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Members of the World of Hyatt hotel loyalty program know about the plethora of perks, such as free room nights and elite status, designed to make stays much more pleasant. And if you carry the The World Of Hyatt Credit Card, you’ll enjoy even more benefits.
One those perks is a free room night certificate every cardmember anniversary that’s good at Categories 1 through 4 Hyatt properties. Hyatt’s hotel portfolio is made up of 14 brands — ranging from the luxury Park Hyatt to the value Hyatt Place — with more than 750 hotels in 55 countries, so there’s plenty to choose from.
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The World of Hyatt loyalty program offers eight reward hotel categories, and there are some good values to be had in Category 4 (the highest category to redeem that free night), at 15,000 points a night. We reviewed 10 outstanding Category 4 properties (based on a weekend stay from March 15-17, 2019) to give you some ideas of where to go to cash in on that perk. We also looked at what that same room would cost in cash (cash prices listed at standard rate, at reporting time; prices may be lower for World of Hyatt members).
Hyatt has one of the more generous points programs for free hotel stays. If you’re willing to dig around and be flexible on your travel dates, you’ll be able to score some amazing rooms for a reasonable number of points, thanks to Hyatt’s wide portfolio of brands.
Below is a curated list of our top 10 picks for the best Category 4 Hyatt hotels. Because there are also great deals to be had at Categories 2-3 hotels, we’ll highlight some of those properties, too. Here’s a complete list of all Category 4 hotels.
San Francisco is a great place to visit, but it’s also notoriously expensive. While the Hyatt Centric isn’t the fanciest hotel, it’s a good option with solid ratings and close to many of the places you’ll want to see in the City by the Bay. The hotel is a 5-minute walk to the shops and restaurants at Fisherman’s Wharf and 10 minutes away from the iconic Coit Tower, which offers stunning 360-degree views of the city. That same room will run you around $344 a night, with a $20 (plus tax) destination fee for each night of your stay (this applies even when paying with points).
This luxury hotel is in a great location in downtown Washington, D.C., close to the city’s many local attractions. It’s about an 11-minute walk to the National Mall, home to the most popular Smithsonian museums. If you don’t want to walk, there’s a Metro subway station nearby, along with plenty of shopping and dining. A king room starts at $199 a night.
3. Florida’s Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
If the beach and warm weather is more your style, you can’t go wrong with a stay at this family resort. Located in Bonita Springs, Fla., 30 miles south of Fort Myers, you’ll never want to leave, thanks to its five water slides, a lazy river, four swimming pools, a hot tub, a waterfall and a world-class spa. A king room will run you $409 a night, plus a $30 per night resort fee that applies even when paying with points.
Located in the bustling downtown area of the city, this luxury hotel has rooms with stunning views. Guests have access to a fitness center, a pool, a yoga studio and a mix of Chinese and Western restaurants. The property is close to popular destinations, including the six-story Shanghai IFC Mall, the China Art Museum and the Jing’an Temple. A king room will run you $247 a night.
If you’re looking for a taste of luxury, this is the place. The hotel is located less than 5 miles away from both Siem Reap International Airport and the majestic Angkor Wat temple and 3 miles from the Siem Reap War Museum. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, along with a Cambodia-inspired spa. Rates are pretty reasonable for a luxury hotel, starting at $205 a night for a king room.
Caribbean/Latin America/South America
Costa Rica is a great destination for a long weekend from the U.S. because you don’t have to worry about changing time zones. This resort, 28 miles west of Liberia’s Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, has three beaches, the world-class Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo golf course, a spa and access to free kayaks, snorkeling equipment, stand-up paddle boards and beach games. Visit attractions such as Rincón de la Vieja National Park or the Guaitil Pottery Town & Museum. Nightly rates start at $645 for a king room with a forest view.
Another great weekend stay option is this hotel, located on the country’s self-described party island of the Caribbean. Located near downtown and beaches, the property boasts a rooftop infinity pool and bar, a spa and a fitness center and dining options including Trinidadian cuisine and sushi. Nearby attractions include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Marianne Bay beach and a day trip to the island of Tobago. A king room will run you $154 a night.
If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Rio, this 5-star beach property is a good pick. The hotel offers an outdoor pool with a wet deck, a spa, a 24-hour fitness center and yoga studio and views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Marapendi Lagoon. Spend time at Barra da Tijuca Beach, visit the Chico Mendes Ecological Park or enjoy Brazilian cuisine at Três Potes Restaurante Comida Mineira. Snag an ocean front suite with a view of the Atlantic Ocean and a private terrace for a bargain $318 a night.
This hotel, which completed a two-year renovation in 2018, is a great base for exploring the City of Lights. It’s only a 5-minute walk from the Porte Maillot metro station, which connects you to all of Paris. Visit nearby attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Champs-Élysées. A king room with a view of the Eiffel Tower will cost you $256 a night.
This 5-star hotel is centrally located at Potsdamer Platz, a popular shopping and nightlife district in the center of Berlin. Guests can enjoy a pool, a spa and a fitness center. It’s within walking distance of Berliner Philharmonie, the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park U-Bahn station and about a half-mile away from the Brandenburg Gate. A king room costs $200 a night.
Category 2-3 hotels
For 12,000 points, consider a stay at this luxury Category 3 hotel, located 3 miles from Tampa International Airport. Enjoy two pools, a 35-acre nature preserve and a nearby beach. Visit the Florida Aquarium, the Chihuly Collection or Centro Ybor, the city’s Latin Quarter. Catch a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game or take the family to the Busch Gardens amusement park. A casita with two double beds costs $279 a night.
This 12,000-point-a-night resort hotel, located near Kamala Beach, comes with breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea. Enjoy one of the longest outdoor infinity pools in Phuket, along with a spa and fitness center. Take Thai boxing or cooking lessons, play a round of golf at four local courses or visit the Jungceylong shopping center. Go for a Regency Suite King, with two bedrooms, a separate living area and a large terrace with lounge seating and a dining area, for $249 a night.
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This Category 2 Universal partner hotel, at only 8,000 points a night, gives guests discounts on food and merchandise at select Universal Orlando™ theme parks. World of Hyatt members also get a free breakfast. Walk to the park or take the hotel’s free shuttle. All rooms come with beds and a sleeper sofa, making it ideal for families. A king room costs $279 a night.
Located in a small Moroccan fishing village turned into an eco-friendly resort, this 5-star resort wows guests with both ocean and mountain views. There’s access to a spa, two outdoor swimming pools, a 24-hour gym and yoga room. Enjoy a camel ride on Tamraght Beach, play a round at Golf Tazegzout or take surfing lessons at Taghazout Bay. The hotel, at 8,000 points a night, is located about 125 miles southwest of Marrakech. Book a king room with a sofa bed for only $146 a night.
Check out all of Hyatt’s Category 2 hotels.