Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a consortium of more than 500 luxury boutique hotels in nearly 100 countries.
In this guide, we explore the chain’s key locations, loyalty program, how to receive elite benefits with no status, current offers, and how to book.
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The SLH brand seems to be targeted to a younger travel audience who are looking for unique and quirky properties.
The biggest concentration of hotels is in Europe, followed by Asia, The Caribbean and The Americas.
There are six properties in Australia, with two in Western Australia and New South Wales, and one each in South Australia and Victoria.
New Zealand also has six properties, with five on the South Island, and one in the North.
When researching hotels, do note that the SLH website deletes negative reviews, so be sure to TripAdvisor for a more honest spread of reviews from previous guests.
Membership tiers and benefits
Small Luxury Hotels’ free loyalty program Invited has three membership tiers:
- Intrigued (automatic upon sign-up): early check-in and check-out subject to availability, complimentary wifi, member-exclusive rates
- Inspired (after 4 nights): as above, plus room upgrade, daily continental breakfast and birthday gift
- Indulged (after 13 nights): as above, plus access to invite-only events and a reward night voucher
Inspired and Indulged status lasts for one year.
How to get Inspired benefits by booking with World of Hyatt
The partnership extends to around 350 SLH properties worldwide, including eight in Australia and New Zealand.
All World of Hyatt members receive benefits including complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, early check-in (based on availability at check-in), late check out (based on availability at check-in), and a one-category room upgrade (based on availability at check-in).
These benefits align with those received with Inspired status through SLH’s own membership program.
This is a great way to get some instant benefits at one of their member hotels, especially if you were already planning to make a booking.
You’ll also earn 5 World of Hyatt points per eligible $1 USD spent. You could redeem these points towards future stays, or transfer to one of their frequent flyer program partners, including Qantas.
To be eligible for these benefits on your next stay:
SLH used to offer instant status to American Express and Mastercard cardholders but this is no longer available.
American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts
These cardholders have the opportunity to receive benefits like $100 room credits, spa treatments and upgrades at select luxury hotels.
There are 17 properties in Europe, two in New Zealand and one in Thailand that are part of the FHR program.
You can see the full list here.
You can view current promotions simply by clicking on ‘Offers’ on the main menu of SLH’s home page.
For example, at time of writing, you’ll get one complimentary night for stays of three/four nights or more at 156 participating properties.
How to book
You can book stays at Small Luxury Hotels properties:
- by calling 1800 219 010 in Australia or 0800 464 013 in New Zealand (24/7)
- through a travel agent, such as American Express Travel
All images and videos courtesy of Small Luxury Hotels.