Four new French Hyatt properties now bookable with points

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In February I wrote about the four new properties in France for which Hyatt signed management contracts. As a refresher, these properties are as follows:

  • Hotel Martinez will be rebranded Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
  • Palais de la Mediterranée Hotel and Casino will be rebranded Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranée
  • Concorde Lafayette will be rebranded Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
  • Hotel du Louvre will enter the Hyatt brand family with its identity intact and will be marketed initially as Hotel du Louvre. Following a renovation, the hotel is to become an Andaz.

Anyway, while they weren’t bookable at the time, it’s worth noting that all four are now bookable using Hyatt Gold Passport points.

First let’s look at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes, which I’m probably most excited about. This hotel seems to go for 500+ Euros per night in the high season, and will be a category six Gold Passport property, making it 22,000 Gold Passport points per night. I’ve been wanting to visit Cannes for a long time, and I think this new option will probably push me to finally go.

Next is the Palais de la Mediterranée Hotel in Nice, which is only about 30kms from the Hotel Martinez in Cannes. This hotel seems to go for ~400 Euros per night in the high season, and will be a category five Gold Passport property, making it 18,000 Gold Passport points per night.

Next is the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, which looks to be a bit less luxurious than the rest. Revenue rates here seem to be under 200 Euros, so this is actually exciting for those looking to book revenue stays. Hyatt’s two current properties in Paris are both uber-luxurious and expensive, so are a great use of Gold Passport points. This property will be a great option for those looking to book revenue stays in order to earn stay credits and/or use suite upgrades.

It’s worth noting that this will be a category four Gold Passport property, making it 15,000 Gold Passport points per night. This is probably not a very good use of points, especially given the two excellent category six properties that Hyatt has in Paris.

Last is the Hotel du Louvre, which will simply operate as “a Hyatt hotel” for the time being. After a renovation it’ll be rebranded as an Andaz property, though that’s still a couple of years away at the earliest. This will also be a category five Gold Passport property, making it 18,000 Gold Passport points per night. Revenue rates seem semi-reasonable, at least, though on an award stay I’d probably still favor this to the Hyatt Regency Etoile.

Anyway, these are all exciting new properties, in my opinion. I love when properties are rebranded to join chains rather than new builds that just follow the brand “cookie cutter” model. This way you get a more “local” hotel while still getting the elite benefits that make chain hotels worthwhile.

Lastly it’s worth noting that with Hyatt you can redeem Gold Passport points for suites at a 50% premium over standard rooms. The catch is that you have to stay for a minimum of three nights to redeem for an award in a suite.

Racking up Hyatt points

Best of all is how easy it is to rack up Hyatt points. The Hyatt Visa (if you go to the Hyatt website and make a booking you can get a version of the card with a statement credit too) offers two free nights (and if you’re a Diamond member they’re in a suite) after spending $1,000 within three months. But beyond that several Ultimate Rewards cards offer great signup bonuses. The category bonuses offered by each card also make points really easy to rack up beyond the sign-up bonuses, so accruing large Hyatt points balances really shouldn’t be difficult. I have a balance of over half a million Ultimate Rewards points right now, and I only started collecting them about two years ago.

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Comments

  1. I’m looking forward to the Hotel du Louvre becoming an Andaz hotel – after the Andaz Amsterdam, I’m in love with Andaz properties 🙂

  2. The Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile is a great location, IMO. I stayed there several years ago. It’s attached to a mall (http://www.lesboutiquesdupalais.com/W/do/centre/accueil) with a few restaurants/cafes, a grocery store, and a pharmacy, among other things. The mall also has a Métro and RER station. The hotel is also walkable to the Arc and other touristy destinations.

  3. Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile is actually cat 4 and you can use the Chase Hyatt visa annual free night cert here.

  4. Having been to Cannes innumerable times on business, including several stays and dines at the Martinez, I can say unequivocally that you would be better off in Nice. A day trip to Cannes will suffice.

  5. I view this a huge step forward for Hyatt in France as they were very weak there and the Riviera is also very weak with US branded properties…..no Hilton, 2 Marriotts, 1 Fairmont and 1 Starwood so this should up the ante a bit for Hyatt and cut into my Relais and Chateau stays…….

  6. the category four property in Paris will be a great use of the annual free night from the credit card.

  7. How do you manage that many UR points !? I opened the Sapphire and try to put all my spending on my Freedom, except for Sapphire bonus categories . I am going to order the ink bold but that is still just 100K in bonuses total. No way I can get 400K just through spending. Is that how you did it or are you able to get more bonuses !?

  8. Holy cow — the Hotel du Louvre is a Hyatt? Had not idea that was in the works. My absolute favorite hotel in Paris, because my honeymoon was there. I love it there. I hope the rebranding doesn’t change anything. It’s a great property.

  9. @ SCN — I have the Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, and Chase Sapphire Preferred, all of which have offered a 50K point sign-up bonus at one point, so that’s 150K points. Then by using the shopping portal, the Chase Freedrom category bonuses, and maximizing spend in each category (like 5x points with the Ink Bold/Ink Plus) I’ve been racking up points like crazy.

  10. It has been reported on FT that booking on hyatt.com no longer yields the $100 statement credit offer.

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