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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.

Holiday Inn Stratford City – which we reviewed here back in 2013 when it was £20 per night – becomes Hyatt Regency London Stratford.

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.

Hyatt Regency London Stratford hotel

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 Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here

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.

Radsson hotels january sale

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

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:

The special sale website is here.

Comments (30)

  • Aston100 says:

    That Radisson deal seems to be non-refundable.

    • Aston100 says:

      Checking some weekend dates in October 2022, the ‘jansale’ rate is only £1 to £2 less per night than the normal rate on Radisson’s own website. Breakfast included and non-refundable in all cases.

      Odd?

  • Chrism20 says:

    City CP (Which I will sorely miss and was amazing for the three NYEs on the trot we spent there), HI & SBS Stratford were all also managed by IHG were they not?

    Is it possibly IHG looking to get out of the directly managing properties that may be causing the brand changes? Although common sense would suggest the owners look towards a management company who already manage IHG premises I suppose.

    We have a huge support office at Stratford and I’ve lost count of how many nights I’ve spent in those two properties over the years. Will be interesting to see if the Corp code rolls over. I may have to start taking a closer look at Hyatt

    • Erik says:

      Pretty sure both Stratford properties are Cycas Hospitality (Dutch hotel development / management company) built and managed. They did a lot of the UK’s first “extended stay” concepts and were predominantly IHG back then, but there was a big fanfare about a Hyatt in France (?) recently and I think they also did the London Hyatt Place.

      Info should be easily available for anyone interested in such things!

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