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  • in reply to: Dubai hotel recommendation
    krys_k 35 posts

    Thanks for the advise to stay at GH. Paid 260k for five nights and was allowed to book either a standard room or suite…difficult choice. On check in reminded receptionist I was titanium and got a two bedroom apartment. It’s very nice, huge beds, enough towels to open a laundry; the kitchen and bathrooms are dated in look by about 15 years, but maybe folks go for that, I’m more minimalist in my wants. The breakfast spread is second to JW in Singapore, but that’s still better than every other place I’ve been…maybe I’ve been bought off by the freshly made masala dosas. The number of staff is simply incredible. Across the two towers more than 2,000. To put that in context, I’ve just finished a consultancy gig at a property outfit with 54,000 homes, and the entire team there, including repair team was the same number. Love the short 5 min walk to beach (yes, give the shuttle a miss), and great choice for restaurants and bars (but restricted if accompanied by four year old). Like the lounge, but not a fan of being banished to the family room. Good cocktails tough. Again, super advise, thanks !

    in reply to: Dubai hotel recommendation
    krys_k 35 posts

    Thank you, Grosvenor House it is !

    in reply to: Benefits of the (closed) Hilton credit card
    krys_k 35 posts

    I think I’ll get rid of it as have gold via platinum. And in case I tend to stay at Marriott as have Titanium so better benefits than Gold; and where I tend to travel Hilton aren’t as well positioned geographically. And the Barclays voucher works as a great addition to BA vouchers as we are a family of three.

    in reply to: Benefits of the (closed) Hilton credit card
    krys_k 35 posts

    Super answer. Thanks AJA

    krys_k 35 posts

    Same as Tariq. 35k over chat.

    in reply to: Amex rescinded 100k bonus
    krys_k 35 posts

    Success. 100k landed again. I had zero luck and almost two hours with chat team. Spoke to the folks that look after Platinum Business and they agreed that perhaps it wasn’t fair that a mistaken rebate post meeting the threshold within given time should have seen the points rescinded.

    in reply to: Amex rescinded 100k bonus
    krys_k 35 posts

    Thanks for feedback. Very frustrating. What grates is that the refund wasn’t supposed to land. I checked that if it was reversed would I qualify and the answer was no. So I’ve ended up in a situation where there is absolutely nothing I could do, and all due to an external party. The refunds totalled £350. And I had spent over the bonus threshold since hitting it six days ago. I’ve raised as a complaint as the goodwill gesture I was offered was 5k.

    in reply to: Points for second room
    krys_k 35 posts

    Thanks. Looks like I’m missing some points!!

    in reply to: Children over two coats
    krys_k 35 posts

    Thanks for replies. And she won’t even be able to drink her allowance of champagne to smooth over the cost!

    in reply to: Type of upgrade with Marriott Platinum Elite status
    krys_k 35 posts

    Krakow please.

    in reply to: Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel
    krys_k 35 posts

    Ah. The photos of the rooms look like they’ve been redecorated.

    in reply to: Type of upgrade with Marriott Platinum Elite status
    krys_k 35 posts

    I travel there often enough, so would like to hear about it. Thanks.

    krys_k 35 posts

    I’ve not decided where to stay so will look into your suggestions, thanks. Yes, work trip for a Nigerian client.

    krys_k 35 posts

    No I haven’t!

    in reply to: Type of upgrade with Marriott Platinum Elite status
    krys_k 35 posts

    Id’d be interested to hear about your stay at the Sheraton. upgrade, lounge etc.

    in reply to: Type of upgrade with Marriott Platinum Elite status
    krys_k 35 posts

    Both rooms were around £48, the price fluctuated from one booking to the next, booked a few days apart; in both cases I chose the cheapest room at the cheapest rate. There’s nothing in the rules that we should have received any upgrades for the second room (but I checked and they were good about it, wasn’t going to put mother in law in worst room in hotel, wouldn’t have heard the end of it!).

    I’ve spent the last 15 years living in hotels in various parts of the world. Wouldn’t sat its a super top end luxury hotel; but its very good: modern enough rooms (with a few dates touches, guess they held somethings over from pre-renovation), bathrooms dates, great service, jolly good food, decent lounge too. If you want super luxury for tourists, then Bristol is good (not my style, too old school). I like the Rialto for Art Deco style (but its small and boutique).

    in reply to: Type of upgrade with Marriott Platinum Elite status
    krys_k 35 posts

    In short, a rather good upgrade in Westin Warsaw. Received the second best suite available (the only suite above is the singular Presidential Suite!). The suite is a modern apartment, nice living room, huge TV, sofa and two armchairs, a business desk; two bathrooms; large bedroom; superb view; welcome gift of 1000 points; a huge wineglass of macaroons and fruit delivered to room; free breakfast for two; lounge access (where the food is rather excellent, and the variety of chocolate truffles astonishingly good), free alcohol between 6pm-8pm, and no more than a table or two occupied throughout the day (have made the lounge my office). Very friendly and helpful staff throughout. Paid about £48 per night. Getting £200+ per night value. And second room purchased for mother in law also given on exec 19th floor, free breakfast et al.

    Excellent experience.

    krys_k 35 posts

    I’m there from this Sunday. Will write up a mini-report of what it is like.

    in reply to: Birmingham hotel recommendations?
    krys_k 35 posts

    Clayton is not bad. Not great for parking. Sometimes good offers on grupon.

    krys_k 35 posts

    Thanks for advice (I stayed at the Marriott once, its was like being teleported into the 80s; but maybe rooms have been upgraded in the last three years). I called up Westin and asked what room upgrade I would be given and was told the best that is available, and at the moment the suites are available (and I expect its all rather quiet on the Warsaw hotel front). A note was put on my account to this effect. Let see what happens.

    in reply to: Birmingham hotel recommendations?
    krys_k 35 posts

    I feel relatively qualified to comment as I spent 35 nights over the last three months in Birmingham. I wanted to stay in a chain hotel both for consistency of product and to achieve status. I looked at all the Hilton hotels and wasn’t impressed by their offering (Courtyards and Hamptons etc.). But Marriott seemed to have a better proposition. I’ve stayed at the Aloft. It’s in the university quarter Eastside. There really isn’t much around there and if you want bars, restaurants then you’re out of luck. It’s about a 20 minute walk into town. On the plus side, prices are consistently affordable and as a new hotel (8 months +/-) the rooms have a good spec and the hotel hasn’t seen any wear and tear. If like me you come in late and leave early the roadside parking outside is free from 18.30 until 08.00. There aren’t many places but I’ve always managed to bag the last one. Breakfast is less than special and I almost always give it a miss. The gym is small but has just about enough to get by and is never busy. The other place I like is AC. Super friendly staff and you’re in a new development full of restaurants. China town is less than 10 minutes stroll and great for food. Again a quiet gym. The only downside is parking which is expensive at £17.20 per overnight visit. The rooms are clean and the executive ones a little too large. I personally prefer the toned down ‘funky’ of aloft to the minimalism of AC. But as I say I stay at both.

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