If you have a large family, you understand how difficult it is to find hotels that will fit your whole crew when you book with points. Many times, you have to use more points to upgrade to a suite or book two rooms using double the amount of points. Fortunately, there are some standard hotel rewards available in most chains that fit larger families.
Earlier this year, I wrote about the Best Hilton Hotels for Families of Five or More, the Best Hyatt Hotels for Families of Five or More and the Best Marriott/SPG Hotels for Families of Five or More. Today, I continue this series for IHG hotels.
To be honest, I have been putting off writing this post for IHG because I feel like it is more difficult to find standard award rooms for five in this brand. For example, I couldn’t even find any IHG properties near Disneyland in California or in the New York City area for a family of five on points.
However, there are still some good finds within the brand for large families. I just had to dig harder (and put up with the constant outages/quirks of the IHG website).
IHG Hotels Near Theme Parks
Holiday Inn Resort: Orlando Lake Buena Vista near Disney World in Florida. Rooms fit up to six people with a king bed and two bunk beds for 35,000 points per night.
Holiday Inn Resort: Orlando Suites Waterpark near Disney World. This all-suite hotel just completed a $30 million renovation and is one mile from Disney World. Rooms sleep up to six people for 35,000 points per night. Formerly the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, this hotel has a large waterpark onsite.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations: At Orange Lake Resort near Disney World. For 35,000 points, you can stay in a two bedroom villa that sleeps up to eight people. Lazy river, water slides, mini golf course, tennis, kids activity center…wow! Each unit has a kitchen and washer/dryer.
Holiday Inn Oceanside Camp Pendleton Area near Legoland, California. The hotel is adjacent to the Oceanside marina and just 10 minutes from Legoland. Enjoy the heated outdoor pool and whirlpool. Standard award rooms fit up to five people for 30,000 points per night.
Holiday Inn Harrisburg (Hershey Area) I-81 near Hershey Park, Pennsylvania. Standard rooms fit up to five people for 15,000 points per night. Hotel has an indoor heated pool as well as a seasonal outdoor pool. Pets welcome.
IHG Hotels Near Beaches
Holiday Inn and Suites Daytona Beach on the Ocean, located about an hour from Orlando, Florida. Standard rooms fit up to five people for 30,000 IHG points per night. The hotel has an outdoor heated pool, a full service restaurant (kids under 12 eat free!) and beach access.
Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island off the coast of California. Standard rooms fit up to five people for 25,000 points per night. The island is only accessible by boat or helicopter. I first visited Catalina Island when I was 6 years old, and I returned several times as an adult when I lived in the Los Angeles area. Catalina Island has the best scuba diving in the area. The hotel has an onsite spa and outdoor pool.
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Murrell’s Inlet near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Standard rooms fit five people with a sofa bed for 30,000 points per night. Accommodations include passes to Huntington Beach State Park. The hotel has an indoor heated pool and free breakfast.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Seaside Resort in Galveston, Texas. For 35,000 points per night, you can stay in a two-bedroom villa that is almost 1500 square feet. Rooms sleep up to six people and include a full kitchen and washer/dryer.
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Corpus Christi/North Padre Island near Port Aransas in Texas. Rooms sleep five people for 20,000 points per night. Hotel has free breakfast, and the beach is just across the street.
IHG Hotels in Big Cities
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Chicago West O’Hare Airport Area in Chicago, IL. Hotel has a free airport shuttle and is close to the CTA Blue Line train. It has an indoor heated pool and whirlpool plus free breakfast. Standard award rooms fit up to six people for 25,000 points per night.
Holiday Inn Express and Suites: Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, CA. Hotel has free breakfast and outdoor heated pool. Rooms fit up to six people for 40,000 points per night.
Crowne Plaza Arlington Ballpark Stadium in Arlington, TX. Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, rooms at this hotel sleep up to five people for 30,000 points per night.
Staybridge Suites San Antonio Downtown Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. Just three blocks from the Alamo and the RiverWalk! Hotel has free breakfast plus evening social with light dinner and drinks. Rooms fit up to five people for 25,000 points per night.
Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown in Philadelphia, PA. Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia within walking distance to many attractions and includes free breakfast. Standard award rooms fit up to five people for 35,000 points per night.
Accumulating IHG Points through Credit Card Bonuses
The Chase IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is one of the few Chase cards that is not subject to 5/24 restrictions. The current bonus is 60,000 points after spending $1000 within the first three months. The $49 annual fee is waived the first year.
However, the card periodically increases the sign-up bonus to 80,000 points, so I recommend waiting for that higher bonus before you apply.
If you have a larger family, do any of these properties sound appealing to you? Are there other IHG properties that fit five or six people on points that I should consider for my family?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.