EDIT: The hotel has now woken up and removed suites and premium rooms from reward availability. However, it is important to remember that standard rooms still represent excellent value for points at this hotel. You will still get around 1p per point for 2021 stays.
Hotel Indigo opened in Bath this week. This is bigger news than you might think, since the city is very low on branded options in the city centre.
Here is the hotel website with all the details.
The Hilton Bath Spa, recently rebranded as a DoubleTree, had been the best points option. This is probably the ugliest building in Bath, however, and wasn’t a great hotel when I last visited pre-refurbishment.
Marriott now has an option in Bath. The Abbey Hotel has joined Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio of independent hotels which are part of the Bonvoy ‘system’. The Abbey Hotel website is here. Rhys is reviewing the Abbey Hotel this week so keep an eye out for that in a week or so.
For those who know Bath, the Hotel Indigo is in the Georgian building which used to contain Pratt’s Hotel and the Halcyon Hotel, near the railway station. It is only a few minutes walk from the Abbey and the core shopping area.
There are 166 rooms in five different design styles – including the off-beat stone style in the vaults, pictured below! The restaurant, The Elder, is run by West Country restauranteur Mike Robinson who owns the only Michelin-starred London pub, the Harwood Arms in Fulham.
It is amazing value for IHG Rewards Club points at the moment. Rooms are regularly priced at over £300 for Spring and Summer 2021, or you can pay just 30,000 points!
(Remember that my target valuation for an IHG Rewards Club redemption is 0.4p per point, and you are getting 1p per point here.)
Even better, vault suites, as pictured above, are currently available for 30,000 points. These are selling for over £500 on some nights I found, getting you 1.66p per point. See here:
This could be a mistake – I’m not sure the hotel intends to give away its suites for the next year – so I would lock in a booking now if you are interested.
If you want to buy points to book a redemption, IHG is currently offering a 75% ‘buy points’ bonus via this link. You can buy 30,000 points for $264 (£206) which would get you a £500 suite. Even redeeming for standard rooms it represents a big saving next Summer.