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Review: Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo

Some time ago I visited Sao Paulo on a crazy itinerary that saw me spend as many nights on American Airlines aircraft as I did in Sao Paulo (I earned a lot of miles and elite qualifying miles on that trip!) but, rather annoyingly, the flash drive on which I stored all my pictures became corrupted and so I haven't been able to publish any reviews...until now. I've finally managed to recover my files from the Sao Paulo trip so I thought I'd share the pictures I took of the Grand Hyatt and add add my thoughts on teh service and the property.
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Hyatt Family Rate: Get Up To 50% Off A Second Room

Last week I was trying to find an online resource that would let me know which Hyatt properties offer rooms with connecting doors when I stumbled upon a page that gave me a piece of information that I hadn't heard about before - Hyatt will give you up to 50% off the standard room rate when you call up to book a second room for your kids.
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Park Hyatt Deal: 3 Nights For 2 And 4 Nights For 3

For me the Park Hyatt chain offers a combination of the most over-priced and over-hyped chain hotels and some of my favorite top-tier properties around. You could say I have a love-hate relationship with the chain. I love the Park Hyatt Milan where the service is almost always fantastic and the location cannot be beaten and I find the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi a beautiful place to relax. But, on the flip side, I find the Park Hyatt New York grossly overpriced and I passed up on the chance to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo earlier this year because I couldn't justify the cost.
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Latest Hyatt Sale Offers Up To 25% Off……But Either Hyatt Is Having An IT...

As far as I'm concerned hotels should either be part of a loyalty program or not. There should be no scope for individual properties to pick and choose what parts of the program they'd like to participate in and what they'd like to opt out of - Starwood is hugely guilty of allowing high-end properties to cherry-pick how involved they are in SPG and it's ridiculous.
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Hyatt Has Announced Two New Park Hyatt Properties

While I'm definitely not a fan of Hyatt's rewards program I am a fan of its Park Hyatt brand and I love to use my points at Hyatt's top-tier properties. I haven't had a chance to stay at all that many of the Park Hyatts around the world but the one's I have managed to visit have all been very, very good. Where other upscale brands like Ritz-Carlton and St Regis can go over the top on opulence in a search for a luxurious feel, the Park Hyatt brand manages to mix simple and elegant design with understated class and still give off an expensive, up-scale vibe.
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Hyatt Will Add The Párisi Udvar Hotel in Budapest To Its Unbound Collection

Hyatt has announced that it has entered into a franchise agreement which will see the Bruden House hotel in the centre of Budapest renovated into what Hyatt is calling "an upper-upscale 110-room hotel". The property is expected to reopen as the Párisi Udvar Hotel "in 2018" - there is no indication in the press release when in 2018 we can expect the doors to open.
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Buy Hyatt Points And Get A Bonus Of Up To 40%

A little over a month after its last promotion ended Hyatt is back with another attempt at tempting us all into buying Hyatt points - this time it's a targeted promotion with a bonus of up to 40% on all purchases of 10,000 points and more.
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Hyatt Regency Tokyo – King Room In Pictures

In an earlier post I explained the thinking behind my decision to give up a reservation at the Park Hyatt Tokyo in favor of the Hyatt Regency Tokyo so this was the hotel Joanna and I stayed at on our recent trip. I reviewed this Hyatt Regency earlier in the year so another full review seems a little pointless...instead I thought I'd share a little more info and some pictures of our room as it was slightly different to the room I had earlier in the year.
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PROMOTION: Get Hyatt Top-Tier Status In 20 Nights (if you have/get the Hyatt credit...

Holders of the Chase Hyatt Visa card have been receiving emails offering them a chance to fast-track their way to Hyatt mid- and top-tier status by the end of the year. There doesn't appear to be anything stopping people applying for the Chase credit card just to have access to this promotion (in fact that's probably what Chase and Hyatt want to see happen) but just be aware that not all is as it appears.
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Why I Gave Up A Park Hyatt Reservation For A Hyatt Regency

As soon as I knew that Joanna and I were going to be heading to Tokyo I immediately thought of booking the Park Hyatt as our base in Japan’s capital. The Park Hyatt Tokyo along with the Park Hyatts in Sydney and the Maldives must be three of the most blogger-referenced properties on the planet – you’ll be hard pushed to find a blogger discussing Tokyo accommodation and not gushing over the Park Hyatt.
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When Buying Hyatt Points At 1.71 Cents Makes A Lot Of Sense

Hyatt is currently offering to sell us points at around 1.71 cents each and, while most of the time I'm more than a little sceptical of points purchases, there is a specific instance where buying Hyatt points at this level could be a pretty nice money saver.
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Review: Hyatt Regency Tokyo

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo, in partnership with a few other central Tokyo hotels, offers a paid bus service from both Narita and Haneda airports but, as I wasn't in the mood to be driven around Tokyo as others were being dropped off art their hotels, I chose to take the train into Shinjuku station and walk the 1,000 yards to the hotel.
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Hyatt Opening A New Hyatt Place At Heathrow

Hyatt opened its first Hyatt Place at Heathrow back in May of this year but to call it a Heathrow hotel is more than a little stretch. The property is a 20 minute drive from the closest terminal and, according to the concierge I once spoke to, isn't on any direct bus route to the airport. Essentially this is a hotel that happens to be in the vicinity of Heathrow, no more.
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Hyatt Is Opening Another Property In Seattle But I Can’t Say I’m Excited

Hyatt has recently announced that it plans to expand its presence in Seattle by adding a Hyatt Regency to the city but, as great as it always is to have more Hyatt options, it would have been nicer had the option been somewhere where us Hyatt fans aren't already reasonably well served.
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Round Up: Bonus Hyatt Points In Las Vegas, Air New Zealand Adding WiFi &...

A round up of some of the smaller bits of travel news I've noticed over the past week that don't warrant a blog post of their own but that could be useful nonetheless. Included Air New Zealand announcing the introduction of WiFi onboard, Hyatt offering bonus points in Las Vegas, JAL partnering with Priority Pass and more.
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Hyatt Finally Rebrands Its LAX Property As A Hyatt Regency

Way back in the summer of 2014 Hyatt took control of the Radisson LAX (the closest hotel to the airport) and began a slow (very!) makeover of the property. Because it wasn't up to Hyatt's standards the one-time Radisson LAX became the Concourse Hotel and wasn't branded with the Hyatt name. Now, even though the renovation project still isn't completed (estimates have it competing in January 2017) Hyatt clearly feels comfortable with what the property has to offer and so has rebranded it the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport.
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Review: Hyatt Regency Hong Kong – Harbour View King Room (Part 2)

I ended Part 1 of this review with a bit of a cliff-hanger saying that the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong offers the single best amenity I've ever seen offered by a hotel...and I really don't think I'm exaggerating. If you don't happen to have access to a great roaming deal (like T-Mobile offers in the US) then you're likely to be at the mercy of wifi hotspots when you travel abroad...but not if you visit the Hyatt Regency in Hong Kong.
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Review: Hyatt Regency Hong Kong – Harbour View King Room (Part 1)

The Hyatt Regency Hong Kong (full name: Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui) is located on the mainland side of Hong Kong right in the middle of Kowloon and in a very good position to explore that area of Hong Kong. It's also within a short walk (10 - 15 minutes) to the harbour where you can catch a ferry to Hong Kong Island....which is useful if you plan to visit Victoria Peak.
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Hyatt Offering 40% Bonus On Points Purchases – Best Bonus This Year

Back in August Hyatt was offering a 30% bonus to anyone who wanted to purchase 5,000 or more Gold Passport points and that was about as good a non-targeted promotion as we've seen all year (Hyatt offered a targeted 40% bonus back in the summer). Hyatt is clearly feeling a bit more generous right now as the latest bonus is not targeted and offers 40% to all Hyatt Gold Passport members.
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Hyatt’s “More Points, More Play 2016” Promotion Now Live

Hyatt's final promotion of 2016 (which it's calling "More Points, More Play") is now live and it's a promotion that definitely more likely to be of use to the road warriors amongst us than to the casual traveler - I for one won't be getting much out of this promo. Disappointingly Hyatt has opted to show absolutely no imagination whatsoever and has simply brought back its April through June 2016 promotion under a different name - what was once "Stay More, Play More" is now "More Points, More Play". As far as I can tell there is absolutely no difference between the two promotions.
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Grand Hyatt San Francisco – Grand Club Lounge Review

Our stay at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco was part of Joanna's mystery tip (introduction is here) and I posted my review of the suite and the hotel yesterday. Today I'm taking a look at the Club Lounge that the Grand Hyatt San Francisco offers.
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Review: Grand Hyatt San Francisco – Executive Suite

There were two things that were never in much doubt about our visit to San Francisco - we would be staying at a Hyatt property and we'd be staying at least 4 nights. The reason I was keen for us to stay at a Hyatt was because I wanted to use one of my Diamond Suite upgrades that comes with my Hyatt status and the reason for staying at least 4 nights was because I wanted to make use of the "4th night free" benefit that comes with my Citi Prestige credit card.
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New Hotel Opening: Park Hyatt Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca is one of Spain's Balearic Islands and is a destination I've been looking to visit for quite some time but, up until reading the press release on this new property, I wasn't even aware that there was a Park Hyatt being constructed on the island.
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New Hotel Opening: W Miami Downtown

There have been a number of hotel announcements already this year like the new Le Meridien in Rome, the new Andaz set for Vienna and a new Hyatt on Miami Beach but some of those are still a few years away from completion so it's hard to get too excited about them. Now, however, we have a slew of new hotels actually opening their doors and I'll be taking a look at a some of them over next few days. The first is the W Miami.
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Hyatt Adds Miami Beach Property – The Confidante

Hyatt has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 380-room Miami Beach property that will operate as part of its new Unbound Collection brand. This will be Hyatt's second Miami Beach property following the opening of the Hyatt Centric South Beach in the middle of 2015.
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Hotel Wrap: Andaz Coming To Vienna, St Regis Langkawi Opening & More

A quick round up of some of the hotel news I've noticed over the past few days with four of the big chains either announcing major new properties or, in the case of Starwood, opening new properties that should please their loyalty program members.
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Review: Andaz West Hollywood – Suite King

Back in January I had my first stay at the Andaz West Hollywood and, on that occasion, I stayed in one of the View King...
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Hyatt Introduces The Unbound Collection – Yet Another New Hotel Brand

Ok, I said this when Hilton introduced their ridiculous-looking "Tru Hotels" and I'm going to say it again: I really wish hotel chains would stop coming up with new hotel brands - it's gone beyond the point of being ridiculous and has now reached farcical levels.
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Hyatt.com Glitch or Something Else?

I was searching the Hyatt website the other day trying to find some good rates at the Andaz West Hollywood for a friend of...
Andaz West Hollywood

Review: Andaz West Hollywood – “View King” Room

After having successfully matched my Marriott Platinum status to Hyatt Diamond status back in November, I was looking forward to seeing what top-tier status...
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Los Angeles: Using Points At Big Chain Tourist Hotels – Part 2

In part 1 of this 2-part series I took a look at the options open to those wishing to use their points to stay at Marriott, Hilton or IHG properties in the vacationer-friendly parts of Los Angeles. In this part I take a look at the options open to visitors with Hyatt, Starwood and Carlson Rezidor points burning holes in their pockets.
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Which Hyatt Properties In 2016?

Now that Hyatt have been kind enough to match my Marriott Platinum status to Hyatt Gold Passport's Diamond status I'm looking forward to trying out a few of their properties in 2016. While undoubtably there will be a few stays at airport Hyatts and Hyatts that just happen to be in a location where I need a hotel for a night they're not what this blog post is about - instead I'm going to take a look at four Hyatt properties I'm hoping to visit in 2016, and they may not be the properties you were expecting.
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Hyatt Diamond Status – Exactly What Do You Get?

A little over a week ago, just like over 10,000 other people, I contacted Hyatt to see if they would match my top-tier Marriott...
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Hyatt Cash & Points Awards And Upgrades Now Bookable Online

Towards the beginning of 2014 Hyatt Gold Passport (Hyatt's loyalty program) introduced a series of changes to the system, one of which was the introduction of a Cash & Points option for award redemptions. And, up until today, these cash & points awards were not available to book online - you had to call in to check availability and to book.
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Review: Andaz 5th Avenue – New York

One of the biggest selling points of the Andaz 5th Avenue is it's location. Unless you need to be towards the bottom of Manhattan (Wall Street/Financial area) most of the major places people will want to visit are within easy walking distance.
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New Hyatt Hotel In Uruguay And It Looks Nice!

Hyatt has announced that the Carmelo Resort & Spa in Carmelo, Uruguay (a one-time Four Seasons Resort) will be joining the Hyatt family of...
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Hyatt Opens Its New “Lifestyle Brand” Hotel On South Beach

Back in January this year Hyatt announced that it was going to launch another hotel brand (to go along with its other 9 brands)...

Hyatt Southeast Asia Sale – Up to 40% Off – Includes Maldives!

Hyatt Southeast Asia Sale: up to 40% off (Hat Tip: Loyalty Lobby) Terms: Reserve by 21 May 2015 Stay 22...

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