At last, the conclusion! My goal with these series was to find some options for families who are short on cash but have a decent supply of points. Categories change, of course, so this post will be outdated next year, if not sooner.
But hopefully, it will give you an idea on some available options. One thing I want to stress is that you shouldn’t give up on a property if it doesn’t let you put 4 in one room. Email the manager and see if you can work out a compromise. It never hurts to ask.
On to my topic. I wrote a post where I outlined some of the hotel choices in or near Dublin. Ultimately, we decided to forego points options and take advantage of a promotion to stay in a castle at a deeply discounted rate. That said, there are some decent choices for fellow hobbyists. Without further ado:
Hands down my favorite option, but only if you have Club Carlson Signature Visa and plan to stay for 2 nights. That’s because the cost is quite steep at 55,000 points per night for a family room that fits 4.
An update: The “second award night free” benefit will be gone as of June 1st.
The hotel is located on the outskirts of Dublin and according to reviews, is somewhat isolated. Also, breakfast is not included, so factor in the extra cost. Still, the place has got character and class.
It boasts a central location, and you get around 0.5 cents per point, which is pretty good for Hilton currency.
This place is actually an amazing bargain even if you purchase points at a full cost. Keep an eye on Daily Getaways deal on Choice points that is set to return this Friday. The hotel runs at 8,000 points per night and some rooms fit 4 people.
One downside is that it’s not very central to most Dublin attractions and is surrounded by business buildings. However, according to reviews, some rooms have beautiful views of the river, so the hotel could provide an oasis of peace and calm in otherwise hectic Dublin.
I would only stay here if you needed a short layover close to the airport. The rate is around 100 euros per night, so it’s not spectacular CPP value. Still, if you are short on cash and flush with IHG points, it’s something to consider.
Well, it’s a wrap! I haven’t featured all options, but only focused on those I consider most worthwhile. As always, I encourage you to look outside this hobby when visiting Europe. There is certainly nothing wrong with using points to offset expenses, just don’t discount other non-chain local hotels. Or even castles.
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.