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A hotel with unlimited spa treatments, a points property in the Galapagos and other hotel news you missed in July

July 31, 2022
7 min read
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July is the best and the worst, in my humble opinion. It's a time to bake in the summer sun, light fireworks, barbecue in the backyard with friends and family and, for a lot of us, finally set out on those vacations we spent all winter and spring planning.

But then, in the blink of an eye, the summer nights start to get shorter, school supplies take over the seasonal aisles of the big box stores and we're queuing up at airport security to return home from those long-awaited trips. But that's how it goes, right?

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While we've all been busy out there living life, a lot has happened in the hotel space, including a few incredible TPG trips that might inspire your next getaway.

On the way home from the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to (congrats Caroline and Celik!) a flight cancellation in Tennessee gave me the chance to finally check out the perfectly kitschy Dolly Parton-themed Graduate Hotel in Nashville. Our travel director, Eric Rosen, stayed at a recently renovated oceanfront hotel near San Diego that he remembers from childhood trips to the beach. And director of content Summer Hull pulled out her family's cold-weather clothes for a dream trip to the picturesque Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Meanwhile, we found out that the long-awaited Six Senses New York project has been scrapped and my fellow senior hotel reporter, Cameron Sperance, did a deep dive on the future of hotel stays. (Hint: It looks less like a Moxy and more like an Airbnb.)

I know there's still some summer left and a lot to look forward to as fall inches closer. But until then, here are the hotel stories you might have missed over the last few weeks.

Hilton's new hotel is 'on the doorstep of the cathedral'

(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

There's no shortage of incredible sights to see in London, one of the world's most dynamic cities. There's also no shortage of hotels. Now, guests who want to step outside of their hotel and be greeted immediately by one of London's most famous sights can book a room at the new Lost Property St Paul’s London, part of Hilton's Curio Collection.

Located about 328 feet from the towering St. Paul's Cathedral, the 145-room hotel is full of art, history and a beautiful bar and restaurant called Found that serves classic French and British food and cocktails. While we haven't had the chance to get into this new hotel to see it for yourselves just yet, I can say the rooms look chic, and it's exciting to have a new Hilton in London where we can earn and burn points.

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Rates for this new hotel start at $216 a night and award nights are mostly available from 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

A hotel is offering unlimited spa treatments

(Photo courtesy of Marriott)

I'll be the first to tell you that a hotel spa is probably where you'll find me if I'm suddenly absent on vacation. Now, at the El Mangroove resort in Costa Rica, which is part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, I'm considering just moving because the property is offering a special package now through Dec. 19 that includes unlimited spa treatments.

Found on the Gulf of Papagayo's Playa Panama, El Mangroove is a beautiful boutique resort near the beach with modern rooms, a picture-perfect pool and two restaurants that focus on making dishes with fresh, seasonal produce. But with the Relax & Recharge Package, the real star of the show is the Bearth Spa.

For guests who book the package, which starts at $349 a night (based on double occupancy), spa treatments are unlimited, meaning you'll return home as a new person thanks to a few days of facials followed by massages and body wraps and more massages and maybe even an eye treatment or two.

(Screenshot courtesy of Marriott)

Unfortunately, this package cannot be booked with points and it also has a two-night minimum stay. But hey, considering how much a massage is on any given day, I think an all-in price of $698 for two days of unlimited spa treatments isn't a bad deal, especially since a single 60-minute massage here will set you back $135.

The Galapagos gets a points hotel

(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

It's been a lifelong dream of mine to visit the Galapagos, far off the coast of Ecuador, to see (from a safe and appropriate distance) the incredible wildlife that calls the area home — particularly the sea lions. Now, Hilton is making it easier than ever to visit with the conversion of the Royal Palm Galapagos into a Curio Collection property.

So, for the first time, you can earn and redeem points for a stay at one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet.

I covered the opening of the hotel early in July so you can read all the details here, including the property's refreshed pool area and spa. There's also a special dining experience where you can enjoy a locally-sourced meal in a lava tunnel.

Thompson Hotels want you to get your flow on

(Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

As more and more hotels lean into wellness, Hyatt's lifestyle brand, Thompson, wants guests to do more than downward-facing dog. To help, it's teaming up with CorePower Yoga, the largest yoga studio brand in the U.S., to offer free classes at select hotels and studios.

Starting in July, guests at participating Thompson hotels in Austin, Hollywood, Nashville, Seattle and New York City can join a complimentary class on the respective hotel's rooftop to find a moment of peace. Guests who really feel the power of the class can also get 20% off an All-Access Membership or a 10-class pack. Find more information and a class schedule here.

Los Angeles just got a new entertainment complex with a Conrad

(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

One of the most anticipated hotels of 2022 has finally opened its doors in Los Angeles: the Conrad Los Angeles. Part of the massive new Grand LA Complex designed by Fank Gehry, with shops, restaurants, living spaces and more, the 28-story hotel adds 305 new luxury rooms to the City of Angels. It also has a 16,000-square-foot rooftop with a pool deck overlooking downtown, a spa to help you look Hollywood-ready and public plaza that'll host year-round concerts.

Cash rates for this new Conrad can be found from $606 a night for Hilton Honors discount or 90,000 points per night.

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  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
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  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023