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Holiday Inn Mayfair

I was doing a little Google Maps survey of "my neighborhood" when I'm in London and found that my favorite hotel has closed! I've missed travel, of course, but knowing that when travel resumes I won't be going to this place that's become my home in London makes me incredibly sad. And, it turns out, it closed last January. I feel a bit at sea with this loss. I guess it's time for me to start researching new homes for my travels but boy will I miss crossing from Green Park station, stopping at Boots for whatever I inevitably forgot and feeling as though I am perfectly situated in the city. No question to pose, no controversial opinion to poke at people's sensibilities, just sharing a loss with a community who will understand.

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Points and MIles, maybe there are other hotels in the same area? I know it won't have the same "coming home" feeling as your regular hotel, but at least you'd know the neighborhood. Your local pub and Boots would still be just out the door.

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Yes, enjoying comfortable surroundings is an important part of travel but things change.

Now as we are all wishing we could travel is the time to research a new London neighborhood or at least a new accommodation.

Last year I chose: 1.) to try Premiere Inns
(very impressed, good experience in both )
2.) and to stay in neighborhoods away from the city Centre. Stayed in Chiswick and Richmond. Throughly enjoyed both areas.

Thankful I had new experiences. Enjoyed the Premiere Inns and learning with the tube and an Oyster card you are never that far from the City Centre.

So I encourage you to research another London neighborhood...Holland Park, Camden Town, Pimlico, Earl’s Court to suggest a few.

Let the sadness go. Enjoy researching a new part of London to stay in and explore.

Make it a New Year’s resolution! Cheers!

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Thanks for that news.

I have many years' experience with the Holiday Inn Mayfair.

My experience, usually, was more pedestrian - exceptionally well placed lobby toilets (with fragranced creams and gels to make you smell good, and with heavy paper towels to make you feel pampered) for when we were in the Green Park/Piccadilly/Mayfair area.

I always had the impression that the hotel couldn't make its mind up - was it a 5 star like those on nearby Park Lane? No. Was it a run of the mill centre city Holiday Inn? Most definitely no. Small lobby but big aspirations.

I stayed there two times, both decent experiences. Good location.

The Number 8 bus used to turn in off Piccadilly and make its way through town (I used to use it to go to the top of Brick Lane for bagels). When that ended a few years ago things weren't the same.

The Holiday Inn Mayfair tended to be one of the more expensive London Holiday Inn locations - probably why we stayed there less often than other places.

I'll be sad to have seen it go....

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Try the Washington Mayfair hotel, on Curzon Street, only 3-4 blocks from Green Park Station. This was one of the hotels for the Rick Steves London tours. Great location, comfy beds, good breakfast, reasonable price.

Keep in mind that your old hotel may be "reborn" as another hotel brand when travel resumes. Sure, it won't be the Holiday Inn Mayfair again, but probably will be bought by another hotel chain and reopened. So perhaps you will get a Premier Inn Mayfair or Marriott Mayfair in its place.

I second what Claudia said. Maybe look for another new (to you) neighborhood to explore next time you're in London.
Not far from your old neighborhood is South Kensington, with its many hotels and two convenient tube stations. I recommend the Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt in this area.

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Thank you All, I appreciate the kind engagement. I will move on and I will find a new landing place. I only made my first trip out of the US five years ago - in fact I flew home on 01/01/16.

As you may guess from my moniker, I'm very, very fortunate to do most of my travel on points and miles thanks to my husband's job. When I was learning the ropes of planning travel, I focused on places where I could maximize this little perk and researched IHG hotels. It's the nostalgia of feeling like I managed something with the research...that I poured over all my (limited) options and managed to find a gem. It's also a bit of comfort in that I'm not a Mayfair person but neither, really, was HIM. I'm not fancy, I don't have sleek lines and shiny status baubles. I certainly don't travel with a Mayfair lodgings budget outside of free, reward nights. But I appreciate nice things and respect them. That to me was HIM. Very nice entrance/lobby but a little dated upstairs, a little worn - but loved. It made me feel like there was a little space in Mayfair for me.

I will continue to maximize my generous IHG point supply and will take what I learned from loving HIM and apply it to other properties. I have also stayed at the Crown Plaza on Cromwell Road and have been curious about some other locations. It was really just the initial impact of finding something so important to my travel history being lost.

Your encouragement was kind and I thank you.

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My heart hurts for you a little bit. We have found a “home” hotel in Paris and a “home” neighborhood in Rome. There is, for us, a “aah” feeling when we arrive. We love London and feel comfortable navigating the city, but have bounced around without finding a home base. Good luck, your new “home” is waiting for you.

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Points & Miles -- I understand your sadness and disappointment. We've been fortunate after repeated trips to find our "home neighborhoods" in Paris (Le Marais), Florence (Oltrano) and Venice (Cannaregio). We love when we visit our home charcuterie or butcher in our Paris neighborhood and greeted warmly like old friends and feel ah yes we're home. We opt to stay in short term apartment rentals as we visit for extended periods. You'll find another hotel(s) and more importantly your place. It's a loss but also an adventure. Good luck and thanks for posting and sharing.

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The Holiday Inn Mayfair used to appear in lists of value redemptions for IHG properties in London and even for cash - down to £35 a night even in promotions. It was (very) dated, but had larger than average rooms and the location.

The Hotel Indigo London Kensington might be a bit further out - the name for one thing is a bit deceiving as it is near to Earls Court station - but is good value for IHG points normally, and is a bit quirky as it is in a converted building.

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How about the Holiday Inn Regents Park?

Only a 35 minute stroll to my favorite Dishoom in Granary Square behind Euston Station.

That Holiday Inn is very close to Old Portland Street Underground station that has 4 tube lines, Hammersmith & City, Bakerloo, Circle and Metropolitan.

Also nearby are Regents Park, the intriguing Wellcome Collection, The British Library, The British Museum, and Camden Lock Market place, including the Regents Canal Towpath.

New neighborhood. New experiences. Travel is adventure. Embrace it.

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I can recommend the Indigo Kensington in Earls Court if you are staying on points. I’ve stayed at this property four or five times on points or using my free night and I think it is a good value for your points. It is around the corner from the tube station. I really like the amenities in the Indigo chain. They have modern bathrooms with good showers and a fridge in each room. There is a Boots and a M&S Simply Food near the hotel along with a number of chain restaurants (Pret, Nandos, Masala Zone) in the neighborhood.

Other properties that I have stayed in on points are the Indigo Leicester Square, Indigo Paddington, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, and huge Holiday Inn by the Gloucester Road tube. I stayed at the Indigo Leicester Square before they changed the free night rules; it is a great location but too many points for me now. Holiday Inn Bloomsbury has rooms with two double beds and it is only a block from the Russell Square tube if you need a hotel with a larger room.

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I really like Claudia's suggestion of Holiday Inn Regents Park.

Also there's a Holiday Inn Oxford Street just several blocks north of the location of your old favorite hotel.

I sympathize with you about the loss of your old favorite hotel. It gives us a great feeling to arrive in London and go directly to our usual hotel with the familiar neighborhood around there.

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My go-to hotel in London is Holiday Inn Bloomsbury. It is in a great location with only a 1 minute walk to Russell Square Station, 5-7 minutes to the British Museum, and 10 walk to Kings Cross/ Saint Pancras and Coal Drop Yard. There are lots of food options nearby as well with a 24hour Tesco and a full scale Waitrose all within a 1 minute walk from the hotel. The rooms are a standard size but great for a good night sleep. I'll be there in July.