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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.

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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6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
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  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees