I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London: Part 5 – Where to Stay in London – Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Room 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 5 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Room Overview

We Stayed at a 5-Star Intercontinental Hotel in London for My Mom’s Birthday!

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 Room Overview

I wanted to give my mom a 5-star experience for her first visit to London.  So I used my credit card rewards to stay for free at the Intercontinental London Park Lane.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 5 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Room Overview

View of +44 From Our Window

The hotel was comfortable, clean, and modern.  And best of all, it was a 15-minute walk to many popular sights, including Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The room was very spacious and luxurious!  We were thrilled at staying at such a gorgeous hotel in London.  The views from our hotel room were so pretty!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 5 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Room Overview

Cozy King-Size Bed

We were in London celebrating my mom’s birthday.  I wanted to treat her to something really special.  So I was very happy the hotel was so nice!

I emailed the hotel about her birthday ahead of time, and they had a nice surprise waiting when we arrived!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 5 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Room Overview

Planning Ahead Can Make a Great Trip Unforgettable!

In the corner, there was a chair and table for reading and relaxing.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 5 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Room Overview

We Had Breakfast Here Every Morning (I Pulled Up the Desk Chair to Join My Mom!)

There was a desk to do my blog work.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 5 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Room Overview

The Million Mile Secrets UK Office

The bathroom was spacious, with large mirrors all around.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 5 Where To Stay In London Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Room Overview

Modern, Sleek Design. Quality Bathrooms Are a Big Deal to the Jablon Ladies!

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 we used 50,000 IHG points and $70 per night.  I also used my Chase IHG anniversary free night!

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

Note:   If you aren’t particular about your hotel, you might be able to stay for much less at a participating IHG PointBreaks hotel.  With PointBreaks, you’ll pay only 5,000 IHG points (~$35) per night at the select list of IHG hotels.

Participating hotels are listed on the IHG website, and change every few months.  There are usually a few around the London area.

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

My mom and I loved staying at the Intercontinental London Park Lane!  Buckingham Palace and several museums and sights were only about a 15 minute walk away.

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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14 responses to “I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London: Part 5 – Where to Stay in London – Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel Room Overview

  1. I stayed at this hotel for my birthday last year. It’s a great property and excellent location within walking distance to many places of interest.
    I’ve also stayed at the Waldorf Hilton and it’s equally a great property.

  2. We’ve stayed at the Intercontinental for my husband’s 50th b-day trip, and it was SUCH a fantastic hotel. Quietest rooms we’ve ever had, and due to an inconvenience we got access to their exec lounge, for breakfast and evening cocktails/appetizers. Used points for the stay and it was magical. Thanks to MillionMilesSecrets for the inspiration that made it happen! When you think of a trip with family, MAKE IT HAPPEN.

  3. Emily,
    Your Mom is a babe. Keep a close eye on her. 🙂

  4. Hey, so many great properties missed off this list – London abounds with great hotels (and redemptions).

    What about the Conrad St James (Hilton) – best location for Westminster & very close to Buckingham Palace too. Also, right next to square/green so very easy to get on TV with all the protests/broadcasts/Brexit 😉

    • Hi Eat Drink! Thanks for commenting. I agree, there are a lot of fantastic redemptions. Thanks for recommending one to our readers!

  5. I was supposed to stay at the Intercontinental last Christmas but changed to stay at the Marriott Park Lane because of the free breakfast and the all day concierge lounge (Platinum status). Could you tell me if the breakfasts/cocktails were reasonable at the Intercontinental in London or did you somehow get them complimentary?

    • Hi Sharon, Breakfast was not included, so my mom and I stocked up on fruit, yogurt, and granola bars from Marks & Spencer. We didn’t order any cocktails.

  6. Just like you, we leveraged our points and our IHG anniversary night certificates to stay at the Park Lane during the summer of 2016. Unfortunately, our room had a courtyard view, which was nothing special (like your view!). But it is definitely a nice property in a great location! A super value when you leverage IHG points/free nights!

    • Hi Curtis, Glad you enjoyed your stay! It is a fantastic redemption. My mom and I went in the non-touristy Jan-Feb season, so their hotel probably wasn’t that full. Trust me though, I’ve had my share of parking lot and courtyard views!