Last week Hilton HHonors announced some minor category adjustments which will become effective October 8, 2014.
The category changes only affect 33 properties- 12 are decreasing and 21 are increasing.
The list of 21 properties moving up a category includes 2 properties each in London, England and Dublin, Ireland and the rest are all in the US. 5 out of the 17 US hotels going up a category are located in Boston. The category range of properties going up a category is varied but most increases are in the middle range of the chart (categories 4-7).
The list of 12 properties going down a category includes 1 property each in Poland and the Seychelles, 4 in Turkey and the rest in the US. It is interesting to me that all the properties decreasing were originally category 5 or lower and are not in high demand cities. The only exception is the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa which is changing from category 10 to 9.
These adjustments are minor since they affect only 33 properties but it is worth checking out the list to see if it includes any Hilton properties you are planning on booking with points. If any of the hotels you want to book are on the list of hotels that are going up a category, make sure to reserve at the current award rate before October 8. But if a hotel is going down a category, it would be best to wait until after October 8 to make your reservation.
Copied below is the list of hotels moving up or down categories:
Hotels with Category Increase:
The Morrison Dublin, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – New Category: 7
Conrad Dublin – New Category: 7
DoubleTree by Hilton London Victoria – New Category: 7
DoubleTree by Hilton London Marble Arch – New Category: 8
Hampton Inn Florence-Midtown – New Category: 3
Hampton Inn Clarksville – New Category: 2
Homewood Suites Richmond Airport – New Category: 3
Hampton Inn Silver Spring – New Category: 4
Hampton Inn Medford – New Category: 5
Embassy Suites Palmdale – New Category: 5
Hampton Inn and Suites Ocala – New Category: 5
Homewood Suites Medford – New Category: 5
Homewood Suites Atlantic City/Egg Harbor – New Category: 5
Doubletree Club Hotel Boston-Bayside – New Category: 6
Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown Center – New Category: 6
Hilton Boston Logan Airport – New Category: 7
Hampton Inn & Suites Ocean City Bayfront / Convention Center – New Category: 7
Hilton Boston Back Bay – New Category: 8
Hilton Boston Financial District – New Category: 8
Hilton Carlsbad Resort and Spa – New Category: 8
Waldorf Astoria Chicago – New Category: 10
Hotels with Category Decrease:
Hilton Garden Inn Rzeszow – New Category: 1
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa – New Category: 9
Hilton Garden Inn Kutahya – New Category: 1
Hampton Inn Ordu – New Category: 1
Hilton Garden Inn Mardin – New Category: 2
Hilton Kayseri – New Category: 2
Hampton Chattanooga Airport – New Category: 3
Hampton Inn Henderson – New Category: 3
Hampton Inn Jacksonville East/Regency Square – New Category: 3
Hampton Inn & Suites Center – New Category: 4
Hampton Tucson-North – New Category: 4
Hampton Shelbyville – New Category: 4
As announced last quarter, Hilton HHonors is no longer making major annual category change announcements but instead will be making periodic adjustments and posting them to their website.
Here is the link to the list of Hilton HHonors hotels moving up or down a category as well as a list of new Hilton properties.