The Crowne Plaza San Jose-Silicon Valley has just gotten her latest employee - a new delivery robot named Dash to serve the needs of travellers better and more efficiently. Sitting in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Crowne Plaza San Jose-Silicon Valley is the perfect place to enhance the service delivery program with the addition of this new technology.
Standing at approximately 90 cm tall and weighing less than 46kg, Dash is designed to travel at human pace to independently navigate between floors of the Crowne Plaza San Jose-Silicon Valley and even call on the elevator using a special Wi-Fi connection to provide quick and seamless delivery of snacks and other amenities to hotel guests. Check out the video above to see Dash in action!
A dual-brand management agreement has just been signed by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) and PT. Graha Agung Indahsentosa to debut two hotels, Holiday Inn Resort Bintan Lagoi Beach and Hotel Indigo Bintan Lagoi Beach in Bintan, Indonesia. The newly-built hotels are set to open in 2019 and they will be situated in the prime Lagoi Bay area.
One of the most highly-anticipated property in Bali, the Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach has just opened to celebrate both the ancient and modern zeitgeist of Bali. The newly-built property offers 289 beautifully-appointed rooms that embraces both modern and traditional which is apparent throughout the design of the hotel - there are no hotels in Seminyak that offers such a beautiful blend of old and new.
InterContinental Hotels Group has just unveiled the first Kimpton hotel to open outside of the Americas, in Europe - the Kimpton De Witt. The hotel has been fully transformed to reflect the bold and playful design of Kimpton while drawing inspiration for the Dutch heritage which is evident from the striking ‘living wall’ of vibrant florals and botanicals trailing the entrance. It marries the old and the new – a late 20th century building with architecture from the Dutch Golden Age – interlocking modern luxury and historical elegance.
Accruing points and miles is therapeutic - I would even go as far to say that it is even more satisfying that watching your savings grow. From now until 19 May 2017, benefit from 100% bonus IHG Rewards Club points when you purchase using this link. If you were to purchase the maximum number of points allowed (60,000) in a calendar year, you will get 120,000 IHG Rewards Club Points (after the 100% bonus) for US$690 (S$963) which may offer great value at a number of InterContinental properties in the region.
New Accelerate offers are up and you can now sign-in to see what your offers are for the upcoming quarter (15 May 2017 to 31 August 2017) ahead! In case you do not know what they are, they are basically a set of challenges that are tailored to your IHG Rewards Club account based on stay history and elite status. Completing these tasks will trigger an achievement bonus (which is usually quite impressive) that will earn you a lot of IHG Rewards Club points!
The Book Direct offer is back again this year - register for the promotion now to earn 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points and then another 39,000 bonus points when you complete three stays between 01 April 2017 and 31 December 2017. Since the Accelerate offers for this quarter is already ending and assuming you have already completed them, it may be a good idea to hold off your stays (if possible) until the next quarter's challenges are issued (assuming they do) for you to double-dip on promotions.
The Crowne Plaza Auckland is located on Albert Street in the center of Auckland City. When I travelled down to the City of Sails on Singapore Airlines' Suites Class from Singapore last November, I stayed in The Langham Auckland before moving to the Crowne Plaza Auckland for the weekend - the hotel isn't brand new but moving into a property that is part of a much-larger international chain where benefits are predictable is such a great decision.
Connected to one of the most famous shopping malls in Bugis, the InterContinental Singapore needs no introduction - following a massive refurbishment that officially completed in 2016, the rooms here at this luxurious property have been given a complete makeover. The Heritage Rooms and Heritage Suites were previously redone and were therefore not included in the most recent refresh. Check out my review of the Grand Deluxe Room at the InterContinental Singapore!
IHG Rewards Club points are great because you can use them for decent reward nights and a bunch of other less valuable redemption (that you should not even consider) - they can also be converted into miles (largely at a 1000:200 ratio) which can be quite useful if you are converting to one that is potentially of greater value (e.g. Mileage Plan on Alaska Airlines). While I have previously considered reward nights in Singapore to be of inferior value, certain properties around Singapore (in a 7-8 hour flight radius) can offer pretty great value. For the purpose of comparison, I am using only the Best Flexible Rate which could potentially introduce bias in resort locations (these properties generally have a larger Advance Purchase discount).
One of my challenges in this quarter's Accelerate 2017 (read more about it HERE!) is to book a stay on the Points and Cash rate - this will give me 3,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points. While 3,000 bonus points will not sway my decision at all, it does count towards triggering the major bonus of the Accelerate 2017 promotion. Club members will receive 5% discount on the cash component on Points & Cash bookings while Spire Elite members can save up to 15% off.