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We’ve never covered Hotel du Vin on HfP, even though their 19 boutique hotels across the UK are well regarded.

There are good reasons for this of course.

The first is that it is not part of any big international chain (like sister chain Malmaison, it is owned by Singapore’s Frasers Property), the second is that it doesn’t have a loyalty programme and the third is that there are no earning partnerships with airline schemes.

Hotel du Vin Cambridge restaurant

However, a reader flagged their long-running Sunday night deal to me and I thought it was worth sharing.

Essentially, as long as you agree to spend at least £50 in the hotel restaurant on Sunday evening, Hotel du Vin offers attractive Sunday night prices at its hotels.

You can see the details here.

Rates start from just £70 per night – not including the £50 you need to spend in the restaurant of course – and you seem to save £20-£25 on the standard room rate.

The deal includes a guaranteed noon check-out on the Monday, which admittedly isn’t life changing but better than nothing. This could be a cunning plan to encourage you to stay for breakfast, since amusingly the rates are ‘room only’ even though you get fed the night before.

There is a little bit of small print:

  • if you don’t spend £50 per room in the restaurant in the evening, the difference will be added to your room bill
  • the offer isn’t available on a Bank Holiday Sunday, but is available on a Bank Holiday Monday
  • the hotels in Brighton, Poole and Winchester are excluded
  • rooms can be cancelled up to seven days before arrival

As a pricing example, Hotel du Vin York is £100 on Sunday 3rd September (room only) but £119 for the cheapest ‘room only’ rate. Cambridge, on the same night, is £135 if you agree to spend £50 in the restaurant, or £160 otherwise. The image above is from Cambridge.

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Comments (89)

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  • BJ says:

    Is trip com reliable? I saw Aegean fares on there that were about £35 less than booking direct or other OLTA.

    I’ve heard twice this year of people having to buy bew train tickets when unable to bring up digital railcards at ticket inspection.

    • jannis says:

      its a chinese company

    • The Original David says:

      Yes, I’ve bought dozens of flights, train tickets (and a railcard) through, never had a problem.

    • Anouj says:

      The only issue with railcards on is it seems to require internet. For flights it’s been fine for me and i’ve earned trip coins on top. On wednesdays you get £3 off extra too. Currently also giving £10 off if you use the app to book. I only book europe short haul flights on there as has a price guarantee if flight prices drop which has returned me over £200 so it does seem to be real. (plus 10% back with complete savings)

    • Lady London says:

      yes, and not just for hotels. owned by ctrip. always worth a look due their massive buying power.

    • BJ says:

      Thanks to all for your various comments on trip. I’ll have a look and may give it a try. Lastminute too; I did use that successfully years ago (used to save me a packet on old Thistle Inverness as a secret hotel) but I had been wary of it in recent years due to some negative feedback.

      Just to clarify my points on digital railcards were not related to Trip.

      • Erico1875 says:

        BJ. They have an Edinburgh call centre. I think they own Skyscanner too. Massive online agent

  • Brussel Sprout says:

    Just got a railcard for €7.28 on – had to buy a rail ticket as well before the railcard was issued.

    • Londonsteve says:

      And to book a hotel, with checkout in the next 26 days, according to the current offer.

  • Londonsteve says:

    Does anyone know the potential relevance of the Network Railcard for someone like myself who lives in London, could potentially buy day travelcards (as opposed to using contactless daily caps) and might want to frequently use the Elizabeth line to and from Heathrow? Can you use the Network card to reduce the cost of a one-way EL fare to Heathrow? Also, for rail journeys to Luton or Gatwick (currently paid on contactless) could I derive any real discount using a Network card?

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      It will only discount fares of more than £13 (mon – fri) as £13 is the minimum fare. Different on a weekend.

      Easiest if you just play with the website and see which journies it will work for

      I don’t think it would work on a single lizzie line trip though

      Have a play with this tool to see if it works for your trips

      But one day travel cards could be ending next year.

      • aseftel says:

        I think it will work on some EL trips, especially on the weekend where there isn’t a min fare (and contactless doesn’t have off-peak pricing for Heathrow). From Farringdon to Heathrow 2&3 on Saturday, I make it £13.30 for a contactless single fare and £9.95 for an Off-Peak Day Single with the railcard discount.

        Also worth noting that your Network Railcard also covers three other adults and four other children travelling with you.

        • Nick says:

          Because of the way return fares are normally single+10p, it’s usually cheaper to touch in for Crossrail if you’re only going one-way, but buy a railcard-discounted paper ticket if you’ll be making a return journey. This is what TfL mean when they write their caveat ‘touching in won’t always be cheaper for all journeys’.

        • Londonsteve says:

          TFL seems to suggest that you can still use a Network railcard for 1/3 off a day travelcard at weekends and public holidays. After the discount it becomes £10.03 which is therefore a much better buy.

      • Londonsteve says:

        It’s incredibly complicated overall. You’ve got the national rail that everyone knows is the ‘big train’ but going to Luton and Gatwick you can use contactless with peak and off peak fares. If you use contactless then you have to buy the shuttle train to Luton airport separately whereas the railcard should provide a third off the national rail through fare, however that still might not be cheaper, unless you’re travelling in the afternoon TFL ‘peak’ period for contactless (during which off peak national rail fares are however valid), in which case it might be. A journey undertaken exclusively on EL is officially a national rail journey although everyone thinks it’s a tube line and TFL does through fares from tube stations. I would be starting my journey at a suburban tube station and connecting to EL in central London, so unless I tap in and tap out of the Underground to then continue my journey to Heathrow with a paper ticket discounted with a railcard (can the ticket office at Tottenham Court Road even sell me one?) it isn’t going to work.

        I think one used to be able to get one third off paper day travelcards at weekends which would be cheaper than even a single ride on the EL to of from Heathrow but it appears you can’t use the Network Railcard for this any longer. And indeed as has been mentioned elsewhere here, day travelcards might be vanishing soon.

        Overall I’m still flummoxed and can’t work out if I’d get my £19 back over the course of a year. Feels a bit like gambling and then I’ll consider my journeys on a case-by-case basis to work out what’s cheaper. There’s also the instant convenience of contactless versus the time factor of buying individual paper tickets before each journey in order to benefit from the railcard discount.

        I don’t generally take the train other than to airports as I have a car and rail fares being what they are, it’s usually cheaper to drive.

    • Louis says:

      I am using my Rail Card discount on the EL often but it also apply to any LU/LO/DLR journey. For London to LHR journey you can save £4.6 or more with splitting in Hayes & Harlington. Also you can us Piccadilly Line and Save much more

      • Londonsteve says:

        The railcard gets you a discount on an EL journey including the LU, DLR, etc parts? How do you buy a ticket from, say Bow to Heathrow via the EL and use the railcard?

        I never thought about splitting the journey at H&H but yes, it saves quite a bit. I just assumed that fares would be the same as HAL takes its £5 tunnel fee and makes local fares disproportionately expensive, e.g. £6.90 to H&H by EL but only £1.75 on the express bus.

        • Louis says:

          You must have to buy an oyster card and link it with your Railcard at a TFL station to get discount on your journey. I live after you and travel to the LHR using this method depending on the time. Using EL by splitting in H&H is the best option to get the best fare which will be £6.85. It’s possible to get even more save but I can’t officially recommend it

          • Londonsteve says:

            Ah, the only railcard I’m entitled to buy is the Network Railcard and that doesn’t offer 1/3 off off peak Oyster fares. You must be entitled to one of the other railcards.

  • MattB says:

    Coincidentally bought the railcard via Trip on Saturday for our journey yesterday. I also had to buy a ticket through Trip to activate the railcard, so bought a 10p fare between 2 stations i’d never heard of which did the job.

    • Hooch says:

      Can you let me know the two stations you chose ? (Just in case I need to make the same journey myself … 😉)

      • MattB says:

        Actually just checked and realised the railcard was booked via Trainpal 🙄, so assume no need if booking via Trip.

        Regardless it was Lichfield city to Lichfield trent valley

  • Dawn says:

    I bought a seniors railcard as I wanted to use the train after selling my car. Nearly every one of my trips has been cancelled due to strike action. Trying to get from Basingstoke to London was impossible as every train was full due to an overtime ban and we were all left standing on the platform.
    So far I have not got the benefit at all and the way things are going with further strikes, I don’t see much point in trying to use the train any more.

  • Julia says:

    ‘IHG One Rewards is continuing with its back-to-back ‘buy points’ offers which get progressively worse!’

    I’m glad this has been highlighted as a real thing. Looking forward to seeing what’s next.

  • Richard says:

    Any best guesses as to when the next 100% IHG sale is likely to be?

  • Londonsteve says:

    I can’t be the only one that would rather pay another tenner for a paper card I can keep in my wallet rather than having to ensure I’ve got my smartphone charged with data connectivity at the critical moment. £10 for 12 months of lower stress is money well spent in my book.

    • Mutley says:

      Absolutely Steve. something rather nice about having a physical card, also with hotel gold cards etc, perhaps i’m just old fashioned!!

    • Oviplokos1 says:

      Just make screenshot and no need for data connectivity.

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