Bits: win a luxury London weekend with Hilton, IHG’s Hotel Indigo Venice now open, Hilton Sa Torre

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Win a luxury London weekend break with Hilton

Hilton is celebrating the new royal baby with a competition to win a royal mini-break!

The winner will receive a two-night stay in a suite at the Conrad London St James including breakfast and afternoon tea.  You will also get a tour of Royal London courtesy of Travel Curious (I’m sure you could skip this if you wanted!).

Importantly, you can stay whenever you want over the next 12 months, subject to blackout dates.  The suite will take two adults and two children.

Conrad London St James – website here – is a very nice hotel indeed, easily the plushest Hilton in London, so even if you live here it would be worth moving in for a couple of days!

Details are on this page of – scroll to the bottom and click through.  Feel free to put ‘Head for Points’ in the box where it asks how you heard about the competition.  The answer to the quiz question is ‘Soho’.

Entries close on 24th May.  Thanks to TripRep for this.

Conrad London St James competition

IHG opens Hotel Indigo Venice Sant’Elena

IHG has opened its first property in Venice – Hotel Indigo Venice Sant’Elena.  See here for full details.

Long-term readers will remember that we originally discussed this project last year.  Hotel Indigo Venice Sant’Elena is located next to the canal ‘Rio Sant’ Elena’, within walking distance to the Castello district, a 15-minute walk from St Marco Square. This is one of the quieter areas in Venice.  Converted from an old convent built in the 1930’s, the 75 room Indigo has two wings joined in the centre by a former chapel.

The hotel used to operate as a Best Western Premier but has been remodelled and, I have to say, looks good.  A photo of the courtyard is below.

A 51-room boutique InterContinental is still due to open in Venice at some point, but the project has faced substantial delays and I wouldn’t hold your breath.

As a redemption, the Hotel Indigo is 40,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.  Flexible rates seem to jump around between €200 and €320 depending on date, so you should get decent value here compared to my default valuation of 0.4p per IHG point.

You can find out more on the Hotel Indigo Venice Sant’Elena website here.

Hotel Indigo Venice booked on IHG Rewards Club points

Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca joins Thomas Cook

Finally, we mentioned last year that Hilton Sa Torre in Mallorca – almost certainly the only Hilton in the world in a 14th century building with its own windmill – was leaving the chain.

This is a shame as it was a surprisingly upmarket hotel which I reviewed here.

For anyone wondering what became of it, it has signed a franchise deal with Thomas Cook and will join the ‘adults only’ Casa Cook chain later this year.

This is a little odd.  Casa Cook

“stands for a new breed of hotels, bringing an urban zeitgeist to the beach. For all who seek a laid-back, stylish and authentic holiday experiences.”

….. which is about the last thing you could have said about the hotel under Hilton management!  Thanks to Andrew for this.

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  1. Premier01 says:

    OT- The Europcar £ 1 one way offer has disappeared! I found a link and it is showing availability for various locations/datesbut error message is displayed when selecting ‘confirm booking’. 

    If that’s the case it’s not good news at all.. this has been a great deal (thanks to HFP yet again for the heads up) and clearly Europcar have found it to work for them also.

    I’ve E-mailed Europcar wanted to book a rental for nedt week- I will post here if get a reply from them.

    Anyone else any data points on this one?

  2. Dimitri says:

    OT: I tried the Holiday Inn Express Soho in Hong Kong. This must one of the worst holiday inn express I have ever stayed and definitely the most disgusting breakfast I have ever had in any hotel ever. Just a warning to whomever is considering it as an option! I am very surprised how their reviews are very good. Something is very fishy here..

    • Stayed there for a few nights some years ago. Never ate there, as we were never up in time for breakfast, so I cannot comment on that. We got it on pointsbreak for 5k which is why we stayed but I seem to recall it being a points bargain in any case, don’t know if that is still the case. To best of my recollection rooms were fine as far as HIX goes. It had too main things going for it, probably the best harbour view rooms of HK on a budget if lucky enough to get a high floor. Showing Wan is good to use Airport bus and avoid traffic jams by going deeper into city. Area is supposed to be great for food but we failed miserably with our choices. Although found nothing offensive about hotel like you, I will not be going back either, even at 5k/nights. Much better places to stay in HK, even on a budget.

      • David says:

        I stayed there 3 nights last November at 30k/night. If that’s the worst breakfast you’ve had in any hotel ever, you must have led a very sheltered travelling life! Considering cash prices around Central (I was looking at £160-200/night for anything else), 30k seemed reasonable.

        Yes, breakfast was busy and crowded, but it was all clean, regularly restocked, and mix of asian and western stuff.

        I’d definitely consider staying there for a couple of nights again…

  3. Nick says:

    OT anyone with flights booked (with seats selected) at the end of half term should keep an eye on them… every available A321 has been commandeered to upguage LHRMAD flights, so seat selection on routes that have lost them will have fallen out (no flights have been cancelled though, and no one has had to be rebooked, they’ve been clever about where they’ve taken them from).

    Anyone on the lunchtime 777 flight should note it’s been changed to a 77W so same applies. Flub is a safe bet.

    Anyone who wants a ticket (any airline), keep an eye out on Wed/Thu next week – MAD has imposed super-peak slot restrictions that weekend and that’s when they’ll tell airlines which extra ones they’ve won, so expect seats to go on sale immediately afterwards.

    Hope that helps!

  4. OT Just getting around to looking at the AMEX25OFF offer on Amazon. I know lots had problems as am I. Trying to order 3 different whiskies for hubby, all sold by AMazon but not accepting the code on any of them. I’ve linked the Amex MR account ok. Are others still having problems or has the code run out.

    • They might not accept discount codes against alcohol for delivery in Scotland. Just a guess, I’m sure others will confirm or otherwise.

      • Shoestring says:

        no success reports on that code for the last few days

        • Another of your old favourite’s American cousin works with the subject of one of todays other articles…know what I mean ‘Arry?

          • Lady London says:

            Not to any great extent though, BJ, if I’ve guessed correctly. What some would regard as a near one that is not covered today, would be true for.

      • Good thinking – I couldn’t use the Amex Majestic Wine offer before due to living in Scotland! Back to the drawing board!

        • …a map of the distilleries to help you pinpoint the most strategic location to park your van should do the trick 🙂

    • Taylor says:

      Little tip – go on to amazon chat and say it’s not working and they will give you a £25 voucher

  5. Harry says:

    OT If booking a hotel through FHR on Amex site, do you have to pay with the Platinum card at the hotel (no pre pay is being offered) or can you simply present the Platinum and pay with another card that doesn’t charge FX fees? I’m looking at booking a hotel in Amsterdam through FHR for a night but I’m not keen to get hit with 3% FX fees when paying on Amex Platinum at check out.

    • Stu N says:

      Hotels usually insist on paying with an Amex. I just use my Gold card, 2MRs/£ (almost) offsets the FX charge and it helps hit the £15k target spend.

  6. Victor says:

    That Conrad is nowhere near St James.

    • Chas says:

      It’s opposite St James’s Park tube station……

    • TGLoyalty says:

      And I think it’s due a refurb or atleast some TLc

      Two rooms I was given were tired and requiring maintenance. Nothing horrendous just bankside is probably better.

      • Closer to the same area I much preferred DT Westminster but unfortunately it no longer has a lounge.

    • Lady London says:

      It’s actually a very short block off a square which is called St. James’s Square which contains the HQ of a certain large energy company in which building I worked for three years. St. James’s Square is just South of the Eastern end of Jermyn Street which is closer to Piccadilly but spiritually St. James. Very handy to Fortnums for your lunch whuchbis cheaper than a lot of the surrounding sandwich bars!

      For Rob after the Virgin Lge in Eagle Place closes there is a decent Pret a Manger still in St James just a little further along than Fortnum’s 🙂

      The Conrad is actually in (Lower) Regent Street just as it opens out into the square that has steps at the bottom of it into The Mall (also known as being in the St. James area).

      • No, you’re thinking of the Sofitel. The Conrad is south of the river, next to where Scotland Yard USED to be.

        I used to use that Pret a lot, because I hot desked from the Regus on Lower Regent Street quite a bit before we got a proper office!

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