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Hyatt’s Great Scotland Yard hotel opens in London

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The Great Scotland Yard Hotel finally opened this week after delays.

Great Scotland Yard is a luxury five star hotel in Central London, situated just around the corner from the Corinthia.  If you imagine leaving Embankment tube station towards the Strand and turning immediately left under the railway bridge, you are heading in the right direction.

Great Scotland Yard hotel

The building is, unsurprisingly, the original Scotland Yard headquarters from the 1820s.  Scotland Yard later moved to Victoria Street, next to what is now Conrad St James, but that building was demolished earlier this year to make way for apartments.  Scotland Yard is now based on Victoria Embankment.

The hotel has 152 rooms.  It is part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, which allows it to operate at arms-length and without any overt Hyatt branding.  There is an impressive food and drink line-up, led by chef Robin Gill, including signature restaurant The Yard and a tearoom called The Parlour.

The tearoom is “inspired by The Imperial New Delhi hotel for its opulence and sense of tradition”.  I’ve stayed at The Imperial and I am intrigued as to how this looks.

Great Scotland Yard hotel opens

Full details are on the Hyatt website here.  You will earn a bonus 500 World of Hyatt points per stay until 31st March 2020 – no registration needed.

As a redemption, the hotel is currently 25,000 points per night.  This is good value given that cash rates are around £300 – £400 midweek and beats our standard valuation of a World of Hyatt point of 1.1p.


World of Hyatt update – September 2021:

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Comments (162)

  • Shoestring says:

    yep confirmed – you can get 750 miles as an existing customer if you phone up VW and order a 6 bottle £29.99 half case as above + 6 more bottles

    not bad with the free glasses and free delivery

    [new customers are better off getting 3000 miles with one of the other special 3000 introductory cases, you could probably add one of these £29.99 6 bottle MSE cases]

  • fivebobbill says:

    O/T Hilton
    Just a heads up for anyone who’s used a Hilton Barclaycard Visa to pay for a stay during the current “Power Up” Promotion.
    I’ve had a couple of stays over the last 6 weeks or so which have only paid “double” points instead of “treble” in my online account, so gave them a quick call on Skype yesterday.
    I say quick, but the call took over 20 minutes. Main bone of contention being that it was her understanding that it was only the Hilton Amex that qualified for treble points!
    I was quite insistent, so was put on hold no less than 4 times whilst she checked with various colleagues, only to finally come round in the end, relent, and apologise for the error.
    The extra points were applied, together with the princely sum of 1,000 HH Points for my troubles.
    Just a heads up to anyone in the same situation, you might want to check your statement…

    • Kai says:

      Send an email to the diamond desk and they respond very swiftly.

      • fivebobbill says:

        What’s that email Kai? I’m HH Gold, but did try to contact them through the website twice over 2 weeks and got nowhere – hence the skpye

        • BJ says:

          You definitely don’t want to email the Diamond desk, 12 emails and 12 CSA later you will be no further forward and contemplating all sorts of irrational behaviour.

    • paulm says:

      I only got double for a recent stay, contacted them and was told to wait 4-6 weeks. Told them I dont think that’s right as its just that the wrong amount has been added and was told additional for card use is awarded later, which I know it a load of rubbish and won’t happen! Might have to try them again as clearly depends on who you deal with!

  • G says:

    Monese back with another 20% off £100 gift card.
    Use code GC100

    • BJ says:

      Thanks G x2, but what am I going to do with all these giftcards?

    • Craig says:

      Thanks, worked for me, Amazon account topped up.

    • Shoestring says:

      nice one – got it!

      wonder how long the moaners would take to whinge about not working any more if HFP told people they could get another free £20? 🤑

      • Shoestring says:

        and £100 added to my Amz a/c lol

        • Shoestring says:

          now I can ask my wife this evening: you know that selfie you refused to take for a free £60? Now it’s a free £80 😣

          that you didn’t want

          • Shoestring says:

            HFP might as well stick it up – not reached HUKD just yet as far as I can see

      • BJ says:

        It’s becoming kind of reminiscent of the days when we would check HFP every hour or two knowing that sooner or later the next mad clubcard deal would be posted and we would all have to sign into Direct or rush off to the nearest Tesco 🙂

        • Shoestring says:

          HUKD just got it, so be quick

          ETA code expiry: 17:30 😭

          • Shoestring says:

            Enjoy 20% off when you buy a £100 gift card with us.

            That means you’ll get a £100 gift card for just £80 – so be quick because we only have a limited supply!

            Where can I redeem my gift card?

            Once your gift card is activated, it can be redeemed at your selection of the following retailers; Amazon, Argos, Asda, Cineworld, Costa, Debenhams, Currys PC World, Decathlon GB, Evans Cycles, Foot Locker, Halfords, John Lewis & Partners, lastminute.com, Marks and Spencer, New Look GB, Nike UK, Not on the High Street, Pizza Hut Restaurants UK.

    • the_real_a says:

      Thanks… £100 into Amazon. That will be free gourmet coffee beans for the Christmas period.

  • Peter K says:

    OT
    It’s back. Only 20% discount this time but top up £80 in Monese and use code GC100 to get a £100 gift card. Includes Amazon among others (no Tesco this time).

    • BJ says:

      Amazon was showing a red cross for me, I thought it wasn’t available but I went ahead and it worked.

    • Rob says:

      Annoying we’ve been in a meeting with Qatar for much of the afternoon and I only just saw this. Bunged the article up again, let’s see how long it lasts.

  • Rooster says:

    There is little chance of spending 6 figures a month on the Virgin card unless you have a huge limit, I had about 20k but after waiting 3 days for the transactions to post and then another few days for the payment to go through you would be lucky to do this 4 times a month max and a load of hassle!

    Amex Chargecards is really the only solution for 6 figure monthly spend unless your prepared to mess around!

    • Green Plastic says:

      Feel very stupid asking but what kind of businesses do people own that involve spending 6 figures a month on a card?

      The frequent flyer community always such an eyeopener, many life lessons for me to learn!

      • Shoestring says:

        mentioned earlier that many people use a credit card to pay for ads eg on social media

        so the company is paying

        • Green Plastic says:

          Jeez, that’s a lot of ads

          • Rob says:

            Not really. I read this week that Expedia spends $10 BILLION (not a typo, $10 billion) on Google ads each year for example.

            It is substantially more expensive than you think, especially for popular niches. And if you have a campaign that works (ie you spend £1 and make £1.20 profit) then if the offer is mainstream enough you can scale it up to target virtually every adult in the UK.

        • Green Plastic says:

          Fair enough, but what kind of non-multinational businesses spend that sort of money on social media ads? Genuinely curious

          • Rob says:

            Before FB started prioritising friends news, we could have massively scaled up to thousands per month. I know how much ad revenue we get per page and I know how many pages our FB followers click per month on average. Payback was 18 months purely on ad revenue – ignoring cards etc. Luckily we didn’t scale it because when FB cut back on company news in feeds that 18 months went up massively.

          • Green Plastic says:

            Very interesting!

  • BJ says:

    OT Virgin: Just a reminder that tomorrow, 13th, is the deadline to activate Virgin FC Auto Convert on Tesco clubcard accounts for the latest 1000 bonus points.

    • SteveD says:

      BJ, do you know how I should expect to see these points post? There was nothing on Tesco or Virgin site about it, and I got no acknowledgement from Tesco after the switchover – did it on Monday-ish, I think. No points posted yet.

      From previous discussions about this, don’t remember it being targeted?

      • Shoestring says:

        not targeted but success not g’teed either

        points post on Virgin right at the end of the Tesco qtr

  • Lev441 says:

    O/T virgin Atlantic credit card – got an email saying from January only get points up to your monthly credit limit each month!

    • BlueHorizonUK says:

      Cancellations here they come. Why shoot themselves in the foot like this. Stupid.

      Does anyone know if I can cancel the card on the first statement that shows the renew fee and get it refunded or do I need to do it the month before?

      • Pup says:

        I would have thought that a change in the terms and conditions would mean that you could cancel and obtain a refund of any paid fee?

        • Rob says:

          As I doubt the T&Cs said that you could do this in the first place ….

          A lot of cards do not allow cycling at all. Others – like Capital On Tap – restrict it, in their case to 2 x your limit. This is never in the rules.

          • jc says:

            Why? I believe the terms do allow this. They say you get 1.5 miles per pound spent, and that you can’t put your account into credit but nothing at all about not cycling or not going over your monthly limit in terms of £ spent — which is presumably why they’re now changing it and sending this email.

      • The Urbanite says:

        I’m not sure credit cycling is a strictly intended way of using credit cards. At the very least it seems to be frowned upon by some issuers, VM evidently. The only incentive I can think of to do this is if you get some reward for spending – and I suspect the cost to them of 1.5 or even 0.75 FC miles per £1 far outweighs what they earn in interchange fees.

        Question is, was the recent (unintended by the original authors I’m sure) publicity on the nation’s piggy bank the straw that broke the camel’s back on this one?

        • Shoestring says:

          always be prepared to believe the unbelievable – maybe Virgin were simply not smart enough to notice all the points going the way of Student Loans and the NS&I, otherwise why didn’t they stop it pdq like NatWest & Tesco?

    • Andrew M says:

      It’s still well worth keeping the card for me. It depends what your credit limit is.

      • Freddy says:

        The curve/virgin combo gravy train is coming to an abrupt halt

        • Shoestring says:

          surely all they had to do was code the ‘financial’ transactions going Curve—>Virgin the same way that NatWest/ Tesco did and charge a fee/ ie not pay any points?

          • jc says:

            I’d much rather they do what’s being reported here (cap to monthly limit) than start charging for all those categories. Fair play to them!

          • stevenhp1987 says:

            Don’t give them ideas…

            But seriously, I don’t understand why they’ve not done that. I’ve accumulated ~ 400k points on my Virgin card thus far this year so this change will reduce the amount I am able to get due to the low limit…

            I do legitimately top-up Revolut (which is MCC 6012, same as paying Brighton) in order to use it with Google Pay at non-Amex merchants so a blanket ban on that MCC would be a right pain!

          • Lev441 says:

            @stephenhp1987 – what limit did they give you?

          • stevenhp1987 says:

            @Lev441

            Started with £3,700 and now got £7,000

            £7k a month = £84k spent a year = 126k points per year max.

            I’ve also checked the CCA, it states 30 days notice for any changes. 7th January is less than 30 days away… Although our CCA doesn’t mention flying club miles so that might confuse it a bit.

        • BJ says:

          Presumably depends on credit limit unless they decide to totally slam the door shut.

    • jc says:

      @Lev441 do you often earn more than your limit? Wondering whether this is targeted

      • Andrew M says:

        It’s a change to the terms and conditions of the card so I assume it applies to everyone.

      • Lev441 says:

        Yes as I spend a lot for work – but was only given a lousy £2000 credit limit on the paid for card (compared to the £10k limit I had on the ex MBNA cards. Average spend a month is around £15k per month.

        • stevenhp1987 says:

          You can apply for a limit increase 6 full calendar months after account opening.

          e.g. open account 15 January then you can apply for increase on 1st August.

          • lev441 says:

            I just increased it to 4000 – I didn’t feel the need for any more as was happy paying it off multiple times per month. Now that’s out the window…. Wonder if i’ll have to wait 6 months to get it increased also!

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      So if the change comes into affect on 7th January and my statement starts 24th… will all spend on the 24th January statement be subject to the limit or will spend up to 7th January be fine?

      I suspect the former but there is little information on this change.

  • Chris H says:

    I’ve taken the sleeper a couple of times recently. For me the value proposition is there – £180 for an ensuite room Vs £220 for a London hotel plus the flight cost.

    I don’t think the breakfast is worth the early start (I got woken at 6:20 for my 6:45 breakfast) when you get “arrivals lounge” access in Euston where there is plenty of coffee, fruit and pastries.

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