Bits: more Bastille tickets released, Hilton launches California Road Trip package, HI Sheffield re-brands

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News in brief:

More tickets released for exclusive Bastille gig in London with Hilton Honors

Following the success of the One Republic concert at Abbey Road Studios last year, Hilton Honors has arranged another exclusive London gig for its members.

Bastille will be playing at LSO St Luke’s on Old Street on Saturday 9th June at 7pm.

The initial reduced price pre-sale tickets sold out quickly after we wrote about them.  A far larger allocation of tickets is now available at a slightly higher cost.  There are enough pairs available that I would feel confident in transferring Amex Membership Rewards points across (48 hours?) to secure them.  The conversion rate into Hilton Honors is 1:2.

Packages include two tickets and a food and drink reception beforehand.  This package gets you two tickets for 60,000 Hilton Honors points.  If you need somewhere to stay, this package gets you two tickets plus a night at the DoubleTree Islington hotel for 115,000 points.

One Republic was an excellent night – the global head of Hilton Honors had even flown over for the event.  This one will hopefully be as good, and we will try to get along.

Hilton launches California Road Trip package

Hilton has launched a special promotion for anyone planning a trip to the US West Coast.

Guests who book the California Road Trip package at participating Hilton hotels in California will receive one of four collectable key cards which will unlock experiences in the area.

In San Francisco, for example, the key card will give you free Bi-Rite ice-cream, a free drink at DOUGHP SF and discounts at the Anchor Steam Brewery. In San Diego guests will get discounts at over 20 museums and a complimentary harbour cruise.

In addition guests will get free breakfast or premium wifi.

The California Road Trip package can be booked on this Hilton page.

You must book by 30th September 2018 and stays have to be completed by 1st October 2018.

Holiday Inn Sheffield to become a Crowne Plaza

I don’t normally mention brand switches but long-term readers know that Sheffield hotels pop up on here from time to time!

Two weeks ago I had what was arguably the worst hotel meal of my entire life in the Holiday Inn Sheffield, not helped by having to wait an hour from ordering in order to receive said worst meal.  At the time I thought that the hotel was sliding deeper into disrepair with every annual visit we make.  I was therefore shocked to find that Holiday Inn Sheffield is being rebranded as a Crowne Plaza later in the Summer!

There is some refurbishment work underway, I admit, but we are talking about a hotel which gives no elite recognition as far as I can tell and which generally gives you a worse room – rather than a better room – than the one you booked, the other weekend being a case in point.  The new bathroom in our old room had clearly been tiled by some random con-artist picked from Yell.  And the pancake machine has disappeared!

The upside of staying there is that you don’t need to bother bringing an alarm clock.  There are so many moth holes in the curtains that the rooms is flooded with light as soon as the sun comes up ….

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  1. Got a call from Hilton Honors USA today offering the Bastille tickets for free. No hotel stay though.
    Last year got the OneRepublic package with one night stay at the Hilton Paddington.

    • They do this for some top Diamonds. Come, should be a good night. Still need to tap up the person running the press list ….

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