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London gains a Hyatt as Crowne Plaza The City rebrands

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In a move that will cause much grinding of teeth from IHG loyalists, and whoops of joy from Hyatt fans, Crowne Plaza London The City will rebrand on 1st March.

The hotel will become Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars.

Crowne Plaza London The City has been closed throughout 2021, and 1st March 2022 has been the published reopening date for some time.

London gains a Hyatt at Crowne Plaza The City rebrands

What was NOT announced was a change of brand.

In retrospect, we should not be totally surprised. This hotel is under the same ownership as Crowne Plaza London Kensington, which changed brands to DoubleTree London Kensington – a Hilton brand – when it reopened this Summer.

Crowne Plaza London The City was well regarded

Many people believed that Crowne Plaza London The City was the best IHG hotel in London.

InterContinental Park Lane is expensive and a little worn, whilst InterContinental O2 is, well, out at the O2. Kimpton Fitzroy is a beautiful hotel but the standard rooms are very small.

Crowne Plaza The City had good sized rooms and an executive lounge. Whilst The City is very quiet at weekends, Blackfriars station is literally across the road and St Pauls and Tate Modern are a short walk away.

This is a real coup for Hyatt. It will be a good sister hotel to Hyatt Regency The Churchill, which is just behind Oxford Street. It will also complement the Andaz at Liverpool Street which is aimed at a different market, and is likely to be cheaper than the new Great Scotland Yard hotel which Rhys recently reviewed here.

If you have a booking at Crowne Plaza The City after 1st March 2022, you may want to move it if you were relying on benefitting from your IHG Rewards status or wanted to earn IHG Rewards points and elite night credit.


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Comments (24)

  • Fly1A says:

    Lovely little outdoor champagne snugs under the arches on the LG floor – ideal for pre Xmas fizz parties prior to going off and dining!

  • Tony says:

    This hotel was good 10-15 years back. I was a very regular guest during the financial crisis but a lot has changed since then. The last time I stayed it felt quite dated so hopefully there have been some cosmetic updates, too

  • Dev says:

    Another Hyatt in the UK is always welcome!

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      If they’d just do any sort of credit card partnership they’d attract a lot more notice. Not sure why they can’t manage Amex MR transfers – they could choose a suitably advantageous (to them) rate if they’re worried about dilution…

      • John T says:

        It would have to be 2:1 Amex:Hyatt – Hyatt points are far more valuable than Marriott or Hilton points

        • Rob says:

          Sounds about right BUT it would be a poor deal vs moving to Avios, converting to Nectar, using those for groceries and buying Hyatt points in a bonus promo.

          Same applies to Hilton and Marriott today.

  • Nick says:

    My favorite IHG London hotel by far which I’ve visited at least 2-3 times a year for the past 10 years, or so. This is indeed disappointing and I know that I’m not the only person who has sung it’s praises on here over the years. Definitely better and of much greater value than the likes of the IC Park Lane, IMHO. The staff have always been some of the friendliest and most helpful I’ve ever known. The Club Lounge, although small, was always good and rarely too busy. The Galadari suite on the 7th floor was great value for money compared to most other London rooms of the type.

    A great shame!

  • Vin says:

    I will miss this hotel in the IHG Portfolio – the Best CP in London !
    It hasn’t been closed ‘since the pandemic started’ however as I stayed a week there in September 2020 on the refurbished exec floor. If the staff and management remain the same then it’ll definitely be a bonus for Hyatt fans.

  • Paul says:

    I loved the outside drinking in the little rooms under the main road. Shame it is no longer IHG.

  • The cyclist says:

    Also great for the Black friar pub across the road, saved by Sir John Betjaman, amazing interiors and not a bad pint.

  • Phil W says:

    I stayed there for a night a few years back and got credited with another guests nights and points… he had stayed a fortnight. Did call them to explain but they appeared confused as to why I’d be owning up to it. So the nights and points remained.

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