Best Hyatt Category 4 Hotel Redemptions Part 1 – Park Hyatt, Andaz and Grand Hyatt
The Chase Hyatt Credit Card ($75 annual fee) gives one free anniversary night every year for a stay at a Hyatt Category 1-4 hotel. To help identify some of the better values, I have looked through the list of category 4 hotels in an attempt to figure out which properties provide the most “bang for the buck” when using free night certificates and/ or points.
I am basing my decision on a combination of price and location – a hotel in a place I would actually want to visit for a couple of nights and where I get good value. Note, a Hyatt category 4 hotel typically costs 15,000 Hyatt points for an award night or 7,500 points + $100 on Points + Cash.
While I am sure that some category 4 Hyatt House/ Hyatt Place properties will provide significant value, I am going to focus on the higher-end brands within the Hyatt portfolio to identify the best hotels for the free night/points redemption.
A quick note on the rates I have tracked below – the rates correspond to the advance purchase rate on the first Saturday night of each respective month. If the first Saturday falls on a holiday weekend, I use the second Saturday of the month as a proxy for the weekend rate. All rates are in USD.
Hyatt has 7 Park Hyatt’s in category 4, with the majority of them being in Asia. Europe and America both have 1 Park Hyatt each that falls in this category, namely Park Hyatt Hamburg and Park Hyatt Toronto. The table below shows the rate for each hotel on a monthly basis as well as the TripAdvisor ranking within the city.
Based on the table above, it looks like Busan would be a good option since the rates are the highest. However, the top ranked hotel in Busan was as much as $100 cheaper on the dates I checked. While Busan is known for its beaches, it’s primarily a commercial city and Seoul/ Gyeongju are higher up my list of places to visit in South Korea. Park Hyatt Toronto is relatively more expensive and seems a good deal based on price but I would rather just book the Hyatt Regency Toronto which is a category 3 hotel and costs 12,000 points.
The hotels that stand out to me from this list are the Park Hyatt Goa and Park Hyatt Siem Reap.
In my opinion, Goa is definitely worth a stopover for a couple of nights on a trip to India. PH Goa is a gorgeous resort with lagoons and waterways as well as palm trees and lush green lawns. It has easy access to Arossim beach, which is nice and quiet, unlike a lot of the other beaches in Goa. The average rate for the hotel is around $225 (although it tends to be higher during the peak season in Dec/ Jan), which is 1.5 cents per point, when using 15K points for an award night – not great but not too bad either. While you can find cheaper options in Goa, I wouldn’t mind using my free night at the PH Goa since its a beautiful property and Goa is a place I want to visit again.
Angkor Wat is on many a bucket list and the Park Hyatt Siem Reap provides easy access to the temples at Angkor Wat. Additionally, the property is located in the center of town and is within walking distance to tourist attractions within Siem Reap. Similar to the PH Goa, cheaper options are easily available so using an award night here is more for the experience, rather than maximizing value out of the 15K points.
Hyatt has 4 Andaz properties in category 4, with 2 in the Americas and 2 in Asia. The table below shows the rate for each hotel on a monthly basis as well as the TripAdvisor ranking within the city.
Based on the table above, I don’t think the Andaz in Delhi or Shanghai are optimal redemptions. I want to explain my logic here since the rates for the Andaz Shanghai aren’t significantly different from the PH Goa or the PH Siem Reap. I prefer to use my points at a resort type hotel (where I am likely to be spending more time in the hotel itself) versus a city hotel (where I am likely spending more time outside of the hotel room). Hence, I think PH Goa is a better redemption option for my use case but I can certainly see where some people might prefer a city hotel such as the Andaz Shanghai.
Andaz Savannah isn’t a bad redemption based on rates but I would prefer the Hyatt Regency Savannah, which is a couple of blocks away and only costs 12K points as it is a category 3. The easy pick here is the Andaz Papagayo as rates are consistently above $250 per night and its the top-ranked hotel in its region.
This is another gorgeous resort property located in Costa Rica. Given the consistently higher rates and the excellent reviews from TripAdvisor, I would call this a “sweet spot” in the Hyatt Category 4 list amongst the higher end properties. It’s easy to get 2 cents per point value at this resort when using points although one caveat to note is that its in a remote location so food can get expensive during a stay here. I haven’t been but its on my list of places to go.
Hyatt has a number of Grand Hyatt properties under Category 4 and spread out across all three regions. The table below shows the rate for each hotel on a monthly basis as well as the TripAdvisor ranking within the city. Please note that I have not tracked hotels such as the GH Beijing or GH Sao Paulo where rates were consistently under $150 per night for the dates I checked.
Based on the table above, the hotels that seem most interesting to me are the GH Melbourne, GH Washington and GH Seattle. The GH Berlin rates were lower than I expected, especially in the summer. At first glance, the GH Taipei seems good value but I could only find standard rates so it’s not an apples to apples compare and the hotel is haunted so I am going to avoid it. GH DFW is an airport hotel – not a bad redemption if needed but not one that I am going to actively plan for.
The hotel is in a great location, in the middle of Penn Quarter with Ford’s Theater a couple of blocks away and the White House within a 10-15 minute walk. If you prefer not to walk, the DC metro has a station in the basement of the hotel. Rates can fall below $200 per night at times so check before you redeem an award night. Rates are typically higher in the summer so likely a better opportunity to redeem then. Read Shawn’s review of his stay at the hotel here. (Grand Hyatt Washington DC Review).
GH Seattle is in a great location in downtown Seattle, and offers good value for a category 4 redemption with rates typically greater than $230 and going up to as much as $400. The hotel is a few blocks from Pike Place market and walking distance to other attractions. It’s also just around the corner from the Hyatt Olive 8 (another category 4 hotel) and some folks might prefer the modern design of the Olive 8.
The GH Melbourne is located in the city centre, close to Federation Square and walking distance to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, if you fancy watching a cricket match. This is a great redemption as rates consistently seem to be above $350 and can go as high as $500. Reviews and rank on tripadvisor are very good, plus the central location in Melbourne make this an excellent choice for a category 4 redemption.
Looking across the top 3 brands of Hyatt, the Andaz Papagayo and the GH Melbourne stand out as getting the most “bang for my buck”. PH Goa and PH Siem Reap seem worth a visit while GH Seattle and GH Washington can be a good weekend redemption. In Part 2, I will look at the Hyatt/Hyatt Regency hotels in the category 4 list.
Let us know if you have stayed at any of the hotels mentioned above or if we missed out on a category 4 hyatt you like.