Hotel Review: Intercontinental Bucharest – Part 1

Hotel

TIPS:

Basics:

Sign up for IHG Rewards Club.  Earn points for future stays and to achieve elite status.   Membership is free and offers free internet in most IHG hotels.

Earn multiple points for purchasing stays:

  • Citibank Thank You Prestige or Premier Card:  3X for every dollar on hotel stays and services
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve:  3X for every dollar on hotel stays and services
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred:  2X for every dollar on hotel stays and services
  • Chase IHG Rewards Club Select Card:  5X for every dollar on IHG stays and services.

Advanced:

Citibank Prestige refunds fourth night stay of at least 4 consecutive nights at most hotels when booked through their concierge service until July 23, 2017, when the refund for the fourth night is based on average nightly cost, not including taxes.

Purchase Ambassador Membership from IHG.  $200 for first year and $150 each renewal year.  Automatic upgrades on paid stays.  Welcome gift.  Late checkout.

POINTS AND MILE SCIENCE:  

Cost:

25,000 IHG Points per night  x  7 Nights:  175,000 IHG Points

Double upgraded at no additional cost from Superior Room passed Deluxe Room to 1 King Bed Club Intercontinental Room.  No Club Lounge access granted.  There are better ways to spend this amount of points but was interested in paying as little out of pocket as possible.

2 Nights Purchased  x  $85.50 Per Night:  $191

Upgraded at no additional cost from 1 King Bed Club Intercontinental Room to 1 King Bed Superior Suite.

Earned:

Paid with Citibank Thank You Premier card:  Earning at least 573 Thank You points.

11,541 (Paid Stay) + 15,000 (Current IHG Accelerate Program) = 26,541 IHG Points

HOTEL REVIEW:

Intercontinental Bucharest is centrally located in the heart of Bucharest.  Easy access to subway, local bus and walking distance to many of great restaurants and tourist attractions.

Lobby

Lobby

Lobby

The lobby was grand.  It had the feel of an luxury international hotel.  Check in was speedy even though nobody was available at the Ambassador check in.  The staff acknowledged my Ambassador status and told me I was double upgraded to a Club Room.  Since the first 7 nights were a points redemption and therefore I wasn’t expecting it.  I gratefully accepted, but club lounge access was not included and would cost an additional 50 Euro per night.

Club Room

Club Room

I enjoy the King Bed Club Intercontinental Room tremendously.  The room was clean and looked relatively new in condition.   The bedding was soft and was easy to fall asleep in.

Club Room Bathroom

Club Room Bathroom

Bathroom Amenities

The bathroom was spacious.  The amenities were replaced daily and L’Occitane fragances were wonderful.  The bath tub was rather high and my head was about 3 inches from the ceiling.  In addition, there is no exhaust fan.  There was a vent on the ceiling above the tub that did nothing.

Club Room Closet

Club Room

I made use of the in-room safe and Nespresso.  The television’s HDMI port is unlocked and is easily accessible if you plan to hook up your laptop, tablet or phone.

Club Room Day View

Club Room View at Night

The views were amazing.  Though facing the main road, a night you can still here the traffic if people were honking at the intersection.  It usually ended at 10PM.  Bring a pair of ear plugs just in case.

See continuation in days to come.

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