Hyatt Place Brand Future
Most “travel hackers” have stayed in a Hyatt Place or a dozen of them. Staying in Hyatt’s “budget brand” is certainly a right of passage for anyone looking to re-qualify for Diamond status. No matter whether you stay occasionally or often, you probably have noticed one thing. They all pretty much look and feel EXACTLY THE SAME!
Now there are the occasional oddities when it comes to Hyatt Place hotels. For example, there is a Hyatt Place in Honolulu that is a few blocks from Waikiki and was converted from another hotel. It is nothing like any of the other Hyatt Places, but has the same amenities. At 12,000 points per night it is not a bad deal either all things considered.
But I don’t want to talk about the Hyatt Place in Hawaii, but instead I want to mention two others that I have stayed at recently. The first is in Panama City and the second in Miami. Both of these Hyatt Places are fairly new and both do look sort of familiar, but neither is like the hundreds of clones we have grown to know.
Hyatt Place Panama City
The Hyatt Place in Panama City is an impressive hotel. With free valet parking out front, it almost feels more like a full service Hyatt. Of course it isn’t and you will find Hyatt Place staples like free breakfast and the gallery menu. The room also looks familiar with a mini suite type of feel, but it is much more modern and contemporary. The bathroom even has a surprisingly upscale feel, although it does lack a tub if that matters to you.
While a few things are familiar at this hotel, there are two huge differences in the rooms. The bathroom is located towards the front of the room instead of the middle and the rooms are much smaller. Yes there is still a separation between the couch and bed, but the entire layout is more constricted. Overall not a huge deal considering this hotel’s central location and upscale feel.
Hyatt Place Miami Airport East
There are two Hyatt Place hotels at Miami International Airport. The Hyatt Place Miami Airport West is a very typical clone Hyatt Place. The East location is only five months old and is something completely different. (It also has a better location.) Like the hotel in Panama, this one too has valet parking, but it is not free. A shame given the area, but we found a street out front with free parking to avoid the fee.
The room layout at this hotel is very similar to the one in Panama as well with a smaller size and the bathroom located in the front. It feels smaller, but more modern. The Miami property also features a very nice pool and attractive seating areas. Overall it was definitely a step up from the normal Hyatt Place experience.
Growth of Hyatt Place
Hyatt remains one of the smallest major hotel brands unfortunately. While they are growing rather fast, it appears a good part of their growth strategy is new Hyatt Place properties. While I wish there were more full service Hyatt hotels around, I think these more upscale Hyatt Place properties are definitely a step up from their run of the mill brothers.
As a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member I am still missing a lot of benefits at Hyatt Place properties and for that reason I wish Hyatt would push to expand their other brands. With that said, it is clear that the Hyatt Place brand is growing fast and I for one hope more of these nicer properties pop up in lieu of the more traditional, dare I say boring ones.