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It’s Back (Again) : IHG Intercontinental Hotels Flash Sale Rooms From £29

by Continental Club on January 9, 2015  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

IHG RewardsFor the third time in as many months, IHG is to run a Flash Sale for hotels across the UK and Europe with rates once again expected to be ‘banded’ at £29, £39, £49, £89, £129 and £169. The promotion will be  open to IHG Rewards members, but non-members can join in advance or during the booking process and membership is free of charge.

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The stay dates haven’t been announced yet, but they tend to cover the traditionally-quieter holiday periods when business bookings are down.

The sale itself will officially commence at 00:01 GMT on Wednesday 16th January and last for 48 hours only. In both of the last sales, however, rates became available some time before midnight and precedent suggests that existing IHG Rewards members may additionally be afforded access to the rates a whole 24 hours earlier.

It’s likely that there will be some slight variations between the ‘banded’ rates advertised and the actual ones showing availability, although this will probably something to do with minor fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. As before, and particularly at the higher ‘bands’, it’ll still be worth checking the best available non-sale rate at relevant hotels as well.

For more details, to check the terms & conditions, availability and to book once the sale launches, visit ihg.com.

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It’s Back: Intercontinental, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn Flash Sale From £29 Per Night

by Continental Club on November 25, 2014  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

IHG RewardsIf this brings on a sense of deja vu, don’t worry; IHG did indeed run a Flash Sale just a month ago and now they’re repeating it this Black Friday weekend. Rates are once again expected to be ‘banded’ at £29, £39, £49, £89, £129 and £169. The promotion is open only to IHG Rewards members, but non-members can join during the booking process and membership is free of charge.

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The stay dates haven’t been publicly confirmed yet, but we’re expecting them to cover the traditionally-quieter holiday periods when business bookings are down.

The sale itself will officially commence at 00:01 GMT on Friday 28th November and last for 48 hours only. Last month, however, rates became available some time before midnight and IHG’s Facebook page is now advertising that existing IHG Rewards members may additionally be afforded access to the rates a whole 24 hours earlier.

Update: the Sale is now live at this offer page on ihg.com.

It’s likely that there will be some slight variations between the ‘banded’ rates advertised and the actual ones showing availability, although this will probably something to do with minor fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. As before, and particularly at the higher ‘bands’, it’ll still be worth checking the best available non-sale rate at relevant hotels as well.

For more details, to check the terms & conditions, availability and to book once the sale launches, visit ihg.com.

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Hilton Winter Sale Rooms From £52

by Continental Club on November 18, 2014  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , ,

Hilton HHonorsHilton Hotels has launched its Winter 2014 weekend leisure promotion, with rates starting from an advertised £52 per room per night in the UK, and EUR82 per room per night in Europe. The offer also includes properties across the Middle East & Africa.

Hilton Winter Sale

Winter Sale rates are available for bookings made between November 18th 2014 and January 31st 2015, for stays at participating hotels completed on weekends between November 21st 2014 and December 28th 2015.

As usual with Hilton, “weekend” is defined as Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in Europe and Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in Middle East & Africa.

Bookings must be made a minimum 3 days before arrival; rates are non-refundable and full prepayment required at time of booking. The rate codes are:

PR08WR (Room Only)

PR08WB (Bed & Breakfast)

Rates qualify for earning and stay credits as well as status amenities in the Hilton HHonors programme.

To check rates and to book, visit hiltonweekends.co.uk.

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The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

by Continental Club on July 5, 2014  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , ,

Ritz-CarltonWinter in the UK can be a time of glistening frosts, crisp air, fresh snow and roaring fires. Mostly, though, it’s a season of depressing drizzle, delays and a general feeling that anything that should work, doesn’t.

Little wonder, then, that the prospect of wall-to-wall sunshine, blue skies, sparkling new hotels and some of the best customer service in the world draws ever-increasing numbers to the United Arab Emirates. And, while Dubai is undoubtedly the major draw, it’s next door neighbour and UAE capital – Abu Dhabi – is hot on its heels in ramping up its visitor magnetism. Aided by its rapidly-expanding airline, Etihad, there’s a huge amount of development going-on, turning what was a pearl-fishing town just 50 years ago, into a glittering desert metropolis scattered across the 200 islands that make up the emirate.

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The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal is one of the latest additions to the skyline; a 447 room, 85 villa property principally set in a crescent of ten Italianate buildings overlooking the Grand Canal and in the shadow of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Continental Club visited in December 2013, and stayed for 8 nights in a Deluxe Room on the hotel’s Ritz-Calrton Club Level.

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During our stay, we took the opportunity to film a video tour of the guest room, the Ritz-Carlton Club Level Lounge, the pool and outdoor areas and the hotel’s public spaces, bars, cafes and restaurants. Click below to watch:

Check in takes place in the Club Lounge, which is an expansive glass ‘box’ perched on top of the hotel and looking out over the Grand Canal and neighbouring properties. It’s an all-day facility offering breakfast to eligible guests, and then continuing with continuous food and beverage ‘presentations’ throughout the day. In the evening, complimentary beer and wine are available, along with an expansive array of canapes and desserts which would almost serve as dinner. Of particular note is the impressive French cheese board.

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Guest rooms are spacious and tastefully-decorated, with bathrooms featuring the currently-fashionable ‘open’ aspect to the bedroom. In this case, the aperture is home to fold-back screens so that Miss Modesty’s privacy can be regained.

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The hotel markets itself to both the corporate and leisure markets, and is likely to prove particularly popular with families, thanks especially to the huge pool (a large section of which is shaded under a sail canopy), the private man-made beach and the kids’ club and outdoor water play area.

A good selection of the cafes and restaurants have outdoor areas too, easily accessible from the pool and beach areas.

The lobby is more of a grand statement than a place to linger; soaring pillars and stairways with windows overlooking the Grand Mosque, but just off the space are more intimate tea lounges and the souk-ish bar.

Service is professional throughout, with a large contingent of the staff having apparently been drafted in from other Ritz-Carlton properties. For a new hotel then, there are remarkably few wrinkles and, a few months further on from our visit, they’re probably by now non-existent.

Ritz-Carlton offers a number of ‘packaged’ rates, mostly for multiple night stays. It’s therefore worth checking for offers which include airport transfers, food and beverage credit and room upgrades.

The majority of the rooms overlook the pool and Grand Canal, but some face the rear of the property and, for an arguably more memorable experience, one of these latter rooms with a balcony overlooking the Grand Mosque may be a top choice – especially at sunset when the building glows in the embers of the retreating day.

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards scheme offers a further opportunity to maximise the value of a stay at the hotel; members of the partner Marriott Rewards programme can also earn points towards free stays and a range of other awards.

For more details on the hotel and to book, visit ritzcarlton.com/abudhabi.

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A Guide To Lastminute ‘Top Secret ®’ Hotels – And 10% Off Promo Code

by Continental Club on March 14, 2014  |  3 comments • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , ,

Lastminute NewThe concept of so-called ‘opaque’ hotel bookings – ones where the guest chooses a star rating and rough location, but doesn’t know the precise name of the hotel being offered – has been around for more than a few years now. The internet has undoubtedly fuelled growth in the genre, though ‘mystery tours’ have been popular since charabancs started chugging off into the unknown.

Travel website lastminute.com promotes their version of the ‘opaque’ booking through its Top Secret ® Hotels offers; the unidentified hotels appear in the lists of properties returned in a standard hotel search.

lastminute.com advertise that they list ‘four and five star hotels in 250 locations for up to 35% less than you’d pay anywhere else‘. Is the balance between certainty and saving stacked in the guest’s favour or not, though?

There’ll probably never be a definitive answer – indeed the opacity of the offer means that all the parties on the supply-side are completely in control of what they make available, at what price and described in ways that they’re free to amend at any time.

However, to encourage guests to give Top Secret ® Hotels a try, lastminute.com has introduced a promotional code offering 10% off this specific booking method. There are 4,000 opportunities to use the code, and bookings must be made by 23:59 on 31st March 2014.

This code continues to work into July 2014; we don’t have a new expiry date, so do continue trying to use it! Code now reported to be invalid.

To check availability and to book with the discount, visit lastminute.com/hotels and enter the code ‘trialtopsecret‘ (all lower case) when prompted.

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Hilton 9,000 Bonus Points On Weekend Stays

by Continental Club on February 9, 2014  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , ,

Hilton HHonorsThe Weekend Rewards promotion has been launched by Hilton, offering HHonors members 1,000 bonus points for every night stayed, and an additional 5,000 bonus points for every weekend stay of two nights or more.

The promotion is open to new and existing members, and runs until 30th April 2014.

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Weekends are defined as Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, allowing for the opportunity to earn 4x 1,000 points, plus the 5,000 two-night stay bonus.

To register for the promotion, or to join HHonors and register, visit hhonors.com/WeekendBonus prior to checkout of your stay within the promotional period.

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Hilton Asia Pacific Flash Sale – Maldives, Bali, Thailand

by Continental Club on January 21, 2014  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hilton HHonorsAs we reported last week Hilton Hotels has now launched its third in a series of Asia Pacific flash sales, offering up to 50% reductions on ‘best available rate’ across a selection of properties – this time in The Maldives, Bali and Thailand.

Guests have 72 hours to book the sale rates at the 7 participating hotels, for stays booked between 21st January 2014, 00:00 GMT+8 and 23rd January 2014, 23:59 GMT+8, and completed by 31st March, 2014.

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Hotels featured in the 50% off flash sale include the Conrad Koh Samui Residences (above), the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Phuket Surin Beach, and the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

For the full list of participating properties, and to book, visit hiltonhoteldeals.com/72hrssale.

 

 

 

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Hilton Asia Pacific Flash Sales

by Continental Club on January 12, 2014  |  One comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hilton HHonorsHilton Hotels will this week launch flash sales offering up to 50% reductions on ‘best available rate’ across a selection of properties in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan & South Korea.

The first three destinations will go on sale at 16:00 GMT on 14th January 2014, and the sale will last for 72 hours. The Japan & South Korea sale commences at 02:00 GMT on 15th January 2014, and lasts for 50 hours.

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Both sales are for stays commencing 16th January 2014; Singaporean, Malaysian and Thai stays must be completed by 31st March and Japanese & South Korean stays must conclude by 30th June 2014. Rates will be eligible for full Hilton HHonors loyalty programme credit.

For the full list of Singapore, Malaysia & Thailand properties, and to book, visit hiltonhoteldeals.com/72hrssale.

For the full list of Japan & South Korea properties, visit hiltonhoteldeals.com/sale50.

A further sale, featuring beach properties, is slated to commence 21st January 2014.

 

 

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