May072018

London Map IHG Reward rates at 135 London and Southeast England hotels

London is an expensive city for tourists. The price of hotels is often the limiting factor for how close to London city center attractions and how many nights a visitor stays. Over the past five years I have had the opportunity to stay in London on three trips for one week or more and several other shorter trips. Most of my paid hotel stays have been at IHG hotels due to good promotion opportunities in IHG Rewards Club and hotel rate discounts.

  1. InterContinental London Park Lane
  2. Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
  3. Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park
  4. Holiday Inn London Camden Lock
  5. Holiday Inn London Kensington High St.
  6. Holiday Inn London Whitechapel
  7. Holiday Inn Express London Stratford
  8. Crowne Plaza London Gatwick Airport
  9. Holiday Inn London Gatwick Airport

London hotels have not been on many IHG PointBreaks lists in past years. The only London area hotels to appear on PointBreaks in 2016 and 2017 were near London Luton Airport in the far north and Croydon in the far south.

There have been several London area hotels on both of the 2018 PointBreaks lists released so far. 2018 changes to IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks from a promotional rate of 5,000 points for the 100 or so hotels on the list in prior years to promotional discount rates at 5,000; 10,000 and 15,000 points per reward night opens up the potential of seeing more hotels in London and the surrounding area appear in future PointBreaks list among the larger lists of 200 or so participating hotels.

The most recent PointBreaks list released on April 30, 2018 contained three hotels in London proper with Holiday Inn London Royal Docks, Holiday Inn Express Greenwich and Holiday Inn Brent Cross at 15,000 points per night.

Holiday Inn London Royal Docks and Holiday Inn Express Greenwich are in the area near enough to central London’s tourist zone area to make these east London hotels a good hotel value for tourists. Holiday Inn Brent Cross is way out near the northern edge of London’s suburbs, a place developed for housing in post-World War II redevelopment to accommodate London’s population.

What makes IHG PointBreaks hotels a good value are opportunities to buy IHG Rewards Club points for $6 per 1,000 points with IHG Rewards Club Points&Cash rates. PointBreaks nights available to members for $30, $60 or $90 per reward night can be a significant discount on the average rate for London hotels.

London Map of IHG Rewards Club rates for 135 hotels

My map started out with a focus on London city hotels, then expanded to London airport hotels and grew to include most IHG hotels in southeast England within about 75 miles of London.

There are about 50 IHG hotels with actual London addresses and a dozen airport hotels for Heathrow LHR (west), Gatwick LGW (south), Luton LTN and Stansted STN (north) and even Southend SEN on the east coast and an hour by train from central London. Airport hotels are color coded.

The map also includes hotels around Southampton and Portsmouth for cruise port tourists. Hotels in southeast England are included for travelers heading to Dover and Folkestone for travel to and from France. Oxford, Cambridge and west of London area hotels make up the remainder of hotels on the map.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. I would never book a hotel that is far away from where I want to be.

    You might be saving by staying out by LHR, but do you really want to commute into the city for 50 minutes (or more) each way for that extra, 1.5 hours in commuting time? And do you want to experience the sort of nightlife that is around LHR? (no!)

    Likewise, HIX Greenwich is an hour out from Trafalgar Sq. Not worthwhile, IMO, unless you are really trying to stretch the budget and your time is not that valuable.

    That said, my nephew and niece stayed at a hotel 40 minutes out recently because they had Hilton points and wanted to be able to say they stayed for free. I could not talk them out of it

  2. Just for fun, I took a look at hotels in London during July. $140 and up. Not cheap if you want one of the chains, like IHG. Premier Inns, mk, melia and Ibis (English, German, Spanish and French chains) have some decent values, though, so it might be good to use Kayak or such to compare.

    Glad I don’t have to travel during this peak period to London!

  3. @bluecat – I find I prefer being out of city center for several cities in Europe I have visited several times. I have spent weeks wandering around Westminster, London. I’d like to visit other boroughs of the city. My wife liked the pubs better when we were away from the central tourist area.

  4. If you’ve already seen enough of the center of London and want to explore outside the core tourist zone, then what you’re doing makes sense to me. For some reason, I read your post as aimed at the regular tourist traveler (i.e., relative first timer to London who needs to maximize time), but I just re-read it and I think I was mistaken.

    Overall, I find IHG to provide excellent coverage and value all over the UK. And If you have a car and would like to explore places outside of the main cities, the hotels are consistently cheap when paying either by cash or points. They have usually have some well-located PointsBreaks to boot!

    In general, IHG is my go-to for UK travel, both in and out of London.

    I do get very tired of their breakfasts though. 😮

  5. Currently at HI Camden Lock. I had booked a Penthouse King, but when I arrived they said the room was dble booked. They substituted a view King on 4th (of 5 floors) overlooking canal and Lock – perfectly fine.
    Plus they comped breakfast and 10k points as amenity.
    It’s only one night to see family…so I am happy.

    I would have no issue with a current Pointbreak locations of HI Greenwich and HI Royal Docks.
    Nowhere is a hassle to access central locations on London’s excellent rapid public transportation network. In fact I am taking the overground rail Camden Road to Stratford right now, then returning to IC Pk Lane in a few days.
    I love London, one of the best public transportation systems in the world.
    Peace

  6. @Soren – Canal view room at HI Camden Lock in July was our favorite IHG hotel room in London. Great people watching sitting in front of the open patio doors on a warm summer day with hundreds of people hanging out on the canal bank walls and bridge.

    We traveled between Stratford and Camden via Underground last December and found it relatively easy transportation in less than 30 minutes.

  7. Great work 🙂
    I will refer to this quite a bit I expect.
    I would certainly use a Europe wide version hugely 😉

    Nice one.

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