Lobby of the Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T5. Photo from ihg.com
Location: This hotel is located in Slough, a town just west of Heathrow Airport. It was a bit of a trek from our hotel in London – we had to take the Underground to Paddington Station, then paid £9.20 each to go one stop to Slough on a Great Western Railway train, then took a double decker bus about 20 minutes from the Slough railway station to this hotel. It’s located just off the M5 highway next to a water reservoir (not exactly an exciting location), and about 5 miles from the western edge of Heathrow airport.
We spent our first three days in Paris at the Holiday Inn Gare de l’Est, an 8-story, 207-room hotel that was renovated in 2015.
Location: The hotel is in Paris’ 10th Arrondissement, directly across the street from the Gare de l’Est SNCF station and right on top of the Metro station of the same name, and a few minutes’ walk from the main Gare du Nord station (offering easy access to intercity and international trains, and Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY) airports. It’s about a 10-15 minute train ride to the main tourist attractions downtown.
View of Gare de l’Est from our hotel room. Photo by Yagrel Ruber.
My partner and I just embarked on a bit of a ridiculous trip for the holidays. This trip started out from a mistake rate for a club room at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile – I booked 3 nights at a rate of 3,000 points + €18; normally a standard room award goes for 15,000 points, and the club upgrade is 3,000 points in addition to the standard room rate. About a month ago, well after the hotel decided to honor the reservations, we decided we actually wanted to go – neither of us have ever been to Paris before.
View from the Hyatt Paris Etoile. Photo from hyatt.com.
IHG recently introduced their IHG Translator App and I spent about 30 minutes playing around with the features. I selected French from the 12 available languages and a pop-up message told me to wait approximately 3 minutes for all the French language files to download. After downloading the language files, I was able to view the various phrase categories. The categories are very realistic (such as “yes,” “no,” and “where is the bathroom?”). The app supports formal, casual, slang, and crazy phrases (such as “see you later alligator” as a crazy way to say “goodbye”). Once you see the phrase you want to say or hear, click the slow or fast speaker icon and the app will pronounce the phrase for you. If you still are unable to understand the phrase, you can click the phonetic icon and see the English pronunciation of the phrase. The app is definitely well made and very intuitive to use. I am excited to try the app next time I travel internationally. Continue reading →
Merry Christmas everyone! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! IHG is having a 48 hour Christmas promo that is scheduled to end tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 26). If you have any plans to be in Europe from December 16, 2013 through January 26, 2014, take a look at this promo.
Here are the prices (Euros or Pounds):
Holiday Inn Express® £25 per room or €25 in Europe
Holiday Inn® £35 per room or €35 in Europe
Crowne Plaza® £45 per room or €45 in Europe
Hotel Indigo® £65 per room or €65 in Europe
InterContinental® Hotels and Resorts £125 per room or €125 in Europe