One of the easiest ways to save money on your vacation is by using rewards points. You can earn them by staying within the same hotel group consistently, getting big bonuses by signing up for credit cards (just make sure you use them responsibly), or participating in special offers that the rewards program periodically sponsors.
The biggest trick is brand loyalty so you can amass a lot of points in one program. One program that we love is the IHG Rewards Club. IHG, or the InterContinental Hotels Group, not only includes traditional chains like Candlewood Suites and Holiday Inn, but it also branches out into boutique accommodations including the Kimpton chain. You have a lot of options, and many of them are quirky and unique.
Here are some of the most interesting ones we could find in locations that you’ll love. Keep in mind that if you’re looking to travel while the kids are out of school, you’ll want to start booking and planning now. The most popular vacation destinations fill up fast, and January is when people start booking.
Intercontinental Paris – Le Grand
Built in 1862, Le Grand has always been a hotel, but hasn’t always been owned by Intercontinental. Since they acquired it, they have updated it to its original opulence. And you know it was opulent because it hosted royalty from all over Europe in its initial heyday.
Returned to all its glory, the hotel is also home to Café de la Paix, a restaurant that is well-known for its fantastic eats. It has been in operation since the hotel originally opened in 1862.
Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
Don’t let the name fool you—this is no ordinary Holiday Inn. Located in the peaceful waters that surround the islands of the Maldives, this resort’s rooms aren’t in a towering building, but in individual beach villas. You can either get a room where you’ll step right out onto the sand from your doorway, or a room that is suspended over the calm, crystal clear waters.
There’s a spa, iPod docking stations in every room, an infinity pool and even childcare on the resort. You’ll get all the beauty that comes with escaping to a remote location, but still have some of the luxuries of the twenty-first century.
Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg Downtown
In beautiful, sunny Florida, Hotel Indigo has made its mark on a private residence home built in 1926. The historic charm in the original woodwork and stained glass windows oozes throughout the lobby and bar area, while the rooms feel incredibly modern—many of the have blown-up murals of nature on one wall with fresh lime and lemon colors on the others. Plus there’s a pool, which is a must for Florida.
Not only is the hotel itself cozy and interesting, but it just happens to be in a great location. It’s a close walk to the bay and there are museums and restaurants everywhere.
Whether you’re looking for something fancy or comfortable, abroad or close to home, we recommend looking into the IHG Rewards Club. They’ll have your travel needs covered—whatever they may be.