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Old Apr 15, 15, 3:56 am   #466
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: PARIS (France)
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Crowne Plaza Hamburg

- What is your IHG Rewards Club status?
Platinum Royal Ambassador

- Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
Yes

- Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked cheapest rate with breakfast, and was upgraded to club room with club access (after negocation)

- How are the rooms?
Around 20 sqm.
Well maintained but dated design
Tiny bathroom.
Flat screen television sets with basic good selection of international channels
View over the city
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Very quiet

- How is the exec. lounge?
Quite large, with 3 separate rooms
Good selection of afternoon canapés, evening hot food and drinks.
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Pleasant terrace
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- What was good and what was bad?
Good:
- Convenient location, in one of most trendy district of the city (many trendy shops, restaurants in the immediate vicinity)
- Easy access to public transport. Shared bike station 5 minutes wlak to the hotel
- Good breakfast (quiet and elegant room, good selection of products, excellent service), nice staff at restaurant

Bad:
- Somewhat dated design
No bicycle to be rented at the hotel

- Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?
Yes
Excellent value, even if I'd prefer other options in Hamburg
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Old Apr 15, 15, 10:28 pm   #467
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SNA/LAX
Programs: Hilton Gold, Hyatt DMD, IHG Plat Amb & Marriott Plat.
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Holiday Inn Resort Patong Phuket

- What is your IHG Rewards Club status?
Platinum Ambassador

- Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
Absolutely ... very very very happy!

- Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked standard room on points (30K IHG points per night), and was upgraded two categories up to Kids' Suite.

- How are the rooms?
Consists of actually two connecting rooms with two full baths. Traveling with wife 2 kids this came in very handy. The kids loved their rooms which had 2 boat like beds, entertainment center with DVDs and game counsel, box full of toys, etc.

- How is the exec. lounge?
No lounge but was given vouchers for 2 alcoholic beverages and 2 no-alcoholic beverages. Comped buffet breakfast at their main restaurant Seabreeze by the pool which had multiple stations and excellent variety of foods. 4 bottles of drinking water per day. 15% off any and all F&B spending.

- What was good and what was bad?

Good:

- Service and staff especially Mr. Peter, the guest services manager, for their hospitality and kindness.
- Great location in the south part of Patong for easy access to beach and main road in/out of the area.
- Great breakfast at Seabreeze which held us up until early supper. Food was also delicious and relatively cheap at their Charm Thai Restaurant. Prompt and attentive service at all food venues.

Bad:

Nothing!

- Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?
Amazing value staying on points and getting the royal treatment. Would definitely return to this property.

See our impression of this property: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kalboz...57651581022488
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Old Apr 17, 15, 5:11 am   #468
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Anywhere
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Holiday Inn Express Causeway Bay

What is your IHG/Priority Club status?
Platinum Elite

Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
Yes

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Standard room

How are the rooms?
So so. Nothing too special. Maintenance is poor (dirty corners, blackened toilet sealant).

How is the exec. lounge?
N/A but Platinums are given free set Hong Kong breakfast that is served in a Swiss-style steak restaurant (!)

Value for $ or IHG Points? Would you return?
Nothing impressionable. Good location in Causeway Bay though.
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Old Apr 19, 15, 12:18 am   #469
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Stuttgart, Germany and Los Angeles.
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Crowne Plaza Nanchang

- What is your IHG Rewards Club status?
Platinum Royal Ambassador

- Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
Yes

- Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked cheapest and got high floor, side view with Club

- How are the rooms?
Relatively big, modern, clean and comfortable. Separate shower/bathtub

- How is the exec. lounge?
Good size on high floor with view over river and new part of city
Very limited breakfast selection (downstairs is much better)
No real high tea (just some cookies)
Relatively good selection for happy hour, but there are more people than food and as soon as they bring something out most people run to get something.

- What was good and what was bad?
Good:
- Friendly service, sometimes lacking english skills
- New, modern building
- Good breakfast, good selection and quality (downstairs)

Bad:
- Not much close by, also not close to public transportation
- Taxis are very difficult to get at the hotel
- Slow internet

- Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?
Yes
And besides that there are not many good hotels in Nanchang
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Old Apr 19, 15, 1:34 am   #470
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HI Paris - Bastille

- What is your IHG Rewards Club status?
Platinum

- Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
Yes

- Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked cheapest, got what they called an Executive room, but was a handicap room that had a robe, slippers and a nespresso added.

- How are the rooms?
Handicap room is large of course with an extra large and modern bathroom. Otherwise this was like a normal room at this hotel.

- How is the exec. lounge?
None.

- What was good and what was bad?
Good:
Location next to Gare de Lyon is the reason I've stayed here 50 times.
Every year or so they make the hotel just a little bit nicer.
Free still and sparkling water and OJ in the minibar.
Sometimes a good price. This was the night of the PSG-Barca CL match and everything else was extremely expensive.
Canal Plus in the rooms so you can watch such a match.

Bad:
One ancient slow elevator and one modern slow elevator. The Wifi isn't very fast. They could put more comfortable beds in.

- Value for € or Priority Club Points? Would you return?
Yes, for the location. It's an OK Euro HI, but nothing special.
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Old Yesterday, 6:32 am   #471
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Programs: Currently UA1K & 1MM, IHG Ambassador Platinum, Marriott Gold
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HIX Frankfurt City HBF

HIX Frankfurt City HBF

- What is your IHG Rewards Club status?
Platinum Ambassador

- Were you happy with the hotel/stay?
Yes

- Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked cheapest and got special IHG Club member room (higher floor, larger size, quiet room facing courtyard).

- How are the rooms?
Pretty spacious (talking about the IHG member rooms), but lack much in furnishings (couch/wall-mounted tv/bed/wall mounted desk), so you have a lot of open space. Large windows. Clean and comfortable. Standing Shower only. Bed is only a double (full size), so be careful if you're planning to share the room.

- How is the exec. lounge?
N/A

- What was good and what was bad?
Good:
- Good Service, everybody spoke English perfectly.
- Large spacious rooms (for IHG members).
- 5-10 minute walk to/from Frankfurt Central Railway Station (Frankfurt HBF), or towards city center, and all railways, subways and trolleys.
- Several nice restaurants all within a block of the hotel.
- Free Breakfast

Bad:
- The area is just 1 block away from the red-light district. In years past the neighborhood was a lot more sketchy, but it's gotten a bit better than my visit from years earlier. A lot of professionals now hang out the new bars and restaurants nearby. But you can get out of area by walking 2 blocks east, or 1 block south.

- Spotty internet. Had lots of problems logging in. One night it didn't work at all (by admission of the front desk they couldn't fix it till the next day).

- Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?
Yes, especially compared to the IC Frankfurt, which is old/small/and in need of renovation. Points-wise this is one of the lower point range hotels, so it's probably worth it either way. Be careful though, this place tends to fill up quickly whenever there's a convention in town, and the prices skyrocket, so don't wait to book a room if you find a good price.
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Old Yesterday, 12:40 pm   #472
 
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Location: DAB/MCO
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orange City

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orange City

What is your IHG/Priority Club status?
Platinum Ambassador

Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
Yes

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked King Executive, was proactively upgraded to King Whirlpool Suite the morning of the stay.

How are the rooms?
I wouldn’t call the room small, but I wouldn’t call it spacious either. With all of the furniture in there, it could have stood to be a little bigger. We had to climb over the chair and ottoman in the corner to get to the other side of the bed/window/air conditioner. Otherwise, everything was fine with the room. Some of the furnishings were showing signs of use, but nothing out of the ordinary for a HIX. Whirlpool was large and worked great.

How is the exec. lounge?
N/A

What was good and what was bad?
Good

- Happy with the upgrade to whirlpool suite. Even happier the upgrade occurred proactively before I arrived.
- Convenient access to the interstate and there are a number of dining options nearby
- Staff was friendly and helpful. I didn’t interact with them any more than normal, but everyone I did speak with was definitely operating above the standard.

Bad
- Apart from restaurants and large retailers in the area, there really isn’t much around the hotel.
- I think the property is viewed as being in the Orlando area, based on what I heard a desk clerk say to another guest. I wouldn’t even consider this hotel on the outskirts of Orlando. Not bad if you need a stay in the Orange City area in particular, but not a good choice if you’re looking to be near Orlando.

Value for $ or IHG Points? Would you return?
Booked this stay as one of the last two I needed to finish up Set Your Sights. I’d return if I ever needed a cheap and easy stay for a promo, or if I specifically wanted to stay in that area for some reason. Prices are very reasonable, likely a reflection of the location being pretty far from much of anything worth visiting. However, at 25k/night I would never even consider booking this property on points.
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