What are the best IHG Rewards Club redemptions in London?

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On 25th January, IHG Rewards Club increased the points required at many of its hotels.  With that in mind, I thought it was worth another look at my preferred choices if you are looking for a free night in the capital.

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc rewards scheme – has a huge portfolio of hotels in London.  If you are looking to redeem your points here you will be spoilt for choice.

Importantly, the points cost of a hotel often bears no resemblance to the quality of the hotel.  Given that IHG is constantly opening new hotels and changing the points required for others, I thought it was worth taking another look at the best IHG Rewards Club options in London.

These are my personal thoughts – I don’t know the exact location of every IHG property or its physical condition although I have stayed, or had family stay, at most of the ones I discuss below.  In particular, I’ve not visited the new Indigo in Leicester Square (the chat is small rooms and I can’t imagine how it is worth 60,000 points) or the Holiday Inn Kensington High Street (very bad early feedback after rebranding but I believe it has been refurbished, IHG rating 3.9).

I have also listed, for what it’s worth, the score out of 5 that reviewers on ihg.com have given the hotel.  The highest rated hotels in Central London are Crowne Plaza Albert Embankment (a new one, 4.8), Staybridge Suites Vauxhall (another new hotel, 4.8) and the Indigo at Tower Hill (4.8).

Holiday Inn Mayfair

Best overall value (1):  Holiday Inn Mayfair

50,000 points per night is a great deal for a hotel which has the perfect location, almost opposite The Ritz.  The rooms are very large, by London standards, with some having two double beds.  The rooms have not been refurbished since the mid 1980’s based on my last visit but I would trade that off for the location and space.  Website.  IHG rating: 4.2.

Best overall value (2):  Crowne Plaza The City 

At 55,000 points, there is now a noticeable gap between this hotel and InterContinental Park Lane and Kimpton Fitzroy at 70,000 points.   Whilst the location is pretty dead at weekends, being just a few minutes walk from Tate Modern and St Paul’s is not bad.  The rooms are bigger than the tiny ones at Kimpton Fitzroy whilst the location is better than InterContinental London O2.  IHG rating: 4.5

Best overall value (3): InterContinental London O2 

This is a very nice hotel indeed, with an excellent pool too.  The only issue is the odd location, directly behind the O2 Arena.  At 45,000 points it is EXCEPTIONAL value when you consider that the Holiday Inn Express at Victoria is 40,000 points.  It is also worth pointing out that the Jubilee Line extension – the newest part of the system – moves a lot faster than most tube lines and the trip into Bond Street or Green Park is surprisingly quick.  I reviewed the InterContinental O2 here.  IHG rating: 4.7

Best for luxury:  InterContinental Park Lane, Crowne Plaza The City, Kimpton Fitzroy or InterContinental London O2

These are the four ‘high end’ hotels in the portfolio – don’t be fooled by any of the other Crowne Plaza properties!  In 2016 we reviewed, back to back, Park Lane and the O2.  O2 is a nicer hotel, by a long way – including an excellent pool – but you need to be happy with the location.  Park Lane, despite the £75m refurbishment a few years ago, has uninspiring rooms.  Kimpton Fitzroy had an £80m refurbishment recently and looks amazing, but the standard rooms are small – see our Kimpton Fitzroy review here.  Kimpton Fitzroy is 70,000 points per night.  Park Lane is 70,000 points per night (IHG rating 4.4).  Crowne Plaza The City is 55,000 points (IHG rating 4.5).  InterContinental London O2 is 45,000 points. (IHG rating 4.7).

Best boutique hotel:  Crowne Plaza Kensington

You pass this hotel, in a row of converted houses, on the drive out to Heathrow.  Sitting, as it does, near an easyHotel and similar places, you might think it is dreadful.  It isn’t.  Following a huge refurbishment it has incredibly nice interiors and – amazingly – a huge garden.  It will set you back 55,000 points per night though.  I reviewed it here.  Website.  IHG rating: 4.6

Good for families:  Holiday Inn Camden Lock

We had our two Head for Points reader parties here in 2018.  At 45,000 points per night, this hotel does not score well on a ‘quality per point’ basis, especially compared to the InterContinental O2 at the same price.   It has a funky new lobby but the standard rooms are basic – although you can often get the impressive Penthouse Studios on points.  What I like about it – and my brother stays here sometimes with his family – is that you are directly overlooking Camden Market with its literally hundreds of food and merchandise stalls.  To be able to walk out of the hotel and be in the market within 30 seconds via a bridge over the canal is quite cool.  Others may find it a bit too ‘lively’ in the evenings, however.  Some redemption rooms have two double beds.  Website.  IHG rating: 4.6

Good value for the points:  Hotel Indigo Kensington

At 40,000 points per night, this hotel – very close to Earls Court tube (forget the Kensington name) – is a not a bad deal, although Holiday Inn Mayfair would be better on a pure location basis.  Why pay 40,000 for a Holiday Inn Express in Victoria when you can have this?  Room sizes can be quirky as you’d expect from converted Victorian housing but the hotel is fairly new and the Indigo brand is modern.  You even get a free soft drinks mini-bar.  Website.  IHG rating: 4.6

Good value for the points:  Crowne Plaza Kings Cross

At 40,000 points per night, this fully refurbished Holiday Inn should be OK.  It also has a pool.  The location is a bit out of the way, however, and calling it ‘Kings Cross’ is a bit optimistic although it is walkable if you don’t have luggage.  I’ve not been inside but feedback from HFP readers is generally positive although rooms are small.  Website.  IHG rating: 4.1.

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Express Wimbledon South

Whilst no longer the bargain of 15,000 points, it is still good value compared to other options at 25,000 points per night. It is directly opposite Colliers Wood tube station on the Northern Line.  Website.  IHG rating: 4.1

Holiday Inn Wembley bedroom

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Wembley (above)

Whilst the cost has gone up in recent years to 30,000 points (five years ago it was 10,000 points), this hotel still has a lot going for it.  You are looking at a tube ride into Central London each day but, once back at night, you have a refurbished room, a pool and a cinema / leisure / outlet complex directly opposite.  Website.  IHG rating: 4.2

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Stratford City

At 35,000 points, in the shopping centre next to the Olympic Park, this is a modern hotel which is exceptionally well connected to central London.  I reviewed Holiday Inn Stratford City hereWebsite.  There is a Staybridge Suites above it for an extra 5,000 points.  IHG rating: 4.6

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Whitechapel

35,000 points per night is a decent deal for a very modern hotel – it is only a couple of years old.  The East End location is a bit odd but OK if you want to explore Shoreditch etc.  Website.  IHG rating: 4.6

Good value for the points:  Crowne Plaza Heathrow T4 and Holiday Inn Express Heathrow T4 

These are brand new hotels which I reviewed here – they are very nice.  You’re out at Heathrow, of course, but you could take the tube in each day.  The hotels are attached to the terminal so no shuttle bus is required.  The Crowne Plaza is 30,000 points whilst the Holiday Inn Express is 20,000 points.  CP website, IHG rating: 4.5.  HIX website, IHG rating 4.6

Good value for the points:  Holiday Inn Express Ealing

This is a new hotel and is just 20,000 points per night.  As a HIX you will receive free breakfast.  I reviewed it here because it was a pilot for the new style of HIX design – and I was impressed.  This is probably the best value hotel in Central London if you are low on points but you need to be in good shape as it is quite a walk to the nearest station, and the ‘pound shops’ surrounding the hotel are not inspiring.  Website.  IHG rating: 4.7

If you have any other suggestions for London redemptions, please let me know in the comments below.  Suggestions for the worst value redemption are also welcome ….

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Comments

  1. Holiday Inn Express Newbury Park, 5 minutes walk from the tube station. Night tube on the Central Line throughout Friday and Saturday nights, so inexpensive transport back. 20,000 IHG points a night. Hotel sometimes features on IHG Points Break promo.

    Stayed several times in the last two months using early December 18 IHG Points Break, including New Year’s Eve for 10,000 points!

  2. Holiday Inn Express Newbury Park is a modern hotel, an acceptable 4.2 IHG quality rating, friendly staff, surprisingly quiet rooms as it’s next to a main road, so a good nights sleep. As an IHG Platinum, given a room on the top floor (7th floor), even when staying on Points Break promo for 10k per night. Excellent value.

  3. Johnny5a says:

    I’ve stayed at Crowne plaza kings cross, nice hotel with the right status you get an upgrade to use the club lounge which includes free breakfast.

    Note: to use swimming pool costs £3.50 for hotel guests

    • swimming pool cost money to use, only ever heard of such a thing in Lithuania

      • The Voco in Cardiff only allows hotel guests to use their pool at certain times – early morning or in the evening. I guess this is to gain maximum revenue from the spa visits from non-residents. I didn’t see this mentioned on their website though and it does seem a bit unfair, given rooms were costing upwards of £130 per night.

        • Voco Gold Coast was superb – amazing value at 15k per night, two pools to pick from and decent upgrade with amazing sea views. $20/night parking a bit annoying but not many other options nearby.

    • Thanks for the information. That’s a bit disappointing.

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  5. TGLoyalty says:

    Anyone used the CP Battersea? Seems to be well reviewed.

    • My partner and I have been to a helicopter themed restaurant there which is pretty nice and the actual takeoffs and landings at Battersea heliport next door are interesting to watch but might become a nuisance if you stay at the hotel

    • Odd location, nowhere near public transport. Can’t imagine why anyone would stay there unless very cheap. Only upside is the Barker & Stonehouse store next door 🙂

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Or you need to be in battersea 🙂

        • That’s unlikely in my experience (although arguably if its good enough for Prince George etc) although if you ever are there on a Sat or a Sun you will probably find me on the mini golf in the park with my lad ….

  6. Joe Dunne says:

    Thank you for your reviewa of IHG properties.
    We are from the States. My wife and I traveled to London 5 times last year. All but one time we stayed at the Hoilday Inn Kensington Forum. It is almost across the road, Cromwell, from the Crown Plaza Kensington. In our opinion, it is a very nice hotel, very reasonably priced with points, very close to a Tube station with two lines running thru it. You can walk to many museums.
    When we go back, we will stay there again.
    It also has a very nice pub, with good food.
    The one drawback is the size of the rooms. They are small.

    • The hotel is ugly as hell! Once did a £29 mattress run night there (I live virtually around the corner). Too depressing for me. It is now scheduled for demolition if the planners approve the replacement tower.

  7. Colin JE says:

    Great article, thanks Rob. I stayed in the Indigo ‘Kensington’ (Earls Court a better description). Great staff, nicely appointed rooms though cooked breakfast (to order) a bit disappointing. Air con system in all rooms was out of order while it was being replaced and every room had oil filled electric radiators.
    Would certainly stay again if I was around that area, but my next stay is to try out the CP at ‘Kings Cross’.

  8. Just looking at reward nights for an upcoming weekend in October. The only hotels on the recommended list that are available for reward nights are HI Camden and CP at Kings X. Have to say, that is pretty disappointing this far out.

  9. Any recommendations for a IHG London hotel with a good late night bar. Looking for a hotel to stay at after a Wembley concert.

  10. The Holiday Inn Whitechapel is good. I stay there a lot as my office is by Liverpool Street. While the area can be a bit funky in the evenings its fine in the day and only a 10 minute bus ride (or a 20 minute walk) to the city. As Rob mentioned its ideally suited if you want to explore Shoredich/Dalston etc

    Staff there are really nice and friendly, the rooms are clean and the breakfasts are good (standard HI fare, complete with pancake machine)

    There was talk of them opening a sky lounge when I was there a while ago but have not heard any more if this on recent visits.

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