IHG are adding a new new top tier to their Rewards Club, while also loosening the criteria to make it easier to qualify for Gold or Platinum status. The changes come into effect on 1 July 2015. From 1 July of this year, IHG Rewards Club will have four levels (new qualification criteria in brackets) Club Gold (10 Qualifying Nights or 10,000 Qualifying Points) Platinum (40 Qualifying Nights or 40,000 Qualifying Points) Unnamed top tier membership level (75 Qualifying Nights or 75,000 Qualifying Points) The as yet unnamed top tier membership level will come with 100% bonus points and an…
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
In our last post we reviewed the InterContinental San Francisco. In this post, we review the hotel’s club lounge – which we found a very pleasant place to enjoy breakfast and pass the time with an evening drink.
The InterContinental San Francisco, located in the up-and-coming SoMa (South of Market) district, is a modern upscale hotel. The US$200 million, 550-room hotel opened on 28 February 2008 and is located at 888 Howard St (lucky eight).
The InterContinental Chicago ‘Magnificent Mile’ is located on Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Windy City. Its location is the only magnificent thing about it. The hotel was originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club. By 1944, it was operating as a hotel. Over the years it has been a Sheraton and a Radisson, before opening as an InterContinental in March 1990. At that time, the north tower operated as a separate property, and it took another decade before more renovations combined the two properties through the construction of the four level lobby we see today.
Fresh from a renovation, the Club InterContinental at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur certainly looks good. Sadly, it is let down by the hotel it is in – as detailed in our review of the property. We also found the service in the lounge wanting, particularly when it came to getting drinks topped-up.
The InterContinental Kuala Lumpur surely competes for the title as the worst InterContinental property in the world. Previously the Hotel Nikko Kuala Lumpur, it was reflagged in February 2011. At the time of our report in February 2015, a full four years later, renovations of the hotel are still ongoing in what looks to be an attempt to bring the property up to InterContinental brand standards. We were awoken in the morning to a buzzsaw in the hallway. Complaints to the ‘Instant Service’ line (which is more like instant hold music at this property) didn’t result in it stopping.
We recently reviewed the Holiday Inn Sydney Darling Harbour, which is partially built into an historic Victorian woolstore. We note with interest that in late 2014 the hotel embarked on a multi-million dollar project, demolishing its above ground car parking and converting that space into another 24 hotel rooms and ‘family suites’. The project was expected to be finished in mid Februrary. The (approved) Development Application can be see on the City of Sydney’s website. Interestingly, it details the history of the hotel. Circa 1997 the hotel already converted some of its parking into a number of hotel rooms and…
The Holiday Inn Sydney Darling Harbour is conveniently located in Sydney’s Chinatown, close to a number of excellent eateries serving all kinds of Asian cuisine. It is also within walking distance of Darling Harbour, Sydney’s most famous tourist trap.
Singapore has a large number of depressingly middling five star hotels, and we are constantly searching for a property that impresses. The 403 room InterContinental Singapore, located at the Bugis Junction integrated development (office tower, shopping mall and hotel), opened in 1995 and consequently has a very dated feel. This is something not uncommon in Singapore hotels.
The InterContinental Sydney is running a promotion on its page on Facebook. Customers can register for the offer on its Facebook page and then call the hotel to reserve a rate to stay 2 nights for the price of 1 (based on best flexible rate) for stays through 13 January 2015. The rate is to be equal for Flexible Rate which is as low as AU$269 including tax. Based on this, the promo rate would run as low as AU$134.50 a night. We expect this rate would post as non-qualifying for the purposes of IHG Rewards Club.