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Best IHG Rewards Club Hotels: Category 4

Category 4 is where IHG really shines. You’ll find dozens of Intercontinental properties worldwide, which are a real bargain at 25,000 points per night. In the past, some of these IC hotels have become bookable for 5,000 points per night through the PointBreaks promotion.

Notably, there are also several Hotel Indigo properties in this category. These are boutique inspired hotels that incorporate the local culture into the look and feel into the property. These are just a few of the gems you’ll find on the list. Here are the best redemptions for IHG Category 4 hotels:

North America

West Coast

Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar (Del Mar, CA)

IHG Rewards Club Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar

Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: 

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
  • IHG Quality Excellence Award Winner

Accommodations: A standard award gives you three room options to choose from: A room with a King bed, one Queen or two Queens. All three room types are outfitted with ergonomic chairs, a ceiling fan to go with the beach theme, and “spa inspired glass showers.”

Hotel Indigo is IHG’s version of a boutique hotel, with each hotel’s decor being unique and inspired by the local neighborhood. You’ll often find plush furnishings, vibrant colors, and local art work.

Location: The Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar is a perfect base from which to explore local sights. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is just half a mile away. The  Del Mar Race Track and Dog Beach are just a mile away. If you’re looking for fun family activities, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and Legoland are within 15 miles of the hotel.

Honorable Mention: Staybridge Suites Hot Springs

Midwest

Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare (Chicago, IL)

Intercontinental Hotel Chicago

Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare
Source: Hotel Website

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Accommodations: Guests booking an award night can choose between a 360 sqft Deluxe room with a King bed or two Double beds. Consistent with IHG’s new policy, this hotel provides complimentary wifi.

Location: Located near Chicago O’Hare, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to and from airport. The hotel offers easy access to the city. Simply  take the free shuttle to Rosemont station, where you can catch a train into the city.

Honorable Mention: N/A

South

Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk (San Antonio, TX)

IHG Rewards Club Hotel Indigo San Antonio-Riverwalk Exterior

Hotel Indigo San Antonio-Riverwalk
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Accommodations: For 25,000 points per night guests can book a King or Queen room, both of which are beautifully furnished to reflect the local area. The bathrooms are spa inspired, with Moen rain showerheads and Aveda products. All rooms come equipped with a coffee bar, mini fridge, and 42 inch flat screen tv.

Location: The hotel is located right in the Museum Reach area of the San Antonio Riverwalk, perfect for those who want to explore the city’s cultural heritage. There are various museums and theaters within walking distance of the hotel. If shopping is more your style, the Rivercenter Mall is just under a mile away. If you’re traveling with kids, you can head to the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, which is under three miles form the hotel. You also have a choice of two amusement parks (Six Flags and Sea World) within 18 miles.

Honorable Mention:

Canada 

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites North Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

IHG Rewards Club Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites North Vancouver

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites North Vancouver
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
  • IHG Quality Excellence Award Winner
  • IHG Torchbearer Award Winner

Accommodations: Standard rooms are just that – standard. You can pick between two Queen size beds or one King, and if you’re staying on a paid rate, there are also Kitchenette Suites which can be convenient for families.

Location: If you’re looking for a mountain retreat on a budget, the Holiday Inn North Vancouver fits the bill. The hotel is located in the North Shore Mountains, within driving distance of Cypress Mountains, Maplewood Farms, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. If you get tired of the stunning scenery, Chinatown is just 5 miles away from the hotel.

Honorable Mention: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ottawa – Downtown

Mexico

Intercontinental Presidente Santa Fe Mexico (Santa Fe, Mexico)

IHG Rewards Club Intercontinental Presidente Santa Fe Mexico

Intercontinental Presidente Santa Fe Mexico Entrance
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: Standard rooms offer 484 – 516 sqft of space with views of the valley from the room and shower. Rooms feature a King and sofa bed, along with an ergonomic work desk and chair.

Location: The InterContinental Presidente Santa Fe is located in the business and shopping districts of the city. Downtown Mexico City is just 9 miles from the hotel, though you can find plenty of restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the hotel.

Honorable Mention: Intercontinental Presidente Merida

South America

Intercontinental Mendoza (Mendoza, Argentina)

IHG Rewards Club Intercontinental Mendoza

Intercontinental Mendoza
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripavisor Traveler’s Choice 2014: #24 Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Argentina

Accommodations: Through March 31, 2014 this hotel is bookable for 5,000 points per night through the IHG PointBreaks list. Otherwise, 25,000 points per night may be a good value depending on the rate.

Standard rooms have city and mountain view rooms. Bathrooms have separate tub and showers with rain showerheads and premium toiletries. All guests get complimentary standard wifi, and premium service can be purchased at an additional cost. Non IHG members pay a whopping $70 for wireless internet – that’s equal to some of the rates I found at this hotel.

Location: Some reviewers on Tripadvisor have complained about the hotel’s location, though it’s just under 10 minutes from the city. You’re also 15 minutes away from the airport and across from the city’s largest shopping mall.

Honorable Mention:

Caribbean

Holiday Inn Aruba Beach Resort & Casino (Palm Beach, Aruba)

Holiday Inn Aruba Oceanside Bar & Grill

Holiday Inn Aruba Oceanside Bar & Grill
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: At the Standard level, you can book a King or Double Leisure room with a private balcony and views of the city. The hotel recently underwent a renovation and rooms were given a fresh new look, with vibrant colors in line with the hotel’s beachside location.

Location: The resort is located on Palm Beach, the longest stretch of beach in the area. If you get bored of lounging around, doing nothing, you can head over to the Paseo Herencia shopping center across the street from the resort.

As the name gives away, the hotel has an onsite casino, though if you’re traveling with a family, there is a complimentary kids club for the little ones. If you decide to book a paid stay, the resort also offers all-inclusive packages, which could be a great value.

Honorable Mention: N/A

Europe

Northern Europe 

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers (Copenhagen, Denmark)

IHG Rewards Club Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014: #3 Top 25 Hotels in Denmark
  • Tripadvisor #3 hotel in Copenhagen

Accommodations: Standard rooms feature 300 sqft of space outfitted with furniture made of recycled materials Guests get free wifi, tea and coffee maker, as well as access to the fitness center. The Crowne Plaza is the first hotel in the country to generate power from renewable sources.

Location: The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen is located in the Orestad area of the city, known for it’s stunning modern architecture. The hotel is within three miles of The Royal Theatre, the local shopping area, and Amalienborg Palace. It’s also perfectly located if you want to visit nearby Malmo, Sweden, which is just 2.5 miles away.

Honorable Mention: N/A

Western Europe 

Staybridge Suites Newcastle Upon Tyne (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England)

IHG Rewards Club Staybridge Suites Newcastle

Staybridge Suites Newcastle
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014: #22 Top 25 Hotels in the United Kingdom
  • Tripadvisor #1 Hotel in Newcastle

Accommodations: The hotel is pretty generous with it’s standard level offering. Guests can choose between a 322 sqft King Studio or Standard Suite. Both rooms come with a fully equipped kitchen, though you can skip prepping at least one meal per day thanks to the daily breakfast buffet, which is complimentary for all guests.

Location: The Starbridge Suites Newcastle is within walking distance of restaurants, the Tyne Bridge, and other notable attractions.

Honorable Mention: 

Eastern Europe

Intercontinental Bucharest (Bucharest, Romania)

IHG Rewards Club Intercontinental Bucharest

Intercontinental Bucharest
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014: #18 Top 25 Hotels in Romania
  • Tripadvisor #13 Hotel in Bucharest

Accommodations: A standard award gets you into a 344 sqft Superior Room with a balcony offering views of the city. Guests get coffee and tea provisions, along with complimentary wifi.

Location: The Intercontinental Bucharest is located in the business and shopping district of the city, close to the sights of the Old City. There is also a metro station within walking distance, if you want to venture out further to explore the city.

Honorable mention: Crowne Plaza Bratislava

Mediterranean

Crowne Plaza Limassol (Limassol, Cyprus)

IHG Rewards Club Crowne Plaza Limassol

Crowne Plaza Limassol
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
  • Tripadvisor #7 Hotel in Limassol

Accommodations: Guests booking an award night can choose from eight different room types, including City View rooms, Select City View rooms with a sitting area, Sea View rooms, Deluxe City View rooms with balcony, and a “Corporate Suite” with a separate living area and balcony with ocean views. The bathroom includes algae based bath products.

Location: The Crowne Plaza Limassol is located right on the beach, within walking distance of the Seafront Promendade and Sculpture Park. While it’s beachside location is ideal for relaxation, guests also have easy access to the city’s historical sights.

Guest can walk to the Old City and Medieval Castle as well as the Archaeological Museum, which are both within walking distance. Venture out further and within 10 miles you’ll find the Amathus Archaeological Site, Yermasoyia Dam and Village, and Kolossi Castle.

Honorable Mention: Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa

Asia

Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort (Da Nang, Vietnam)

IHG Rewards Club Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort Classic Room

Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort Classic Room
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014: #16 Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Vietnam
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2014: #19 Top 25 Hotel in Vietnam
  • Tripadvisor #4 hotel in Da Nang

Accommodations: Every room at the intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort has panoramic views of the sea. Standard rooms (King/Queen Resort Class Ocean View Rooms) are anything but, with over 750 sqft of space and large balconies offeirng spectacular ocean views. The room incorporates local and modern decor, with hardwood floors and spacious bathrooms.

Location: The hotel is nestled along Son Tra Mountain, overlooking the East Sea and boasts a private beach. Da Nang International Airport is just 12 miles away and if you want to see a bit of the city, downtown Da Nang is an 8 miles drive from the resort.

Honorable Mention:

Middle East 

Intercontinental Aqaba (Aqaba, Jordan)

IHG Rewards Club Intercontinental Aqaba

Intercontinental Aqaba
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #2 Top 10 Luxruy Hotels in Jordan
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #2 Top 10 Hotels in Jordan
  • Tripadvisor #5 Hotel in Aqaba

Accommodations: A standard award redemption gets you a Seaview room with either a Kint or two Twin beds, and a private balcony.

Location: The Intercontinental Aqaba is located on the Red Sea, with access to incredibly diving sites and water activities like jetskiing, parasailing, waterskiing, snorkeling, and more. The hotel is close to the downtown area, Princess Salma Park, and local markets where you can stock up on souvenirs.

Honorable Mention:

Africa

Intercontinental Citystars Cairo (Cairo, Egypt)

IHG Rewards Club Intercontinental Citystars Cairo

Intercontinental Citystars Cairo
Source: Hotel

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
  • Voted Cairo’s Best Business Hotel by Business Traveller Magazine

Accommodations: A standard room is 473 sqft and has a balcony overlooking the pool. Guests get complimentary wifi and 150 satellite and cable channels on the LCD tv. Complimentary tea and coffee provisions are included.

Location: The Intercontinental Citystars is located next to a shopping center, giving guests access to plenty of retail stores and restaurants. The hotel is close to the Pyramids of Giza and 30 minutes from downtown Cairo.

Honorable Mention: Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis

Pacific 

Crowne Plaza Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand)

IHG Rewards Club Crowne Plaza Auckland

Crowne Plaza Auckland
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
  • IHG Green Engage Hotel

Accommodations: For 25,000 points per night guests can book a 322 sqft Superior room with views of the city. Guests can choose between two Double or Queen beds, fitted with Egyptian cotton linens.

Location: The Crowne Plaza Auckland is situated in the middle of the city’s business district. Nearby you’ll find many dining, shopping, and entertainment options to suit your needs and budget. Waitemata Harbour is just 10 minutes away, where you can hop on a ferry to Ringitito Island. Albert Park, the Maritime Museum, and the Viaduct Basin are also nearby.

The hotel is just 35 minutes away from Auckland International Airport.

Honorable Mention: 

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Ariana Arghandewal

3 Comments

  1. You mixed up descriptions of IC MagMile and IC ORD: “The hotel is located on the Magnificent Mile, close to shopping centers, restaurants, and all the great sights the city has to offer. If you want to go further, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service to the Rosemont Metra Rail station, making it easy to get around the city”

    MagMile is 30 minute drive from ORD. Rosemont is very close to ORD.

    • That is what happens when you write a post at 1 AM. Thanks for catching that!

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