Small Luxury Hotels has just launched a new loyalty scheme called INVITED, and in this article, we review the benefits of booking through slh.com.
Small Luxury Hotels has over 520 luxury hotels in more than 80 countries. These tend to be unique boutique hotels. The premise of SLH INVITED is much like the LHW Leaders Club. You can read my thoughts on whether it is worth paying for the premium Leaders Club Unlimited. Each Small Luxury hotel, much like those that belong to Leading Hotels of the World, tends to be individually owned and managed separately. Each hotel is unique in its own way, but Small Luxury Hotels markets these hotels, and by booking through SLH.com direct, you get benefits depending on your membership level.
If you simply join up and book on slh.com you get to be an INVITED rewards member. Exclusive privileges or perks for INVITED members are:
- Early Check-In (noon, based upon availability at check-in)
- Late Check-Out (3 pm, based upon availability at check-in)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Member Exclusive Promotions
- Daily Complimentary Continental Breakfast which is probably the most valuable benefit and a reason to book these hotels through slh.com
After 1-5 stays per year you get to become an INSPIRED member, which gets you the above benefits plus:
- SLH Birthday Gift
- Room Upgrade (one category at check-in if available)
After your 6th stay, you become an INDULGED member and get included on Invite Only Events and crucially get a Reward Night Voucher. The value of this voucher varies depending on where you use it. When using this voucher, do not assume you will be able to use it at your favorite Small Luxury Hotel on any dates. Most hotels have large blackout dates, and some hotels may be excluded completely.
As an example, the similar LHW free night certificates (which I value at about €300 EUR) blackout the entire of Monaco indefinitely. This means that if you collect an LHW free night, you will not ever be able to redeem your stay in Monaco.. ever. You simply cannot currently redeem these stay vouchers at any hotel in Monaco on any date. Similar restrictions are likely to be true of the free night that you get with SLH. It is likely to be restricted to low season dates at many, if not all the SLH hotels and some hotels may be excluded altogether, so bear this in mind when considering the value of this voucher.
Is it worth joining slh.com INVITE
Yes. It costs nothing, and you get a free continental breakfast with your booking at any hotel at slh.com. Late check-out and early check-in are also valuable. Always also check the hotel’s website directly that there is not a better rate/benefit by booking with the hotel direct. It may also be worth checking with your Virtuoso agent (contact us for a referral to a recommended Virtuoso agent) in case they can offer you additional perks at your preferred hotel.
Is there a quick way to get to be an INSPIRED or INDULGED SLH Member
Yes. If you hold an American Express Card you can immediately fast track to INSPIRED on page of slh.com
We have reviewed a number of Small Luxury Hotels including Chateau Eza on the French Riviera and Hotel Villa Belrose above Saint Tropez (pictured above). We have found that the quality of Small Luxury Hotels does vary, so it is worth reading reviews about your chosen hotel to ensure that the hotel lives up to expectations. Read more of our Small Luxury Hotel Reviews to find out about where it is worth staying.
Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor.
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