UPDATE: InterContinental Ambassador Specialty Suite Exceptions (Not Upgrade Eligible)

IHG Rewards Club has updated the InterContinental Ambassador Specialty Suite Exceptions list by adding number of additional hotels/suites since our April piece.

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Ambassador members are eligible for one category upgrade and Royal Ambassadors two (only one category upgrade if booking a suite). The exclusion list used to be short but has expanded a lot.

You can access IHG’s page for suite upgrade exclusions here.

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Here’s the entire current list as of September 6, 2019:

Africa

  • InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport: Presidential Suite

Asia Pacific

  • InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort: Presidential Suite, Alpensia Suite, Deluxe Suite
  • InterContinental Bali Resort: Uluwatu, Jimbaran, Bukit Suite, Imperial Villa, Jivana Villa, Club InterContinental Suite, Balinese Suite, Pecatu Suite
  • InterContinental Bangkok: Royal Suites, Diplomatic Suites, Ambassador Suites, Executive Suites, Premier Suites
  • InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort: 1 Bedroom Seaside, 2 and 3 Bedroom Residence/Villa, Penthouse
  • InterContinental Grand Seoul Parnas: Residence King, Club Residence Suites, Club Mountain Suites
  • InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Hanoi Landmark 72: Ambassador Suite, Royal Suite, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Hanoi Westlake: Presidential Suite, 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Residence
  • InterContinental Hong Kong: Signature Suites (Terrace Suite, CEO Suite, Presidential Suite)
  • InterContinental Hua Hin Resort: Club InterContinental Beach Villa, La Residence and Leisure Suite
  • InterContinental Nha Trang: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Osaka: Executive Suite, 2 and 3 Bedroom Residence
  • InterContinental Pattaya: 1 and 2 Bedroom Pool Villa
  • InterContiental Phu Quoc: 2, 3 and 4 Bedroom Suites/Residences/Villas
  • InterContinental Robertson Quay: Penthouse
  • InterContinental Saigon: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort: Club Napa Reserve 3 bedroom Residence
  • InterContinental Seoul Coex: Business Suites, Corner Suites, Club Corner Suites, Ambassador Suite, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Singapore: Presidential Suite, Ambassador Suite, Royal Suite, Executive Suite
  • InterContinental Tokyo Bay: InterContinental Suite Twin, InterContinental Suite Double
  • InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau: 2 and 3 Bedroom Villas/Residences
  • InterContinental-ANA Beppu Resort and Spa
  • InterContinental-ANA Manza Beach Resort: Club InterContinental Corner Terrace, Club InterContinental Corner Suite, Club InterContinental Deluxe Corner Suite, Club InterContinental Deluxe Corner Terrace
  • InterContinental-ANA Tokyo: Kaze, Hana and Miyabi Suites
  • The Strings By InterContinental Tokyo: The Suite Twin, The Peak Suite

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Australasia / Oceania

  • InterContinental Adelaide: King Diplomatic Suite, King Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa: Brando Suites Bora Bora, Pool Villa, Pool Premium Villa
  • InterContinental Fiji: Natadola Suite
  • InterContinental Hayman Island Resort:One Bedroom Hayman Suite, Two Bedroom Hayman Suite, Two Bedroom Pool View Suite, Beachfront Pool Villa, Three Bedroom Beach House, Three Bedroom Hayman Suite
  • InterContinental Melbourne Rialto: Iconic Suites, Signature Suites
  • InterContinental Perth City Centre: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort: Federation Suite, Manor Suite
  • InterContinental Sydney Double Bay: Royal Suite, Deluxe Bayview Suites
  • InterContinental Sydney: Australia Suite, State Suite, Governor Suites
  • InterContinental Tahiti: Bungalow Overwater Motu
  • InterContinental Wellington: Presidential Suite

Club Life InterContinental Amstel

Europe 

  • InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam: Presidential Suite (includes Executive Presidential Suite, Executive Presidential Twin room & Executive Presidential Junior Suite), Dom Perignon Suite (includes Executive Dom Perignon Suite & Executive Dom Perignon Junior Suite).
  • InterContinental Athenaeum Athens: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Berlin: Presidential Suite, Diplomatic Suite, Park Suite
  • InterContinental Budapest: Presidential Suite, Executive Suites
  • InterContinental Davos: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Dublin: Pembroke Suites, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Dusseldorf: Presidential Suite, Lifestyle Suite
  • InterContinental Estoril: Ocean View Suites
  • InterContinental Frankfurt: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Geneva: Executive Lake View Suites, Panoramic Lake View Suites, Presidential Lake View Suites, Imperial Residence
  • InterContinental Kiev: Governor Suite, Presidential Suite, Royal Suite, Ambassador Suite
  • InterContinental Lisbon: Presidential Suite, Panoramic Suite, Ambassador Suite
  • InterContinental Ljubljana: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental London Park Lane: Signature Suites. The Mayfair Collection Rooms/​Suites are subject to availability
  • InterContinental London The O2: The Penthouse, 1 bedroom Club InterContinental Suite, 2 bedroom Club InterContinental Suite
  • InterContinental Madrid: King Dali Club Suite Castellana View, King Bed Miro Club Suite with terrace, King Bed Picasso Club Luxury Suite, Royal Suite
  • InterContinental Malta: Duplex Suite, Ambassador Suite, Penthouse, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya: Duncan – Premier Suite, Nizhinsky – Presidential Suite, Ulanova – Royal Suite
  • InterContinental Park Lane: Signature Suites
  • InterContinental Vienna: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Warsaw: Presidential Suite, Senior Suites

Mainland China

  • InterContinental Beijing Beichen:  Park Suite, Ambassador Suite
  • InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun: InterContinental Terrace Suites, Beijing Suite
  • InterContinental Chongqing: Presidential Suite, 2 bedroom Suite, Executive Suites
  • InterContinental Dalian: Executive Suite, CEO Suite, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Foshan: Chairman Suite, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Fuzhou: Presidential Suite, Executive Suite
  • InterContinental Guangzhou Exhibition Center: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Kunming: Presidential Suite, Lake View Luxury Suites
  • InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort: Superior Suite
  • InterContinental One Thousand Island Lake Resort: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Qingdao: Presidential Suite, Deluxe Aqua Suite Ocean View, Aqua Suite Ocean View, Executive Suite Ocean View, Aqua Deluxe King Ocean View
  • InterContinental Quanzhou: 2 bedroom Suite, InterContinental Deluxe Premier Suite
  • InterContinental Sanya Haitang Bay Resort: InterContinental Superior Ocean View Suite, Family Suite, Premier Ocean View Suite, Two bedroom Ocean View Suite, InterContinental Grand Ocean View Presidential Suite, InterContinental Ocean Front Villa
  • InterContinental Sanya Resort: 1 and 2 Bedroom Villa, Ocean Suite, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Shanghai Jing’an: Ambassador Suite, Executive Suite
  • InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland: Duplex Underwater Suites, Chairman Suite. Premium Underwater King, Underwater and Waterfall Suites subject to availability.
  • InterContinental Shenzen: King Bed Club Chinese Theme Suite, King Bed Club Duplex Suite (King Club Terrace Suite), Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Shijiazhuang: Ambassador Suite, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Tianjin Yujiapu Hotel & Residences: Club InterContinental Deluxe Suite, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Xiamen: 2 Bedroom Suite
  • InterContinental Xishuangbanna: Deluxe Suite, President Villa

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Middle East

  • InterContinental Cairo CityStars: 2 and 3 Bedroom Residence Suite, Penthouse Residence Suite, 2 Bedroom Signature Suite, Royal Suite, Karnak Suite, Luxor Suite
  • InterContinental Doha: Luxury Suite
  • InterContinental Dubai Festival City: Signature Suite, Presidential Suite, Royal Suite
  • InterContinental Dubai Marina: 2 bedroom Suites, 3 bedroom Suites, Penthouse Suites
  • InterContinental Fujairah Resort: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Hong Kong: Signature Suites (Terrace Suite, CEO Suite, Presidential Suite)
  • InterContinental Makkah Dar Al Tawhid: 4 Bedroom Presidential Suites Haram View, 3 Bedroom Amiri Suites Haram View

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North America

  • InterContinental Boston: Presidential Suite, Penthouse North, Penthouse South
  • InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta: Grand Suite, Royal Suite, Ambassador Suite, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Los Angeles Century City: Royal Suite, Presidential Suite, Elite Honeymoon, Elite Residence, Premier, Premier Suites with Terrace
  • InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco: Nob Hill Suite, Cyril Magnin Suite, Mark Hopkins Suite, Presidential Suite, Penthouse, California Suite
  • InterContinental Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport: Wingspan Suites, Pinnacle Suites
  • InterContinental New York Barclay: Executive Suites, Deluxe Suites, Presidential Suites, Harold S. Vanderbilt Suite
  • InterContinental New York Times Square: Penthouse, Manhattan, Deluxe Studio, Sky View Studio
  • InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort: Caribbean Suites Ocean Front, Signature Suite Ocean Front, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Presidente Cozumel: Presidential Suites
  • InterContinental Presidente Guadalajara: Ambassador Suite, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Presidente Mexico City: Master Suites (Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Alberto Gironella and José Guadalupe Posada) Presidential Suites (José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera)
  • InterContinental Presidente Santa Fe: Grand Suite, Master Suite
  • InterContinental San Diego: Presidential Suite, Grant Suite
  • InterContinental San Francisco: Bay Suite, Terrace Suite, Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C: Thomas Jefferson Suite, George Washington Suite, John Adams Suite
  • InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf: The Knot Suite, Anchor Suites, The Constellation Suite
  • InterContinental Toronto Yorkville: Pent House Suite, Royal Suite

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South America

  • InterContinental Buenos Aires: Presidential Suites
  • InterContinental Cartagena: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall: Presidential Suite
  • InterContinental Medellin: Presidential Suite, Antioquia Suite
  • InterContinental Santo Domingo: Presidential Suite

Conclusion

Not sure why IHG has decided to classify its two Hong Kong properties under the Middle East where they are definitely not located.

It is unfortunate that the exclusion list is becoming ever longer and includes many suite types that are neither exceptional nor presidential (the original intent). IHG reduced the Royal Ambassador upgrade benefits starting this year only to guarantee one category instead of two when booking a suite.

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