While I don’t think any of us have hopes of traveling internationally anytime soon, I’ve been tracking the opening of one particular Park Hyatt, and I figure I might as well keep doing so…
Park Hyatt is one of my favorite hotel brands, and for the most part it has been a good few months in terms of new property openings. Just recently the Park Hyatt Kyoto and Park Hyatt Niseko opened, and I’m looking forward to visiting both of those properties (eventually).
Another Park Hyatt that has been highly anticipated has had its opening delayed… again. At this point I guess it’s almost a blessing, since I can’t image it would be doing very well right now.
Park Hyatt Auckland Opening Delayed To September 2020
The Park Hyatt Auckland has been on my radar for quite a while. New Zealand is a gorgeous country, and Auckland is a city that historically hasn’t had many great luxury hotels.
In 2014 I wrote about how the Park Hyatt Auckland was supposed to open in 2017, though the hotel still isn’t open. While construction delays are normal, this is a huge delay:
- The Park Hyatt Auckland first started accepting reservations in September 2019, for stays as of March 1, 2020
- In December 2019 the opening was pushed to May 1, 2020
- In February 2020 the opening was pushed to June 1, 2020
- Now the opening of the Park Hyatt Auckland is being pushed to September 1, 2020
As the hotel describes the situation in an email to guests who had their reservations cancelled:
Over the past weeks, there have been some significant changes in New Zealand due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a lockdown of all non-essential businesses for an extended period commencing in late March.
I am sure you can understand that these unforeseen factors have had a large impact on our construction as well as any other part of our economy and as a result of that, we are no longer confident that we will be able to meet our anticipated opening date in June 2020.
At this stage we are unaware when exactly we are able to resume the final stages of the construction, however we are confident to accept reservations from September 2020 onwards.
I wouldn’t be very hopeful of the September 2020 timeline, or of foreigners even being able to travel to New Zealand by then (the country may remain closed into 2021).
Below are just a few reminders regarding what we should expect at the Park Hyatt Auckland otherwise.
Redeeming Points At The Park Hyatt Auckland
The Park Hyatt Auckland will be a Category 5 World of Hyatt property. This means that a free night will cost 20,000 points per night (Hyatt’s most expensive Category 7 properties cost 30,000 points per night, by comparison).
If you’re looking to earn World of Hyatt points you can redeem towards a stay here, the good news is that points are pretty easy to come by.
See this post for everything you need to know about earning Hyatt points with credit cards.
Cash Rates At The Park Hyatt Auckland
Paid rates are definitely on the high side, though from a US perspective not that high when you consider how weak the NZD is compared to the USD. For example, I see rates starting at 595NZD per night, which is ~354USD per night.
For those looking to use a Globalist Suite Upgrade, it looks like the standard suite here would be a Park Suite, which is advertised as being 71 square meters, or about 765 square feet.
If you are booking a paid rate I would recommend booking through Hyatt Privé so you can receive benefits like free breakfast, a room upgrade, a $100 property credit, and more.
Park Hyatt Auckland Facts & Pictures
The Park Hyatt Auckland will be located right on the waterfront. It will have 195 guest rooms, four restaurants and bars, a spa, a 25-meter infinity pool, and a fitness center.
The hotel has also uploaded some more pictures of what we can expect, so here are some of them:
Park Hyatt Auckland Summary
Unfortunately, the Park Hyatt Auckland’s opening keeps getting pushed back. This hotel’s opening has literally been delayed by years. As of now the hotel is accepting reservations for stays as of September 1, 2020, though who knows when it will actually happen.
While the first couple of years of delays seemed a bit much, at this point I can’t blame them for further delays. For that matter even if the hotel were ready to open, chances are it will be a while before it’s economically viable to open a hotel again.
This looks to be a very nice property, and at Category 5 it’s also a pretty good value using points, in my opinion.
I look forward to checking out the Park Hyatt Auckland, and more importantly to explore more parts of New Zealand, once things start to normalize.
Was anyone impacted by the delayed opening of the Park Hyatt Auckland?