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Old Jul 8, 14, 11:26 am   #751
 
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Hotel Indigo San Diego - Gaslamp Quarter

Bad:
•This is a VERY pet friendly hotel. If you don't like dogs, don't stay here. Some guests had as many as 3 very large dogs. At times, dogs could be heard barking in their rooms.
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Old Jul 8, 14, 11:31 am   #752
 
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Staybridge Suites Eagan (Mall of America South

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 Queen Studio Suite, received same. Platinum get 500 points or a trail mix and bottle of H2O.

How are the rooms?
Well-appointed room with small sofa, coffee table, large work desk area, full-sized fridge, microwave, two-burner stove, dishwasher and a three-person set of plates/bowls/utensils.

How is the exec. lounge?
N/A

What was good and what was bad?
Good:
+Well-trained, warm staff from reception to housekeeping
+Efficient and pleasant shuttle service
+Cozy lobby/eatery area
+Large, well-designed studio suite, great for long-term stays
+Comfortable bed
+Large LCD plasma TV with 50+ channels (many in HD)
+Oversized bathroom area
+Good shower pressure
+Excellent daily hot/cold breakfast selection; dinner provided Tue-Thu
+Awesome hot jet spa and pool area, perfect temperature
+Nice outdoor patio area

Bad:
-Ice machine in freezer did not work
-Pet friendly hotel, woke up to barking dogs very early and went on for most of the morning (don't owners realize they are waking up an entire floor?)

Value for $ or IHG Rewards Club Points? Would you return?
$140+ summer rate a bit steep for a CS. Awesome value with 5k Pointbreaks; their regular 20k rate is fair.
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Old Jul 8, 14, 11:36 am   #753
 
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Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown

What is your Priority Club status?
Platinum.

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

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked King Deluxe. Upgraded to corner King Feature room on 16th floor.

How are the rooms?
Very spacious and bright. Pleasing modern decor. Smartly designed.

How is the exec. lounge?
Loud and busy the only night I could use it (closed on Sundays). Normally has great food options from 5-8pm; was hoarded by a frat bachelor stag party who emptied everything before 6pm.

What was good and what was bad?

Good
+Smooth check-in
+Ultra-comfortable beds/pillows
+Stylish room
+Massive LCD TV with great channel selection, mostly in HD
+Comfortable ottoman
+A1 quality Templespa toiletries
+Good shower pressure and heat
+Attractive small bar downstairs with excellent food
+Close to everything, two blocks from light rail, a safe 10-minute walk to Target Field, close to beautiful Nicollet St. with charming shops and patios

Bad
-Lounge overtaken by obnoxious hillbilly frat boys; likely same clowns were pumping loud bass through the floors; staff were professional and accommodating when I explained the situation
-No fridge or microwave in room despite empty cabinets under TV

Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?
Anything under $200 in the summer at this CP is very reasonable. Rates can vary greatly here, and it sells out most nights.

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Old Jul 8, 14, 11:42 am   #754
 
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Old Jul 8, 14, 11:43 am   #755
 
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Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport

What is your Priority Club status?
Platinum.

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

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked King, received same with lounge access, which includes breakfast Mon-Fri and evening appetizers from Sun-Thu. Platinum members can also choose between 600 points or a trail mix and bottle of H2O.

How are the rooms?
Spacious. Pleasing modern decor. Smartly designed.

How is the exec. lounge?
Excellent in the evening with Cathy being a wonderful host. A huge contrast from the cynical, bitter breakfast lady in the mornings.

What was good and what was bad?

Good
+Smooth check-in, almost everyone were very warm and friendly
+Attractive lobby, nice carpeting in floor hallways leading to rooms
+Ultra-comfortable beds/pillows
-Quiet location, great soundproofing, slept great all week
+Stylish room
+Massive LCD TV with great channel selection, mostly in HD
+Comfortable ottoman
+A1 quality Templespa toiletries
+Good shower pressure and heat
+Awesome jet spa and pool area, and open late to 12am daily
+Wonderful platinum lounge in the evenings from 5-7:30pm Sun-Thu. Cathy, who runs the evening service, is a star employee who goes way above and beyond
+Altitude restaurant/bar downstairs serves excellent food at reasonable prices

Bad
-Breakfast lady in Platinum lounge (Jean?) was condescending, rude and routinely closed 20-30+ minutes before scheduled 10am cut-off time in order to skip out early
-No fridge or microwave in room, though can be reserved through front desk
-Very little within walking distance (and city buses sketchy), you will need a car here

Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?
Regular summer rates around $120, very fair. Regular points 20k, a good deal. For pointbreaks, an unbeatable value.

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Old Jul 8, 14, 12:12 pm   #756
 
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Holiday Inn Express Montreal Centre Ville

What is your Priority Club status?
Platinum.

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

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked One Bedroom Queen Suite. Requested quiet upper, given across from elevator on 3rd floor facing always-busy Rene Levesque.

How are the rooms?
Huge and dated. Sparse, aging furnishings. Decor of one aged, crooked pint-sized photo. Holes in walls.

How is the exec. lounge?
Yeah right! This is a 1960s-style student apartment.


What was good and what was bad?

Good
+Smooth check-in/check-out
+Comfortable beds/pillows
+Large LCD TV with good channel selection, many in HD
+Large fridge, microwave (but no cutlery or utensils!)
+Oversized bathroom
+Non-corner rooms have a small balcony, useful for bringing in fresh air as the HVAC units cannot be controlled here
+Great location for Jazzfest, a four (seedy) block walk away

Bad
-No platinum recognition or perks on repeat visits
-No hot water on day 1
-Wall-controlled thermostat preset at 24'C, could not turn it down, it's an issue both here and the connected Candlewood Suites (floors 9+)
-Signs of age everywhere, from the exposed wiring on light switches, marks and holes in the walls, damage to cabinets, poor caulking throughout bathroom
-No office chair, just a cheap, dirty 1960s rigid steel chair
-Filthy carpets in dire need of replacement
-Windows and balcony filthy, odd given both are fully accessible to housekeeping
-Empty cabinets in kitchen defeat the purpose of having appliances
-Window soundproofing not the greatest, can hear police/ambulances/horns all hours of the night (bring earplugs or request to face back courtyard)
-Lacking amenities; only breakfast (a total zoo!) and a fitness room

Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?
The #1 thing this hotel offers is location. For Jazzfest, it's perfect. Just don't expect much beyond an aged, no-frills 1.5-star student apartment.
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Old Jul 9, 14, 6:31 am   #757
 
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-No platinum recognition or perks on repeat visits
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-No hot water on day 1
Wasn't the revigorating/tonic shower the Platinum perk?
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Old Jul 13, 14, 12:48 pm   #758
 
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Holiday Inn Express - London Victoria

Holiday Inn Express London Victoria

What is your IHG Rewards Club status?
Gold

Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
No

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
I booked and stayed in a double-bed standard room. I did not receive an upgrade. I received a choice of point coupon or a free drink upon check in. Took the coupon.

How are the rooms?
Clean, but very small. Bathroom is standing shower only. Although the 2nd night of my stay, the room in the floor above decided to leave their water running and caused my roof to leak water and they moved me to a slightly smaller room on the floor above because there was nothing else available.

NOTE: There is no air conditioning in any of the rooms! This is not typically a problem in London as the weather is never usually unseasonably hot. However the week I was there, it was in the high 80's and I was on a high floor and heat rises, so it was unbearable during the day. Fortunately I didn't spend much time there in the day. Night required my room window to be left open, which could be a safety issue if you're on a lower floor.

How is the exec. lounge?
NA

What was good and what was bad?

Good:
Front desk staff is polite and helpful.
Offered points or drink upon check in.
Rooms were clean.
Wifi worked well.
A very nice neighborhood, lots of restaurants in the area to explore.
A 3 minute short walk to the Pimlico tube station.
A 15 minute walk to famous attractions like House Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

Bad:
No Air Conditioning (May not be good for summer travel).
Small room.
Housekeeping did not always replace my used cups and glasses (unless I left a note asking them to).
The free breakfast downstairs was pretty awful, short of the coffee or fruit they provided. But that is a matter of opinion.
One small elevator for the entire building. Prepare for long waits in the morning, or take the stairs.

I suggest you request a room that faces the back, or on a high floor facing the street. Unless you enjoy hearing street traffic at all hours of the night. But remember in the summer the higher the floor, the hotter the room will get!


Value for $ or IHG Rewards Club Points? Would you return?
All IHG London hotel properties are VERY EXPENSIVE, unless you want to stay outside of London (Heathrow & Surrey). This was the cheapest one in London, and I was on a budget, so I decided to try it. For me, I was there on business and it served me well as a quiet place to sleep at night, before I took off to work the next morning. It was also 1 tube stop away from Vauxhall railway station, where I needed to go. I would be careful if this is someplace you are traveling as a couple, or worse, as a family. The rooms are too small to support more than 1 person comfortably. I barely had enough room for my suitcase.

If you are using points, unless this is one of the point-break properties, I suggest another IHG property, probably one that's a HI, or CP.

For 10-20 pounds a night more, I would suggest the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum (where I stayed previously). The rooms are bigger. The area is even nicer. However, the tube station next to that hotel is closed until Jan 2015 and that was a deciding factor for me, as I had to travel back and forth every day on business.
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Old Jul 17, 14, 8:04 am   #759
 
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Holiday Inn Express Munich Messe

Holiday Inn Express Munich Messe

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 room, got room on the top floor for "IHG Member floor"
All the sizes are pretty much the same I guess except for a Family room, I think.


Did you receive a gift?
Nothing except a 200 bonus points! I thought it was 500!

How are the rooms?
Its small, some areas were dusty

How is the exec. lounge?
NA

What was good and what was bad?

Good:
Price compared to Munich City Centre
Breakfast is awesome, can never compare them to the North American HIX!

Bad:
Shower Curtain is dirty, it looks like it hasn't been washed in few months or years.

The overhead lights on the bed was dusty

WiFi is terrible, keeps dropping off.

Value for $ or IHG Rewards Club Points? Would you return?
Good value and there are some restaurant close by but not a lot of options. Its still worth it since the price is about 50% cheaper than the HI Munich City Centre (during the week).

I think I might return.

Note: This is not really in Munich "city" but outskirts, GPS couldn't find it in Munich, its in "Feldkirchen bei Munich"
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Old Jul 20, 14, 8:42 pm   #760
 
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Holiday Inn Mississauga Toronto West

What is your Priority Club status?
Platinum.

Were you (or for multi-stayers are you generally) happy with the hotel/stay?
Always a nice stay here.

Which room did you book and which upgrade did you receive?
Booked King. Received same on top floor, often a corner room.

How are the rooms?
Slightly larger than a typical HI. A bit dated but functional with large HD TV, comfortable ottoman and office chair with rolling table, great for room service. Spacious bathroom with plenty of counter space.

How is the exec. lounge?
N/A

What was good and what was bad?

Good
+Smooth check-in/check-out, very pleasant staff throughout the property
+Platinum recognition; excellent buffet breakfast with attractive fruit layout, continental and hot items
+Clean rooms and property
+Super comfortable beds/pillows, always sleep great here
+Oversized bathroom, good shower pressure, hot water in seconds
+Large tilting LCD TV with excellent channel selection, many in HD (also have Japanese NHK and a Korean channel, rare for North America)
+Some rooms have a new fridge and microwave
+Reasonable room service prices, Bistro 100 has a diverse menu and very tasty
+Quiet area just off the 401 (25-50 minutes to downtown Toronto depending on traffic)
+Free parking (vs $10-15 at airport hotels 5km away)


Bad
-For dinner, Main Bistro 100 restaurant only open Mon-Wed; dinner only offered in small Bistro lounge from Thu-Sun (rather obvious that the hotel largely caters to weekday business clientele)
-V-shaped shower a bit uncomfortable to stand in

Value for $ or Priority Club Points? Would you return?
Rates vary greatly, but generally offer very good/excellent value.
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