Best Hyatt Points Values for Cat. 1-4 International Hotels Including Suites: Part 4 — Category 4

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Best Hyatt Cat. 4 hotels in Asia: Okinawa

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island, Okinawa

Here are the best Hyatt category 4 hotels around the world, but check my previous posts on Categories 1-3 hotels:

The Hyatt Category 4 list is super important, as it’s the highest where you can redeem a Category 1-4 free night certificate. And you can earn more than one of those. Much more. And of course, you can combine a free-night certificate with a regular redemption as well, but we’ll talk more about all that in the next post.

Please note

  • You might not find cities and places I’ve picked worth visiting. That’s cool; here is the list of Hyatt hotels by Categories.
  • Hyatt doesn’t add taxes or resort charges to award stays, so make sure to take it into account when comparing cash and award rates.
  • Whenever possible, I’ve checked the rates in high season. Room prices may vary wildly during the year, so make sure to check them for your own dates.
  • Hyatt has delayed introducing peak and off-peak pricing until mid-October, so it might happen soon. No pressure. 🙂

Hyatt Category 4: 15,000 points for a standard room –> 24,000 points for a standard suite –> 30,000 points for a premium suite

Best Hyatt Category 4 hotels in Mexico

 

Best Hyatt Category 4 hotels: Downtown, Mexico City

Downtown, Mexico City (image courtesy: Downtownmexico.com)

  • Downtown Hotel, Mexico City ($227+ spring 2022)
  • Hacienda Pena Pobre, Mexico City ($222+ spring 2022)

Best Hyatt Category 4 hotels in Europe

Best Hyatt Cat. 4 in Turkey: The Marmara Bodrum

The Marmara Bodrum (image courtesy: Themarmarahotels.com)

  • Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile ($244+ summer 2022)
  • 100 Rizes Seaside Resort, Greece ($359+ summer 2022)
  • Wilder Townhouse, Dublin ($275+ summer 2022) — the eligible room is tiny (at 129 square feet it’s appropriately called a “Shoebox Room”), but since this is an SLH hotel, you’re eligible for an upgrade to a (slightly) better room, so maybe.
  • Hyatt Centric Milan Centrale ($294+ summer 2022)
  • Pousada Palacio de Estoi, Faro, Portugal ($303+ summer 2022) — the members rate currently includes the $50 resort credit for the dates I checked. 
  • Hyatt Regency Kiev, Ukraine ($440+ summer 2022)

Germany

  • Grand Hyatt Berlin ($221+ summer 2022)
  • Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf ($239+ summer 2022)

Spain

  • Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid ($563+ summer 2022)
  • Hotel Arima & Spa, San Sebastian ($485+ summer 2022) — Lodging in San Sebastian is crazy expensive in summer — this is a great option!

Turkey

  • Park Hyatt Istanbul – Macka Palas ($378+ summer 2022)
  • The Marmara Bodrum, Turkey ($288+ summer 2022)

United Kingdom

All UK Hyatt Category 4 hotel are SLH properties (free continental breakfast and one category upgrade — maybe). See more benefits here.

  • Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa ($323+ October 2022) — doesn’t accept award reservations between December 25, 2021 and October 1, 2022
  • The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon ($213+ summer 2022)
  • The Fish Hotel ($267+ summer 2022) — “Quirky Country Estate in the Cotswolds”
  • The Greenway Hotel & Spa ($241+ summer 2022) — “Countryside Paradise in 16th-century Manor”

Best Hyatt Category 4 hotels in Africa

UPDATE 10.12.21

Tanzania

  • Park Hyatt Zanzibar ($437+ summer 2022)

This is an amazing seaside resort in medieval Stone Town, and the only reason I didn’t mention it before was that the booking prices were extremely cheap to justify using your valuable Hyatt points. Now I’m seeing rates in excess of $400 for the next summer, so whether it stays this way or not, it should be on your radar I believe.

South Africa

  • The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town ($355+ April 2022}
  • The Marine, Hermanus, Walker Bay ($365+ July 2022)

Best Hyatt Category 4 hotels in Asia and the Pacific

Hyatt Category 4 hotels in Asia: Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort (image courtesy: Gayaislandresort.com)

  • Hyatt Centric Melbourne ($309+ October 2022)
  • Andaz Bali ($248+ summer 2022)
  • Gaya Island Resort, Borneo, Malaysia ($241+ February 2022)
  • Anya Resort Tagaytay ($268+ winter 2022)
  • Park Hyatt Saigon ($278+ winter 2022)
  • Lanson Place Causeway Bay, Hong Kong ($257+ winter 2022)

Korea

Grand Hyatt Jeju

  • Grand Hyatt Seoul ($310+ fall 2022)
  • Grand Hyatt Jeju ($527+ fall 2022)

Japan

  • Hyatt Regency Tokyo Bay ($811+ summer 2022)
  • Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa ($325+ spring 2022)
  • Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island, Okinawa ($325+ spring 2022)

Best Category 4 Hyatt suite redemption: Grand Hyatt Jeju 

Grand Hyatt Jeju

The brand new Grand Hyatt Jeju is the largest in Asia, but that’s not the reason I picked it. There are several contestants for the best Category 4 suite redemption value. Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid suites have outdoor Jacuzzis and cost more, but don’t include Club access. Hyatt Regency Tokyo Bay suites also cost more and do include Club access. However, suites at Grand Hyatt Jeju just seem more spectacular to me. And then I read a few things about Jeju Island itself and was sold. Let’s see if I manage to convince you.

The truth is it isn’t easy. The 15,000-point King or Twin rooms are huge already — a whopping 700 square feet! That’s twice as big as some suites in other hotels. And the value proposition of booking a $500+ room for 15,000 points is already pretty good.

For Globalists who qualify for an upgrade to a Standard Suite (booking a Standard suite rather than Premium actually makes more sense here), this is a dream come true. For the rest of us plebs, that’s 9,000 or 15,000 points more.

Grand Hyatt Jeju Standard Suites

All suites at Grand Hyatt Jeju, standard and premium, are a whopping 1,400 square feet, and the only difference between them is the views, as far as I can tell. There are five standard suites and three premium suites available for the dates I’ve searched (it’s possible that other types of suites are available on other dates).

Standard Suites:

  • 130-sqm Grand Suite King and Tween
  • 130-sqm Premier Suite Tween Mountain View
  • 130-sqm Premier Suite King and Tween Sea View

Premium Suites:

  • 130-sqm Corner Suite Twin Mountain View
  • 130-sqm Corner Suite King Sea View
  • 130-sqm Corner Suite Twin Sea View

Are Premium Suites better?

Well, the bedrooms from what I can see look the same.

Grand Hyatt Jeju suite bedroom

That said, living rooms in Corner Suites certainly look snazzier.

Here is a Standard Suite (sorry I didn’t find a pic with an actual sea view).

Grand Hyatt Jeju Standard Suite living room

And this is a Corner Premium suite.

Grand Hyatt Jeju Premium Suite living room

However, does it justify spending 6,000 more Hyatt points? Well, you decide. All I can say is the cash difference between the Standard Premier and Premium Corner suites of the same type was only $32 for my dates.

Here is the after-taxes math for a standard 130-sqm Premier Suite Tween Sea View.

In other words, you can book this suite for 24,000 Hyatt points or $988, roughly 4 cents per Hyatt point.

To recap

The Category 4 brings more Hyatt hotels and resorts in highly desirable world class locations: Paris, Dublin, Milan, San Sebastian and Tokyo to name just a few, and, of course, redeeming Hyatt points on suites can still provide an outstanding value.

Unless stated otherwise, images on this page courtesy Hyatt.com.

Have you been at any of these Category 4 hotels or are going to? Please share.

Next: Best Overall Hyatt Point Values for Rooms at Cat. 1-4 International Hotels: Part 5 — Summary Plus Upcoming Devaluation!

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bluecat

Andy, I dont get what criteria you are using for the word “Best”. I guess it’s “best, according to what they charge in cash”. Or maybe you mixed in your personal experience too.

But is the Kiev hotel really $400+? Just seems out of whack.

bluecat

Forgot to add: Im enjoying the series and, for me, that Osaka hotel (Cat 2) looks “Best (to me)”

Christian

Nice to know about the jacuzzis in Madrid.

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