Hilton opens a brand new Embassy Suites hotel in New York

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Hilton opened its newest New York property, Embassy Suites by Hilton New York Midtown Manhattan, this week.

It is so new that the website doesn’t even have room photographs and when I wrote this yesterday it had zero TripAdvisor reviews!

The location is very handy, located between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue on 37th Street in the Garment District.  It is a brand new 39-storey tower and, as most of the area is low rise, it claims to have excellent views.

The good thing about Embassy Suites is that they are designed for families – although no rooms here take more than three people – on longer stays, although you can book for a night.  Rooms are large by New York standards and most have sofas and microwaves.  Free breakfast is included for everyone.

As a brand new hotel you are guaranteed, if nothing else, to find everything new and shiny.  Rates are as low as $199 next month – and $149 this month – looking at the website.  It caps out at 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night although it is well below that at the moment due to the cheap opening rates on offer.  The hotel website is here.

PS.  EDIT, March 2018:  Here are two hotel pictures taken by a reader who stayed and who was very impressed:

Embassy Suites New York Midtown


Embassy Suites New York Midtown

How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, 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 Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Radiata says:

    Qatar sale related.

    I know some, including Rob, prefer BA / SA non-stop from LON to JNB / CPT and perhaps that the reason the QR sale for ex-EU tickets to SA no worse, to.my eyes, in comparison with prior discounts.

    Am on a 777 departing DOH for TXL and a last minute change of aircraft has landed me in a Q-Suite refurbished plane. At the time seat chosen an old layout 777 scheduled.

    Speaking of differing opinions I rather liked the old 777 layout and prefer it to the herringbone 787 QR set up. That said, the Q-Suite a leap forward. Privacy and space.

    Having flown down to JNB on BA in CW the difference – for seats ostensibly in the same class – stark. CW in the A380 upstairs quite comfortable however.

    Now to hope I make the TXL – LHR connection

  2. wally1976 says:

    Thanks Genghis, will take a look later and give it a whirl 🙂

  3. Thanks I like it! much neater than my efforts. Tho I do want to know where you get these 2000 avios earning flights for £200 😉

    • Genghis says:

      Made up numbers just for some testing but 2,000 isn’t too unreasonable. A BA Gold would earn c.2000 avios return on the cheapest LHR-MAD economy ticket.

  4. Thankyou for the spreadsheet

  5. You’re a top man for sharing/building this model.

    Will make these decisions a lot easier/faster for me. Usually do these calculations on a bit of paper.


  6. OT: What’s the best way to tell Amex that you’re cancelling your card only to reapply in 6 months for the rewards?

    • Mark Smith says:

      Just phone them up and tell them you want to cancel, if I feel compelled to give a reason I normally say my wife has just gotten an Amex (usually because I have referred her and it was 6 months since she last had one!) and I am just going to be a supplementary cardholder on that. I have phoned Amex to check exactly when my 6 months is up if I have forgotten and they have always been very helpful.

      • The Real Mark Smith says:

        Spooky… Same name and same approach to card churning. You could almost be me! 🙂

    • On the chat the last few times I’ve cancelled

    • Genghis says:

      I always do it on the phone as it’s quicker than chat / writing a letter etc. “I just don’t think I’m going to use the card anymore”.

    • I always feel guilty, because I’ve always just churned for my points later. Mind you, not so guilty I’ll stop, well until they make me.

    • Steve-B says:

      I always just send a letter (just amend one of my previous ones!)…. do you need any other options 🙂

  7. Really like the sound of Helsinki to Tokyo but where are you getting that price from? Can’t seem to find it for any dates on Qatar 🙁 Cheapest I can find is around £1,800 Google flights is also misleading as it shows prices for £1,300 on Qatar but when you go to select flights, it reprices to £1,800

    • Someone mentioned a couple of days ago they were struggling with that one (it was wide open when the sale started). Either Qatar has sold the sale seats it allocated or it has been pulled ….

    • Bariummeal says:

      I got it for October, fly out Thursday, fly back two weeks later Sunday night with only two hour stop overs – ideal, but that was in the first day of the sale.

  8. Lady London says:

    Very very nice Genghis. Thank you.

  9. OT – I’ve just got an email with a £5 voucher code from Tesco as an apology for their shortcomings over Christmas – and I didn’t even get one of their stinky turkeys!

  10. Looks really good Genghis! Usually I just look at an award seat, have I got enough avios – yes/no – and spend them. This will be really useful for keeping tabs on spending.

    Is there any reason one could use this for hotel points to?

    • Can’t remember Hilton but I’d agree the top part lends itself to hotel points.

      Just thinking out loud I think the bottom section could also be useful in determining if it’s more economical to book an SPG property with SPG points or a Mariott property on Marriott points.

      But it’s great as it is – very useful tool.

  11. Absolutely, 100% OT- I’ve got 10 days planned for Lombok and Bali with the family (7 and 9). Any hotel recommendations from the corporates (cash booking). I’m thinking of the Sheraton Senggigi beach for Lombok and probably a Starwood hotel for Bali. No particular loyalty other than holding a SPG amex and working towards a travel package. More than happy to consider independents if they’re a better product / value. Any top tips greatly appreciated.

    • From your kids perspective it’s crucial you show them photos/videos and agree to spend a family day in the waterpark waterbom

      You will get more respect and excitement from your kids for that than from an upgrade, lounge or loyalty program.

    • Michael C says:

      Hey Ben, if you don’t mind being in the thick of things in Bali, Stones Hotel (Autograph) in Legian is VERY easy with kids. One big free-form pool so you can always see them (plus bar, yay!), an aircon kids’ centre – maybe a bit small for yours, but has a video room etc. for a bit of respite in the cool. Lovely massive b/fast options (plus really decent woodfire pizzas etc. any time).

      Pool view rooms with baths on the outdoor balcony for a bit of fun.

      And v easy to get to Seminyak / walk to mall / opposite beach for a stroll.

      Obvs. depends on the type of trip, but have a fantastic time whatever you choose!

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