Posts in Category: Holiday Inn

Riding to World’s largest Rodeo 

February 27, 2012 Categories: Holiday Inn

I was driving to Austin and saw Trail Riders with covered wagons heading towards the Rodeo last week, heading towards the Rodeo. The trail riders all converge at Memorial Park and then Parade through downtown Houston . Horse riders, wagons and several marching bands. The Army Marines band was the most Awesome!

American football defensive player Watts was riding a horse in the Rodeo Parade. Andre Johnson and JJ Watt of the Houston Texans DE #99. Houston Texans NFL home is the Reliant Stadium but once a year the Stadium is the location for the Houston Rodeo. Andre and Watts decked out in Cowboy attire for the Rodeo Parade


Follow the Hickory BBQ smoke to The Houston Livestock Show & The World's largest livestock show and the world's largest indoor rodeo & hosts superstar entertainers to raise money for charity.

The World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest attendance record has been broken, with more than 255,000 in attendance this weekend!

If you want to walk over to the Rodeo, stay at the The Holiday Inn Astrodome at Reliant Park. It is conveniently located off Loop 610, with backgate access to Reliant Park and the new Reliant Stadium. In addition, the hotel is minutes from Six Flags/Astroworld, the Museum District, Texas Medical Center, and Downtown. Catch the "Metro Light Rail" located a mile from the hotel for easy access to Downtown as well as entertainment areas.

The show goes on and I’m getting tickets for  Kid Rock in concert on Feb. 29th . He is helping to support for the troops on Rodeo Armed Forces Appreciation Day.

Lady Antebellum performs on Thurs March 1st and you can see other stars like ZZTop, Reba, Mieanda Lambert John Legend, The Band Perry, Train Brad Paisley Eli Young Band Enrique Iglesias

See Y'all there!  Yee… Haw!

Double Points offer with Holiday Inns 

July 22, 2011 Categories: Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn hotel brands

Most people choose to use points at Holiday Inns than to be a miles collector, to get miles on your choice of a participating airline. You can use even use Priority points for hotels at IHG competitors.ihg brands

They have an offer running to earn Double Points starting on your 2nd qualifying stay. Or earn double miles after your 1st qualifying stay at select hotels. This runs through August 15, 2011. The choice is yours to earn Double Points or Double Miles on every qualifying stay. (You must be a miles collector with a preferred alliance in order to collect airline miles)

Stay at Staybridge Suites or Candlewood Suites and you’ll start earning double on your 1st qualifying stay, (the other brands require a second stay).

Register and earn bonus points or miles will be awarded on every qualifying stay, beginning with the second qualifying stay at participating InterContinental® , Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Express by Holiday Inn™, Holiday Inn Express® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations® hotels worldwide

Gane el doble de puntos o de millas con cada estancia puntuable, a partir de la segunda en Holiday Inn Hotels. Alójese en Staybridge Suites® o Candlewood Suites® y empezará a ganar el doble desde la primera estancia puntuable



When I travel, I like to stay at hotel chains because I know what to expect from each brand. Photos on the internet can be misleading. The TV show 20/20  showed how some hotels “photoshop” and airbrush pictures on their websites. You can’t even trust the star rating. (I’ve seen some 4 star rated hotels that should have a rating of one star but have not been downgraded from the 4 stars they got 20 years ago). Also, Most hotels around the world just award themselves stars. In Britain, hotels are rated from one star to five stars, as in many other countries, but the RAC pulled out of accommodation grading in 2008.  Michelin rated reviews are more reliable.Marriott rewards

Hotel chains like Marriott and Sheraton give hotels a category to rank the amount of luxury you can expect. -.Although that can also be misleading because some cities are just more expensive. For example;- a plain Marriott hotel (not a JW ) in NYC costs mega $$$ so it has a high category. The New York Marriott Marquis is a Marriott Rewards category: 8 and would cost 40,000 points to obtain a free night at this New York hotel or at the  Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees . Cat 8 is the highest Category offered by Marriott and Cat 1 is the least expensive in points or in dollars.

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Holiday Inn’s brands (IHG) don’t use a category but they are generally true to their brand. The IHG hotels start at the high end top with the InterContinental Brand then continue in descending  order of price with Crowne Plaza, | Hotel Indigo, | Holiday Inn, | Staybridge Suites, | Candlewood Suites and Holiday Inn Express The Starwood Preferred Guest program allows you to redeem Starpoints for Free Night Awards from all seven  categories. A category one hotel would cost you about three or four thousand points whereas a cat 7 could cost up to 35,000 points for a free night and the dollar amount would be according to category too.

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