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If you’re already checking the calendar and planning your next vacation, now’s the time to whip out those InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Rewards Club points and see where you can snag a free stay. TPG contributor Lane Nieset highlights seven standout hotels around the U.S. where you can cash in your rewards for a complimentary night at a historic hotel, island resort or boutique city spot.
IHG Rewards Club recently increased the sign-up bonus for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card to 70,000 IHG points after spending $1,000 within the first three months, so here’s a look at some possible hotel redemptions. In the past, there have been higher bonuses of up to 80,000 points, however the 70,000 sign-up bonus is still the best standard public offer and its a great deal especially with the annual fee waived the first year.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®.
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco. Perched atop Nob Hill in San Francisco, this 1920s-era hotel has hosted dignitaries that range from Great Britain’s Prince Philip to the Prince of Pop, Michael Jackson. While guests can glimpse the city’s skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge from any of the 383 guest rooms and suites, those who head up to the 19th floor can take in 360-degree views from the Top of the Mark sky-lounge, which also features the much-loved 100 Martinis cocktail menu. Rooms start at 50,000 IHG Rewards points or $259 per night.
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. Designed in the latter half of the 1920s as a luxurious men’s athletic club, the building shut its doors during the stock market crash of the ’30s. In 2000, the property reopened as a hotel following 12 years of renovations of everything from its murals to its wood floors. 792 guest rooms are spread throughout two towers that overlook the Windy City’s Magnificent Mile, and a two-story presidential suite spans the 35th and 36th floors. Each floor highlights a particular legend or era, like the King Arthur Foyer and Court, or the Spanish Tea Court that pays homage to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. One of the hotel’s most spectacular features is its lavish junior-Olympic swimming pool, which is bordered by spectator seats, fountains and mosaics. Rooms start at 45,000 IHG Rewards points or $199 per night.
InterContinental New York Times Square. Smack dab in the center of Times Square and the Broadway Theatre District, many of the 607 guest rooms in this strikingly modern, 36-story hotel offer floor-to-ceiling views of the skyline, Hudson River and Broadway. For the best views in the house, though, you’ll have to book the top-floor, three-bedroom Penthouse Suite, which has a fireplace in a two-story living room, and a freestanding tub in the Art Deco-style bathroom. The LEED-certified hotel continues to add “green” touches, recently installing rooftop beehives that will provide honey for cocktails and dishes at the on-site Todd English restaurant, Ça Va Brasserie. Rooms start at 50,000 IHG Rewards points or $199.
Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District. The boutique Hotel Indigo brand incorporates local elements into each of its properties, which is why you’ll find French-Creole cuisine at on-site Babin’s Bar & Bistro, which looks over the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line. Located on the Mardi Gras parade route and just a quick walk to the cafés and shops on nearby Magazine Street, this Garden District hotel blends classic and modern elements, from its décor’s vibrant pops of color to claw-foot tubs in the suites. Hotel Indigo is pet-friendly, so you can bring along Fido and he’ll be given everything he needs, from biscuits to a bed. Rooms from 30,000 IHG Rewards points or $169.
InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C. Dating back to 1850, this 335-room grande dame hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue has entertained its fair share of presidents, as well as famous writers like Walt Whitman and Mark Twain. While it’s said that President Ulysses S. Grant may have been the one to coin the term “lobbyist” while having a brandy at the hotel, The Willard is also known as the location where Martin Luther King, Jr. finalized his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Grab a glass of scotch at the Round Robin Bar or dine al fresco on Café du Parc’s terrace, just two blocks away from the White House. Rooms from 50,000 IHG Rewards points or $259.
Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber. Located near Waikiki Beach, this Polynesian-themed resort is great for a family getaway to Honolulu thanks to its onsite pool and company-wide policy that kids stay free. The 496-room high-rise has a Macy’s on the ground floor for those who want to squeeze in some shopping, and guestrooms with furnished balconies, free Wi-Fi, and ocean views. Things also heat up at the hotel in the evenings with the “Magic of Polynesia Night Show” dinner performance featuring dancers and illusionists at the onsite art theater. Rooms from 35,000 IHG Rewards points or $199 per night.
InterContinental Miami. This 1982 building in Downtown Miami was initially intended as a casino, but instead opened as a 641- room hotel with a Presidential Suite and Royal Suite decorated for two famous guests, respectively—President Ronald Reagan and Princess Grace of Monaco. Set on Biscayne Bay, the 34-story hotel features gorgeous views of the Atlantic and port of Miami, but the lobby has an amazing sight, as well; it’s the only one in the world designed around a piece of artwork: the jaw-dropping, 18-foot-tall, 70-ton Spindle, a marble sculpture by Henry Moore. Rooms start at 35,000 IHG Rewards points or $299 per night.
What are your own favorite IHG hotels in the U.S.? Please let us know in the comments below.
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