Skip to content

The best Hyatt Category 4 hotels for family vacations

April 03, 2022
10 min read
Hyatt Reserve Puerto Rico
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

World of Hyatt Category 4 properties often serve as a sweet spot for award redemptions, especially for families seeking extra space without spending a fortune.

After all, hotels in this category bucket cost a low 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night during standard dates, and they are also the highest qualifying options for guests redeeming World of Hyatt award night certificates, which are earned with the World of Hyatt Credit Card after completing eligible stays at five different Hyatt brands or by accruing 30 stays or 50,000 base points in a calendar year.

Even when you book a property during a peak date (when a Category 4 property costs 18,000 points per night to reserve), you can still use your Category 1-4 free night certificates, making them extremely valuable and pretty easy to use.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

While Hyatt just went through its annual category shift of hotels, which led to some notable Category 4 properties changing categories, there are still many family-friendly properties available at this lower category level.

Whether you crave a stay relaxing on the beach, a visit to sunny San Diego or a ski vacation in Colorado, you'll find an array of Hyatt hotels where you can cash in a Category 1-4 certificate for a free night. Here are 10 properties to consider for your next family vacation that includes a World of Hyatt award redemption.

Related: How to make Hyatt free night certificates more valuable

Andaz San Diego and Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

If San Diego is on your radar, there are two high-end properties at the Category 4 level: the Andaz San Diego and the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

At the Andaz, a small boutique hotel in the historic district, you’ll receive complimentary snacks and beverages from the minibar. You'll also have access to a rooftop pool and a fire pit where you can unwind while watching the sun set.

For slightly larger beds, book a stay at the Grand Hyatt. At this waterfront property by The New Children's Museum, you can reserve rooms with two queen-size beds. Additionally, the hotel offers bike and kayak rentals, as well as a designated family pool with an area for lawn games, should you and your family wish to have some fun in the San Diego sun.

Related: Planning a family trip to San Diego

Regardless of which property you choose, you'll enjoy proximity to both the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego, two world-renowned attractions ideal for kids of all ages.

(Photo courtesy of Andaz San Diego)

Hyatt Place Moab — Moab, Utah

The Hyatt Place Moab is a convenient place to stay if you and your family are planning a national park getaway in Utah.

Situated only a few miles away from Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, the property is the perfect home base for outdoor activities like hiking and biking, but you'll find reasons to linger on the property, too.

Related: 8 national parks that are spectacular in spring

This Hyatt Place hotel offers a beautiful pool, a hot tub and even a splash pad for the kids. Families will also love that a standard room includes two queen-size beds plus a pullout sofa — allowing up to six guests to stay in the room comfortably.

(Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Related: 7 World of Hyatt properties that give you more space for fewer points

Hyatt House Jersey City and Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson — Jersey City, New Jersey

New York City is never cheap, even when you use points.

Although there are no longer any Hyatt Category 4 properties within Manhattan, there are two options just across the Hudson River in New Jersey: the Hyatt House Jersey City and the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson.

Related: From budget to luxe: 9 New York City hotels where you can use points

Both properties are within minutes of a Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH) train station, so you can easily get to NYC to go sightseeing.

When you want to take a break from exploring New York City, check out Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. This is a great interactive facility that boasts an aquarium, a 3D theater and the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.

View from Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

As for accommodations, you can't go wrong with either property. Each offers standard rooms with two beds. The Hyatt House provides complimentary breakfast, while the Hyatt Regency offers a heated indoor pool.

Related: The fastest way to get from Newark Airport to New York City

Hyatt Place Keystone — Keystone, Colorado

While not a true ski-in/ski-out hotel, the Hyatt Place Keystone is a terrific place to stay with children.

Normally, you'd have to pay a daily resort fee to stay here, but on award stays, Hyatt waives these charges. As a result, you'll receive a free lift ticket for kids 12 and younger and complimentary night skiing on the day you arrive (two amenities covered by the charge) without paying extra. The former can save you up to $115 per day, per kid.

Although the lift ticket offer is technically for stays lasting at least two nights, in recent years, TPG’s Summer Hull has had luck enjoying this perk during one-night stays.

Related: How to plan your ski trip with points and miles

(Photo courtesy of Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Additional amenities you'll have access to at the property include free breakfast, several hot tubs and daily kids events. If you're planning a summer visit, be sure to put the complimentary gondola lift tickets for children 12 and younger to use.

Related: Best credit cards to use on ski trips

Hyatt Place Delray Beach — Delray Beach, Florida

South Florida is a great winter escape for many families.

Despite the Hyatt Place Delray Beach lacking a prime oceanfront location, it sits less than a mile from a public beach and within walking distance of many restaurants, shops and art galleries.

You can play tennis or picnic at a nearby park before returning to the property to unwind in your spacious room with two queen-size beds and a sofa bed.

Related: 13 of the best beaches in Florida

Delray Beach, Florida. (Photo by dosecreative/Getty Images)

This Hyatt Place also boasts an outdoor pool and a hot tub on its rooftop and provides breakfast for free every day, so you can save even more as you spend time in the Florida sun.

Related: Our 15 favorite Florida hotels for every type of traveler

Grand Hyatt Washington — Washington, D.C.

Being able to stay in a major city on a capped award night certificate is increasingly rare, but it can be done at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

Situated just a few blocks northeast of the White House, this Washington, D.C., Hyatt property is ideally located for a day of sightseeing. Check out one (or more) Smithsonian museums and monuments, or spend the day enjoying the interactive exhibits at the nearby National Children's Museum.

Related: The best times to visit Washington, DC

The Jefferson Memorial is framed by cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Visions of America/UIG/Getty Images)

While you won't find any designated kids amenities at the Grand Hyatt Washington, you'll have access to rooms with double beds and an on-site concierge who can help make dinner reservations, book tour tickets and more.

Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico

A visit to Puerto Rico gives you an international feel without having to worry about a passport (and travel restrictions to get back into the United States).

At the sprawling Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico, you'll discover a tropical paradise right on the ocean that's packed with amenities. Although the kids club is currently closed, you and your family can swim in the massive main pool or the kids pool, tee off on the beautiful golf course and enjoy nonmotorized water sports at the beach, among other activities.

Hyatt Reserve Puerto Rico. (Photo by Jamie Oppenheim/The Points Guy)

When you're ready to venture off-site, head 45 minutes west to downtown San Juan or spend some time exploring El Yunque National Forest.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress — Orlando

If you want to hang your hat near Disney World without breaking the bank to stay at a Disney-affiliated resort, consider the 1,500-acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

This large Orlando resort has a huge lagoon with 12 waterfalls, caves, a rope bridge, a waterslide and more. There is also an on-site arcade room, should your kids need a break from the sun.

Related: 10 Florida hotels where families can use points to escape winter

An added bonus is the property's Disney shuttle, which you can take at set times to Disney World and Disney Springs. Simply visit the front desk to get the shuttle schedule.

(Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress)

Bottom line

While there are many Category 4 properties that accept World of Hyatt award night certificates, these are some of our favorites for families. Not only will you find plenty to do at these properties or in the area, but you may even enjoy some complimentary perks during your stay.

Related: World of Hyatt credit card review

Even though you won't be able to use a suite upgrade when redeeming an award night certificate, know that there's a workaround that may help you snag that higher-level accommodation. Simply use the free night certificate for the last night of your reservation, then call the hotel to ask the property to link the reservation to your other nights that have the suite upgrade applied. This should hopefully ensure that the free night certificate stay keeps you in the same room, as long as the suite is available.

Featured image by Hyatt Reserve Puerto Rico (Photo by Jamie Oppenheim / The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

TPG featured card

Best hotel card for unmatched redemption rates
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

2 - 9X points
9XEarn up to 9 points total for Hyatt stays – 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 from Hyatt as a World of Hyatt member
2XEarn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships

Intro offer

Earn up to 60,000 points
Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent/Good
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

Let's face it: Most hotel cards can feel gimmicky when nightly redemption rates soar into the six digits. Meanwhile, the World of Hyatt program offers the best value possible by allowing members to lock in otherwise expensive properties for reasonable points rates. If you're a fan of this hotel program (like many TPG staffers are), the World of Hyatt Credit Card is a must-have rewards card. Its everyday earning rates are great, and a free night award each card membership year (up to Category 4) make this truly one of the best hotel cards on the market.

Pros

  • Annual free night stay after each card anniversary
  • Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist elite status
  • Up to 9x points total per dollar spent on Hyatt hotels and resorts, including participating restaurants and spas
  • Ability to earn an additional free night award and higher elite status with certain spend threshold

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Limited number of Hyatt hotels globally compared to other large hotel brands
  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent
  • Enjoy complimentary World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open.
  • Get 1 free night each year after your Cardmember anniversary at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort
  • Receive 5 tier qualifying night credits towards status after account opening, and each year after that for as long as your account is open
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 in a calendar year
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status every time you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn up to 9 points total for Hyatt stays – 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 from Hyatt as a World of Hyatt member
  • Earn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
Best hotel card for unmatched redemption rates
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

9XEarn up to 9 points total for Hyatt stays – 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 from Hyatt as a World of Hyatt member
2XEarn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent

    Earn up to 60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

Let's face it: Most hotel cards can feel gimmicky when nightly redemption rates soar into the six digits. Meanwhile, the World of Hyatt program offers the best value possible by allowing members to lock in otherwise expensive properties for reasonable points rates. If you're a fan of this hotel program (like many TPG staffers are), the World of Hyatt Credit Card is a must-have rewards card. Its everyday earning rates are great, and a free night award each card membership year (up to Category 4) make this truly one of the best hotel cards on the market.

Pros

  • Annual free night stay after each card anniversary
  • Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist elite status
  • Up to 9x points total per dollar spent on Hyatt hotels and resorts, including participating restaurants and spas
  • Ability to earn an additional free night award and higher elite status with certain spend threshold

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Limited number of Hyatt hotels globally compared to other large hotel brands
  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent
  • Enjoy complimentary World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open.
  • Get 1 free night each year after your Cardmember anniversary at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort
  • Receive 5 tier qualifying night credits towards status after account opening, and each year after that for as long as your account is open
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 in a calendar year
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status every time you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn up to 9 points total for Hyatt stays – 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 from Hyatt as a World of Hyatt member
  • Earn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships