I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London: Part 4 – Where to Stay in London – Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

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Emily:   I love to travel, and my mom does, too!

When I was growing up in Ohio, we could only afford road trips to local amusement parks.  But collecting miles and points has opened up a whole new world of travel neither of us thought possible!

She and I decided to go to London and Paris for a mother-daughter getaway.  We flew Business Class and stayed in 5 star hotels.  I paid for this trip for a fraction of the retail cost by using airline miles and hotel points.

I’ve never traveled so long with my mom before, and at the end of the trip, I felt like I had a new best friend!  Without the miles & points hobby, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience the joy of traveling with my mom.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

Relax and Watch the Busy Streets of Mayfair Through the Giant Windows of the Arch Bar at the Intercontinental London Park Lane

In this series, I’ll show you how you can get to Europe, too!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London Trip Report Index:

Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

I wanted to pamper my mom on her first visit to London.  So used my credit card rewards to stay for free at the Intercontinental London Park Lane.

Connie: Checking into the lntercontinental London Park Lane was wonderful. The doormen were gracious and always welcomed us warmly. The lobby was beautiful with fresh flowers and some arrangements hanging on the walls. The room was spacious and our window faced the main street. The Hotel is located across from Hyde Park and within walking distance to many famous landmarks and attractions.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

I Chose This Hotel Because It Looked So Beautiful! Plus It Was Centrally Located

It was a 15-minute walk to many popular sights, including Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

It cost 50,000 IHG points and $70 per night to stay at the Intercontinental London Park Lane hotel.  I also used my Chase IHG anniversary free night!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

The Hotel Was Comfortable, Clean, and Modern

The regular non-refundable rate is $370 US dollars, or ~300 British pounds per night.  The refundable rate is $470 per night.

I loved the cheery fresh flowers arranged throughout the lobby!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

The Hotel Had a Contemporary Design and a Relaxed Ambiance

I appreciated that the hotel was not too big.  It made everything feel more exclusive.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

The Concierge Was Also in the Lobby

There was a sleek bar at the end of the lobby for enjoying a few cocktails in the evenings.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

The Decor Was Tasteful, But the Chairs Weren’t Very Comfy

I loved the natural light that poured through the windows!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

The Entire Lobby Had a Friendly Glow

The hallways were warm and inviting, encouraging guests to linger and relax for a while.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

Lots of White! Everything Was Pristine

I was impressed with the upkeep of the hotel.  There were fresh flowers on every table and at every desk.  Flower maintenance must be an entire job in itself!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

Fresh Flowers EVERYWHERE

My mom loved the hotel as much as I did.  We grew up staying at Motel 6s and Super 8s, so we were all smiles during this trip!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

Aristocratic Architecture and Dignified Decor

If I return to London, I’ll definitely consider staying at this hotel again.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 4 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

We Had a Blast Wandering the Stately Hotel. And Smelling All the Flowers!

You Can Do It, Too!

 One Round-Trip Business Class Ticket from Austin to LondonOne round trip ticket from Traverse City, MI to Austin, Texas for MomIntercontinental London Park Lane
Retail Cost~$3,700~$360$370 per night
Our Cash Cost~$900$11.20 in taxes & fees$70 per night
Miles & Points Used125,000 British Airways Avios points20,000 Delta miles50,000 IHG Points per night
- Chase IHG anniversary free night
Source of Miles & Points- Chase British Airways Card
Current sign-up bonus of 50,000 British Airways Avios points
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
- Current sign-up bonus of 30,000 Delta miles
Chase IHG Card
- Current sign-up bonus of 60,000 points
Alternatives- American Airlines
- 45,000 miles round-trip between November 1 and December 14, and January 10 and March 14) + ~$5 in taxes
- United Airlines
- 30,000 miles one-way + ~$5 in taxes
- American Airlines
- 25,000 miles round-trip + ~$5 in taxes
- Stay at Hyatt on points or free night certificates!
- Chase Hyatt
Current sign-up bonus of 2 free nights at any Hyatt
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
Current sign-up bonus of 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
Current sign-up bonus of 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points
Additional Information- You can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways at a ratio of 1:1
- You can transfer Starwood points to American Airlines at a ratio of 1:1
- You can transfer Starwood points to American Airlines at a ratio of 1:1- You can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt and IHG at a ratio of 1:1

1.   IHG

It costs 60,000 IHG points per night to stay at the Intercontinental London Park Lane.  But mom and I used the Points + Cash option and paid 50,000 IHG points and $70 per night.

You can earn 60,000 IHG points by signing up for the Chase IHG card and spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account.

You’ll also get a free night at any IHG hotel each anniversary of opening your account.  Regardless of whether the room costs $100 or $1,000!

If you are short the points you need for your hotel stay, you can always buy IHG points.  They currently cost 1.15 cents each.  But if you use the IHG Points + Cash trick, you can get them for 0.7 cents each!

2.   Hyatt

If you don’t want to stay at an IHG hotel, there are plenty of other points hotels in London.

I stayed at the Hyatt Regency London – Churchill 4 years ago and it was fantastic!  And staying for free is easy, because there are so many ways to earn free stays with Hyatt!

Chase offers lots of cards that earn Hyatt points.  For example, you can apply for:

Note:   Remember Chase’s strict application rules for some of their credit cards.  If you’ve opened 5+ credit card accounts (from any bank) in the past 24 months, it’s HIGHLY unlikely Chase will approve you for their Chase Ultimate Rewards earning cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve.

However, the Chase Hyatt card does not fall under this rule!

3.   Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, & Starwood

Marriott and Starwood have merged!  You can link your accounts, and transfer points between your Marriott and Starwood accounts at a 3:1 ratio.  And Marriott and Ritz-Carlton essentially have the same rewards program, just with different branding .  So if you collect Marriott or Starwood points, you’ll have lots of options in London!

It costs between 7,500 and 70,000 Marriott points to stay at a Marriott or Ritz-Carlton hotel.  And Starwood hotels charge between 3,000 Starwood points (2,000 points on weekends) and 35,000 Starwood points for a free night.

You could stay at The London EDITION, a 5-star Ritz-Carlton hotel, for 50,000 Marriott points (or convert 17,000 Starwood points into Marriott points).  Or you could stay at the Aloft London Excel for 10,000 Starwood points (or convert 30,000 Marriott points to Starwood points).

4.   Hilton

Hilton has lots of hotels to choose from in London!  You can stay at the incredible Waldorf Hilton, London for 60,000 Hilton points per night.  Or you can stay at the more affordable Hampton by Hilton London Croydon for 20,000 Hilton points per night.

Bottom Line

I’m happy with my points award at The Intercontinental Park Lane.  The hotel was comfy and modern.  And it was a 15-minute walk to many popular sights, like Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

It costs 60,000 IHG points for a free night at The Intercontinental Park Lane.  But I used the Points + Cash option to pay 50,000 points and $70 per night (plus my Chase IHG anniversary free night).  That’s not bad for a room that sells for $370!

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7 responses to “I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London: Part 4 – Where to Stay in London – Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Overview

  1. Hi,
    I’ve always wanted to stay there, but it looked intimidating, good to see it’s not. This series really makes me want to go back to the UK.

  2. Thinking of staying there this year and travelling on British Airways too.

    How did you travel from Heathrow to the hotel?

    • Hi Helen, We took a rideshare for ~$50. It was a bit cold, windy, and rainy when we arrived and just wanted to get there fast. Here’s what the official London park Lane website has to say (but our rideshare was much cheaper).

      “Located 16 miles/26km (west) from the hotel, expect a road transfer time of 45 minutes to one hour depending on the traffic. Taxi fee: approximately £100. Taxis (London Black Cabs) are available with no advance booking from dedicated taxi ranks at each terminal. Larger vehicles are available on request; please book in advance via the Concierge. There is a train shuttle service called the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station. Trains run every 15 minutes between 5am and 11.40pm with a journey time of 15 minutes. The fare is £18.00 for Single Express Class. Allow up to 10 minutes to walk from each airport terminal to the main station. Once in Paddington station you may reach the hotel by taxi, fare: approximately £10. Total journey time to the hotel is approximately 50 minutes. London Underground – the ‘Tube’ – also runs regular services into central London. Fare: from £4.50. Take the Piccadilly Line direct to Hyde Park Corner station. From there the hotel is five minutes’ walk. Complete journey time: 50 minutes. Please note that a busy road junction separates the Underground station from the hotel so your route is via underpasses. If you are carrying a substantial amount of luggage the short journey will be a little difficult.”

      http://parklane.intercontinental.com/ourlocation.html

    • You can also take the Tube directly from Heathrow. This isn’t the more expensive Heathrow Express. The regular tube is a little slower but there is a stop on the corner (Hyde Park Corner) just opposite the Intercontinental. It’s a super convenient location!

  3. Hi Emily,
    I’ve been enjoying your series about your visit to London with your mum. Glad to read that you enjoyed it. I have been going there since I was a child (have a lot of family). Will be visiting again in November. Thanks for giving me hotel options; Intercontinental sounds like a great place! Searching for cheaper options too.

    • Hi Nick, I am so happy you are enjoying the series! There are many hotel options on points. Have a great trip, and keep posting with any insider tips you may have!