Waldorf Hilton London

Europe Trip Review – The Overview
British Airways Club World (BA192) – DFW to LHR
Waldorf Hilton London
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee
Hilton Prague Old Town
Lufthansa domestic Europe experience
British Airways Club Europe – FRA to LCY
British Airways Club World (BA193) – LHR to DFW

For our 5 night stay in London, we chose the Waldorf Hilton London for 240,000 Hilton HHonors points versus paying $3145. An easy decision, thanks to CVS previously allowing credit card purchases for Vanilla Reload cards and the AmEx Hilton previously giving bonus points for drugstore purchases…A win-win for everyone! 🙂Waldorf Hilton LondonWe arrived a bit early, before noon, and we were instructed to relax in the Executive Lounge while we waited for our room to be cleaned. The Waldorf Hilton Executive Lounge provided nice breakfast, tea service and evening canapes and alcohol. Throughout the day the lounge was open (with your key) for bottled water, bottled soft drinks, coffee and tea. Always helpful when staying in Europe to save a little money on drinks, especially in expensive London where a bottled water averages $3-$5 USD. While we certainly saved money eating breakfast in the lounge each day, the offerings were the same every day. Would like to see the staff change up breakfast with some rotating items so people staying for a week don’t have to eat the same food for 5 mornings.

Our room was ready about an hour after arriving and what a very nice and spacious room we were given! This was a Waldorf Hilton King Executive Room. VERY NICE! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but the highlights for me were the large space to move around for a week, the 110V plugs at the workdesk and 2 closets so I didn’t have to share. There was also nightly turndown service and were given this welcome amenity to start off our stay here – a very nice touchWaldorf Hilton London welcome amenityHere are the room pictures…IMG_2365 IMG_2362 IMG_2363 IMG_2364 Waldorf Hilton London King Executive Room #1 IMG_2367 IMG_2368Here are some pictures of expensive London…London pictureIMG_2306IMG_2357IMG_2345IMG_2332IMG_2291IMG_2279IMG_2275IMG_2272IMG_2199IMG_2193We booked The Big Bus for a 2-day Hop-On-Hop-Off of London. We paid approx $75 USD each. The route goes all around London and includes a walking tour and boat trip. There are several other companies offering the same, but those companies had pushy sales people while The Big Bus representative was more laid back, offering answers to any questions we had and wasn’t rude or putting down the other companies. So we went with the more positive sales rep and enjoyed our tour of London. They also offer free panchos when raining, ear plugs, and either a live tour guide or recorded tour guide with 8 different languages. We enjoyed the recorded one better.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay in London and at the Waldorf Hilton London. We plan to stay at this centrally located hotel again upon our return next time.

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Europe Trip Review

Europe Trip Review – The Overview
British Airways Club World (BA192) – DFW to LHR
Waldorf Hilton London
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee
Hilton Prague Old Town
Lufthansa domestic Europe experience
British Airways Club Europe – FRA to LCY
British Airways Club World (BA193) – LHR to DFW

Retail value = $30,680.64

Out-of-Pocket costs included:
118,000 BA Avios points + $2296.30 (for BA’s ridiculous taxes on reward tickets)
50,000 United MileagePlus points + $271.20 taxes
240,000 Hilton HHonors Points + $343.22 (paid cash for Prague hotel)
48,000 Hyatt Points

Places visited:
London – 5 nights
Nice, France – 4 nights
Prague – 3 nights

With booking business/first class during business summer months, especially using BA Companion Certificate for redemption, I’ve learned you’ve got to book this type of trip out at least 9-12 months. For me it was about 12 months to make sure I got the dates I needed.

We booked British Airways Club World (business) seats roundtrip from/to DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) to FRA (Frankfurt). Here is a screenshot of the retail price ($17464.04) for these segments: BA - DFW to FRADue to limited availability with BA flights when booking, we then used United points to get where we wanted to around Europe on Lufthansa. Here is a screenshot of the retail price ($7119.90, yeah ridiculous) from FRA-NCE-PRG-FRA:LH- FRA,NCE,PRG,FRAThe hotels chosen were based upon trip reviews read online, and centralized locations. Plus whatever points were available. First up Waldorf Hilton London for 240,000 points, or pay $3145:Waldorf Hilton LondonThen was the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee for 48,000 points, or pay $2503.61:Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la MediterraneeLast on our trip was the Hilton Prague Old Town. The price was just too low to use points, so opted for cash with this one. We paid $343.22 for 3 nights. Turned out to be a great value:Hilton Prague Old Town
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