The great thing about Hyatt, which is also challenging when compiling a “Best Redemption” series is that it has excellent properties around the world, especially abroad. At 12,000 points per night, Category 3 properties offer exceptional value abroad.
Club rooms can be booked for an additional 3,000 points and suites are available for 18,000 points per night. With a focus on location, redemption value, and ratings, here are the Best Hyatt GoldPassport Redemptions for Category 3:
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay (Tampa Bay, FL)
Distinctions: Tripadvisor #7 Hotel in Tampa
Accommodations: For 12,000 points per night, guests can book a 350 sqft room with city and bay views. Bathrooms come equipped with granite bath and are stocked with Portico spa products.
Location: The hotel is just 5 minutes from Tampa International Airways. Guests receive complimentary shuttle service to the airport and International Plaza. While the hotel offers a relaxing oasis for guests, those who want to venture out can head over to Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, or the beach.
Hyatt Regency Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
Distinctions: 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner
Accommodations: The hotel claims to have the “largest guestrooms of any Vancouver hotel.” It’s unclear whether this refers to standard rooms, which are 380 sqft, or one of their suites, which start at 750 sqft.
At the standard level, guests get a nicely appointed room with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the nearby mountains, skyline, or park. Many of the standard rooms at this property have their own balconies. If you’re hoping to snag such a room, I recommend emailing the hotel ahead of your stay.
Location: Located in the heart of downtown, this hotel is 10 miles from Vancouver International Airport and a $10 cab ride from the cruise ship dock. This makes it a great place to stay if you’re taking a cruise. A variety of restaurants and shops are in the nearby area. A train station is right across from the hotel, making it cheap and easy to get around town.
Honorable mention: N/A
Hyatt Regency Incheon (Incheon, South Korea)
- Tripadvisor #1 Hotel in Incheon
- Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #1 Top 25 Hotels for Service in South Korea
- Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #4 Top 25 Luxury Hotels in South Korea
- Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #5 Top 25 Hotels in South Korea
Accommodations: For a hotel with this many accolades, 12,000 points/night is truly a bargain. Standard rooms offer 387 sqft of space, views of the airport or nearby islands, tea and coffee provision, and more.
The hotel offers an entertainment centre where guests can enjoy live music and karake suites with individual private bars.
Location: The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to the nearby airport, which is 3 minutes away. With access to the Airport Railroad (AREX), guests can travel from the area to Seoul within 45 minutes.
Europe, Africa & Middle East
Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf (Dusseldorf, Germany)
Distinctions: Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #18 Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Germany
Accommodations: This is a relatively new property, opened in 2010. Standard rooms are 345 sqft and are modernly furnished, with floor-to-ceiling windows that open. Guests receive coffee and tea provisions, 30 minutes of free wifi, Satellite TV, video concierge, walk-in shower, and more.
Location: The hotel is located on Media Harbour, directly on the Rhine. Guests can reach the airport in 20 minutes, and the city centre is less than 1 mile away. Koenigstrasse, a great shopping district, is 2 miles from the hotel and can be reached via nearby public transit.
Honorable mention: Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki
Hyatt Regency Casablanca (Casablanca, Morocco)
- Tripadvisor #3: Hotel in Casablanca
Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #17 Top 25 Hotels in Morocco
Accommodations: At the standard level, guests can book a 400 sqft room with views of Casablanca or old Medina, the ocean, and the Great Hassan II Mosque.
Location: Located in United Nations square, at the center of the city, this hotel is within walking distance of Old Medina, the Quarter of Habbous, the central market, and other attractions.
For those looking to venture towards the sea, the port of Casablanca is just 1 mile from the hotel.
Several public transit options are available within walking distance of the hotel.
Honorable mention: Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Dubai (Dubai, UAE)
Accommodations: The rooms were renovated a few years ago and are well maintained. At the standard level, you’ll get a 365 sqft room. The hotel claims the windows in the rooms can be opened, but this was not the case both times I stayed there.
Club Rooms are only an 3,000 additional points per night, and the lounge offers an extensive breakfast spread and complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day. Guests staying on the Club Level also receive complimentary airport transfer, though I am not sure if this applies to award stays.
The hotel contains a mini-shopping mall with high-end boutiques and its own ice skating rink. If you want to splurge, the spinning Al-Dawwar restaurant is a great place for dinner.
Location: Having stayed here twice, I can attest it’s a great hotel. Front desk service issues aside, this is a great property in a good location. Although the hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to the Mall of the Emirates and other attractions, it’s the nearby Nayef market that’s really worth visiting. Most of the shops are run by South Asians, and you can find great merchandise from the region at a great price. The market is indoors and nicely air conditioned, offering relief from the high temperatures and humidity. In the afternoons, you’ll see a crowd of these South Asians on the dust fields outside the hotel, partaking in a wrestling competition.
The hotel is 20 minutes from the airport, Jumeira Beach, and other attractions.
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