The hotel website has launched and is here.
This hotel was briefly known as Principal London before IHG bought Principal Hotels. It was the Hotel Russell before that but bears no resemblance to those days.
Before it reopened as Principal London, the hotel underwent one of the most expensive and thorough refurbishments ever seen in London. At £85 million, it cost more than the refurbishment of the InterContinental Park Lane a few years ago – and that involved adding an extra floor. Whilst I haven’t seen the rooms, I am tempted to bet that this is now the best IHG Rewards Club hotel option in London.
IHG clearly agrees at 70,000 points per night. Given that rates start at £350 for random midweek dates this Autumn, that is fair. That said, remember that the InterContinental at the O2 is only 45,000 points per night and is a very pleasant hotel indeed – see my InterContinental O2 review here.
Elite members of IHG Rewards Club receive a $15 equivalent minibar credit, as they do at all Kimpton properties ($10-$15 depending on hotel). All guests, with or without status, can also join in the nightly one hour wine reception which is another signature Kimpton feature.
Get 10,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points …..
As an opening offer, IHG is offering 10,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points if you book for two nights or more.
You need to book via this link. You need to book and stay before 31st March 2019, stay at least two nights and book via the promotional page. I am guessing that the bonus points do not count towards IHG status.
Above is a picture of one of the suites.
IHG Rewards update – June 2021:
Get bonus points: The current IHG Rewards promotion is ‘Triple Your Points’ – our full article is here. It runs from 15th May to 16th August. You receive double base points on your second stay and triple base points on your third and subsequent stays. You can register on this page of ihg.com.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.