JW Marriott Grosvenor House London is a luxury hotel on Park Lane with views of Hyde Park. The historic hotel opened its doors on May 14, 1929. The Great Room is one of the largest banquet halls in Europe. Queen Elizabeth II learned to ice skate in The Great Room, when it housed an ice skate rink before conversion into a banquet room in 1934.

Grosvenor House fetched the highest price ever paid for a London hotel when it was purchased for £470 million in 2010 by Indian firm Sahara India Pariwar.

Subrata Roy, head of Sahara India, also acquired New York’s Plaza Hotel in 2012. Sahara India employs more than one million Indians and is the second largest employer for the country behind India Railways. Some 8% of Indians are investors in Sahara India. Subrata Roy was arrested in February 2014 charged with defrauding investors. Roy remains in jail today.

Legal troubles for Subrata Roy and default on the London Grosvenor House hotel property forced the sale of Grosvenor House. Administrators from Deloitte are working with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to find a buyer after Sahara defaulted on debts.

The Daily Mail article states:

A JW Marriott Hotel and is not directly involved in the sale or ownership of the building.

‘The hotel will continue to be managed by Marriott under the terms of our existing management agreement and will continue to operate at the same high level of service that our JW Marriott guests have come to expect.’

Daily Mail – March 4, 2015

Rumors in today’s press indicate Hyatt Hotels is a potential bidder for Grosvenor House.

Will JW Marriott Grosvenor House London become a Hyatt?

JW Marriott Grosvenor House London

JW Marriott Grosvenor House London is a Marriott Rewards category 9 hotel at 45,000 per night.

Breakfast is on Blu this winter with complimentary breakfast when you stay in any Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel from 1st January 2015 to 28th February 2015. Book through the link to easily find rates or use Promotional Code WINTER on the Club Carlson reservations site.

Participating properties:


  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Leicester Square Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Sussex Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel
  • The May Fair


  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford Hotel


  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel

Rad Blu UK Breakfast 2-2015

Book this offer online or call reservations +44 (0) 20 7629 7474, quoting ‘Winter offer’.

Terms and Conditions

  • Offer is subject to availability and may change or be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.
  • Free cancellations can be made before 16.00 hours on day of arrival (U.K. time). One night’s accommodation will be charged when cancellations are received after this deadline.
  • Check-in is from 3pm
  • Free breakfast is only available beween 1st January – 28th February 2015
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Club Carlson Gold Points

Rate Analysis

Rates at Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels are high priced as a reflection of the current popularity of London as a business and tourist destination. Most Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels in London run $200 to $400 per night most nights. Rates were peaking $700+ per night last month when I was staying at Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels in London on points.

Rad Edwardian Winter Mercer

Winter Offer rates are same as Best Flexible Rate. There may be lower advance purchase rates like £60 less per night for the Mayfair at £239 for prepaid, advance purchase rates that are nonrefundable and do not allow changes. Complimentary breakfast is about a £60 value at The May Fair and you get a flexible cancellation policy with Winter rate.

May Fair Winter Rate 2015

If you are paying for your room, breakfast has a value of £12.00 to £30.00 GBP per person, depending on Edwardian hotel. Free breakfast is quite a bit more added value for a Radisson Edwardian hotel on the standard room rate when you want Best Flexible Rate terms.


Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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The most satisfying words to hear from your loved ones are, “I am loving this trip.”  The totally unexpected reason for why I love The May Fair London is we can live well for less.

The May Fair is the flagship property of London for Club Carlson. The May Fair and Plaza on the River, a residential style hotel, are two London hotels that entered the newly created Category 7 rewards when they were introduced earlier this year at 70,000 points per night. That was a 40% reward rate increase from their former 50,000 points per night.

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Club Carlson members have a large selection of hotels to choose from in London. I picked the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street as our first of three hotels for six nights in London. The hotel worked out well as a convenient location for us as tourists arriving from London Heathrow Airport – LHR on the London Underground.

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Club Carlson Gold elite 2-for-1 rates are a good value hotel rate discount for Europe. The deal with the 2-for-1 rate, restricted to Gold and Concierge elite members, is a weekend rate must include either Friday or Saturday night. The Gold elite member pays only the first night’s rate with second night free.

Club Carlson Visa card members receive a complimentary Gold elite upgrade making this rate available for participating hotels in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Club Carlson 2-for-1 promotional code is RSGP1P1.

Over the past few weeks I checked Club Carlson hotels in London and Dublin for the 2-for-1 rate. There is scarce availability for hotels in these two cities.

Last year I used the Club Carlson Gold elite 2-for-1 rate in Berlin.

This post contains screen shots showing Club Carlson 2-for-1 rate availability at a few hotels.


Club Carlson Berlin2-for-1a

art’otel Berlin City Center West, by Park Plaza 39.50 EUR per night. That is $50.29 for a hotel that is 28,000 points per reward night. Paying $50 for a hotel night is even better value than paying 28,000 points for two nights as a Club Carlson Visa member on a 2-night reward stay with one night free. You can get much better redemption value using points for another Club Carlson stay.

Berlin is an all around good deal with Club Carlson 2-for-1 rates.

Club Carlson Berlin 2for1 deals

Berlin is a low cost city in general if you want to travel on a budget. I lived on hot Chinese noodle or rice meals for a week in Berlin last year at a cost of less than $10 per day, supplemented with grocery store breakfast and salads for other meals and lots of cheap beer for less than 75 cents per 0.5 liter in the market. Probably less than that price now with the fall of the Euro. Perfectly suitable hotel rooms under $50 per night is a story not replicated in London.

London on Club Carlson 2-for-1 rates

In London you find the Club Carlson 2-for-1 rates are not available for central London hotels. The hotels offering the 2-for-1 discount rate are airport hotels. The only thing worse than staying at an airport hotel for one night when you are not flying is a two-night stay at the airport.

Club Carlson 2for1 London-1

Either the rate is not offered (12 hotels) or not available for the weekend selected in November (6 hotels) at central London hotels. Checking February 2015 should reveal availability, if there is any for 2-for-1 rates in low season.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is only central London hotel offering the 2-for-1 rate February 13-15 for a Valentine’s discount at 89.50 GBP or $145 USD per night. Other London Club Carlson hotels: 4 hotels $300 and up, 6 hotels $250 to $299; 4 hotels $200 to $250; 3 hotels $171 to $199.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge = $145 for a nice discount in February 2015.

Club Carlson London PP West 2for1

The problem is London hotels basically have blocked out all 2-for-1 weekend rewards for November and December 2014 travel. Of six hotels in central London offering 2-for-1 rates, there are only three available dates for this discount rate in December at two hotels. And two of those dates are Thursday, December 25.

Club Carlson London 2for1 Plaza County

Club Carlson 2-for-1 rates are effectively blocked out for the remainder of 2014 in central London hotels. You can still get the rate at some London airport hotels and outlying metropolitan London hotel locations.

Dublin on Club Carlson 2-for-1 rate

One good feature of the Club Carlson 2-for-1 rate is it can be canceled without penalty based on the normal flexible cancellation policy for the hotel.

I booked Dublin more than two weeks ago when I saw an available 2-for-1 rate.

Club Carlson 2-for-1 Dublin

Radisson Blu Royal Dublin has no 2-for-1 dates available for 2014 and scarce availability in January and February 2015.

Club Carlson Dublin St helens 2-for-1

Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Dublin has no availability for 2014 dates and limited availability for January and February 2015.

I was able to book Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel two weeks ago for 60 EUR ($75) per night using Club Carlson 2-for-1 rate for my stay this month.

Club Carlson 2-for-1 rate offers a great hotel rate discount. Since these are flexible cancellation rates, members should book reservations early and check back regularly to see if new availability opens up for your Carlson Rezidor stays in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Club Carlson Gold elite 2-for-1 rates

Club Carlson Gold elite 4-for-2 rates

London geography for 18 Club Carlson hotels is a look at where Radisson Blu Edwardian and Park Plaza hotels are located in London. Club Carlson website has impressed me these past few days as I have used the site extensively in planning hotel stays for London and Dublin.

The advantage for Club Carlson is they started fresh with web design in the past few years. They built a new Club Carlson site as part of the hotel company’s 5-year restructuring plan Ambition 2015. Loyalty Traveler – Ambition 2015 Carlson Rezidor Conference 2013 Chicago (March 4, 2013) is a good read for Club Carlson members summarizing the transition of Gold Points Plus hotel loyalty program to Club Carlson and the global corporate restructuring of Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group. (I reread the article myself while writing this and it has lots of good information revealing how different Club Carlson has changed compared to Gold Points Plus loyalty program in 2010. There was not even a Carlson Hotels forum when MilePoint.com originally launched in 2011.)

Club Carlson Points for 2014 Hotel Rate Savings

London Club Carlson hotel map-1

Map of Club Carlson hotels in London. This area around Westminster, Mayfair, Soho and Covent Garden holds 11 of 18 Radisson Blu Edwardian and Park Plaza hotels in London available with Club Carlson points.

Six of the other Radisson and Park Plaza London hotels are just outside this map view. Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf hotel is six miles east along the Thames in the London Canary Wharf area. This hotel ranks #85 on TripAdvisor.com.

Last year I stayed at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, pin #8 at the lower right on the south bank of the Thames River. Big Ben and Palace of Westminster on the left side of the river are located at the bottom right. I took two walks of about three hours walking from the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge to Buckingham Palace and along The Mall.

I booked three hotel stays using Club Carlson points for three different hotels. The reservations can be changed with no penalty up to day of arrival, so my objective was to simply have reservations in place in case availability goes away.

Radisson Vanderbilt Kensington

Then, Kelly asks, “Are we staying in Kensington?”

“No. Do you want to stay in Kensington?”

Apparently she thinks she might glimpse Royal Kate’s baby bump at Kensington Palace.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt is near the west side of Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. TripAdvisor #386 of 1,062 hotels.

I could care less about Royals, but I wouldn’t mind creating our own AbFab tour around Holland Park.


Club Carlson ‘Search by Map’ feature is found in the middle of the black ribbon of links. This can be a useful tool when choosing between different Club Carlson hotels, especially in London where there are so many properties to chose from.

Luxurious London

London is my theme for the next six weeks as I plan a 12 night trip to Dublin and London. The higher cost to travel in London compared to Dublin is apparent in my research this past week. Four Seasons Dublin is under $200 per night. Four Seasons London Park Lane is $792 for November dates I checked. I am thinking of splurging in Dublin since luxury hotels are bargain rates.

Luxury in London is a $400+ per night experience. The Savoy is $725 per night. My wife and I worked a couple of summers as nannies for a Manhattan East 80s couple with infants in the 1990s. Mommy Cash raved about her girlfriend weeks at the Savoy. My wife and I honeymooned at St. James Court Hotel in 1989. We spent part of our stay in the residences which are now the 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences at $483 per night. Taj 51 Buckingham Gate is currently ranked #5 out of 1,062 London hotels on TripAdvisor.com.

We paid about $130 per night for the St. James Court residential unit during our 1989 honeymoon when I used Entertainment.com for a 50% discount rate at the hotel. It was not a Taj hotel in 1989. Looks like I have been hotel rate scheming for more than 25 years.

Taj 51

I stopped by the hotel last year while in London to check out Taj 51 Buckingham Gate.

While we won’t be staying at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate this trip, the opportunity to return to London for our 25th wedding anniversary year is a dream come true.

In this article I look at the room rates and reward cost for 14 hotels in London comparing hotel reward value across six different hotel programs with Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest.

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It may come as a no-brainer that the best hotel deals for an American in London are using Club Carlson points as a U.S. Club Carlson Visa card member. This article examines the value of Club Carlson points in London for a U.S. resident Club Carlson U.S. Bank Visa card member.

Club Carlson Visa card members get a great deal as Americans in London with one free reward night on reward stays.

Club Carlson is a major hotel player with 18 properties in London with the Radisson Blu Edwardian and Park Plaza brands.

There is an interesting aside in the Radisson Edwardian brand due to its family ownership having a recent legal battle in the UK: Father of £800million Radisson Blu boss loses High Court battle with his son for a share in the wealth from luxury hotel business they built together.

Note the UK story title in The Daily Mail states ‘luxury’ hotel business. The Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels of London are one of the crown jewels of the Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group. These hotels are a different world from the  Radisson brand and Country Inns & Suites prevalent across the USA.

Hotel Credit Cards and Club Carlson Visa card free reward nights deal

Club Carlson has a compelling credit card benefit with far more value than other hotel loyalty credit cards. Club Carlson Visa card members receive one night free on all reward stays of two or more nights. This benefit can be used for up to 50 free reward nights per year.

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Travel is not free. Having the mobility of a ‘speedball on fairy dust’ (Entourage phrase) requires an investment of time to reduce travel expenses or sustainable income to support your travel addiction spending habit. Travel can develop into a cocaine-like binge of chasing the next suite/seat upgrade and airport lounge drink.

Most of us fall into the middle of the road traveler. Why do you think Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express are the largest hotel brands in a sector of the travel industry that is all about brand names and your active travel lifestyle? Hilton, Canopy; InterContinental Hotels Group, Even; Starwood, W; and of course feeding the masses are Priceline, Airbnb, Expedia, TripAdvisor…

You can give up opportunity time to reduce travel expenses through credit card games with manufactured spend, shopping bonuses and credit card enrollment bonus miles and points, while also reducing your available time for other lifestyle pursuits like sports, family time, education and socializing.

Or just do plain nothing, kind of like vacation time in your own day-to-day life. Then, pay the asking rate when you decide where to go when you want to go. I meet many happy people who don’t care they could have got their hotel stay and flights for a fraction of what they spent. They are happy on a trip and the expense was worth the convenience of vacation planning without the vacation finance planning concern.

Another tactic for bargain travel is sit back and wait for travel opportunities to appear in the dynamic world of airfare fluctuation. Be prepared to strike fast when the deal is around. That happened for me this week.

San Francisco to Dublin $538 British Airways via London Heathrow.

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One of the great values in Europe is the IHG 2-for-1 hotel rate at Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Indigo brands in various cities around Europe. The comments on my blog lately suggest many travelers do not know the acronym IHG for InterContinental Hotels Group.

2-for-1 rates can be great savings, however they are severely restricted.

  • Nonrefundable
  • Must be booked five days in advance.
  • Full payment at time of booking.
  • Generally do not earn IHG Rewards points.

The tricky thing about IHG 2-for-1 rates is finding the link for this special offer:


Click through the drop down menu and select Partner Rate 2×1.

After searching a specific hotel, I typically have to reload the original link since IHG automatically reverts to Best Available rate and will not show the 2-for-1 rates.

Here are a few IHG 2-for-1 rates I found in different countries for stays in February 2014. In rate searches I located 2-for-1 rates in London for May 2014, however, not in June 2014. In years past 2-for-1 rates have been available in summer. It may simply be that 2-for-1 rates have not yet been loaded for June 2014 travel or I did not search enough dates and locations.


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