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Redeeming your hotel points for hotels in Europe may not always present the best value for your points because points requirements for a free night can be very high, but, especially in Europe, there can be some extraordinary values for your points as well. We have categorized the best redemptions by luxury travel, budget travel, and best hotels in cities.
In order to determine approximate point values, we check the same dates at all IHG properties that fell into our categories in Western Europe, including the cities of Berlin, Prague, and Budapest. We looked at a couple of low season dates as well as some high season weekends to try to get a good value range for each hotel. Depending on when you are traveling, you may find values outside of the range we have listed here so it is always worth checking the value you are getting for your points before you book!
We value IHG® points at about 0.5 cents each. If you are getting at least that much value from your points, it is definitely worth considering making a redemption. Any value that is close to or above one cent per point is very good.
If you are not getting at least 0.5 cents per point of value for your redemption, you should consider booking with cash, staying at a different hotel, or even looking into alternatives like Airbnb and hostels. If values vary significantly from night to night, you do have the option of booking individual nights with cash or with points. When you arrive at the hotel they will string your reservations together so you don’t need to change rooms.
Here are our picks for the best value IHG properties in Europe:
Best for Luxury
Only InterContinental hotels were included in the luxury hotel category.
InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel – 40,000 points
Good value luxury hotels can be very tough to come by in Europe, but the InterContinental Bordeaux would have been worth redeeming points at during every night we checked with points values ranging between 0.74 and 0.92 cents per points. It’s tough to go wrong with this one! The hotel is set in an 18th-century building with a neoclassical-inspired facade and is simply stunning.
InterContinental Vienna – 35,000 points
The InterContinental Vienna is set in a great location. It is less than a fifteen minute walk to both the Vienna State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You would be hard pressed to find a nicer hotel in a better location if you want to explore Vienna on foot. The InterContinental Vienna always had really solid points values ranging from 0.51 cents per point to 0.81 cents per point on the dates we checked.
InterContinental Berlin – 35,000 points
The InterContinental Berlin also gives you a great base for exploring Berlin. You’ll be less than 10 minutes walking distance from Tiergarten park and about 15 minutes walking distance from the nearest S-Bahn station which will give you easy access to the rest of Berlin and beyond. In general, you won’t be getting quite as much value for your points at the InterContinental Berlin, but we did find some days that would be worth using points on. Values ranged from 0.31 to 0.62 cents per point on the dates we checked.
Best for Budget
Hotels that cost 20,000 points per night or less were considered to be in the budget category.
Holiday Inn Porto – Gaia – 10,000 points
A 4-star hotel for only 10,000 points per night is pretty impressive, especially in Europe! The Holiday Inn Porto Gaia is outside of the main center of Porto, but is still in a nice location close to the train station so getting around Porto and to other parts of Portugal and Europe won’t be a challenge at all. Point values for this hotel were pretty spectacular – between 0.97 and 1.31 cents per point! This hotel had the highest singular value per point out of any hotel that appears on this list during the dates we covered.
Budapest Budaors Holiday Inn – 10,000 points
Budapest is often less expensive to stay in than many of the larger cities in western Europe, but since this Holiday Inn only costs 10,000 points per night, there were some pretty good values to be found! On the dates we checked, values ranged between 0.70 and 0.91 cents per point which is very solid across the entire range. You’ll have to travel a little bit more to get to the sights from this hotel, but the hotel is located only an 8 minute walk from the train station so that won’t be too much work.
The Hague Parliament Holiday Inn Express – 20,000 points
This hotel rings in at double the number of points per night compared with the two other budget category hotels we have listed, but at 20,000 points per night it still isn’t too expensive. When you take into consideration that this hotel is in a great location within The Hague and that point values ranged from 0.59 to 0.78 cents per point, you might be thinking that it’s still a good deal. Since it is a Holiday Inn Express, complimentary breakfast is also provided for all guests. Have an extra cinnamon roll for us!
Best for City Stays
Holiday Inn Helsinki West Ruoholahti – 15,000 points
Europe is generally already on the expensive side, but if you want to see hotel costs skyrocket, just head to Scandinavia. Luckily, there are some great value hotel redemptions like at the Holiday Inn Helsinki West Ruoholahti. This hotel is only a few minutes walk from the metro station and from there you can easily get to all of the sights within Helsinki. Points values at this hotel ranged between 0.54 and 1.18 cents per point on the dates we checked.
Crowne Plaza Milan City – 30,000 points
If you want to stay city center in Milan, the Crowne Plaza might be the way to go. The hotel is located next to a metro station so coming and going will be simple and is only about 3 km away from two seriously high end shopping malls. Points values weren’t always great at this hotel, but on the upper end of the range it would definitely make sense to use points. Values were as high as 0.92 cents per point but did drop as low as 0.38 cents per point.
Rome St. Peter’s Crowne Plaza – 30,000 points
Rome is an especially tough place to stay on a budget, but it is also a very popular place to visit so points rates tend to be on the higher side. Rome St. Peter’s Crowne Plaza is located 4 km from St. Peter’s Basilica and 8 km from the Colosseum, but it’s not close to a good Metro stop. Seasonally, there is an outdoor pool available which is going to be really nice after spending the day walking around during those hot Rome summers. Points values weren’t always great, but ranged from 0.44 to 0.76 cents per point. Even at the lower end of the range it is almost worth considering redeeming points.
These hotels are just a start – it’s always worth spending time to research off the beaten path hotels and specifics for your travel dates. For more information, read our guide to getting the most out of your IHG points.