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Best Hyatt Hotel Redemptions: Category 6

Updated on 2/9/14

Hyatt Gold Passport’s Category 5 has some of the most aspirational properties of any hotel chain. Many of these properties are in prime locations in major tourist destinations throughout the world. Whether it’s a weekend getaway in New York or a  relaxing beachfront vacation in the Maldives, Hyatt’s Category 6 offers a great redemption value. Here are the best Category 6 Hyatt Gold Passport Redemptions:

Americas

West Coast

Andaz Maui at Wailea (Wailea, HI)

Best Hyatt Redemptions Andaz Maui Wailea Hawaii

Standard room at Andaz Maui Wailea
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: Tripadvisor #2 hotel in Wailea

Accommodations: For 25,000 points per night, you can book a Garden Queen or King room with a balcony. Guests receive complimentary local calls, wifi, minibar, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Location: The Andaz Maui Wailea is located in an upscale area next to resorts like the Fairmont Kea Lani, Four Seasons, and Grand Wailea resort. It’s a much more peaceful and less touristy area than Kaanapali Beach. The hotel goes for upwards of $700 per night, so the 25k nightly redemption rate can be a bargain.

Honorable mention:

East Coast

Andaz 5th Avenue (New York, NY)

Andaz 5th Avenue New York

Source: Hyatt.com

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: At the standard level, guests can choose between a 322 sqft Andaz King room or a 387 sqft Andaz Large Twin room. Both rooms have 12 ft ceilings and courtyard views.

Bathrooms feature travertine marble, walk-in rain shower, double sinks, and a black porcelain foot bath.

Location: This hotel has a great located in Midtown, about half a mile from the Hyatt 48 Lex and close to Grand Central Station, New York City public library, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Empire State Building, Central Park, and more.

Honorable mention:

South

Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa (Key West, Florida)

Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa Deluxe King Room

Deluxe King Room
Source: Hyatt.com

Distinctions: Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Accommodations: A standard award gets you into a 460 sqft Deluxe King room with a spacious bathroom and furnished balcony. Some of these rooms feature a partial ocean view. The $20 daily resort fee is waived on award stays.

Location: Located right on the coast, this property is just 3 miles from Key West International Airport and transportation can be arranged through the hotel for as little as $8 per person.

Honorable mention: N/A

Central America

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo (Guanacaste,  Costa Rica)

Andaz Papagayo Source: Hotel website

Andaz Papagayo
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: Tripadvisor #3 hotel in Gulf of Papagayo

Accommodations: A standard award gets you into a 560 sqft Andaz King or Twin room with a balcony featuring partial bay and tropical forest views. The bathroom’s walk-in shower also opens up onto the balcony. Guests at all Andaz hotels get complimentary wifi, minibar, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Location: Located on the Papgayo Gulf, the resort is surrounded by natural beauty and offers guests a private beach. Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport is just 14 miles away.

Honorable mention: N/A

Asia/Pacific

Asia

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa (Maldives)

Park Hyatt Maldives Water Villa

Source: Hyatt.com

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
  • 2012 Green Good Design Award from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
  • Asia Pacific Hotel Award 2013-2014: Best Sustainable Hotel
  • Asia Pacific Hotel Award 2013-2014: Hotel Architecture Maldives

Accommodations: 

Often lauded as the single best redemption of Hyatt Gold Passport points, the Park Hyatt Maldives offers a beachside 1184 sqft Park Villa for just 22,000 points per night. These rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, private deck with table, chairs, day bed, and outdoor bath and shower. All guests receive complimentary wifi, in-room Nespresso coffee maker, two bottles of mineral water, and daily breakfast.

Since breakfast is complimentary for all guests, Diamond members get two complimentary cocktails and canapes daily at 6:30 PM.

Some folks on Flyertalk have reported getting upgraded to the Park Pool Villa when staying on points. Others fork over $350 per night for the Water Villa.

Location: This resort is completely secluded on a private Island in the North Huvadhoo (Gaafu Alifu) atoll. Getting here requires a 45-minute domestic flight ($450 roundtrip per person, excluding tax) and a 20 minute boat ride

Honorable mention: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Europe, Africa & Middle East

Western Europe

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill (London, England)

Best Hyatt Redemptions Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill
Source: Hotel website

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: In terms of room type, you’re not getting much bang for your buck here. For 25,000 points per night you can choose between a Single or Twin room with views of the courtyard or side streets.

Location: Located in London’s west end and within walking distance of Hyde Park and Oxford Street, the Hyatt Regency London is a good base from which to explore the city. Tourist stops like Buckingham Palce, Piccadilly, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben are all within three miles of the hotel.

Honorable mention: N/A

Mediterranean

Hyatt Paris Madeleine (Paris, France)

Best Places to Redeem Hyatt Points Hyatt Paris Madeleine

Executive King Room, Hyatt Paris Madeleine
Source: Hotel website

It’s not as fancy as the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome and you won’t run into Lady Gaga in the hallway, but the Hyatt Paris Madeleine is still a very nice hotel. It’s taken quite a leap from a Category 4 property/18,000 point per night, to a whopping 25,000. Still, if you want to save 5,000 points and try something your favorite bloggers haven’t, the Paris Madeleine is a solid choice.

Distinctions: N/A

Accommodations: Guests can choose between a 215-269 sqft Hyatt Queen or Twin room. These rooms feature marble bath, courtyard view and complimentary wifi.

Location: The hotel is located in the eight arrondissement, less than a mile from the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome. The Louvre is within walking distance, as is a metro station that will make it convenient to get around the city, including the airport.

Honorable mention: Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez

Eastern Europe

Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow (Moscow, Russia)

Park Hyatt Ararat Moscow Conservatory Lounge & Bar Terrace

Conservatory Lounge & Bar Terrace
Source: Hyatt.com

Distinctions:

  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #7 Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Russia
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #10 Top 25 Hotels in Russia
  • Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2013: #21 Top 25 Hotels for Service in Russia

Accommodations: The standard 376-430 sqft Park Twin and King rooms feature views overlooking the Bolshoi Theatre, Neglinnaya Street or the courtyard. These rooms are furnished with custom made furniture, work area, and dining or coffee table. A room management system and iPod docking station are also included. All guests receive complimentary wifi, fresh fruit, and flowers.

Location: The hotel is within 35 miles of four different airports, making this a convenient location no matter where you’re flying into. It’s also a great location for sight seeing, with several notable attractions within walking distance of the property, including Red Square, the Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Parliament building (Duma), and Bolshoi Theatre.

Guests can get around town easily, several train stations located within two miles of the hotel.

Honorable mention: N/A

That wraps it up for the Hyatt Gold Passport Redemption series. If there are any properties you’ve stayed at that you think deserve recognition, I’d love your feedback in the comment section.

Be sure to also check out my Club Carlson series to find the best redemption values across the Club Carlson portfolio.

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Ariana Arghandewal

7 Comments

  1. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d pick Kauai over Maui – Kauai would be the top tier with Carmel & PH Aviara, Maui would be in with the next tier down – with Beaver Creek the much-improved Huntington Beach & Tahoe.

    • Thanks for your feedback, James! The Park Hyatt Aviara is actually a Category 5 hotel now.

      • Ah yes – forgot about the cat 5 move. Looks as if the highly anticipated Andaz on Maui may eclipse all the domestic US properties for a while after it opens and the opening jitters are worked out.

  2. Another vote for the Grand Hyatt Kauai over Regency Maui. No comparison…

    • Thanks for sharing, Rodney. I’ve heard the Hyatt Kuai described as a “glorified country inn & suites,” so it got bumped off the top spot. Good to know some folks here consider it better than the Hyatt Regency.

  3. Could not agree more about choosing the GH Kauai over the HR Maui. Also, you cannot use points to upgrade to a suite from an obstructed view room. Hyatt Gold Passport terms and conditions require you to book at least a partial ocean view or better in order to be eligible to upgrade to a suite via points. You can, however, use a Diamond suite upgrade certificate to upgrade (for up to 7 nights) at the obstructed view rate (or an rate for that matter).

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