Hotel rates over in Europe this summer are through the roof – especially if your heart is set on a five-star hotel in the heart of Rome. Here's your chance to book the brand-new Intercontinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace this summer using IHG hotel points.
This brand-new property is currently set to open a month from now, on May 2. And we just found wide-open availability to book the Intercontinental Rome for 120,000 points (or less!) a night through the end of the year and into 2024 – including peak summer dates from June through August!
That's a great deal if you've got a trip to Italy in mind this summer, as cash rates this summer regularly clock in at $750 or more at this hotel. But it gets even better if you've got the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card or the IHG® Rewards Traveler Credit Card in your wallet, either of which will get you a fourth night free on award bookings just for holding it. That means you can book a four-night stay for the price of three, bringing down your nightly rate to just 90,000 points!
Sure, 90,000 to 120,000 points is a lot to spend for a single night. But that's as good as it gets for booking award stays at top-dollar IHG properties these days. And considering how expensive hotels are in Rome (or anywhere in Europe, for that matter) this summer, it's a fantastic use of those points if you've got them.
While it hasn't opened its doors yet, the Intercontinental Rome looks like it'll be a stunner. It's located in the center of the action in Rome, blocks from the Villa Borghese gardens and a quick walk away from the iconic Trevi Fountain. From the lobby to the onsite restaurants and bars to the rooms, everything looks modern and tastefully decorated while retaining some classic Italian charm. Brand-new hotels typically take a few weeks to smooth out some bumps after opening, but newer is almost always better when it comes to properties like these.
Unfortunately, this property is far too pricey to book using an IHG free night certificate. IHG only lets you use those certificates at properties that cost up to 40,000 points per night … and there's no way to kick in some of your own points to cover the difference. Still, this is a great way to use up some IHG points at a brand-new property in Rome that would otherwise cost a small fortune.
Earning IHG points is easiest with the hotel chain's co-branded Chase cards like the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card – especially with a record-setting 175,000-point bonus after spending $3,000 in the first three months, available only if you apply by Wednesday. If you need some extra hotel points in a pinch, IHG is a Chase transfer partner and a Bilt Rewards transfer partner, too.
How to Book the Intercontinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace
- You can book the brand-new Intercontinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace for 120,000 IHG points per night.
- Award availability starts on May 2 (the day the property officially opens) and runs nearly daily through March 18, 2024 – including almost every day this summer!
- If you have the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card or the no-annual-fee IHG® Rewards Traveler Credit Card, you can get your fourth night free when you book four or more consecutive nights
Current Intercontinental Rome Availability
As of publication, there's standard room award availability at the Intercontinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace almost every day from May 2, 2023, through March 18, 2024. That means you can book for 120,000 points a night (or less).
To start looking and booking, head to IHG.com and search for the property. Select a stay starting on May 1, 2023, then click the “view available dates” button to pull up the award calendar of nights that are bookable. Here are the dates with standard room award availability for 120,000 IHG points per night as of publication.
Dates in white are bookable for 120,000 IHG points per night, while the grayed-out dates are unavailable. Stay for at least four nights to get the best deal, thanks to IHG's “fourth-night free” perk.
Whether you're paying cash or trying to use points, good deals on hotels over in Europe this summer are hard to come by these days. But that's just what we've found.
If you've got plans to visit Rome and some IHG points burning a hole in your digital pocket, you can book the brand new Intercontinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace for 120,000 points (or less) almost every day this summer, fall, and into early 2024.
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