• InterContinental Sydney gets $200 million makeover

    Sydney's iconic InterContinental Sydney is about to get a whole lot more swish with plans for a $200 million upgrade to all 509 guest rooms and public areas. But the most stunning part of the package will be a 900m² ballroom extending out from the 10th floor to provide a panoramic vista t...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2017 4 Comments

  • InterContinental New York Barclay hotel re-opens after $247m refurb

    The InterContinental New York Barclay hotel is has re-opened following an extensive 20-month, US$180 million (A$247m) top-to-bottom refurbishment. Among the new: a more open and inviting lobby space with a variety of seating, a restaurant and a gin bar… … serving as a venue for ...

    POSTED 18 May, 2016 1 Comment

  • InterContinental Wellington hotel completes comprehensive revamp

    Guests visiting the InterContinental Wellington hotel will now enjoy a like-new experience in its guestrooms, restaurants and conference facilities following the completion of a multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation project. The works began by introducing a new ‘Deluxe’ type to...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2015 2 Comments

  • New hotels on the map for Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia

    Travellers venturing to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia will find new hotels waiting for them – both now and over the coming year – with many of the usual 'freebies' including Internet access and room upgrades on offer for members of the various loyalty programs. Among them:...

    POSTED 4 May, 2015 1 Comment

  • Buy IHG Rewards Club points, save 25% on hotel stays

    UPDATE | Members of IHG Rewards Club once again have a shot at discounted hotel stays, with the chain offering travellers a 60% bonus on Rewards Club points bought by 1:59pm (AEST) on November 1 2014. Rather than booking a hotel room the more 'traditional' way, travellers can instead purchase po...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2014 2 Comments

  • How to qualify for elite InterContinental Royal Ambassador status

    Although travellers can easily buy an InterContinental Ambassador card for perks such as room upgrades and a late check-out with InterContinental Hotels, very little has been revealed about how to reach the uber-elite Royal Ambassador status – until now. Published changes to the InterConti...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2014 1 Comment

  • InterContinental hotels drop 2,000 point IHG Rewards earn rate

    Staying at an InterContinental hotel is about to get more rewarding, with parent group IHG dropping the flat '2,000 points per stay' rule for a far more generous 10 IHG Reward points for every dollar spent at InterContinental properties worldwide. The new rules, which kick in from July 1, w...

    POSTED 31 May, 2014 3 Comments

  • InterContinental London Westminster opens: new hotel in Whitehall

    Business travellers heading to London will have another option from later this month, when the InterContinental London Westminster opens inside a historic building near Trafalgar Square. A new restaurant -- the Blue Boar Smokehouse and Bar -- will join Emmeline's cocktail and champagne bar and t...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2012 1 Comment

  • Shanghai InterContinental hotel to sink 19 floors into the ground

    The quest for bragging rights as the world's tallest hotel never seems to go away, with ever-taller towers soaring into the sky. But how about the world's deepest hotel? That crown is clearly going to a new InterContinental being built in China, where the hotel sinks nineteen floors down in...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2012 2 Comments

  • New upmarket Even health-minded hotels for InterContinental

    Even, a new upscale hotel chain aimed at the keep-fit business traveller, is arriving in the US from the InterContinental Hotels Group. That's good news for those of us who groan to find a lonely 1990s treadmill and an unloved exercise bike in a dark, downstairs hotel gym, and return to the room...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2012 0 Comments

  • InterContinental Priority Club point earning changes for Americas

    The InterContinental Hotels Group is changing how its Priority Club frequent guest loyalty program points earning works for InterContinental hotels in the Americas, with a per-dollar points rate replacing the old per-stay rate. You'll now pick up 10 points per US dollar spent at InterContinental...

    POSTED 3 Feb, 2012 1 Comment

  • New hotel brand for InterContinental in China and Asia

    The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) will launch twelve new upscale hotels under a new brand for the Chinese market in 2012. An IHG representative confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that, while a name has not yet been selected, the hotel group has already agreed twelve new sites in the...

    POSTED 3 Feb, 2012 0 Comments

  • Priority Club hikes reward points needed for hotel bookings

    IN BRIEF | Sitting on a stash of Priority Club reward points? Then you'd better move fast on your next reward booking. From January 18 the number of points you need for a free night at high-end properties such as the Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo will increase by as much a...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2012 2 Comments

  • What to do during a long stop-over in Hong Kong

    Long transit time between connecting flights in Hong Kong? Fancy doing something other than sitting in the airport? Here's our guide for the best layovers in Hong Kong, depending on how much time you've got. Four hours or under You probably don't have enough time for a proper visit to the city,...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2011 3 Comments

  • New hotel iPhone apps for InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo and more

    Travellers can now book IHG hotels -- including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Hotel Indigo -- with a full range of iPhone apps from the hotel group that allow you to find a hotel, book rooms and manage your hotel reservations. Fortunately, you don't need to download separate ...

    POSTED 24 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • How to get a hotel room upgrade on your next trip

    Getting a hotel room upgrade can be a real bonus to any trip. A larger room (or even a suite), full-size desk, deep bathtub or access to the hotel's business lounge can make a stay more pleasant and more productive. Hotels give the most consistent upgrades to guests who participate in hotel grou...

    POSTED 15 Apr, 2011 1 Comment

  • Priority Club rewards programme changes: what's new for Australians?

    Priority Club, the hotel loyalty rewards programme for InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and other IHG hotels, has been revamped -- but don't get excited, as there's precious little in this for Australian members. In fact, at the end of the day, even US members (who enjoy the most new ...

    POSTED 1 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • InterContinental hotels launch iPad 2 concierge program

    InterContinental is building on the iPad app we reviewed a couple of months ago, and will now let guests chat live with concierges using iPad 2 tablets to plan their business or personal trip before even leaving home. From next week, InterContinental customers with video-capable iPhone 4, i...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • iPad apps for hotels reviewed

    Did Santa Claus bring you an iPad this Christmas? If so, we're sure that you're getting a fair bit of use out of it. An increasing number of hotels are betting you are too, and it seems like a brand new iPad app was on several hotels' gift lists. Australian Business Traveller has reviewed the t...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

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