In a recent post, I talked about my love for the Chase Hyatt credit card among a few other excellent credit cards for travel. The Hyatt card is at the top of my list for a number of reasons, and one of them is the annual free night in a category 1-4 hotel. While the majority of hotel brands don’t have great resort options in the lower tiers, Hyatt has some serious gems in their lower tiers that make your annual free night 100% worth the cost of your card. So here are our favorite Hyatt hotels where you can maximize the use of your free night, in order of our favorites:
1. Andaz Bali(Category 4)
This may be my absolute favorite Hyatt option yet. The Andaz Bali welcomes guests to their spectacular Balinese retreat in the heart of my favorite town in Bali, Sanur. With modern elegance and the traditional Balinese decor, this Andaz is sure to wow you at a category 4. Private balconies and gorgeous views of the jungle are available at the standard redemption rate.
2. Andaz Shanghai (Category 4)
This Andaz is incredibly cool and located right in the heart of the shopping district and affords incredible views of the city. Rates are typically $200+ so you get a good value for your free night. As a discoverist, you get a preferred room and you can always request an upgrade or inquire about the cost. I’d recommend splurging a little for the Corner Room – the views and insanely cool bathroom are worth it. They have an amazing free wine & appetizer hour every night complete with charcuterie, warm appetizers and as many beverages as you’d like in the lobby. They also serve breakfast pastries and coffee in the morning.
3. Andaz San Diego (Category 4)
San Diego’s Gaslamp district is a gorgeous, historic center for tourism activities in San Diego. Complete with a rooftop STK restaurant, a free minibar and gorgeous, renovated rooms makes this the perfect home base to explore San Diego.
4. The Confidante Miami(Category 4)
Miami is another one of those cities where prices seem to be absurd 90% of the time. The Confidant is one of Hyatt’s “Unbound” hotels so it has a very boutique-y feel with all the perks of the Hyatt brand. Rates typically appear to be around $275+ so it, too, is a great value when using your free night. The property is right on the beach and has a great location in South Beach. There’s also a great rooftop, heated pool and art deco decor. There is a Centric in South Beach as well, but it is not beach front and does not have quite the same vibe as the Confidante.
5. Hyatt Regency Danang, Vietnam (Category 3)
I know what you must be thinking. There is no way that a Category 3 is worthy of my free night. However; this gorgeous, beachfront property checks all the boxes for a perfect beach vacation in Asia. Rates are around $200+ depending on the season and therefore, I feel like it qualifies in the value game. There is a spa, beachfront dining and plenty of activities. You can use your free night and spend only 12,000 points on additional nights.
6. Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile (Category 4)
Paris is a great place to use your free night, given that hotel rates in Paris are typically astronomical. Even random weekdays will cost you over $350 a night. A panoramic bar on the 34th floor, newly renovated rooms and a great location make this a great value for your free night. Keep in mind that Paris is in high demand so award availability should be considered well in advance, which is why this is number 6 on my list.
7. Hyatt Centric Waikiki (Category 4)
Located just steps from the beach, in the heart of Waikiki is the Hyatt Centric. Compete with a rooftop pool, cabanas and gorgeous views of Hawaii, the Centric is a great jumping off point to explore Waikiki at a great price. The rooms have a crisp, beachy feel to them and floor to ceiling windows. Their “Splash Lounge”, or pool area, offers full bar service and ample seating to for guests to enjoy a day in the tropical sun. With rates ranging from $250-$400, this can be a great option for your free night.
8. Downtown, Mexico City – SLH (Category 4)
Located in the historic Centro district of Mexico City is this Small Luxury Hotels property, Downtown. SLH, the recent Hyatt acquisition, offers guests a boutique, independent experience at unique and exceptional properties around the world. This renovated, 17th century palace has been transformed into a boho-chic boutique, complete with a rooftop bar and is just 2 blocks from the famous El Zocalo square. With rates ranging from $300-500, this can be a great deal with your free night.
9. Hyatt Centric Milan (Category 4)
Located in the “New Milan”, this Hyatt Centric offers modern, elegant accommodations to its guests. Guests have access to a sexy rooftop bar with unparalleled views of Milan as well as a stunning spa wellness area for 15 Euros per person. With rates frequently above $200, this can be a great use of your free night.
10. The Outport Hotel Sentosa, Singapore (Category 4)
The Outpost Hotel Sentosa boasts modern elegance with every desired luxury. Situated on the hip island off Singapore, Sentosa is home to many spectacular retreats, such as the Six Senses Hotel. The Outpost features an infinity skypool, day-to-night club, walk-in-rainshower, beach access and stunning modern rooms.