Outside of Best Western and Choice Hotels, New Zealand doesn’t have a ton of points options for chain hotels.
Why stay at a chain hotel though?
Loyalty status can get you free meals and upgraded rooms, and using points can make those rooms free.
Sure, you could always use bank points such as Chase UR points to book almost any hotel you want using those points, but this post is looking at four hotels you can book with hotel points.
InterContinental Wellington, Hilton Auckland, Crowne Plaza Auckland, and Hilton Lake Taupo.
You might be surprised at what ended up being my least favorite of the four: Continue reading
That may be the longest word I’ve ever typed.
The Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa’s name is about as long as the trek to get to it from the airport, but it’s a classic, waterfront hotel that can be enjoyed for just 25k Hilton Honors points per night.
Let’s call it Kal, short for Kalastajatorppa. Continue reading
The Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui is one of a handful of luxury resorts on a stretch of Maui’s southern shore called Wailea.
Thanks to the no-longer-available Fairmont credit card from Chase, I had two free nights to use at any Fairmont.
The starting rate for a night at this hotel is ~$500, so I figured it’d be a good spot to use my free nights.
I was a tad underwhelmed.
Wait, why? Continue reading
Not even a year old, the Residence Inn Maui Wailea is one of the more affordable points options for staying on the island of Maui.
A three-minute walk from the beach and only 12k Hyatt points per night, the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach won me over quickly by placing the three of us in a corner room on the penthouse 20th floor for our three nights.
When the nice lady at the front desk asked me how my stay was, I didn’t have the heart to admit that I’d slept terribly both stays at this hotel in the past week.
It might’ve just been jetlag or coffee to blame for all I knew.
The hotel is only nine months old, and its sparse, modern decor is cool, but it almost feels like the builders stopped before putting on the finishing touches.
Here are some pros and cons:
Venice is one of those must-see, otherworldly places.
As touristy as it is, I don’t think there is any place like it.
I posted a photo story here if you’re interested.
Like the city it’s in, the Hilton Garden Inn Venice seems to get stampeded year-around by visitors.
There are two final hotel reviews I’ve been wanting to post from my travels in Italy last fall, but first a couple things to know:
- I’m not reviewing them because they are overly special or luxurious. They’re pretty basic chain hotels.
- I’m reviewing them because I stayed for free using points, and I was having trouble finding reviews about them when I was booking.
Tomorrow I’ll post about a Hilton Garden Inn in Venice, Italy, but first:
Holiday Inn Genoa City.
The inside of the Crowne Plaza Verona Fiera has the feel of a spaceship.
While checking in for a recent award booking at the Holiday Inn Express Milan Nord – Zara, my girlfriend was pleased to learn they had upgraded her to a suite.
A “Ladies Room” suite.
Notice anything unique about this room? Continue reading