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Four Grange Hotels in London to rebrand

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If you work in the City you are probably familiar with Grange Hotels, which has some prime sites and was one of the first groups to open hotels in the area.

(When I started work in 1994 there were literally no major hotels in the City, with the Thistle at St Katherine Docks – which was dire even then – being the sole option.)

Four of the Grange Hotels sites – Grange Tower Bridge, Grange St Paul’s, Grange City and Grange Holborn, with 1300 rooms in total – have been sold to Israeli group Fattal.

Fattal already owns Jurys Inn and the Leonardo Hotels brands.  Leonardo took over one of the Heathrow Holiday Inn sites a couple of years ago.  It also owns the Grand Harbour hotel in Southampton and the iconic Midland Hotel in Manchester.

Grange Tower Bridge, St Pauls’s and City will be rebranded as ‘Leonardo Royal’ whilst Holborn will be the first UK hotel under the ‘Nyx by Leonardo’ brand.

You can earn 500 Lufthansa Miles & More miles per stay at Leonardo Hotels but that is the only airline deal they have.  Details of how to get Miles & More miles can be found on the website here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Alex W says:

    Excellent news, thank you. Shame I haven’t got much in my account! I had given up hope and transferred it out already.

  2. Nate1309 says:

    OT. Back in Feb, @Craig recommended the 3 monkeys in Ubud. Just went there tonight and food was awesome. So thanks a lot for that tip. Ibu Rai tomorrow.

    • Pug206 says:

      Thank you! Will be there in May and will seek it out.

    • Craig says:

      You’re welcome, glad it was good.

    • Crafty says:

      Shame Ubud is a total hole…

      • Huh?

      • RakishDriver says:

        Not exactly a culture vulture then, if that is your opinion of Ubud

        • Shoestring says:

          Can’t remember going to Ubud when I was on Bali – I was just appalled by Kuta and wanted to get the hell outta there ASAP along the cost to carry on scuba diving – Wiki makes it sound OK if you like a bit of tourist dancing shows 🙂

        • Crafty says:

          It’s the most traffic choked, artificial place we went to over 3 months in Southeast Asia.

          I’m told it used to be good before the Eat Pray Love crowd descended.

        • Shoestring says:

          I personally can’t stand the old tourist dancing shows and false culture – but each to their own – guess also why I detested Kuta!

          Glad I never went to Ubud then, not as if it’s Toledo.

        • RakishDriver says:

          Well, to be fair, last time I went to Bali was 2014 – has it really gotten worse over the years? A few days in Ubud away from the coasts was a welcome experience

        • My partner and I spent good four days in Ubud last year. Everything depends on you – what you choose from what’s on offer. The best line in all comments here was “Each to their own”. Should be a full stop after that.

        • Shoestring says:

          Go to Toledo then & give me a compare & contrast review 🙂

          You won’t be disappointed, Toledo is one of Europe’s jewels.

      • Totally agree. Ubud in 2017 was the least enjoyable part of Bali. Couldn’t see what the fuss was about – tourism on steroids whilst avoiding the traffic a d coach parties. Some very beautiful hotels away from the town however.

        • Polly says:

          And temples…re Kota, we found a gem of a place in Tuban, return every year. Rama beach and villas. Very reasonable for long stays. Lovely local eats.

        • Crafty says:

          Yes we were very pleased to have chosen to stay a short drive out. We had a lovely villa with private pool at the Sankara resort for only about £130 a night (and paid for with Hotels.com credits).

  3. Robman says:

    Off-topic, does anyone know how you can check Iberia avoid redemption availability easily – is there such a site as BA Redemption finder that can be used, can you use another airline website to check this, as the Iberia site doesn’t seem to have an easy way of checking availability options. Thanks

  4. Cuchlainn says:

    OT,
    Site we don’t mention offering 25% bonus transfer to BAEC Avios until 30th April 2019.

    • how does that work – it’s quoting me a cash payout, not Avios?
      does it convert the Cash in to Avios at any point?

      • Thank you both. Is 25% bonus good value?

      • Crafty says:

        It’s better than no bonus..
        Depends what you value an Avios at. You can do the sum yourself – it’s literally given to you on the payout page.

      • Cuchlainn says:

        Register your BAEC No against your profile and choose ut as your payout option.

      • Cuchlainn says:

        Once linked, go to bottom of your payout page and BAEC Transfer should be showing – click it and should transfer at 1.25 Avios : 1p ratio

  5. Crafty says:

    OT: Can anyone confirm whether Revolut top ups from Creation or Barclaycard are treated as purchases or cash advances? New to this.

  6. Boris says:

    OT- Virgin Atlantic credit card. If I close account can I sign up at a later date and still get bonus.

    If that isn’t an options for the basic card would it work for the paid card??

    Thanks

    • Shoestring says:

      You can hold both cards at the same time. And get 2 bonuses.

      Others have churned same Virgin card successfully, 2 year cycle definitely though some dude said he managed it after 6 months.

      • Dude..? Have you gone all 1970’s “street” on us Harry?

        • Shoestring says:

          I am a bit late 70s early 80s unfortunately – as that’s when I turned 18-20

      • How can you know there is a 2 year cycle on Virgin when the cards are 11 months old?!

        Admittedly it probably will work but …

        • Shoestring says:

          Referring to old Virgin cards, I’m guessing same fallow period should work as well, could be wrong of course

          • This is totally at the decision of Virgin Money compared to what MBNA used to do, Virgin Atlantic has absolutely nothing to do with it and no reason why the two should have similar policies.

        • Charlieface says:

          A lot of finance companies silo their records after a few years. Although I heard First Direct refused someone a current account switch bonus rejoining after 18 years!

  7. As for the Accelerate 2.0, great news about the extension of deadline! I have got the following targets

    Earn 70,000 total bonus points.

    14,400 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 3 brands and get 14,400 bonus points.

    5,600 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 5,600 bonus points.

    8,400 Stay at 3 IHG® Hotels
    Stay at 3 IHG® hotel(s) and earn 8,400 bonus points.

    6,600 Earn More, Faster
    Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 2 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.

    35,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 35,000 bonus points.

    So, my partner and I booked three stays in total

    – 1 night with bonus points package at the brand new Staybridge Suites Bath Rd – stayed mid-March weekend, amazing hotel, did a bit of planespotting for BA retro livery planes, you might have seen my mini-report in the comments here
    – 2 nights last weekend at HIX Dartford with bonus points package (the hotel itself was nice, and surprisingly busy but so faraway from everything! Yet we spent good time in Dartford town centre, went to Barking for vintage buses parade and did a sunset walk to the Thames through the marshes and brand new eco-area which is not even on Google satellite view yet!)
    – 2 nights on Easter weekend at HI Elstree (a mini Easter break to have a nice swim/sauna, walk in the Herts countryside, go to RAF museum etc), non-refundable

    Therefore we will hit all four targets + bonus + actual points for stay + welcome amenity + card spend points. With the total cost of bookings at ca 350 pounds, we should have around 0.4p per point which is in line with Rob’s valuation.

    Happy if it is an inspiration for others to take their mini breaks for point (but not mattress!) runs

    • Crafty says:

      I personally would not consider buying points for their valuation. Unless you have a short term redemption in mind. They will in time be devalued.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        But he’s also stayed at the hotels and enjoyed the breaks by the sounds of it.

        I’d much rather do that while earning a shed load of points than a mattress run.

        • Thanks @TGLoyalty – this is exactly the point which I have been trying to highlight: you can combine points runs with spending nice time even in seemingly unpleasant London suburbs.

      • Last year we redeemed for about 1p value per point (for a stay in Tel Aviv) which is 2.5 times higher than the nominal earning rate (my personal earning rate was even better due to a combination of work travel and these promos with only £500 or so paid in hard cash by me)

  8. OT: just to confirm:

    You can upgrade an Amex green to platinum, and you do get the 20,000 MR bonus

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