InterContinental Edinburgh The George is now open

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InterContinental Edinburgh is now ‘open’, although for this hotel the concept of ‘open’ is a complex one:

you can argue that it has re-opened, since it was originally an InterContinental until a few years ago when IHG sold it

you can argue that it never actually closed, since the rebranding from Principal The George – who bought the hotel off IHG and rebranded it, before IHG bought Principal and rebranded it again – has been done without the hotel closing its doors (the building has been a hotel since 1881!)

InterContinental Edinburgh The George open

However you look at it, InterContinental is now back in the Scottish capital.  This is particularly good news for InterContinental Ambassador members who can now use their ‘free weekend night’ voucher at another UK venue.  We reviewed the benefits of InterContinental Ambassador here.  Principal spent a substantial amount of money renovating the hotel, and IHG has just done some additional work to reach ‘brand standards’, so it should look good.

As an IHG Rewards Club redemption, it costs 55,000 points per night.  This is a decent deal based on my 0.4p per point valuation for an IHG point.

You can find out more on the InterContinental Edinburgh website here.

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  1. Re The George, Edinburgh does anyone know if it will have a Club lounge facility al la Intercontinentals or as I notice in room descriptions just a ‘tuck box’ al la Principals. ?

    • Chris M says:

      Checked in here yesterday on points. I’m platinum ambassador. Busy, so no room upgrade, but £50 credit instead plus £15 normal credit plus 600 points bonus. Receptionist told us tuck boxes have been removed as that was a Principal benefit (still have them in Kimpton Edinburgh, which is also ex Principal), but still fresh milk in fridge so that’s a bonus. No sign of wecome amenity such as fruit plate. No lounge as far as we can see. Also managing to use a new offer which appeared by email yesterday of 15% off F&B.

  2. Jack Taylor says:

    ‘25% bonus on HSBC credit card points conversions to Avios’ – This doesn’t show on my HSBC Premier account, I just get offered the standard 2 Points = 1 Avios. Whilst I do rate HSBC Premier the points scheme has a lot to be desired…

  3. Atsushi says:

    I posses world elite, no luck there either…..

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