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.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)
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 and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)