New DoubleTree by Hilton opens in London’s Kensington
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Well, this one crept up from nowhere on me. Given that I only live a relatively modest stroll from this hotel, the conversion of the former Regency Hotel into the DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington passed me by.
The hotel has just re-opened following a £10 million refurbishment. It is located on Queens Gate (a fairly busy road with a number of hotels on it) and a very modest walk from Hyde Park and the South Kensington museums.
At present, it looks pretty cheap. On Tuesday 19th January, for example, you can get a room for £130.
The room isn’t huge – just 17 square metres. It has been fully refurbished, however. They have suites from just £175 although, at just 26 square metres, that description may be pushing it a little. There are some two-level duplex suites which may be interesting – Crowne Plaza Kensington also has some of these.
If you are looking to redeem your Hilton HHonors points, it will cost 50,000 points per night.
The hotel home page is here if you want to learn more.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (March 2023)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
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Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points.
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