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Old Jun 22, 15, 12:57 pm   #511
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: DAB/MCO
Programs: Southwest Companion Pass, IHG Platinum Ambassador, Kimpton Inner Circle, BW Diamond, EC Executive
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Candlewood Suites Washington-Fairfax

Candlewood Suites Washington-Fairfax

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?
Queen Studio Suite, received the same (hotel was nearly full the first night of our stay).

How are the rooms?
Basic room, nothing that was really too noteworthy. Carpet and furnishings showing a little wear and tear, but nothing out of the ordinary for the price range and age. Either we got lucky or the rooms are well insulated against sound – we were on the first floor adjacent to the parking lot and didn’t have any problem with noise.

How is the exec. lounge?
N/A

What was good and what was bad?
Good
- This was a PointBreaks stay, so the price was right.
- Bus stops one block away from the hotel and goes to the nearest metro station.

Bad
- Very little in walking distance from the hotel. Small shopping center with a couple of restaurants about half a mile away.
- Prices for food and drinks in The Pantry seemed more expensive than in other locations, probably because of the lack of other options mentioned above.
- Not as convenient to use public transportation to get to DC as I thought it would be, but that’s my own oversight and unfamiliarity with the area.

Value for $ or IHG Points? Would you return?
If you have a specific reason to be in the Fairfax area and have a vehicle, this is a fine hotel - even at cash or regular point (15k) prices. If you don’t meet both of those criteria, I’d recommend somewhere else. Not really a practical choice for visiting DC, even when you’re trying to be frugal and stick to the PB list ;-).
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Old Jun 24, 15, 8:48 am   #512
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
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Holiday Inn Express Boston North - Woburn

Holiday Inn Express Boston North - Woburn

What is your IHG/Priority Club status?
Platinum.

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

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked King, given same (all rooms are equal size, no suites).

What was your welcome gift?
Gift bag (H20 + Oreos) or 500 bonus points.

How are the rooms?
Chic, nicely updated. Good size.

How is the exec. lounge?
N/A.

What was good and what was bad?
Good
- wonderful staff, really warm and eager to please
- nicely updated rooms
- very good soundproofing of windows, could not hear road
- quiet HVAC unit
- large flatscreen, 50+ channels, many in HD
- well-designed bathroom, good shower pressure, plush towels
- above-average HIX breakfast
- attached restaurant & many within a short walk
- oversized new whirlpool
- 1.5 miles to train station (then a 25 minute ride to downtown Boston)
- right off the I-95, 14 miles north of Boston

Bad
- No hotel shuttle or public transport, this without a car you need a cab to get anywhere & they are not reliable

Value for $ or IHG Points? Would you return?
Excellent value. Rates around $100 - 130+, about 1/3 the price for a comparable hotel in downtown Boston.
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Old Jun 24, 15, 8:58 am   #513
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
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Indigo Brooklyn

Indigo Brooklyn

What is your IHG/Priority 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 Queen, given King corner (50% of rooms are corner, as there are only 8 rooms per floor).

What was your welcome gift?
Gift bag (H20 + Nuts) or 500 bonus points.

How are the rooms?
Tiny but chic & bright. Very little space around bed.

How is the exec. lounge?
N/A.

What was good and what was bad?
Good
- pleasant staff, really warm and eager to please
- Indigo's signature modern rooms with nice touches (proper glasses, Keurig coffee, Aveda toiletries)
- super-sized flatscreen, HUNDREDS of HD channels, ability to rewind
- well-designed bathroom, ok shower pressure, plush towels
- short walk to many subway lines to NYC/Queens etc.
- nice views from upper floors
- downtown Manhattan in 20 minutes
- 20 minute walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park (best views of lower Manhattan)

Bad
- rooms very tight, barely enough room to walk around bed
- tons of construction next to hotel. Jackhammering starts at 7am
- poor soundproofing of windows (hear sirens/horns from upper floors loud and clear)
- sink pressure among the weakest you will find
- public PCs both bugged, alerted engineer, problem fixed that afternoon

Value for $ or IHG Points? Would you return?
Soild value. Rates vary greatly and are not cheap, but generally 1/2 to 2/3 the cost of a comparable hotel in downtown Manhattan.
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Old Jun 26, 15, 4:25 pm   #514
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Programs: IHG Platinum Ambassador
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Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

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 cheapest room, accepted upgrade of 4000PHP for upgrade to executive suite + club access. App then reflected a further 1 category upgrade to premier suite.

How are the rooms?
Very large room with a long walkway in-room connecting the living and bed rooms. 180 degree views, marvellous sunset and sunrise views. Toilet was very big. Noticeably dated room, with some imperfections. Fruit platter was missing. (Or maybe they don't do this here)

How is the exec. lounge?
Above average, drinks had a decent variety, but try to stick to the more common unmixed drinks. Afternoon tea was average with less spread. Cocktail hour Food was very good, spread was not that big but the quality was through the roof, kept on taking more and more. On the 19th Floor, view was amazing.

What was good and what was bad?
Good
- Very big room with awesome view
- Lounge Food quality
- Located conveniently above a mall with very affordable dining options and a HUGE supermarket.

Bad
- Traffic, this is normal in Manila
- Reservation was cancelled somehow during my flight, causing me to rebook and pay about $25usd extra due to price fluctuation. Might not be the hotel's fault, have sent an email to amb support.
EDIT : After writing email to ambassador services, upon checkout next day, they refunded me 1,250php being the price difference of the cancellation cockup.

Value for $ or IHG Points? Would you return?
Stayed here as part of a points run, would return but not in the near future. And if I did would probably try the IC @ Makati.

Last edited by jedicat666; Jun 28, 15 at 4:31 pm. Reason: currency
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Old Jun 27, 15, 9:55 am   #515
 
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Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

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 cheapest room, accepted upgrade of 4000THB for upgrade to executive suite + club access. App then reflected a further 1 category upgrade to premier suite.
Two questions:

I thought the Philippine's currency is the peso - why paying with the Thai Baht?

THB 4000 is around $120-$125, did you pay that much for upgrade per night or for the entire stay? That's a huge amount in that region as you still pay tax and service fee on the sum.
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Old Jun 28, 15, 4:30 pm   #516
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
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Two questions:

I thought the Philippine's currency is the peso - why paying with the Thai Baht?

THB 4000 is around $120-$125, did you pay that much for upgrade per night or for the entire stay? That's a huge amount in that region as you still pay tax and service fee on the sum.
That was my mistake, its actually PHP ! And 4000 was nett
Also,

EDIT : After writing email to ambassador services, upon checkout next day, they refunded me 1,250php being the price difference of the cancellation cockup.
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