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As reported this summer, Hyatt is gearing up to add a number of Small Luxury Hotels of the World to its loyalty program portfolio. Now, as of Thursday, roughly 10% of the group’s member properties are now available to book, both with cash and World of Hyatt points.
The vast majority of these 54 initial hotels — of the 500+ Small Luxury Hotels of the World members — are located in Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom, in addition to other countries in Europe, plus one hotel in China and four in Malaysia.
World of Hyatt members should be able to make reservations later today for stays beginning on Dec. 6, 2018, at the properties listed below:
|SLH Property Name||City||Country|
|Hotel de Orangerie||Bruges||Belgium|
|The Sukhothai Shanghai||Shanghai||China|
|Columbia Beach Resort||Limassol||Cyprus|
|Hotel St. Petersbourg||Tallinn||Estonia|
|Hotel Le Strato||Courchevel 1850||France|
|Les Etangs de Corot||Versailles||France|
|Theoxenia Palace & House Suites||Athens||Greece|
|Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites||Crete||Greece|
|Liostasi Hotel & Suites||Ios||Greece|
|Sesa Boutique Hotel||Kanali||Greece|
|Pietra e Mare Beach Hotel||Mykonos||Greece|
|On the Rocks||Santorini||Greece|
|Santorini Secret Suites & Spa||Santorini||Greece|
|Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites||Santorini||Greece|
|Relais San Lorenzo||Bergamo||Italy|
|Park Hotel ai Cappuccini||Gubbio||Italy|
|Magna Pars Suites Milano||Milan||Italy|
|Hotel de La Ville – Monza||Monza||Italy|
|Grand Hotel Parker’s||Naples||Italy|
|Villa Spalletti Trivelli Rome||Rome||Italy|
|Hotel Lord Byron||Rome||Italy|
|Sikelia Sicily Italy||Sicily||Italy|
|Palazzo Sant’Angelo sul Canal Grande||Venice||Italy|
|Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista||Verona||Italy|
|Gaya Island Resort||Borneo||Malaysia|
|Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon||Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia|
|Pangkor Laut Resort||Pangkor Laut||Malaysia|
|The Edison George Town||Penang||Malaysia|
|Sant Francesc Hotel Singular||Mallorca||Spain|
|Nobu Hotel Marbella||Marbella||Spain|
|El Lodge Ski and Spa||Sierra Nevada||Spain|
|The View Lugano||Lugano||Switzerland|
|Nira Caledonia||Edinburgh||United Kingdom|
|Ashdown Park Hotel||Forest Row||United Kingdom|
|Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens||Hook||United Kingdom|
|Flemings Mayfair London||London||United Kingdom|
|Dukes London||London||United Kingdom|
|The Capital Hotel & Apartments||London||United Kingdom|
|St. James’s Hotel and Club||London||United Kingdom|
|Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa||Luton||United Kingdom|
|The Atlantic Hotel||St Brelade||United Kingdom|
|The Arden Hotel||Stratford-upon-Avon||United Kingdom|
|Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa||Turners Hill||United Kingdom|
World of Hyatt members will earn 5 base points per $1 spent on eligible room revenue, in addition to elite-qualifying night credits. Elites will also earn additional points, with a 10% bonus for Discoverist members — which comes as a park of the World of Hyatt Credit Card — 20% for Explorist and 30% for Globalist, but all members will be able to take advantage of the following perks at participating hotels when booking paid or award rates through Hyatt:
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Daily Complimentary Continental Breakfast
- 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)
These properties are independently owned and may offer significant third-party discounts that are far less common with chain hotels — while Hyatt award bookings could certainly make sense, paid rates on Hyatt’s site this morning are considerably higher than those available through other travel sites.
On The Rocks, for example, is available for 25,000 points per night — worth $425, per our valuations. That’s an appealing redemption rate given the listed cash price of €450 (about $512):
It becomes much less compelling once you start shopping around, though — Agoda has a base room listed for $364, for example, a considerable discount over the Hyatt rate.
Santorini Secrets, meanwhile, shows a base rate of €587 (about $668) on Hyatt’s website, or a redemption priced at Hyatt’s new Category 8 rate of 40,000 points per night, worth $680 based on TPG’s valuations.
Booking through another site saves hundreds of dollars — LastMinuteTravel has a base suite available for $393 (plus tax).
I got an error message each time I tried to book through Hyatt’s site, so it’s entirely possible that the chain is still working to add these hotels to its booking system — lower rates could be loaded later as well. But even with significant third-party discounts, award bookings could offer good value here — especially for World of Hyatt members with tons of points to burn.
Featured image courtesy of Santorini Secret Suites & Spa.
With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees