Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Choosing Luxury Stay While Travelling Solo: IHG Rewards Club Review

Travel tales are usually about the places you visit, the destinations that you explore and the people you meet and make friends with. But there are times when your stay during the travel is simply beautiful and relaxing, and that's something that you sure wish to remember and share it with the world.
And, that's exactly what we are doing today with this particular feature, remembering the leisure stay that we enjoyed during our recent Spain trip and how exactly this kinda stay with IHG Rewards Club makes a perfect choice for solo 'she' travellers who work and travel together...

Bang in the Midde of the Happening City Madrid, Holiday Inn Offers a Great Stay!

Holiday Inn Madrid Room Interiors...

Stay With IHG in Madrid

We visited this lovely and happening country a couple of months back for a work assignment, and were in the capital city Madrid for close to a week. While there could have been many budget stay options available for a solo 'She' traveller but when it's your first maiden solo, we decided to opt for the most trusted and one of the best hospitalities of the world- IHG. Thanks to the special media membership that the brand offered us early this year for one of the hotel reviews that we did in India Remember the Kochi Trip) with IHG, we had some good number of Reward Points to avail and utilize and we felt that Madrid was giving a golden opportunity to experience their international hospitality!

And, keeping this in mind, we booked not just one but three different chains of IHG to try and enjoy the hospitality of one of the biggest hospitality groups of the world.

When you are a Rewards Club member, everything goes pretty easy and smooth. Be it the bookings online, the package that the complimentary stay offers, and even the cancellations. You know that your points are well reserved and will be utilized in the best possible manner. So, we stayed with Holiday Inn Express the first day of our Madrid Trip. This one's business hotel and thus is a little away from the main city and closer to the business offices and industries. the hotel offers some cool basic amenities with a fantastic room to stay in once you are back from your hectic day's routine.

Holiday Inn Express Rooms are Cosy & Comfortable
The rooms have everything that you want. The moment you check-in, you are offered the WiFi and a complimentary fruit basket to check your emails and refresh respectively. You can enjoy the complimentary breakfast that comes with the Rewards Nights later. Special thanks to Manager Hans here who helped us understand why it was better to go for a city-based Holiday Inn and went a step ahead and booked Holiday Inn for next four nights in this beautiful city. Despite the advance bookings, we got the rewards points back to our account that were otherwise supposed to be used at the Express. We were really impressed by the professionalism of IHG...
Crowne Plaza at Madrid Airport is Sheer luxury!
And thus the second hotel that we stayed at was Holiday Inn, Calle Alcala (pic at the top). This was sheer leisure and had a better connectivity with the entire city. You see, when it's your first a non-English speaking country, such goof-ups are bound to happen. But we took this in a ver positive ways as it gave us a chance to experience the second big chain of hotels under IHG. Holiday Inns have a similar format across the world and you get a very leisure and luxury facilities in HI. The room was luxe with a nice bathtub to soak in at the end of the day. The buffet and breakfast were not complimentary with the rewards night but we enjoyed the lavish breakfast served each morning. It had a good variety of vegetarian platters to choose from, unlike Express.

Room With a View

We later extended our trip by a day and therefore decided to book another day with Rewards Point. And, since we had a morning flight back to India, via Finland, we decided to opt for the hotel that was close to the airport. And thus, we got a chance to check out Crowne Plaza, Barajas. This one is the five-star hotel chains of IHG and offers an amazing stay with world-class facilities to enjoy. If you have been to the Indian Crowne Plaza, you might find this one to be small like a boutique hotel but in terms of amenities, it is at par to any other five-star international chains. The picture to your right is the glimpse of our room at CP, and we had a super-relaxing day here. The bed side table has this cutesy pouch that has a diffuser like an essential oil that you can pour on your pillow for a sound, rejuvenating sleep. This was something unique and we loved it!

We came back to India with some amazing Madrid memories to remember forever, and it won't be an exaggeration if we say that IHG hospitality happens to be one amongst many!

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