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Weekend staycation break? Two interesting IHG hotel deals in York and Oxford

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Two totally unconnected – but good value – deals at IHG Rewards Club properties have come up, so I thought I’d put them together in this article.

First up ….

Half price redemptions at voco Oxford Thames

The newly upgraded and rebranded voco Oxford Thames is, as you can see in the picture below, not your usual IHG property:

voco Oxford Thames half price redemptions

To quote:

“Close to the heart of Oxford, on the banks of the River Thames, lies voco Oxford Thames hotel. With a history dating back to the Middle Ages, the hotel’s surroundings have an intriguing story to tell. Originally headquarters of the Knights Templar, the house and its lands have been owned by notable religious figures, lords, and even kings throughout the centuries.

voco Oxford Thames combines its medieval character with 21st-century style to create a unique setting for memorable meetings, conferences, and weddings alike.”

voco Oxford Thames is usually 40,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.

However, for stays until 7th November, it has halved the redemption rate to just 20,000 points per night.

I tend to value an IHG Rewards Club point at 0.4p which means 20,000 points would normally get you a room worth around £80.  voco Oxford Thames sells for noticeably more than this – £130 seems to be the minimum and it can go over £200 – so this is a good deal.

The hotel website is here if you want to learn more or book.

Meanwhile, over in York …..

Exceptional rates at Principal York

Principal York is the hotel next to the railway station.  A LOT of money was spent on it by the former owners, and I had a pleasant lunch there last year.

IHG is taking its time deciding which brand it slots into, and it is remaining a Principal for now.

This may be an error, but the hotel is offering some exceptionally cheap ‘Special Dinner Packages’ at the moment.

Take a look at Sunday 1st September for example.

A standard room costs £144, room only.

The ‘special dinner package’ gets you:

  • dinner for two people (a three course set menu or £25 per person towards the a la carte menu)
  • breakfast for two people
  • a King Superior room

and is selling for just £100!  See the screenshot below (click to enlarge):

Principal York deal

It is available on other Sunday nights at £100, and on certain other nights this package is the same price as a standard room.

IHG One Rewards update – February 2023:

Get bonus points: Click here for our article on IHG’s ‘2k Every 2 Nights’ promotion, which runs from 9th February 2023 to 14th April 2023. You can register here.

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.

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

Comments (41)

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  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Looks like a perfectly pleasant hotel, but nb that ‘Close to the heart of Oxford’ translates to four miles or so. Looks like there’s a reasonable bus option to the high street but would probably be looking to take a taxi to get there if you were arriving by train. Free parking for those driving.

    • Genghis says:

      It’s basically on my old cycling route. The Kings Arms close by is (was) v pleasant.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      This hotel is to Oxford what London Luton airport is to London. Could have a banging night on Cowley Road though if you prefer.

      • Andrew says:

        Cowley Road is only a 10 minute walk from Voca…

        Out the drive onto Sandford Road. Turn left, walk for 10 minutes and you come to a roundabout. Take a left for Oxford Road and a right for Cowley Road.

        Unless you meant the other Cowley Road? 😉

    • The Original Nick says:

      @ Andrew, you know Oxford very well.

  • Ryan says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find this York deal has come around due to the demise of York based Super Break who went bust recently. Heavily reliant on Travel Trade business especially ‘Sunday Night Offers’ such as these.

    • Craig says:

      Number one daughter very relieved she used the Amex Supp to book, she doesn’t like owing Dad money these days.

  • TripRep says:

    Hotel related.

    This Hilton offer looks decent

    • Dave Barron says:

      Many thanks TripRep.

      Didn’t expect this offer to load to my account as usually this sort of thing says I’m not eligible – but pleased to say it worked for me. Have a couple of Hilton stays before end of this month so effectively a free 7500 points – cheers!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Offer valid for stays now through January 31, 2020. Nice extra 7.5k points.

    • Nate1309 says:

      Thanks TripRep

    • Neil says:

      Great spot – Thank you!

    • BJ says:

      There’s a 10,000 bonus version out there too. Best to try it first. Links to both been on LL for some time. Neither worked for me but despite quite a lot of stays I still hot targeted with the 5,000 point version directly by email.

      • BJ says:

        Update: I was able to register for this offer (thanks TripRep) despite having already registered for the 5k offer. I have no idea whether I will get none, one, the other, or both triggered by stays. It should be noted that the t&c for this offer state that only recipients of the email invitation are eligible so don’t count on it posting even if registration is successful.

  • n_g says:

    Principal York is a lovely Hotel.

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    I cant find any dates where there is availability for more then 2 adults in a room, even for cash (this is the Voco)

    Shirley not?

  • Sherri Elwick says:

    I think the hotel in York made an error as I can’t get the special dinner package

  • pommy ray says:

    would this booking count towards their status match challenge?

  • Rui N. says:

    Anyone knows the price of the breakfast at Voco Oxford? Also, is it a buffet?

    • Chris says:

      Breakfast at Voco Oxford Thames is £16.95. Buffet style but they do a range of egg dishes – omelettes etc to order. When busy service is poor.

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