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Holiday Inn Heathrow review, points & photos!

Heathrow Review, Points & Photos!

You all know how much I love points! So when I was in London I jumped on the opportunity of experiencing a Holiday Inn as a Platinum member as well as receiving all the points from the recent codes I posted.

After my training was over I booked a one night stay in the Holiday Inn hotel in Heathrow. I really wanted to get as many points as possible before they expire. I am still praying for the Points Break to be in some exotic destination; then I can book a week for free inshaAllah! 🙂

Park Inn and Holiday Inn Heathrow are only 5min walk apart. So there was no hassle to pick my bag up and move to a hotel next door. 🙂 I had an early flight so I really just ate and slept there and I am quite happy I did this. The two hotels could not be more different in my opinion.

I am a Platinum member with IHG, thanks to a status match, and wanted to experience their care for their top tier members. I arrived in my hotel and was greeted promptly by the receptionist who was a lovely girl. She actually DID acknowledge my status and offered me 500 points or a free drink and snack from the bar. I chose the snack and drink, as I would receive way more points from my stay than 500. Alhamdulillah for IHG codes generosity. 🙂

She asked me if I would mind taking the stairs to the 2nd floor because she would like to upgrade me to an “Executive” room but the lift was broken! I said I didn’t mind and made my way to the second floor. Here is my room…
The executive room was really small compared to the Park Inn, which was a shock as I just came from there, it was almost half the size. In my membership profile I clearly state that I want a smoke free room unfortunately, this was not the case. It was a distinctive smell and I did call reception but with no luck. So after two tries I gave up and decided to just sleep. At some point I had to open the window to get some fresh air.
In the room I received free magazines, a chocolate bar and my Platinum voucher all were very  welcome. 🙂 The view from the window was of the airport runway and surprisingly it was not noisy at all. I would say that the hotel is 3.5 star rather than 4 star as advertised and I can only imagine how are the  other non executive rooms.

I had dinner in the restaurant and opted for a veggie curry as the buffet dinner was non Halal. The food was surprisingly good and the right price for a hotel next to Heathrow. Also the internet is free for IHG Elite members and it should become free to everyone from July 2014. In the morning I used the Hoppa bus as my flight was at 8am and it is a very convenient 15 minutes from the door of your hotel to the door of your Terminal.

Overall the hotel is good and well priced, I paid £40 for the night and received 15,000 points in return (the value of 1000 points is about £5 so my points are worth £75). With a Points Break sale (5,000 points) in an Intercontinental hotel this can be £500 or more compare to cash prices.

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