At the beginning of August, Hyatt made what I’d consider to be a very exciting announcement. Hyatt announced that they’d partner with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), in order to allow members to earn and redeem points at these properties.
Hyatt’s biggest weakness compared to their competitors is that they have a much smaller global footprint than Hilton, IHG, and Marriott, so anything they can do to give World of Hyatt members access to more properties is a good thing. I’m also personally very excited about having access to SLH, since they have some gorgeous properties that I’d like to stay at.
Today Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World have announced the full details of their strategic alliance. This gives World of Hyatt members the opportunity to earn and redeem points, as well as receive select on-property benefits. So let’s look at the details.
What SLH properties are participating?
While SLH has over 500 properties around the world, to start only just over 50 hotels will be partnering with Hyatt. The intent is that more properties will be added, though it’s understandable that this will be a gradual process, since hotels need to be fully onboard to participate (presumably they need to be briefed on how it works, adjust their technology so they can properly report stays to Hyatt, etc.).
Here are the 50+ SLH hotels that will be participating for stays as of December 6, 2018 (and you can expect more will be added in the future):
- Pangkor Laut Resort (Pangkor Laut, Malaysia)
- Villa Spalletti Trivelli Rome (Rome, Italy)
- Flemings Mayfair London (London, United Kingdom)
- Hotel St. Petersbourg (Tallinn, Estonia)
- El Lodge Ski and Spa (Sierra Nevada, Spain)
- Nobu Hotel Marbella (Marbella, Spain)
- Dukes London (London, United Kingdom)
- The Capital Hotel & Apartments (London, United Kingdom)
- Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens (Hook, United Kingdom)
- Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa (Turners Hill, United Kingdom)
- Ashdown Park Hotel (Forest Row, United Kingdom)
- Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa (Luton, United Kingdom)
- Nira Caledonia (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
- St. James’s Hotel and Club (London, United Kingdom)
- The Arden Hotel (Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom)
- The Atlantic Hotel (St. Brelade, United Kingdom)
- Columbia Beach Resort (Limassol, Cyprus)
- Hotel de Orangerie (Bruges, Belgium)
- Archipelagos (Mykonos, Greece)
- Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista (Verona, Italy)
- Ca’Sagredo Hotel (Venice, Italy)
- Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites (Crete, Greece)
- Grand Hotel Parker’s (Naples, Italy)
- Hotel and Spa des Pecheurs (Corsica, France)
- Hotel de La Ville – Monza (Monza, Italy)
- Hotel Le Strato (Courchevel 1850, France)
- Hotel Lord Byron (Rome, Italy)
- Hotel Vilon (Rome, Italy)
- Ketschauer Hof (Deidesheim, Germany)
- Les Etangs de Corot (Versailles, France)
- Magna Pars Suites Milano (Milan, Italy)
- Margutta 19 (Rome, Italy)
- On the Rocks (Santorini, Greece)
- Pietra e Mare Beach Hotel (Mykonos, Greece)
- San Antonio (Santorini, Greece)
- Sant Francesc Hotel Singular (Mallorca, Spain)
- Santorini Secret Suites & Spa (Santorini, Greece)
- Sesa Boutique Hotel (Kanali, Greece)
- The Margi (Athens, Greece)
- Theoxenia Palace & House Suites (Athens, Greece)
- Palazzo Vecchietti (Florence, Italy)
- Park Hotel ai Cappuccini (Gubbio, Italy)
- Relais San Lorenzo (Bergamo, Italy)
- Sikelia (Sicily, Italy)
- The View Lugano (Lugano, Switzerland)
- Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites (Santorini, Greece)
- Centurion Palace (Venice, Italy)
- Gaya Island Resort (Borneo, Malaysia)
- Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
- Liostasi Hotel & Suites (Ios, Greece)
- Palazzo Sant’Angelo sul Canal Grande (Venice, Italy)
- The Excelsior (Thessaloniki, Greece)
- The Sukhothai Shanghai (Shanghai, China)
- The Edison George Town (Penang, Malaysia)
Relais San Lorenzo in Bergamo, Italy
Earning World of Hyatt points & elite nights at SLH properties
World of Hyatt members will earn points at SLH properties at the same rate they would at Hyatt properties, though only when they book through Hyatt channels:
- Members earn five base points per USD spent on eligible room revenue with SLH
- World of Hyatt members receive their standard elite tier bonuses (10% for Discoverist, 20% for Explorist, and 30% for Globalist)
- World of Hyatt members will receive elite nights for SLH stay
Do note that only room revenue is eligible for points accrual, and not spend on incidentals (which you’d earn if it were a Hyatt). My hope is that the pricing through Hyatt channels will be similar to the pricing through SLH channels, or else this could largely be useless).
Hotel de Orangerie in Bruges, Belgium
Redeeming World of Hyatt points at SLH properties
Participating SLH properties will join Hyatt’s existing award chart, though there will be eight categories of hotels. Currently Hyatt has seven categories, so going forward the chart will look as follows (as of now only some SLH properties fall into Category 8, and not any Hyatt properties):
- Category 1: 5,000 points
- Category 2: 8,000 points
- Category 3: 12,000 points
- Category 4: 15,000 points
- Category 5: 20,000 points
- Category 6: 25,000 points
- Category 7: 30,000 points
- Category 8: 40,000 points
Flemings Mayfair in London, UK
World of Hyatt member benefits at SLH properties
Participating SLH properties will provide the following on-property benefits for all World of Hyatt members who book through Hyatt channels:
- Complimentary wifi
- 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)
As you can see, all World of Hyatt members get the same benefits, so there are no additional benefits as of now for having status in the World of Hyatt program, aside from earning your 10-30% points bonus.
Pangkor Laut Resort in Pangkor Laut, Malaysia
This is a great new option for World of Hyatt & Ultimate Rewards points
Obviously this is a great new option for anyone looking to redeem World of Hyatt points, because they are so accessible:
The View Lugano in Lugano, Switzerland
I’m thrilled about this new partnership between Hyatt and SLH. While this doesn’t solve Hyatt’s major problem of having fewer hotels in major business cities, this is fantastic for leisure travelers who love staying at boutique hotels while earning and redeeming points.
I love hotel loyalty programs, and I also love staying at unique boutique hotels, so this is an incredible new partnership that will no doubt impact the hotels I stay at. For the most part I wouldn’t have previously considered SLH properties, while I will now, whether earning or redeeming points.
Earning World of Hyatt Globalist status also keeps getting easier. Historically, Hyatt has had a smaller footprint than other major chains. You need 55 nights to requalify (60 if you’re qualifying for the first time), and now you can earn them for SLH stays.
Here’s to hoping they add more SLH properties soon!
Do you plan on taking advantage of the new Hyatt & SLH partnership?