News in brief:
Four new European Hilton Honors hotels open this week
It is a busy week at Hilton, with four new European hotels opening. These are all worth considering if you have any trips lined up, partly because new hotels tend to price more aggressively and partly because you can be sure everything will be new and shiny when you arrive.
The new openings are:
Located near Bastille, this is the first Tapestry Collection property in France. Tapestry is effectively the four-star version of Hilton’s Curio Collection, allowing independent hotels to join the brand without sacrificing their uniqueness.
Madrid – Canopy by Hilton Madrid Castellana (image below)
Whilst the Canopy brand is about to arrive in London’s Aldgate, Madrid has got in first. This hotel is loted near the Real Madrid stadium. Whilst this is not Hilton’s brand description, Canopy is basically a Moxy / Aloft style hotel for people with a lot more money to spend. You don’t usually see food trucks inside Hilton hotels, for example.
Barcelona – Hampton by Hilton Barcelona Fira Gran Via
This hotel is in south west Barcelona. It is described as a 15 minute taxi ride from La Rambla so there is clearly some trade off in location vs price. As with all Hampton properties, breakfast is free.
Brussels – DoubleTree by Hilton Brussels City
This is situated overlooking Place Rogier and the Botanical Gardens, if you know how Brussels is laid out.
Click through the links to find out more about each hotel.
BA CityFlyer expands at Belfast City Airport
When the Air Lingus Regional franchise holder Stobart Air collapsed in June, BA CityFlyer stepped up to operate some of the services that the airline had been flying from Belfast City to the UK.
This was a smart move for both sides. IAG was able to keep the routes operating until Aer Lingus can arrange a new franchise partner, and BA CityFlyer was able to use some of the Embraer aircraft which were sitting idle whilst services at London City Airport remain depressed.
BA CityFlyer was due to pull out at the end of October 2021, but it has now been decided that the airline will continue flying for another six months to the end of March 2022.
From 31st October, BA CityFlyer will offer the following routes from Belfast City:
- Belfast City – Exeter (four flights per week)
- Belfast City – Glasgow (13 flights per week)
- Belfast City – Leeds Bradford (10 flights per week)
- Belfast City – Birmingham (16 flights per week)
Birmingham is a new route and will be the only British Airways presence at the airport.