One of Hyatt’s disadvantages is that they don’t have nearly the global footprint of Hilton, Marriott, or IHG. However, I’ve been impressed by the ways in which they’ve creatively tried to expand their portfolio, both through partnerships and through acquisitions.
For example, Hyatt has a great partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, where World of Hyatt members can earn and redeem points at SLH properties.
Hyatt’s acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality
Last October, Hyatt announced their acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality, which is an international lifestyle hotel management company with a collection of luxury hotels. With this, Hyatt is taking over the management contracts for a majority of their roughly 85 hotels.
Two Roads Hospitality includes Alila, Destination, Joie de Vivre, Thompson, tommie, and more. The integration of this started in March, when Thompson Hotels joined World of Hyatt. We knew that the remaining brands would be added over the coming months, and that’s continuing to happen.
Joie de Vivre joins World of Hyatt
Today Hyatt has announced that Joie de Vivre will be the next former Two Roads Hospitality brand to join World of Hyatt, as of May 15, 2019.
Hotel Kabuki San Francisco, a Joie de Vivre property
For those of you not familiar with Joie de Vivre, they operate mostly mid-range, quirky properties in the US. I tend to think of them as being most closely aligned with Kimpton in terms of what they’re offering.
This will allow World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem points at eligible Joie de Vivre properties, as well as take advantage of all elite benefits (so this includes things like complimentary suite upgrades and breakfast for Globalist members).
The following 14 Joie de Vivre properties will be participating (and I’ve also listed the World of Hyatt categories they’ll be in, if you’re looking to redeem for a free night):
- Chicago Athletic Association in Chicago (Category 4)
- Hotel Lincoln in Chicago (Category 3)
- The Talbott in Chicago (Category 3)
- Hotel Revival in Baltimore (Category 2)
- Hotel Avante in Mountain View (Category 4)
- Avatar Hotel in Santa Clara (Category 3)
- Hotel del Sol in San Francisco (Category 4)
- Wild Palms Hotel in Sunnyvale (Category 3)
- Waterfront Hotel in Oakland (Category 3)
- Hotel 50 Bowery in New York City (Category 5)
- Park South in New York City (Category 5)
- The Laurel Inn in San Francisco (Category 5)
- Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel (Category 6)
- Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco (Category 5)
Hotel Revival Baltimore, a Joie de Vivre property
As a reminder:
- A Category 2 free night redemption costs 8,000 points
- A Category 3 free night redemption costs 12,000 points
- A Category 4 free night redemption costs 15,000 points
- A Category 5 free night redemption costs 20,000 points per night
- A Category 6 free night redemption costs 25,000 points per night
- Category 4 is a bit of a sweet spot, given Category 1-4 free night certificates
Park South New York, a Joie de Vivre property
More brands joining World of Hyatt soon
Two brands have now joined World of Hyatt, and we can expect that Alila Hotels and Destination Hotels will both be joining World of Hyatt soon as well.
Hyatt says that as these brands are added to Hyatt’s portfolio throughout 2019, we can expect 60+ new hotels in 20+ new markets. Furthermore, these hotels will expand Hyatt’s resort offerings by 60%, and include awesome resorts like Ventana Big Sur.
Ventana Big Sur, an Alila property
Earn bonus points & a free night
To celebrate the addition of these new properties to Hyatt’s portfolio, World of Hyatt members can earn 2,000 bonus points for their first qualifying stay at each of the new brands, plus a free night when they experience all four brands.
Eligible stays at participating hotels will begin once each brand participates in World of Hyatt, and is valid through December 31, 2019. No registration is required for this.
I’m so excited about Hyatt’s acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality, given the new resorts that this adds to the Hyatt portfolio. We now have access to select Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre hotels, though personally I’m most excited about Alila joining Hyatt soon.
They have some spectacular properties, and properties like Ventana Big Sur, Alila Jabal Akhdar, and Alila Uluwatu Ubud have long been on my bucket list. Staying there while being able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points will be awesome.
Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
Are there any Joie de Vivre properties you’re excited to check out?