In February 2017 I will be staying in a London hotel again. While it is true there are some real London deals after the Brexit currency slide in the UK, most upper upscale chain hotels are still running around $200 per night.
The biggest change in the London hotel scene I see now is there are actually viable hotel options in London for under $100 per night in chain brands like Best Western, Wyndham and IHG.
Worst Best Western Redemption Value in the World?
I simply have to share this London Best Western hotel rate I found that simultaneously is the lowest room rate I have seen for a chain hotel in London for quite some time, while also being in the Best Western Rewards hotel loyalty program’s top redemption tier for a reward night at 36,000 points per night.
Is this London hotel the worst Best Western Rewards redemption value worldwide?
Best Western London Peckham Hotel $44.26 USD / 36 GBP
Feb 5-7, 2016
The most interesting aspect of this cheap Best Western London Peckham hotel from a loyalty viewpoint is a reward night price at 36,000 points per night. That is the highest category hotel reward in BWR. Best Western London Peckham is one of only three London hotels at that top reward category.
36,000 points saves $44.26 for a redemption value = $1.23 per 1,000 points.
I challenge you to find a worse redemption value out there among 4,000 Best Western Hotels worldwide.
What is the deal with Peckham?
There are 1,371 TripAdvisor reviews of Best Western London Peckham. The hotel currently ranks 3 of 5 circles and #594 of 1,080 London hotels. Recent reviews are mostly positive and describe a good location on Peckham Road for a 30 minute bus ride to Big Ben, Palace of Westminster and London Eye. There is also an Overground train station nearby.
A quick wikipedia search indicates Peckham demographics is a majority black populated neighborhood. My ‘whitey white’ wife is a bit intimidated by the thought of simultaneously staying in South London and in a South London black neighborhood. My childhood had me living in some majority black neighborhoods and that does not freak me out as long as the area is not violent.
Last time I was truly out of my depth in a neighborhood was Elizabeth, New Jersey in 2007 when my walk from the Starwood Four Points hotel to a grocery store seemed like a good opportunity to be shot. I encountered some scary guys on the streets. That SPG category 1 hotel at the time is no longer in the Starwood Hotels system.
I’ll ease Kelley into the non-Westminster London hotel scene a little more gently. She enjoyed Camden Town and I think she will like Tower Hamlets street shopping in East London which is my hotel stay leaning for a 2-day stay on our way to Amsterdam next winter. Holiday Inn Commercial Road is about $100 per night.
But for myself as a solo traveler, I sure like the idea of a chain hotel room in London under $50 where I can earn points. One of my favorite tourist activities is simply walking around checking out neighborhoods and people who live there. I am trying to use my many London transits on trips to Europe to check out different areas of the city.
So Londoners, give me the locals’ scoop. Is Peckham a place to check out or avoid?