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Travelling to Asia? Make big savings with the Hilton Dining Club

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It’s been five years since we covered Hilton Premium Club and in that time it has expanded across the Asia Pacific region and been rebranded as Hilton Dining Club Asia Pacific.

The benefits are broadly the same, and could save you a lot of cash if you are planning a trip to Asia.  Don’t be fooled by the name, as the Dining Club has excellent offers on rooms too.

Hotels from Hilton’s network in nine countries are participating, although in some territories only one or two are listed. You can see the full list here.

Thailand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and China are all fairly well represented. Thailand, in particular, has some excellent participating hotels including the Conrad Koh Samui.

The cost of membership depends on which country and hotel you are joining from. Some are as low as £140 whilst joining in Thailand will set you back over £200.  Some benefits are specific to members in that country, so it isn’t the case of simply looking for the cheapest option.

In exchange, you get a significant number of benefits, not least of which is a variety of complimentary stays or meals.  Since each territory operates slightly different benefits I will take a look at those available in Thailand. Here are the participating hotels:

  • Conrad Bangkok
  • Conrad Koh Samui
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok
  • Hilton Millennium Bangkok, pictured below
  • Hilton Pattaya
  • Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok
  • Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
  • Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa

Review Hilton Dining Club Asia Pacific

There are three levels of benefits:

  • benefits you get at every hotel in the programme
  • benefits you get at every hotel in the country you nominate when joining
  • benefits you get at the specific hotel you nominate when joining

For example, all hotels offer:

  • 25% discount on the total food and beverage bill for 1- 12 persons maximum
  • 20% discount off the Easy Cancellation Rate for any room type

In Thailand, all the hotels listed above offer:

  • 15% discount off cakes and pastries at all participating hotels’ pastry shop, bakery & deli
  • 20% off the following items when charge to your room account during your stay at any participating hotel: room service, laundry, mini bar, internet charges and business centre
  • 20% off fitness centre daily entrance fees
  • 10% off the annual membership and/or joining fee at the gym
  • 20% discount on hotel limousine services
  • flexible check-in and check-out time, not to exceed three hours before or after posted times
  • a complimentary Spouse/partner Membership

You also select ONE item from each list for your host hotel:

  • 1 x Dine and Stay Certificate (one complimentary room night stay plus 50% dining discount) for 2 adults and maximum 2 children
  • 4 x THB1,000 Cash Dining Certificates

and

  • 1 x Complimentary Buffet Lunch for two persons
  • 1 x Complimentary Buffet Dinner for two persons
  • 1 x Complimentary Celebration Cake valid for members Birthday, Anniversary or Celebration
  • 10 x 50% Group Dining Certificates valid for lunch or dinner in all participating outlets
  • 5 x 40% Group Dining Certificates valid for lunch or dinner in all participating outlets
  • 5 x THB500 Dining Cash Certificates
  • 2 x Complimentary Bottle of House Wine valid when dining with a minimum of 4 people
  • 10 x Buy OneBuffet Get One Free Certificates
  • 2 x Birthday Dining Certificates – Receive complimentary entrees when dining in a group of up to twelve (12) people
  • 5 x Buy One Round of Drinks and Get One Round Free Certificates
  • 10 x 50% off Executive Room Upgrade Certificates, including access to Executive Lounge with complimentary breakfast for maximum of 2 persons and refreshments

To be perfectly honest, there are so many different discounts on offer that it is almost impossible to list them all here.  You can see a full list (including all the small print) when you click through to the relevant hotel here.

In Thailand, for example, you also get:

“Four (4) Vouchers for one night in a Deluxe room “City Escape” for 2 people with ABF (valid Mon till Sun) at THB 3,800++ at Conrad Bangkok or THB 3,500++ at Millennium Hilton Bangkok or Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok or DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok. Fully Transferable.

Four (4) Vouchers for one night in a Deluxe room “Beach Escape” for two (2) persons with ABF (valid Sunday to Thursday) at THB 11,500+++ (for a Deluxe Villa) at Conrad Koh Samui or THB 3,500++ at Hilton Pattaya or Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa or THB 3,500+++ at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. Fully Transferable.

Two (2) Vouchers for one night at 50% discount of Best Available Rate for any room type, Excluding Public Holidays for resort properties. Valid at Conrad Bangkok, Conrad Koh Samui, Hilton Pattaya, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa or Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa.

Two (2) Vouchers for one night at Best Available Rate and receive second night COMPLIMENTARY, Excluding Public Holidays for resort properties. Valid at Conrad Koh Samui, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok or DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok. Fully Transferable.”

It is hard to imagine not getting your money’s worth if you plan your trip correctly.  Study the website carefully first, however, as it is a confusing scheme and you want to be clear what you are getting.

How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(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. Jack Smith says:

    I got this in China before, a scam, it is not guaranteed service, when you want to book hotel, you will be told that rate is not available. Be careful with it.

  2. While the food in Asian hotels can be excellent, to focus on dining at them to extract maximum value from this scheme is to miss out on the fabulous culinary experience and culture of most Asian countries. Even with a 50% discount most Hilton hotels will be more expensive and inferior to many local independent restaurants. Most of us here will be at least Hilton gold or diamond, reducing the benefits still further. Also, taking Thailand as the example you quote, Hilton is a mediocre choice at best. Millenium Hilton is in the wrong place, Cobrad Bangkok is worn, I don’t think Conrad Eesidence Bangkok participates, Doubletree Sukhumvit is dark and depressing, Arcadia will not be near the top of anybodies list in Phuket, who goes to Hua Hin this century and only misguided people go to Samui. Moving south to Malaysia, most hotels are simply too cheap both for points or cash to bother much with this. Having said all that, if you can cover the fee or most of it with a free night certificate then why not? There does seem to be a subset of readers too who are happy to fly 12+ hours and simply park themselves in a hotel/resort for a week or two; it works very well for them.

    • Great comment. Isn’t the Conrad being renovated?

      • Heard that, I think you or another posted here some time ago. I find that a major problem with these and other chain hotels are that many of them are high rise and often without opening windows or balconies. These are very unsuited to hot wet tropical countries as the poor ventilation soon leads to damp rooms, even in new hotels. The problem is worse where the hotels choose a more western style decor
        with excessive carpets and soft furnishings. Over the years I have come to learn that in such countries a new or good quality independent hotel or serviced apartment designed to reflect their tropical environment and local tastes provide much more comfortable accommodations at much lower prices. Not only that, but in the immediate environs of such hotels and apartments it is usually much easier to find good restaurants and street food, excellent laundry services
        , and taxi drivers that do not rip us off. Unless I am earning or burning points I now tend to favour such places.

        • I agree with BJ, especially those of us with status, though I know gold no longer get lounge access in the Conrad Bangkok, and unless they have done it up recently it will still be looking tired and suffering from mustiness. The most important point for foodies though is the fact that eating out is excellent in these places and great value.

          • Shoestring says:

            That’s a perfectly sound principle in Thailand: the better your hotel (4* or 5*), the more you should be motivated to find a restaurant somewhere else. It’s not so much the quality – they can be perfectly good/ top quality – but the cost: 4x or more vs going walkabout and finding an equivalent quality food offering in an independent restaurant.

        • Agreed. I’d never go for this in Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia for exactly the same reasons. In those countries I might go for one night in a chain hotel in the city of the airport, before I travel onwards, but then it’s family run boutique hotels and independent restaurants all the way.
          I might be tempted if I went back to China, but would use it for free nights, room discounts and cheap drinks when I get back to the hotel, having gone out for a meal.

    • Harry T says:

      I couldn’t agree more. I travelled through North Malaysia and Thailand last month and one of the best parts of the experience was sampling street food and dining in tiny restaurants and bars where my friend and I were the only westerners. The food was delicious and cheap. More importantly, it gave us a greater appreciation of the local culture and lifestyle, which is one of the main reasons I travelled to SE Asia.

      • Yes, and they just love when western people visit and appreciate and enjoy their food. I’ve ended up getting quite a few cooking tips and lessons from Thai grandmothers which is great. In major tourist areas though I have found the standard of street food in Thailand declining a bit. I’m told this is because much of it is being prepared and sold by immigrants who just learn one or two dishes and lack the basic skills needed to truly understand the cooking so more care needs to be taken in choosing where to eat these days. Not so much a problem once you get away from the main tourist haunts. Good to see from comments above many readers are obviously willing to immerse themselves in local cultures and enjoy real travel experiences.

        • marcw says:

          I believe that’s the point of doing tourism: visti places and experience their culture and gastronomy. Otherwise, just book yourseld a plate in Dubai 🙂

          • Loads of people on here love plonking themselves in a tedious Dubai hotel. Never understood it myself.

    • Jonah says:

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    • G Flyer says:

      BJ – agree with what you say. You say the places to avoid… but I’d be more interested to hear places where you rate, and love to go to? I’ve been to the more familiar places in Asia, but would be love to hear some suggestions for nice places!

      • My absolute favourites are Songkhla and Patthalung in Thailand. Apart from that I’m happiest much closer to home, the UK is brilliant 🙂 Actually every place has its merits and like most I do like to see the major cities and sites but prefer to get off the tourist trail. I’ve mentioned it here before, I think people really need to consider taking advantage of the last remaining 10k Hampton in UK at Newport and explore the surrounding area, it was great. In England my favourite county is Northumberland, and in Scotland it is difficult to say but probably Torridon and Lochinver areas. In Europe, I like Prague, Valencia and Basilicata region of Italy. In North America, many great places but Northern California around Shasta, Lassen and Burney Falls is my favourite.

  3. Sapiens says:

    Thank you Rob. Hivemind – would be fascinated to hear feedback/experiences with this, as I’m now 1 hr flight from most of these places.

  4. Claire says:

    Presumably these discounts are instead of anything you get with hilton honors status?

  5. krys_k says:

    OT but Hilton and Asia related. Is Hilton likely to run any promotions for Asia in the coming 4 weeks as I’m in Singapore and Indonesia most of July and August and wouldn’t mind snagging a deal. Much thanks.

  6. The Original Nick says:

    I’ve stayed at the Conrad Bangkok many times since it opened and have to say that the pool is the best part of it. I’ve not been there for just over 2 years though.

  7. James says:

    Seems great value.
    Gunna be confusing though !!

  8. Diydegsy says:

    Hi Rhys, Marriott do a similar thing and we always purchase it before going to Thailand, the benefits more than cover the cost, it’s a no brainier and we don’t eat all our meals in the hotel but we normally do have lunch by the pool most days.

    • I don’t know the details but with more recent Marriott openings and the SPG merger it is not difficult to believe the Marriott version will be a better option than this Hilton one.

  9. I took a look at this as I’m going to the Conrad Koh Samui this summer. My understanding is that they recently changed the scheme so that you can’t set CKS as your host hotel and you only get the below two benefits there:
    – 25% discount on the total food and beverage bill for 1- 12 persons maximum
    – 20% discount off the Easy Cancellation Rate for any room type

    This changed the maths significantly for me so decided not to bother.

  10. Peter K says:

    I assume all these comments about getting food outside a hotel from street stalls are from those without food intolerances.
    I wish I could just rock up and do that but I have to really research where I eat before I go anywhere so something like this could be a real boon for an easy night or two of meals.

    • In that case if you are ever in Bangkok Peter, VistaKitchen may work well for you. It is very central but has limitted opening hours as it’s in a commercial office building and is associated with a cooking school. Their concept of matching food to blood group and allergies seemed a little weird to me but the food and ambiance are both good. I have invited Thai friends to dine their and they considered it authentic Thai.

  11. Clive says:

    If travelling through Asia some awesome deals can be had. One great example is Eatigo which offer significant discounts on everything from Pizza to Hotel Buffets to local restaurants.

    If you sign up, hope Rob doesn’t mind, there is a referral bonus through the below link

    http://refer.eatigo.com/eatilv8f-1ur

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