IHG’s new voco brand to open in Dubai, rebranding the Nassima Royal Hotel

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voco is IHG’s latest hotel brandWe discussed it in this article when it launched.

Voco is to be an ‘upscale conversion’ brand, allowing existing luxury hotels to switch to IHG without needing to undertake expensive changes to meet the brand standards demanded by Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc.  It only seems to require the hotel to put in a lot of yellow furnishings 🙂  You can learn more about the brand here.

One of the first voco hotels is the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff, which IHG acquired when it bought Principal Hotels recently.  Here is the voco St David’s website.

voci has just added a new property in Dubai.  It isn’t one I’d ever heard of, although keeping track of Dubai’s ever-changing hotel scene is beyond the ability of mere mortals.  The Nassima Royal Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road will soon be voco Dubai.

Looking at the Nassima website, the hotel looks very smart and very funky.  Don’t get too excited by the mention of beach views – that is mainly due to the fact that it is 51 stories high and not because it is near the beach!

voco Dubai is not yet bookable, and IHG is saying that rooms will be available from 1st April.  The voco Dubai website is here but, with little information, you should use the Nassima site instead for now.

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  1. Think I know the answer to this but is there any chance the Gap £10 back on £30 spend offer is cumulative?

    Made a £31 order last week but just had an email to say a £2 pair of socks is unavailable, and I won’t be charged for it.

    • With this and the feedback on the BPMe offer, I think we all need to give ourselves bigger error margins on these offers.

  2. OT but I recently stayed at doubletree excel. OH is gold and was offered 2 of 3 options; free breakfast, extra points and an upgrade
    I thought free breakfast was a standard gold perk?

    • It’s either breakfast or extra points as the gold perk, plus an upgrade if available

  3. OT – we’re nearly at the 2 week mark for the 5000 IHG points for an Insta / Twitter post:

    Any news of them posting yet, or is everyone being patient? 😀

    • And behold, the 5000 IHG points have landed!!!


      As I’m obviously being watched, I’d be grateful for my missing Virgin credit card points now too please 😂

  4. OT – I get the 2 usual “Loung Club” passes for having a gold card and just wondered what the best way of using those would be if flying from Gatwick North? Thanks

  5. Hmmm, regarding nectar points I get better value redeeming for a Vue cinema ticket. 1000 points for a £15 Vue ticket.

  6. OT Curve related…..Used for a purchase then got a refund when returning the item but I didn’t get a notification yet on the app showing the refund. Anyone had any experience of this? Thanks

  7. 1nfrequent says:

    O/T but I used the Amex Starbucks offer on the last day (6th December). Got an email saying that I had redeemed it but when I check the App it only shows the offer as having expired. Offer terms say it can take between 5 days and 90 days for the credit to show. Is it worth giving them a call to nudge them along or is patience the better virtue?


    • I’d wait a little longer as you’ve had the confirmation email. I’ve had some offers show as expired (as compared to redeemed) after I’ve had the statement credit hit the account!

  8. joe green says:

    OT: I need 5,644 IHG points to reach Spire Elite I am guessing this needs to happen by 31st of December. Can put £3k through my IHG premium card but how can I be sure the points will post in time. If they post on the 31st would it still trigger Spire Elite for the next year or not?

    Any other ways to get the last few points I checked Virgin and only have 9,888 points and minimum transfer is 10k and takes up to 30 days so may have missed that also.

    Sitting on plenty of Avios and MR if there is a way to get those over?


    • I’d say spend asap to ensure the points are included in your Dec statement (dated last as 28 Dec).
      Virgin transfers no longer elite qualifying.

    • Virgin transfers no longer count for status. The Creation statement always is created after 25th in December. Not sure if points would arrive on time but assume they would. No way for avios to get status in IHG.
      Try staying at hotel that allows 5k bonus point packages. They are elite point counting and the cost of the stay should make up the other few hundred.

      • joe green says:

        Thanks Peter and Genghis – Interesting was wondering why my statements are dated 21/22/23
        of the month except for last December being 26th but points credit anything from 21st – 30th of the month.

        Just noticed I have an 80% buy points bonus so for $67.50 I get 5,000 + bonus 4,000 points will these be elite qualifying?

        • No

        • Make sure your transaction is made well ahead of your statement date so it goes through on your December statement, i.e. is not still pending and falls onto the January statement.
          I pointed out in a similar query a few days ago that recent months have seen a bigger lag between the statement date and points crediting to my account. Hopefully the IHG points go through in December but if they don’t I think you have a valid reason to complain and for IHG to rectify.

    • Nick Burch says:

      Some hotels offer a “bonus points” package for slightly more than the normal rate. These bonus points are elite qualifying!

      So, booking an IHG hotel for one night, and adding a 3k bonus points package (varies between hotels if they offer 1k, 2k, 3k, 5k or some combination) is the safest way to go.

  9. O/T – would like to book to go to Japan and South Korea in same trip. Is it possible to book outbound to Tokyo then return from Seoul using BA 241 voucher? If yes how can I book this? Do I have to phone BA as can’t see how can book online. Then book separate travel between the two cities/countries.


    • Yes. Need to call BA to use 241.
      IMO though, Kansai (the area around Osaka / Kyoto) is much more interesting than Kantou (the area around Tokyo) so you could look for flights from there. There are a couple of JL flights KIX-ICN/GMP.

      • Thanks Genghis, knew I’d get a fast response from you.

        • I did this trip recently but did Seoul first, I echo Genghis’s view, to factor in a flight from ICN-KIX then you aren’t doubling back on yourself. We did LHR-ICN, ICN-KIX, NRT-LHR, we did Narita as we got to experience the 787 F cabin and a better flight time. Plus with BA now launching a direct flight to KIX you might get good availability there. Feel free to ask anymore questions, happy to help.

      • Kansai, yes. Osaka itself no. Don’t plan more than a day for the city… Kyoto is a different matter entirely. Quite a few interesting places to visit around Tokyo too – Hakone, for one. Can stop by Nagoya on the way between Tokyo and Osaka too.

        • I like Osaka. Nothing much to see but great food and nice people.
          A stay in Koya-san, however, at a temple will be truly memorable.

        • Depending on timing, I’d recommend taking the long route from Tokyo to Osaka via Nagano and Matsumoto (Jigokudani Yaen Koen, good onsen for yourself and Matsumoto castle).

        • Even better, get yourself to Kyushu, the best part of Japan. The best food and the friendliest of people. I lived there for a couple of years.

        • The food is very important. Big foodie here.

      • Brighton Belle says:

        +1 just back from Kyoto autumn colours. If you like gardens, temples and Japanese culture it is 10/10. I lived in Tokyo for 2 years and Kyoto, Nara is stupendously better.

    • Wow thanks everyone! Definitely lots to think about.

      • Osaka is amazing for food, if your a foodie i’d have a couple of days there. Now i want Okonomiyaki

        • In the meantime, if you’re London-based, I highly recommend a visit to Jidori – by far my favourite Japanese restaurant since Bincho shut down. The food is sooooooooo good.

    • As you’re all so amazingly knowledgeable and helpful, a couple more questions:

      1. The 241 voucher is husband’s, does he need to call BA or can I do it?
      2. Best time to visit? September or November? I hate the cold but don’t want it to be too rainy. Earlier in the year isn’t possible for us in 2019 unfortunately.

      • 1. Set yourself up as a third party on his account then you can call.
        2. Depends where you’re going exactly. We were in Seoul in Oct and weather was nice but a little chilly. I was in Tokyo in early Sep this year and weather was nice.

        • Fab thanks. I am set up as a third party on his account, I set his account up for him and TBH he doesn’t even have his own log in details, I manage it all.

          Planning on Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and maybe Hiroshima. Not takr planned it TBH. Only have 2 weeks so will probably have say 10-12 days in Japan then a couple of days in Seoul.

  10. Sorry if someone’s already mentioned it, I’ve just noticed a “spend £500 get £100 back at Marriott” on one BA Amex.

  11. OT Not sure if targeted but received an email from eBookers offering £10 bonus+ credit for filling in a very short survey.

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