IHG, the owner of InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc, recently bought UK chain Principal Hotels, which brought with it some De Vere assets. We covered this deal here and we are very keen on it, because the refurbished Principal Hotels are excellent.
This article from The Caterer reveals some rebranding information which has not previously been publicised. This is what we will see next year – the dates refer to the rebranding date as, except where noted, the hotels are already open:
InterContinental – Edinburgh (Principal The George, June 2019)
Kimpton – Principals in London (already switched, photo above), Edinburgh (Charlotte Square, March 2019, picture below), Glasgow (Blythswood Square, April 2019), Manchester (September 2019), Birmingham (The Grand, still closed for refurbishment, 2020)
voco – Cardiff (Principal St David’s, already switched), Oxford (Principal Spires, January 2019), Oxford (De Vere Thames, April 2019), Glasgow (Principal Grand Central, September 2019)
Hotel Indigo – Leeds (Principal Met, 2020)
We still don’t know where Principal York, the still-to-open Principal Liverpool and De Vere Wotton House will end up.
IHG Rewards update – July 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.
There is a 75% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards points by 13th August.
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.