Bits: IC Times Square adds ‘resort fee’, Indigo Leicester Square opens, Vueling flights from €29.99

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InterContinental New York Times Square adds a ‘resort fee’

The InterContinental New York Times Square, a popular choice for Head for Points readers, has become the latest New York hotel to add a ‘resort fee’ to its rates.

According to the website:

The Daily Destination Fee of $30.00 USD plus applicable taxes allows our guest to enjoy: $25 Food & Beverage Credit per day, $15 Laundry/Dry Cleaning Credit per day, Premium High Speed Internet Service, Free Local & International calls, Gulliver Gate Museum pass, VIP pass for discounts at The Shops at Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center

If you use the credit against breakfast then you are almost even, although there are no shortage of places nearby to get a good breakfast for a lot less than $25 (including the diner used in Seinfeld, the name of which I always forget).  You are in more trouble if you have already booked a ‘bed and breakfast’ rate as you are then arguably forced to eat in at night.

This fee is not made clear on ihg.com until the final booking page.  Given that taxes are also excluded from the headline price, it is now getting a bit silly.  You have the IHG website quoting you $620 per night which suddenly becomes $750 per night when taxes and the ‘destination fee’ are added.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit between IHG and the hotel owner is continuing.  The landlord wants to dump InterContinental as the operator but IHG is resisting this.  I would be wary of making any cash bookings for this hotel well in advance.

The other InterContinental in New York, The Barclay, does not have a ‘destination fee’ (yet?).

Intercontinental TImes Square adds resort destination fee

Hotel Indigo Leicester Square opens

IHG’s latest London hotel, the Hotel Indigo in Leicester Square, officially opened this week.  It is on the north side of the square, next to Cineworld.

There are three different room themes:

  • “Scriptwriter Rooms channel a playwright’s study: an inspiring and poetic space. Robust materials create a personal and intimate atmosphere with drafts of scripts framed as artwork.
  • Backstage Rooms reference stars’ dressing rooms in their design and are complete with the technical fittings of a stage: spotlights, ropes and illuminated, flamboyant dressing room mirrors.
  • Auditorium Rooms capture the exclusive experience of a private theatre box. At the bottom of the bespoke banquette in each room, gold plate numbers reference auditorium seating and luxe polished plaster is reminiscent of the historic patina of a theatre”

IHG Rewards Club reward nights cost 60,000 points per night.  This is very poor value given that the InterContinental Park Lane is only 70,000 points and that the room photos show what appear to be exceptionally small spaces.

The Indigo Leicester Square website is here.

Hotel Indigo Leicester Square opens

€29.99 Vueling sale launched

Vueling, BA’s sister airline, has launched a €29.99 sale (including booking fees and card charges) which runs until tomorrow, 11th May.

It is valid for departures between 28th May and 30th November 2018.

Details can be found on the Vueling site here.

Vueling currently flies from Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester and London Luton / Gatwick / Heathrow as well as Dublin. Routes vary but there is usually a predominance towards Spain, especially their Barcelona hub, and Italy.

When flying from Heathrow and Gatwick, you cannot use the BA lounges if you have a British Airways Silver card.  You can get in with a BA Gold card but cannot bring any guests.

Vueling launched its own Avios programme in November 2017.  We looked at the scheme in this article.  You can’t credit Vueling flights to British Airways Executive Club but you can move the Avios across using ‘Combine My Avios’.

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Comments

  1. Ian Creamer says:

    Stayed at the Indigo Leicester Sq this week for two nights… small-ish room but a little noisy as directly overlooking the square. Bar was nice with good views over the city. Had real problems accessing the room… door wouldn’t open with three different card keys and staff couldn’t work out how to get in. Finally made it nearly an hour later, only for the fuses to pop and room was plunged into darkness. Ended up being moved to another room at midnight! Offered free breakfast for the two days (which was just ok). Wouldn’t rush back!

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