An interesting new Hilton property has opened in Abu Dhabi, as part of Hilton’ ‘Curio Collection’. Curio is a group of upmarket independent hotels which want to benefit from the reach of the Hilton ‘system’ and agree in return to offer Hilton Honors points and respect elite member benefits.
Hilton is having success at attracting hotels which I assumed wouldn’t actually want to be linked to a big chain. In Las Vegas, the new Virgin Hotel is actually part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, which technically makes it part of two chains at once.
The WB Abu Dhabi
Based on Yas Island, ‘The WB Abu Dhabi’ lets you ‘step into the world of Warner Brothers’. If you look at the website you’ll see plenty of Bugs Bunny, Batman and other memorabilia scattered across the rooms and public areas.
It is described as:
“Play or relax, with a ‘dive-in’ theatre, spa, kids club, splash pad, two pools, and five dining outlets. Keep an eye on popular characters. Perfectly located across the plaza to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, we are next door to Yas Waterworld and five minutes’ drive from Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Daily access to Yas Island theme parks is included with your stay.”
With theme park tickets included, this could be a good base for anyone with young children. You could potentially mix and match with a beach hotel for the rest of your stay.
Full details of The WB Abu Dhabi are on the Hilton website here.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (November 2021)
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.
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 points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
(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.)