Among the many hotel loyalty programs, Hyatt is my favorite. As a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, the points are fairly easy to earn. Additionally, you can earn Hyatt points directly with the World of Hyatt Card issued by Chase.
Hyatt’s footprint isn’t huge, but with the addition of Small Luxury Hotels (SLH), there are now independent boutique hotels in 80 countries that can be booked with Hyatt points. The fun part is finding luxury Hyatt hotels – SLH and Park Hyatt properties – that can be booked with 15,000 points.
One of my favorite features of World of Hyatt program is the ability to earn a free night certificate that can be redeemed at category 1-4 hotels. There are a few ways to earn a free night certificate including:
- The annual free night certificate that comes with the World of Hyatt Card
- Staying with five different Hyatt brands
- Staying 30 nights in a calendar year at Hyatt properties
- Spending $15,000 in a calendar year on the World of Hyatt Card
All World of Hyatt members, including the basic level (Discoverist), receive the following benefits at the Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties:
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Daily Complimentary Continental Breakfast for two guests
- Room Upgrade (one category at check-in if available)
- Early check-in (noon, based upon availability at check-in)
- Late check-out (2:00pm, based upon availability at check-in)
- Earn Hyatt points for paid stays
You will also earn stay credits for your SLH nights – even if booked with Hyatt points. Free nights expire after one year so keep an eye on those expiration dates.
Let’s look at category 1-4 luxury hotels that are bookable with either 15,000 Hyatt points – or less, or with a free night certificate. I’ve compiled a list of Park Hyatt properties, Hyatt’s top luxury brand, and select Small Luxury Hotels of the World that will give you an opportunity to experience luxury at some unique properties.
A word of caution, however, this list will make you want to drop everything and book a getaway to one (or more) of these amazing hotels ASAP.
Park Hyatt Mendoza – Category 3 (12,000 points)
Hyatt’s top luxury brand at a very reasonable award rate. If you are visiting Argentina’s wine region, Park Hyatt Mendoza looks like it’s worth a visit. The hotel exudes elegance and charm and you can’t beat the location, right in the heart of Argentina’s wine country.
Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel – Category 3 (12,000 points)
Canberra, the Capital of Australia, might not be on every traveler’s must-see list. Nevertheless, it’s a lovely city with sprawling parks and major museums. And Australia’s famous wineries aren’t too far away. Hyatt Hotel Canberra is located right in the heart of this unique city, close to the lake and all of Canberra’s major attractions.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A great place to spend a couple of nights on your way to Angkor Wat. A modern hotel with an amazing pool, the hotel offers a blend of luxury and modern sophistication. Conveniently located close to high-end shops and restaurants, the hotel is not huge and has a residential feel and offers lots of personal touches.
Park Hyatt Toronto – Category 4 (15,000 points)
Toronto hotels can get very expensive and it’s great to see Hyatt expanding its footprint in North America. This Park Hyatt is expected to open in early 2020 in very cool city that has something for everyone. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is going to be close to all the major landmarks.
Park Hyatt Hangzhou – Category 4 (15,000 points)
A stunning, modern hotel with lake views located in Qianjiang New City CBD (central business district), the hotel is part of the new retail, residential and office complex. Whether you are visiting Qianjiang for business or pleasure, the views alone are worth a visit
Park Hyatt Ningbo Resort and Spa – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A beautiful, sprawling resort located on the banks of Dongqian Lake, which means ‘lake of money in the east’. The lake is one of the most scenic destinations in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. It’s a two and a half hours’ drive from Shanghai, making it a perfect side trip.
Hotel St. Petersbourg, Tallinn – Category 4 (15,000 points)
A Small Luxury Hotel of the World property, the hotel offers old world elegance combined with modern amenities. Estonia is rapidly rising as a must-see destination among discerning travelers. Go now before the prices rise and Estonia catches up to its Scandinavian neighbors.
Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki – Category 4 (15,000 points)
This is also a Small Luxury Hotel of the World property, one of two Hyatt properties in Finland. Scandinavian countries could be notoriously expensive, so this hotel is a real bargain. It’s cozy and elegant and combines Art Deco glamour with modern amenities.
The Excelsior, Thessaloniki – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A stylish Art Deco boutique hotel in the heart of the bustling Thessaloniki is a perfect base to explore Northern Greece. The hotel seamlessly integrates modern amenities and classic style.
Theoxenia Palace & House Suites, Athens – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A luxurious hotel in Northern Athens, this hotel exudes old-world elegance and charm. The hotel also has a pool, a great perk for a city hotel, especially for a warm-weather destination like Greece.
Park Hyatt Hyderabad – Category 2 (8,000 points)
Hyderabad, also known as the “City of Pearls”, is a great base from which to explore South India. You get Park Hyatt luxury on a points budget. A luxurious 5-star hotel has the latest technology features in the rooms and displays modern art throughout the property.
Park Hyatt Chennai – Category 1 (5,000 points)
This has to be one of the best overall values for Hyatt’s top-line hotels. Five star luxury for the price of an airport Hyatt, could it get any better? Luxury hotel with rooftop pool, infinity pool, gym, bars and restaurants.
Park Hyatt Jakarta – Category 4 (15,000 points)
The hotel occupies the top 17 floors of a 37-floor building, so you are sure to get amazing views from every room. The pool on the 35th floor is a perfect place to watch a sunset with a cocktail in hand.
Hotel de la Ville, Monza – Category 3 (12,000 points)
The hotel is set in a park right across from an opulent palace. A destination in itself and a great base from which to explore gorgeous Northern Italy. The hotel combines luxury and great service and the location is convenient to Lake Como.
Park Hotel ai Cappuccini, Gubbio – Category 4 (15,000 points)
A former monastery in a medieval town in the stunning region of Umbria – can it get more perfect than that? You get to enjoy Italian hospitality, amazing food, beautiful natural setting and all the history of this unusual property.
Cameron Highlands Resort, Pahang Darul Makmur – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A beautiful colonial style resort in the Malaysian highlands is a great place to escape the heat and humidity of the coastal areas in Southeast Asia. The resort is perfect for a romantic getaway and seamlessly integrates modern amenities and the historic setting.
The Majestic Malacca, Melaka – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A riverside 1920s colonial mansion is a bargain as a category 3 hotel. This classic hotel is an integral part of Malacca’s colourful history, the main part of the hotel is located in a restored 1920s Straits Settlement mansion complete with its original porcelain tile flooring and teakwood fittings.
Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur – Category 3 (12,000 points)
Chic and contemporary retreat has huge apartment-like rooms with calm contemporary, interiors and is a great base for exploring bustling Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is located in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, moments from spectacular sites and shopping districts.
The Edison George Town, George Town – Category 3 (12,000 points)
Gorgeous colonial-style hotel in the heart of old town. George Town is a gastronomical capital of Malaysia with vibrant street food, restaurant and coffee shop scene.
Tanjong Jara Resort, Dungun – Category 4 (15,000 points)
Luxury tropical resort on a beautiful beach in a jungle-like setting, the hotel is designed in the style of an ancient Malay palace. Just looking at the pictures induces a serious case of wanderlust.
Gaya Island Resort, Kota Kinabalu – Category 4 (15,000 points)
The resort is a collection of hillside villas and is located on a small island, reachable only by boat, making it a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Malaysia’s big cities. The hotel is located within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and has stunning views of Mount Kinabalu.
Winselerhof Country Estate – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A boutique hotel in a converted 16th-century country estate. You can play golf or visit nearby indoor ski village, the largest in Europe. A historic orchard is part of this 16th-century country estate and there miles of walking trails nearby.
Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A classic Portuguese hotel has a spa built in a former marble quarry. This is a great starting point for exploring Alentejo’s rich cultural heritage, medieval castles, beautiful churches, lakes, and a Royal Palace. Alentejo region has top quality wines and excellent food.
Saint Ten Hotel – Category 4 (15,000 points)
This stylish boutique hotel in Belgrade’s trendy neighborhood is close to all major attractions, such as the Old City, the market and the Nikola Tesla Museum. Belgrade has been undergoing a cultural and architectural renaissance, so now is a great time to visit before the prices go up.
Park Hyatt Zanzibar – Category 4 (15,000 points)
An idyllic East African island of Zanzibar is not on many traveler’s radars. Park Hyatt Zanzibar is located on the beachfront in the heart of Stone Town, a designated UNESCO heritage site and makes a perfect base for exploring the island.
Hotel Eclat Taipei – Category 3 (12,000 points)
The hotel is just a short walk away from Taipei 101 tower. The hotel has its own art collection, making your stay truly one of a kind. Great base for exploring this bustling city.
Akyra Beach Club Phuket – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A small beachfront luxury club located on the island famous for its oceanfront resorts. The resort offers excellent service, beach access and integrated spa wellness program.
Park Hyatt Istanbul Macka Palas – Category 4 (15,000 points)
This luxury property is located in an upscale area of Istanbul with trendy shops, restaurants, cafes and exciting nightlife which makes it a perfect base for exploring one of the world’s best cities. Enjoy luxurious rooms and don’t forget to partake in the scrumptious Turkish breakfast.
Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens, Hook – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A real bargain in the country of expensive hotels, this Victorian country manor has indoor and outdoor pools and classic architecture. Here’s your chance to live the Downtown Abbey life for a couple of days.
Langshott Manor, Langshott – Category 3 (12,000 points)
A 16th-century manor house complete with its own moat, a bell tower and original exposed beams – the hotel exudes old world charm but has all the modern amenities and lots of luxury touches.
Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa, Luton – Category 4 (15,000 points)
A gorgeous Edwardian home in a lush, park-like setting with period touches and meticulously restored interiors. Located about an hour north of London, the hotel will make a perfect weekend escape.
The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon – Category 4 (15,000 points)
This is your chance to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and stay at a historic hotel. Located in the center of Stratford-upon-Avon, you are just a short walk away from Royal Shakespeare Theater and river Avon.
Park Hyatt Saigon – Category 4 (15,000 points)
I’ve stayed at this beautiful hotel and the service, the rooms, the pool were all amazing. The buffet breakfast was absolutely scrumptious. The hotel has the best location in the city, close to everything. A staff member told me the hotel is the best in the city, and I believe her, it’s really big for a center city hotel and is a quiet oasis in this bustling city.
As you can see, Hyatt’s award chart is full of hotels offering amazing value. With so many incredible, and affordable, options, your only task is deciding where to go.
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