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.
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.
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.
IHG Rewards update – November 2021:
Get bonus points: You can earn up to triple IHG Rewards base points with IHG’s new Autumn promotion. It runs from 1st October to 31st December. You can register here and our full article on the offer is here.
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