Whilst this is now unlikely to happen before the 2020 Summer season, Hilton is gearing up to open a Hampton by Hilton hotel in Torquay.
Situated in the town centre, as part of a long-delayed redevelopment project, this is a new-build hotel.
The generally poor state of mid-market UK coastal holiday accommodation is well known – when I visit family in Scarborough I end up in the Premier Inn, the best hotel in town – so this will be a welcome boost.
Reader Matt sent me this picture of the construction work:
and here is an image of how it will end up:
Torquay is currently undergoing a hotel renaissance of sorts. The famous Palace Hotel, where I remember going for a conference whilst a student intern at KPMG back in 1990!, is currently being demolished and will be rebuilt as a five star property by a Singaporean group. No operator has been appointed.
Until that happens, the Hampton will give you an opportunity for a UK seaside break in a brand new hotel funded by your Hilton Honors points.
The hotel website is here. It says it is due to open at the end of July but bookings are not being taken and I very much doubt that date will be hit.
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.)