On Monday, the next round of IHG Rewards Club PointsBreaks will become bookable. These are awards available for only 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points. The full list will be here when these go live on 27 July 2015 and the rates will be valid for stays in 31 October 2015.
For the first time in a long time, there will be a property on the list in the Oceania region. The Holiday Inn Warwick Farm (which is located in Cabramatta, west of Sydney).
Other standouts on the upcoming PointsBreak list include the Holiday Inn London Heathrow T5 and the InterContinental Mendoza. Market speculation is that properties end up on the PointsBreak list when there have not been
Miles Down Under checked in to the property to see whether it is worthy of going out of your way to stay at when the price is right. Normally a 20,000 point per night stay, how does it fare at the 5,000 point price point?
Located on the busy Hume Highway, the hotel is easily accessible by road.
Outside there were a couple of small tour buses, which is presumably where most of the hotel’s regular custom comes from.
After checking in we made our way through the lobby.
We had been upgraded to a Deluxe room from the base Superior category. The hotel only seems to have one suite, so good luck getting that as an upgrade even as a IHG Rewards Club Spire member. Its worth noting that the property does not have to upgrade members staying on their points.
Our room required the use of a specific elevator at the back of the property.
On the way to our room we stuck our head out to look at the pool.
And the gym.
Our room was clearly recently refurbished (the hotel was previously known as the Sunnybrook Hotel). Unfortunately, they didn’t double glaze the windows so we could still hear the traffic on the Hume Highway.
It was necessary to activate the TV (which is some kind of Android platform) to set up wi-fi access.
The only thing we wish to write about the bathroom is that we had trouble getting hot water at one point during our stay.
Breakfast was available in both the bar area…
… and the restaurant.
This is the closest thing Holiday Inn have in Australia to the classic US roadside motel that most people associate with Holiday Inn. For only 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points a night thought, it does represent a compelling proposition for those that just need a place to rest their head.