If you are craving a city escape and have some Hyatt or Ultimate Rewards points to burn, you’ve got lots of great options. Not only are there very cool Hyatt-branded properties all over the world, but thanks to Hyatt’s acquisition of a few boutique brands, we now have even more options to stay in some really unique properties. These hotels really channel the spirit of the place and provide a great opportunity to experience each city to the fullest.

Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel, New York City, New York

Gild Hall

Gild Hall (Image Courtesy from Hyatt)

Located in lower Manhattan, minutes from Wall Street, One World Trade and the Seaport District, the Gild Hall is an elegant, design-centric property, with a heavy emphasis on mid-century modern design. The rooms are compact, but that’s typical for New York City. With just 130 rooms, it’ll definitely feel like staying at a boutique hotel and you’ll get lots of personal attention from the staff.

Gild Hall is a category 4 property and can be booked with 15,000 points/night.

Thompson Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Thompson Chicago

Thompson Chicago (Image Courtesy from Hyatt)

Located in the Gold Coast neighborhood, Thompson Chicago sits among historic mansions, charming boutiques, and award-winning restaurants. Both the public areas and the guest rooms project elegance and comfort.

There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Chicago. You can catch a game, take a stroll in the beautiful Millenium Park or, for architecture buffs, take an architectural boat tour or a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district. And let’s not forget the food! This is a foodie city where you can find everything from the traditional deep-dish pizza to some of the most innovative cuisine in the world.

Thompson Chicago is a category 4 hotel and can be booked with 15,000 points/night.

Grand Hyatt Seattle, Seattle, Washington

Grand Hyatt Seattle

Grand Hyatt Seattle (Image Courtesy from Hyatt)

When you stay at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, you’ll be steps away from the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the shopping mecca of Pine Street. And for all the Nordstrom lovers among us, the Nordstrom Flagship Store is only a two minute walk from the hotel.

A food tour is a must in Seattle, of course, and after you’ve nourished your body, walk 20 minutes to the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum to see some incredible glass artwork and the beautiful garden designed to showcase Chihuly’s art.

This is a category 5 hotel that can be booked with 20,000 points/night.

Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (Image Courtesy from Hyatt)

If Argentina is on your bucket list, you can’t miss a stay at this palatial, upscale property. The hotel occupies a two-building complex which combines the luxury of an aristocratic palace and upscale contemporary design. The hotel is surrounded by lush gardens and even has its own impressive collection of contemporary Argentinian art.

Buenos Aires is famous for its food, wine and, of course, Argentine tango. Whether you seek out the highly choreographed tango espectáculo stage shows or find a more casual milonga where you can mingle (and dance!) with locals, this is an experience that can’t be missed.

This is a category 6 hotel that can be booked with 25,000 points/night.

Hyatt Regency Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia

Hyatt Regency Cartagena

Hyatt Regency Cartagena (Image Courtesy from Hyatt)

This modern oceanfront hotel is a perfect place from which to explore Cartagena’s historic center. Cartagena is a beautiful colonial city filled with colorful architecture, rich history and delicious food.

The rooms all have floor to ceiling windows and face the Caribbean Sea or the lively Port of Cartagena. And a beautiful infinity pool is a perfect place where you can cool off and relax after a long day of sightseeing.

This is a category 3 hotel that can be booked with 12,000 points/night.

Hyatt Regency Mexico City, Mexico

Hyatt Regency Mexico City

Hyatt Regency Mexico City (Image Courtesy from Hyatt)

Located in the heart of upscale Polanco neighborhood, the Hyatt Regency Mexico City is a short walk away from the beautiful Chapultepec park, the Anthropological Museum (the largest and most visited museum in Mexico) and other iconic landmarks.

Mexico City is a beautiful city but it’s also a true foodie paradise. In Mexico City you can enjoy food at some of the world’s best restaurants at very affordable prices. And because the city is also the taco capital of the world, bring your appetite and enjoy the extremely affordable and the supremely delicious Mexico’s street food.

This is a category 3 hotel that can be booked with 12,000 points/night.

Hotel D’Inghilterra, Rome, Italy

Hotel D’Inghilterra

Hotel D’Inghilterra (Image Courtesy From SLH)

If you ever wanted to stay at a really special and historic property, here’s your chance. This 16th century residence was once the chosen destination of famous poet John Keats, but fear not, you will still get all modern amenities. You’ll be steps away from the iconic Roman landmarks such as the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain and the majestic Villa Borghese is less than 15 minutes walk away.

This is a category 6 hotel that can be booked with 25,000 points/night.

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, Paris, France

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme (Image Courtesy from Hyatt)

This is one of the aspirational properties for any Hyatt enthusiast. Located in the heart of the City of Lights and a stone’s throw away from Place Vendôme, this elegant hotel has the perfect location for exploring the city.

You’ll be within walking distance of the Louvre Museum, the Garnier Opera and the Place de la Concorde. Add to this elegant and contemporary décor and you’ve got an unbeatable combination for a perfect city escape.

This is a category 7 hotel that can be booked with 30,000 points/night.

Park Hyatt Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Park Hyatt Vienna

Park Hyatt Vienna (Image Courtesy from Hyatt)

Vienna is one of the most beautiful and elegant European capitals and the Park Hyatt Vienna perfectly fits into these genteel surroundings. The building used to be a bank and you can have your breakfast in the former cashier hall or take a dip in the 160 square foot pool located in the former vault of the bank.

The rooms are decorated in the classic style but have all the modern amenities. The location is right in the heart of the historic old town, just a few minutes walk from Stephansplatz and the gorgeous St. Stephen’s cathedral.

And while you are in Vienna, make sure to stop for a Wiener Melange at one of the famous coffeehouses. You are basically drinking a cappuccino, but, somehow, it tastes much better in Vienna when you are surrounded by all this beauty, elegance and history.

This is a category 6 hotel that can be booked with 25,000 points/night.

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, London, UK

Hyatt Regency London

Hyatt Regency London (Image Courtesy from Hyatt)

The lovely Marylebone area of London where this hotel is located is more residential than touristy. But you are still close to the famous Hyde Park, Oxford Street and the heart of London’s West End and many other London attractions are just a short tube ride away. This area is full of cute shops, intimate cafes and nice restaurants.

The rooms are sized generously for this city of high real estate prices and are decorated in the classic style.

This is a category 6 property that can be booked with 25,000 points/night.

Cards to Help You Earn Hyatt Points

You can earn World of Hyatt points by opening The World of Hyatt credit card. Hyatt is also a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Reward, so you can earn enough points for a great Hyatt getaway by transferring the points earned with a number of Ultimate Rewards earning cards to your Hyatt account.

You do have to be in line with the Chase 5/24 rule to be eligible for any of these cards.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

The great welcome bonus, a reasonable annual fee and great benefits make this card one of our favorite cards.

The annual fee is $95, not waived the first year.

Once you’ve earned the points, it’s very easy to transfer Ultimate Rewards to partners, including Hyatt.

The World of Hyatt Credit Card

This card comes with a generous welcome bonus and earns 9X on Hyatt stays, 2X on dining, ground transportation, flights and gym memberships. All other purchases earn 1X.

The card also comes with one free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort every year on your cardmember anniversary.

It’s annual fee is $95, not waived the first year.

Final Thoughts

Whether in the U.S. or abroad, Hyatt has excellent options for anyone craving a big city escape. From Buenos Aires to Vienna, you can have your pick of elegant or super cool properties. World of Hyatt points are easy to earn and you can accumulate enough points for any city escape fairly quickly.

Share with us in the comments your favorite big city trip that you booked with Hyatt points.

Travel well,