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Hyatt Announces Category Changes 130 Up & 129 Down
Only 4 days remain before the changes kicks in so be sure to lock in any hotels you may stay at if their price is going up.
Hyatt announced their upcoming category changes today. These go into effect March 18th at 11:01 pm CST. The numbers look even but I think the negative side comes out ahead, shocker I know. Some of our favorite category 4 hotels in the program are getting bumped up, I am looking at you Costa Rica :(.
I will start out with the good. Here are some locations where people will be happy to see the category drop.
Category 2 to 1
- Hyatt House Mexico City Santa Fe
- Hyatt Regency Delhi
Category 3 to 2
- Grand Hyatt Bali
- Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor
- Hyatt Regency Atlanta
- Hyatt Regency Dubai
Category 4 to 3
- Andaz Delhi
- Grand Hyatt Bejing
- Grand Hyatt Rio de Janiero
- Hyatt Regency Baltimore Harbor
- Hyatt Regency Chicago
- Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress – a favorite of our family when in Orlando
- Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Category 5 to 4 (Most important for those free night certs)
- Andaz San Diego
- Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
- Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
- Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
Category 6 to 5
- Andaz Wall Street
- Andaz Liverpool Street London
- Andaz Singapore
- Grand Hyatt New York (which is being demolished soon)
- Hyatt Herald Square New York
Five locations that I frequent often are going up 1 category. Three are in Michigan (Novi, Royal Oak, and Lansing) and two are in Cleveland (Hyatt Regency Arcade, Westlake) which I visit 2-3 times per year. Those probably don’t matter to most people but they were some of the better deals in my life. Here is the list I found relative to everyone though.
Category 1 to 2
- Hyatt Regency Bali – Shawn had called this the best cat 1 in the world
- Hyatt Regency Green Bay – Perfect for Packer fans.
- Most Phoenix area Hyatt Places
Category 2 to 3
- Most Hyatt House/Place in Orlando – Grand Cypress is the choice now!
- Hyatt House Seattle/Bellevue
Category 3 to 4
- Hyatt House Seattle Downtown
- Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown/The Loop
- Hyatt Place Portland/Old Port – prices are usually in the $4-500 range in the summer
- Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown
- Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House
- Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Category 4 to 5 (big one since they are no longer eligible for free night redemptions)
- Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo – this one may hit people the hardest.
- Grand Hyatt Seattle
- Olive 8 Seattle
- Hyatt Centric South Beach
- Hyatt Place Dewey Beach – gets crazy expensive in the summer
- Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
- Hyatt Regency Boston
- Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
Category 5 to 6
- Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya
- Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort
- Hyatt Centric Park City
- Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
- Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
- Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
- Park Hyatt Seoul
Category 6 to 7
- Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
- Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Personally I am devastated overall since I got hit on some category 1 and 2 hotels that were mainstays in my travels. Overall, it looks like New York City and Chicago came out of this smelling pretty good. Seattle was downright destroyed and Orlando was somewhat a mixed bag. I am very excited about the airport Hyatt and Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress dropping to 12K per night. With the surrounding Hyatt Places getting increased in Orlando there is no longer a reason to pass on the Grand Cypress. I just wish they would heat their large pool, brrrrr.
I know many will be devastated by the category 4 to 5 changes that include the Andaz Costa Rica, Olive 8 Seattle, and Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui. These were locations many used their free night certificates at. I am glad I have my room booked for Amsterdam already before the increase kicks in on the Hyatt Regency there as well.
Let me know which changes you are most and least excited about in the comments. I am sure Shawn will do a follow up in the next few days sharing his choices.
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