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Some ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’ hotels appear on ihg.com …. Cliveden, Coworth Park, Chewton Glen

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One of the more surprising hotel tie-ups of 2019 was the announcement that IHG has secured a tie-up with hotel marketing group Mr & Mrs Smith.

Our full article on the IHG / Mr & Mrs Smith partnership is here.

We have seen similar deals with other hotels groups, such as Design Hotels & Marriott and Small Luxury Hotels of the World & Hyatt, but this one feels different.  Mr & Mrs Smith has a substantially looser relationship with the hotels it partners with, and properties do not tout it in the same way that a hotel promotes its membership of Small Luxury Hotels.

Mr & Mrs Smith hotels are on the way ….

Mr & Mrs Smith hotels have started to appear on ihg.com, although they are not bookable yet.

Take a look at the screenshot below.  I mean …. Chewton Glen is there.  If you are able to book Chewton Glen – one of, to some people THE, best hotels in the UK – for 70,000 IHG Rewards Club points then you’re laughing.

Mr & Mrs Smith IHG booking

We have been to Chewton Glen numerous times, always at disproportionately high expense, so the potential to visit on points is fantastic. 

Whilst it sells itself as a ‘country’ hotel it is actually a 10-minute walk from an impressive and quiet beach.

Chewton Glen Mr & Mrs Smith IHG

Other Hampshire / Dorset options include The Pig, The Pig In The Wall, The Pig On The Beach, The Green House, Southampton Hampton Harbour, The Grosvenor Arms and The Beckford Arms.  ‘The Pig’ chain has excellent feedback.

Here are a couple of other options.  Take a look at a search for the Maidenhead area.

Cliveden is there (photo below), and Coworth Park.  See here (click to enlarge):

Mr & Mrs Smith hotels join IHG

I admit that Cliveden, whilst obviously ludicrously impressive as a building, is still a little below the top tier of UK country hotels – although it is much improved since the team behind Chewton Glen bought the lease.  Coworth Park, however, is the real deal.  It is owned by Dorchester Group and only opened a few years ago.

In total, over 500 Mr & Mrs Smith hotels are being added to ihg.com.  There will be some fantastic redemption options opening up across Europe.

You will also be able to book these hotels for cash via IHG.  It isn’t yet clear what you will get in terms of points, elite credit and benefits, however.  The lesson from Hyatt’s addition of Small Luxury Hotels to its ‘system’ is that pricing is often not competitive with what the hotels offer on their own websites, although the extra benefits sometimes outweigh the difference.

Unless the points pricing is (literally) off the chart, IHG Rewards Club is going to be substantially more interesting for UK members in 2020 …..


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Comments (69)

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  • The Original David says:

    The Apple store

  • Andrew says:

    Aren’t we all boycotting The Dorchester Collection due to Brunei’s human rights record?

    • @mkcol says:

      +1

    • John says:

      We should boycott the Middle East, the US and the UK too then

      • Ben says:

        Whataboutery! The US and the UK don’t execute people for the crime of being gay.

        • Cat says:

          Oops, replied to wrong person!
          +1 for boycott. New laws enacted – this isn’t even relics of a bygone era that they haven’t got rid of yet. Also, the Dorchester is government owned, isn’t it?
          It would be great if we would stop invading countries and killing people too though.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Whole can of worms.

      If I considered the owners nationality/the sovereign wealth fund and that countries human rights records I’d hardly use any product or visit any country / knock many hotels off my list.

      Or do we consider some parts of society’s human rights more important than others?

    • Pierre says:

      +1 , we certainly are boycotting them

    • DV says:

      Boring virtue signalling.

  • Alex W says:

    Finally something decent to spend our half a million points on!

  • Scallder says:

    Potentially makes the free night voucher from the credit card even more valuable. Wil look at getting a card for my wife as well to be picking up two free nights a year if can start using them at some of these places.

    Ps have stayed at 3 of the Pig hotels and they are indeed very nice!

    • Kai says:

      You can’t even use the voucher for Regent or Six Sense hotels, although they are actually owned by IHG now.

      • Rob says:

        Yes, Regent is excluded under the rules, as are the ‘Alliance’ hotels in Vegas. Not sure if Six Senses was added to the list yet but as only Singapore is current in Rewards Club anyway …

        • Matt says:

          Rob I used my free night voucher at the Venetian last February. You can’t book via the app but you can on the phone.

    • Lady London says:

      What do you like about the Pig Hotels? What,’s the feel of them?

  • Heathrow Flyer says:

    If this is anything but Hilton-style cash-based redemption I’ll be incredibly surprised.

  • Benilyn says:

    Did Six Senses ever become available on reward redemption? Just had a look and couldn’t find anything.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I know the amazing property in Oman is excluded 🙁

    • Rob says:

      The 2 Singapore hotels are loaded.

      • Russ says:

        And the Regent. Currently all around the 50,000 points mark so which is the better hotel would you say?

        • Rob says:

          The Singapore ones had a bad rap when opened. They were meant to be Starwood Luxury Collection hotels but after Marriott bought Starwood they switched at the last minute to Six Senses. They are not resorts, they are boutique city centre hotels, like a Hotel Indigo.

          • Russ says:

            I might give one a bash for an overnight stay when there in May. The Mrs will have to make some sandwiches though as here’s no way I’m paying 75 quid for breakfast…

  • ankomonkey says:

    Can I expect free breakfast at any of these posh places with my status-matched IHG Plat 😉 ? Or maybe a guaranteed upgrade to the finest room in the house?

    • Alex W says:

      It’s called The Pig, not The Flying Pig!

    • Rob says:

      You’ll get upgraded, it is in the original press release. Obviously no breakfast, so that’s £75 per day for a start 🙂 Pretty long walk at Cliveden, Coworth and Chewton Glen to the nearest alternative breakfast too.

      • aDifferentSimon says:

        National trust caf?

      • ankomonkey says:

        I can pack my George Foreman griddle that’s been in the cupboard since my trip to The Maldives. Might need to wipe off the Pot Noodle slurp spillages.

        • Lady London says:

          As you seem to be in Japan ankomonkey in Japan they have a marvellous selection of little travel hotplates at very reasonable cost that will fit into your luggage much easier than your clunky George Foreman grill. Leaving more space for your baked beans and pot noodles.

          • Lady London says:

            Am I the only one who took a hotplate to Chewton Glen?

            …joking. Food was OK there although service was overbearing.

      • Lady London says:

        Marlow near Cliveden has some nice food choices including the hotel right on the river which I think is IHG now. I can’t remember the name – might have been The Old Bridge at one time – but we used to drive out from London o Marlow and Sonning (The Bull?) for really nice Sunday lunch.

        I suppose you could alternate nights up the hill at Cliveden with the other IHG down the hill at Marlow for an upcoming IHG promotion!

        • Rob says:

          Compleat Angler? Macdonald run it now.

          The Crowne Plaza in Marlow (really, right on the edge of Marlow) has just been refurbished too. In the depths of the recession we used to book suites here at weekends for £99!

    • iamfugly says:

      I can’t even get an upgrade at a holiday inn express so good luck there!

      • Crafty says:

        Is this a joke?

        HIX rarely has multiple grades of room. The best they can really do is put you on a higher floor (if you want it).

  • D.C. says:

    Try Bovey Castle on Dartmoor, but you need a room overlooking the golf course, not the at the front of the property.
    I hate to be pessimistic regarding the free night voucher, but IHG have started to restrict where you can use your free night, and I think it is for hotels where the normal redemption rate is 40k per night. I could not for example use it for the Inter O2 which is 45k per night.

    • christian kemp says:

      Im not sure if that is correct, maybe it just didnt have any availability? We never have an issue redeeming the credit card voucher at the Intercontinental Park Lane, including a booking we just made for February.

      • John O’Sullivan says:

        Just come back from a credit card stay at Park Lane, upgraded room, 4pm check out, drinks voucher and 600 points for status, free breakfast for two and birthday amenity (cake) for my wife’s birthday. Another night booked for Paris Le Grande same weekend as The Ireland v France game (actually have two nights there as I got one extra free night for a mistake made on my credit card account))

    • TGLoyalty says:

      The uk voucher isn’t restricted in fact just used mine to book Park Lane for a night before my 2–4-1 nights.

    • Rob says:

      No, that is the US rule. Does not apply here.

    • Peter K says:

      The reward availability for the free night differs from that for points rewards. One, the other, both, or neither may be available. But, as mentioned above, it’s not limited to 40k points for the UK version.

    • Lady London says:

      There was word that the US ts and cs limit the points value of the free night but that its not limited under UK card ts and cs.

    • Tom H says:

      nonsense I used mine at the O2 2 weeks ago

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