This is a quick coda to my review of the Park Hyatt New York on Monday.
In the article I listed a few other recommended points hotels, including the two Conrad properties. I favour these because they are both ‘all suite’ and so you are guaranteed a good sized room.
It turns out, however, that Conrad New York Midtown got crafty during its recent renovation, which saw the hotel converted into a Conrad from what used to be ‘The London NYC’ hotel.
Some suites were carved up to create a handful of small ‘City View Deluxe Rooms’. The price gap between these rooms and the standard suites is tiny. You’d be crazy to book one for cash and I doubt anyone does.
Hilton Honors redemptions are now primarily pushed into these new ‘City View Deluxe Rooms’. That said, I was able to find some dates where you could still book a Junior Suite for the standard 95,000 points rate.
On a ‘cents per point’ basis the City View Deluxe Rooms are still not bad value as a redemption, but it does feel as if the cash price is artificially inflated. Pay 10% more in cash and you’d get a suite almost twice as big.
Conrad New York Downtown, in Battery Park, remains ‘all suite’ – I have stayed here a few times and liked it. Some people don’t like the location but, for anyone looking to do the core tourist sites such as the Statue of Liberty, it works very well. The express subway lines can also get you uptown in a matter of minutes.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (June 2022)
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 (30,000 bonus Amex points – SPECIAL OFFER TO 19TH JULY)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(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.)