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Best IHG Rewards Club Hotels: Category 2

IHG Rewards Club Category 2 hotels require 15,000 points per night. The list is pretty vast, again, due to the 4,600+ properties in the company’s portfolio. In this category, you’ll notice more hotels in big cities, many with central locations and standout amenities. At 15,000 points per night, they are a great value. Here are the Best IHG Rewards Club Redemptions for Category 2:

North America

US

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown (Atlanta, GA)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown Category 2

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown
Source: Hotel Website

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Accommodations: For 15,000 points per night, guests can book an Executive King/Queen Suite or a “Bigger Room” with two full beds. Both room types have sofa beds and ergonomically designed chairs to accompanying the work station. All guests get complimentary breakfast, local calls, and coffee/tea maker.

This is a Green engage hotel, meaning the staff makes an effort to minimize environmental impact and reduce energy use by 25% compared to other hotels.

Location: The hotel has a great location in downtown, close to Georgia Tech University, the Fox Theater, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, and the Georgia Aquarium. If you’re up for a game, the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena are just half a mile from the hotel

Honorable Mention: 

Canada

Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview Category 2

Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: A standard booking gets you a choice between a King/Double Balcony room, King Executive Balcony room, or King Business Harbour View Room. The King/Double Balcony and Executive rooms feature views of the Halifax skyline, while the King Business Harbour View rooms have views of (you guessed it) the Halifax Harbour.

Location: The Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview is close to downtown, Within three miles of the historic area, Halifax Public Gardens, and the Pier 21 National Historic Site Immigration Museum.

Honorable Mention: N/A

South America

Holiday Inn Express Puerto Montt (Puerto Montt, Chile)

Holiday Inn Express Puerto Montt - Patagonia Category 2

Holiday Inn Express Puerto Montt – Patagonia
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: 

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
  • Tripadvisor #2 Hotel in Puerto Montt
  • IHG Torchbearer Award

Accommodations: You can currently book select dates in March for just 5,000 points per night, which is a real bargain. Otherwise, the typical 15,000 point rate applies, which gets you a standard room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pacific. Guests also receive daily buffet breakfast free of charge, along with complimentary snacks. Free wifi and local phone calls are also included.

Location: The Holiday Inn Express Puerto Montt is conveniently connected to Paseo Costanera Mall, perfect for shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you’re looking to explore the local sights, there is a fish and crafts market close by, along with the Diego Rivera Arthouse.

Honorable Mention: Holiday Inn Cordoba

Europe

Western Europe

Holiday Inn Villach (Villach, Austria)

Holiday Inn Villach Austria IHG Rewards Category 2

Holiday Inn Villach Austria
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
  • Tripadvisor #2 hotel in Villach

Accommodations: At the standard level, members can redeem a superior room with modern decor, large windows that open fully, and a bathroom with separate shower and tub. All guests get complimentary wifi along with free landline calls to select countries.

Location: The hotel is located in the downtown area, adjacent to the Congress Center and right on the Drau River. Within walking distance guests will find a shopping area, as well as Therme Warmbad Villach, a community pool of sorts (calling it a water park would be an overstatement) that not only offers a place to swim, but a spa and turkish bath as well. If I was every in Villach, I would definitely hit this place up.

If you’re willing to venture out further, Faaker See (Lake Faak) is just 6 miles away. A simple Google search is enough to make anyone ditch the city and spend the day at the lake.

Honorable Mention: Express By Holiday Inn Moerdijk, Netherlands (Tripadvisor #25 Bargain Hotel in the Netherlands)

Eastern Europe

Holiday Inn Krakow City Center (Krakow, Poland)

Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre Category 2

Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Accommodations: Part of the hotel consists of Parenskich Palace, a “19th century nobleman’s residence,” while the rest is a glass structure. Guests booking a standard room can choose between Twin and Queen beds. Rooms are spacious and include complimentary tea and coffee provisions. If you overdo it with the Perogi, the hotel boasts of a scale in the bathroom. All guests receive complimentary wifi at this hotel. The Holiday Inn Krakow City Center is yet another green engage property.

Location: The location is a major highlight. Set in the midst of Old Krakow, the hotel is just steps from Market Square, Wawel Castle, Sukiennice Cloth Hall, Czartoryskich Museum, the Rynek Underground Museum, and just about any other sights you’d want to see.

A day trip to Auschwitz is also possible, as the site is just 25 miles from the city center. Needless to say, this hotel is in an ideal location if you’re looking to explore all that Krakow has to offer.

Honorable Mention: Holiday Inn Zilina

Mediterranean 

Holiday Inn Express Marseille – Saint Charles (Marsaille, France)

Holiday Inn Express Marseille Saint Charles France Category 2

Holiday Inn Express Marseille – Saint Charles
Source: Hotel Website

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Accommodations: At the standard level, guests can book a Queen Panoramic Room with views of the Mediterranean Sea. All guests get complimentary daily breakfast buffet, coffee/tea, and wifi.

Location: Located close the the city centre, the Hotel is steps away from Le Vieux port, where you can grab a ferry to Iles du Frioul. You can also walk to Notre Dame de la Garde and the Marsaille Cathedral, which are under two miles away.

Honorable Mention: Holiday Inn Genoa City

Asia

Holiday Inn Tianjin (Tianjin, China)

Holiday Inn Tianjin Hotel Category

Holiday Inn Tianjin
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
  • Tripadvisor #10 hotel in Tianjin

Accommodations: Standard rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Haihe River or Tianjin Eye. The rooms are modern and sleek, with flat screen TV’s and iPod docking station. The hotel offers all guests complimentary wifi and nightly turndown service.

Location: This hotel has a great location, close to shopping, dining, and the convention center. Guests can walk over to the Eye of Tianjin, take a stroll along the Haihe River, check out the Dabei Temple, or visit Tianjin Italian Style Town. All of these sights, among many more, and within walking distance of the hotel

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Africa

Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre (Cape Town, South Africa)

Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre Category 2

Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Accommodations: Standard rooms feature contemporary decor and guests receive 30 minutes of complimentary wireless internet and free daily buffet breakfast. Coffee and tea provisions are also available.

Location: The hotel has a great location in the business district from which you can easily access the sights offered by the city and the surrounding area. Table Mountain is just a mile away, along with the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and the Castle of Good Hope. These are just a few of the sights you can easily get to from the hotel.

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Ariana Arghandewal