In February I wrote about the four new properties in France for which Hyatt signed management contracts. As a refresher, these properties are as follows:
- Hotel Martinez will be rebranded Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
- Palais de la Mediterranée Hotel and Casino will be rebranded Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranée
- Concorde Lafayette will be rebranded Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
- Hotel du Louvre will enter the Hyatt brand family with its identity intact and will be marketed initially as Hotel du Louvre. Following a renovation, the hotel is to become an Andaz.
Anyway, while they weren’t bookable at the time, it’s worth noting that all four are now bookable using Hyatt Gold Passport points.
First let’s look at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes, which I’m probably most excited about. This hotel seems to go for 500+ Euros per night in the high season, and will be a category six Gold Passport property, making it 22,000 Gold Passport points per night. I’ve been wanting to visit Cannes for a long time, and I think this new option will probably push me to finally go.
Next is the Palais de la Mediterranée Hotel in Nice, which is only about 30kms from the Hotel Martinez in Cannes. This hotel seems to go for ~400 Euros per night in the high season, and will be a category five Gold Passport property, making it 18,000 Gold Passport points per night.
Next is the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, which looks to be a bit less luxurious than the rest. Revenue rates here seem to be under 200 Euros, so this is actually exciting for those looking to book revenue stays. Hyatt’s two current properties in Paris are both uber-luxurious and expensive, so are a great use of Gold Passport points. This property will be a great option for those looking to book revenue stays in order to earn stay credits and/or use suite upgrades.
It’s worth noting that this will be a category four Gold Passport property, making it 15,000 Gold Passport points per night. This is probably not a very good use of points, especially given the two excellent category six properties that Hyatt has in Paris.
Last is the Hotel du Louvre, which will simply operate as “a Hyatt hotel” for the time being. After a renovation it’ll be rebranded as an Andaz property, though that’s still a couple of years away at the earliest. This will also be a category five Gold Passport property, making it 18,000 Gold Passport points per night. Revenue rates seem semi-reasonable, at least, though on an award stay I’d probably still favor this to the Hyatt Regency Etoile.
Anyway, these are all exciting new properties, in my opinion. I love when properties are rebranded to join chains rather than new builds that just follow the brand “cookie cutter” model. This way you get a more “local” hotel while still getting the elite benefits that make chain hotels worthwhile.
Lastly it’s worth noting that with Hyatt you can redeem Gold Passport points for suites at a 50% premium over standard rooms. The catch is that you have to stay for a minimum of three nights to redeem for an award in a suite.
Racking up Hyatt points
Best of all is how easy it is to rack up Hyatt points. The Hyatt Visa (if you go to the Hyatt website and make a booking you can get a version of the card with a statement credit too) offers two free nights (and if you’re a Diamond member they’re in a suite) after spending $1,000 within three months. But beyond that several Ultimate Rewards cards offer great signup bonuses. The category bonuses offered by each card also make points really easy to rack up beyond the sign-up bonuses, so accruing large Hyatt points balances really shouldn’t be difficult. I have a balance of over half a million Ultimate Rewards points right now, and I only started collecting them about two years ago.