, on that weekend the pool was closed for its annual cleaning.
    Won’t go there again.

  7. wetboy1uk says:

    I doubt seeing Madonna would make a pleasant change at any cost – but thats just my opinion

  8. Seems to have been moved back from the 19th to the 23rd?

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