As I have mentioned before, I’m not really a Hyatt kind of gal…well maybe I am but I am not willing to spend all those hard earned dollars or points staying at the more expensive Hyatts unless they are the free nights that you can get when you open a Hylatt credit card.
Instead, I’ve come to appreciate all the benefits of Club Carlson and the Rezidor brand which is Radisson hotels, Country Inn and Suites and Park Inn and a few more. I find that they are moderately priced hotels, generally in good locations. There is nothing pretentious about them. I like the homey feel of the Country Inn and Suites with their fireplace in the lobby, plenty of warm, just baked chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies awaiting you.
I began staying in this chain when Club Carlson ran their huge promotion back in the spring of 2012. We accumulated lots of points during this promotion and were going to use them in Sydney. After we received the points and before we went to Sydney I became aware of the Club Carlson credit card. Most of you know the main benefit but for those who don’t let me explain – on your award stay of two nights or longer, your last night is free! Yes, free. That has made it, for me, very valuable. I try to stay in that brand as often as I can so I can extend my points.
Although award status doesn’t mean too much to me, for those who it does, your award nights go toward Club Carlson elite status. With the card you are automatically a gold elite and that generally gets me a goodie box in my room free wifi as well as late check-out.
With our upcoming trip all of our hotel stays are with the Rezidor brand. They have a strong presence in Europe which I am thankful for. In Cape Town, we are staying at Park Inn. In Denmark we have three separate reservations to include our travels at various Radisson hotels. In total we will be receiving four free nights which equate to over $680 not including the free wifi. This credit card and this hotel chain are right up my alley. With 20 points per dollar when I use it at any of their hotels and ten points per dollar anywhere else, it’s easy to rack up points.
I have stayed at the Radisson Hotel on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and the staff could not have been more helpful – and that was before I even had their credit card! It was a great location though to be quite honest, the Marriott was partially in front of the Radisson so if I had to do it over again, I’d do the Marriott unless we got a great view, like we did, of the Horseshoe Falls. I’ve had mixed reviews at Park Inn and I’ll say not to stay at the one by the Montreal Airport. We’re anxious to see the one in Cape Town but I am confident since they were rated highly by Trip Advisor.
Do you stay at this chain or have the Club Carlson credit card? If you do, what is your favorite perk of the credit card. If you don’t have the card, what do you like about this chain?