News in brief:
Hyatt takes two more London hotels from IHG
Back in October we exclusively revealed that Crown Plaza The City – for many people, the best IHG Rewards hotel in London – was defecting to Hyatt. It will become Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars from 1st March.
Two more IHG properties in London are also joining Hyatt from 1st April.
Staybridge Suites Stratford City, which is in the same building, reportedly becomes Hyatt House London Stratford (no website yet).
This is a very similar arrangement to what we saw in Manchester, when the new Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites switched to Hyatt after just a year.
These are the two hotels which are part of the Westfield shopping centre. Just a few seconds from Stratford tube and overground station, they are well connected for most of London.
What I don’t understand is the use of the Hyatt Regency brand. Whilst I liked Holiday Inn Stratford City, it is light years away from Crowne Plaza The City in terms of quality and facilities. Putting the Hyatt Regency brand on both of these hotels is a mistake. Grand Hyatt is arguably a better brand for the City site.
Hat-tip to Inside Flyer.
Get a 100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points
Hilton has brought back its offer of a 100% bonus when you purchase 15,000+ points.
The maximum purchase, at least for me, is 80,000 points which would double up to 160,000 points with the bonus.
This is less useful than when you are allowed to buy 160,000 points, since 320,000 points is what you need to book a 5-night stay at an 80,000 points per night luxury hotel, given the ‘5 for 4’ deal given to all elite Hilton Honors members. This is the deal I used to book 5 nights at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Dubai over Christmas 2020, saving over 60% on the cash price. I wrote about how I did that in this article.
The page to buy points is here if you are interested. The offer runs to 9th February.
Get bonus points and a discount in the Radisson Hotels sale
Radisson Hotels has launched a weekend sale, valid for the whole of 2022. The details are here.
The sale covers hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Americas and Asia are excluded.
It is an attractive package, with a range of benefits:
- savings of up to 25% off Best Flexible Rate for Radisson Rewards members (the discount is capped at 10% for non-members)
- free breakfast
- 2,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points if you stay 2+ nights (we value 2,000 Radisson Rewards points at £6.66)
The sale is valid on Friday to Sunday nights (Thursday to Saturday in the Middle East) except at Edwardian Hotels where it is valid every day.
The deadline to book is 31st January. You can book for any weekend in 2022.
The sale is not valid at Park Plaza hotels, but does include Park Inn, as well as all of the Radisson brands.
If you are looking for ideas, recent openings which have raised our interest include:
- Palazzo Nani Venice, a Radisson Collection hotel (article here)
- Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort, Santorini (article here)
- Radisson Blu Resort Maldives (article here)
- the new Radisson, Heathrow
- the new Radisson RED, Heathrow
The special sale website is here.