Hyatt has announced that the Carmelo Resort & Spa in Carmelo, Uruguay (a one-time Four Seasons Resort) will be joining the Hyatt family of hotels. It won’t be rebranded as a Park Hyatt or any other Hyatt band for that matter, instead it will simply be known as ” @Carmelo, A Hyatt Hotel“.
The resort has 44 guest rooms (divided into 24 two-level suites and 20 detached villas) which all offer a private terrace and “stunning views”.
The Tripadvisor reviews look promising:
And the photos from the hotel site look pretty spectacular:
The resort doesn’t appear to be in the most convenient of locations if you’re arriving from outside of the country but, then again, no resort of this type is going to be in a metropolitan centre. It’s located 4 hours drive from Montevideo or a 2 hour car & ferry ride from Buenos Aires:
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The press release also mentions that the resort can be reached by “small plane” from either Buenos Aires or Montevideo but a Kayak search couldn’t find any flights….or even a local airport. Perhaps there’s a private airstrip there for the well-heeled?
As a Gold Passport redemption the resort looks very interesting:
The press release states that “Guests will now be able to earn and redeem Hyatt Gold Passport points when staying at Carmelo Resort & Spa, A Hyatt Hotel” but it will be interesting to see what availability will be like. With just 44 rooms, all of which are suites or higher in class, I’m not expecting availability to be that easy to get.
The good news, however, is that Hyatt has already placed the resort in its Category 5 group of hotels meaning that it will cost just 20,000 Gold Passport points per night for a standard room – which appears to be a two-level suite! If the hotel is as good as it looks then that’s a bargain and will definitely be somewhere I’ll be looking to burn some Hyatt points. Where else are you going to get a two-level suite for 20,000 points?! (answers in the comments if anyone knows!).
As I said in the post on The Hotel, Lucerne, it’s good to see hotel chains continuing to add properties to their portfolios. More properties means more choice for us, the consumers, and more choice is almost always a good thing. The difference between The Hotel, Lucerne and this new Hyatt, however, is that I’m considerably less concerned about the decor in the rooms!