All things considered Hyatt’s offerings in London are pretty weak. They have two hotels (the Andaz London Liverpool Street and the Hyatt Regency The Churchill), compared to the nearly 40 properties that Hilton has (admittedly Hilton has a much larger global footprint than Hyatt, but it’s not 20x as big).
Unfortunately Hyatt’s London portfolio was weakened even further last November, when the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill had a gas explosion, which shut the hotel down for several months.
Anyway, it looks like the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill will finally be reopening next week — the hotel is slated to reopen on Monday, March 16, 2015.
I’ve actually never stayed at the Hyatt Regency. Instead I’ve only stayed at the Andaz London Liverpool Street, which I really loved.
It was historic while still feeling modern and fresh, had reasonably large rooms, and the breakfast spread was great.
Based on everything I’ve heard the Hyatt Regency is a bit past its prime, though it’s more “traditional” of a hotel, and it has a Regency Club, if that’s your preference in terms of hotel amenities.
So this is great news if you’re a regular at the hotel and looking to return. But it’s also great news if you’re an Andaz loyalist, since hopefully it drives down demand for that hotel a bit, meaning award nights will be easier to book, and maybe rates will even be a bit lower.
For what it’s worth, both properties are Category 6 Hyatt Gold Passport hotels, making a free night redemption 25,000 points per night (while pending availability, Points + Cash costs 12,500 points plus $150 per night). As a rule of thumb the rates between the two hotels are comparable on weekdays, while on weekends the Andaz is much cheaper than the Hyatt Regency.
To anyone that has stayed at the Hyatt Regency, how was your experience? Should I check it out the next time I’m in London, rather than the Andaz?