Posted at 1:51 pm , on November 30, 2021
My original plan was to book a room in TWA hotel (in JFK Terminal 5) and spend my time there watching plane take off and land from my room. After calculating the cost of stay (including late check out), it works out to be > $500 USD! I decided to go with a more cheapskate option – 44,000 IHG points for 1 night at Times Square Intercontinental hotel (with FOC early check in and 4pm late check out) even if I were to factor in a to & fro cab to Manhattan which cost about USD 75 – 80 per trip (inclusive of tips as the fare between JFK and Manhattan is a flat fee).
Posted at 7:26 pm , on February 15, 2020
In less than 48 hours, I will be finally released from jail! Ok fine – this is many times better than jail. After 1 week in a quarantine facility how did it feel? Other than being lonely and inability to leave my room, I would say the place isn’t too bad.
Here is my review of my stay in one of the designated Government Quarantine Facility.
Posted at 10:24 pm , on February 7, 2020
It has been an extremely busy 3 months and I have not been able to find time to write my review on my Fukuoka hotel and ryokan. But as of today (and the next 10 days), things have changed.
I was looking forward to end of February for a few reasons:
- My upcoming break in Shanghai and Nanjing (finally!)
- The joy of securing tickets using the 51% Spontaneous Escape promotion
- My chance finally to try out and review the 2017 Business Class and Suites
- Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland
- China bullet train
Posted at 10:59 am , on July 24, 2019
At almost 100 years old, this old hotel built by the Vanderbilt family near the Grand Central Terminal still looks elegant and classy well into the 21st century.
How does it fair in the modern New York?
Posted at 11:04 am , on June 21, 2019
My recently concluded TTOTY was a good break – and now its time to pen my thoughts.
Posted at 11:43 pm , on January 18, 2019
I know I am kind of late in writing this as the IHG Ambassador Programme and its upcoming changes has been extensively written by many. I am going to write about it from my perspective as someone who doesn’t travel extensively and if this programme is useful for someone like me.
Posted at 8:28 pm , on April 19, 2018
For my recent trip, London was my first stop and what better way for me to use the Intercontinental Ambassador Weekend Night certificate than to use it on this top end Intercontinental property. One of the perks of the Ambassador program is the Weekend Night where you get a free night stay when you make a booking of 2 nights over the weekend period (Friday to Sunday Night for most regions). Depending on the property, this constitutes a big saving (in my case, 630 GBP). Besides the free stay, you will get a guaranteed upgrade to the next level room. I had to book the Studio Suite room as that is the lowest level room that comes with complimentary club lounge access. For all other rooms, lounge access will cost you 96 pound per night per 2 persons (which is fairly exorbitant!). With this benefit, we were upgraded to the 1 bedroom suite.
The hotel is certainly well located in the up market Park Lane/Mayfair area (the most expensive plot on the Monopoly J ). It is within walking distance to many spots such as Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Kensington Park, Piccadilly, Knightsbridge etc. It can also connect to other parts of London easily as the Hyde Park Underground station is just at the doorstep.
Posted at 2:30 pm , on November 19, 2017
Having recently joined the Intercontinental Ambassador program, I decided to do my short stay in one of the Intercontinental Hotels in Hanoi. There are 2 Intercontinental in Hanoi, the older one is situated in West Lake while the newer one is in Landmark 72, a fairly new office cum hotel tower in Hanoi. Intercontinental Landmark 72 was just recently launched in September 2017 and they have yet to have their own website (the hotel website is currently hosted on IHG website). After 2 nights stay, I have only praises for this hotel while the only downside about this hotel is the location (which is quite a distance from the Old Quarters).
Posted at 4:25 pm , on December 18, 2015
Date : 16 to 17 November 2015
Price : SGD $330 (inclusive of tax)
Type of room : Club Floor
Inclusive : Breakfast, Noon Tea and Evening Cocktail
After 2 excellent nights in Boston Intercontinental, we moved on to its counterpart in Toronto. Located within downtown Toronto, Intercontinental is located about 45 to 50 minutes away from Pearson International Airport (via taxi). It cost about CAD $55 (excluding tips) on a cab. Alternatively, one can take the Union Express up to Union Station which is located just next to the hotel.
Posted at 12:56 pm , on December 18, 2015
Date : 14 to 16 November 2015
Price : SGD $1,040 (inclusive of tax)
Type of room : Club Floor
Inclusive : Breakfast and Evening Cocktail
I booked Boston Intercontinental as part of my Expedia Citibank mile earning run (at 6 mile/$, this is one of the best mile earning promotion in Singapore). This was my most expensive hotel stay (per night) as I booked myself in the Club Intercontinental room. I was initially contemplating between booking directly through IHG (which would earn me 2 miles/USD + 2 miles/SGD for foreign currency spent) vs. Expedia (at 6 miles/$) vs. Kaligo (at 10 miles/$). Despite an attractive 10 miles/$, Kaligo’s price is way more expensive than Expedia’s (and they had no option for Club Room). Price between Expedia and IHG was about similar and miles earned would have been about 6300 miles (for Expedia) vs. 3600 miles (for IHG). In the end I decided to make use of the Expedia promotion.