brightlybob would love to get your thoughts. Platinum Premier Elite. Traveling to London in May. We are a family of 4 (2 college aged kids, my wife and I). We have never been to England.
Thinking about booking a room at Xenia and at Kensington. I understand they are directly across the street from one another. Thinking I'll check myself into each hotel and have my kids stay one hotel and my wife and I at the other. Whichever one gives me the best room upgrade, is the one my wife and I will stay in and the kids in the other.
Could book 2 single beds at Xenia and one bed at Kensington. Using points it would be 490,000 points.
I assume that two would eat breakfast for free at Xenia and 2 would have lounge access at Kensington.
The other option is to keep what I currently have booked at County Hall:
Originally was only going to be staying 5 nights but now staying 8 nights. I took advantage of booking the original 5 nights prior to the merger so we currently have County Hall for 45,000 points for 4 nights, 5th night free. However since we are a family of 4, they are charging 120 pounds extra per night for the "Family" 2 double bed room. I don't think we want to check out and into another hotel during our stay so booked an additional 3 nights (again using points) at the County hall but this time for 60,000 points per night plus the 120 pounds.
So total points of 360,000 plus an additional 960 pounds.
I have stayed in USA hotel rooms plenty of times with the 4 of us and been fine - Usually my kids and I just shower at the gym or my kids might just shower at night. But, I am starting to get nervous about how small the rooms and beds might be in London. I also now understand that only my wife and I will get club access without spending a fortune - We only really use for breakfast and plan on being out and about all day and most nights.
Doing some magic math conversion and using a .9 cent USD value for each point. 960 pounds equals $1,228 equals 136,444 points. Rounding – I figure the County hall is costing me the equivalent of 496,000 points for 8 nights for the two double beds.
So from a points/value prospective, I am looking at one room at County Hall being pretty much equal to one room at Kensington and one room at Xenia.