My favorite Hyatt property, and perhaps one of my all around favorite hotels in the world, is the Park Hyatt Sydney. It’s a stunning, intimate property, with unbelievable views.
On top of that, I find the staff to be excellent, in particular the concierge team. It’s a hotel which isn’t just considered good by those looking to redeem points, but is also generally regarded as the single best hotel in Sydney. As you might expect, the rates reflect that. In high season, rates start at 1,000AUD+ per night. The hotel costs 30,000 Hyatt points per night, which isn’t a sum of points everyone wants to part with, particularly for a longer stay.
Over the years I know a lot of people have been suggesting that Hyatt needs to open another property in Sydney, and it seems like that will finally be happening soon. The Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour will be rebranded as the Hyatt Regency Sydney as of November 30, 2016.
Rendering of the Hyatt Regency Sydney
Per the press release, the hotel will be undergoing a $250 million redevelopment and refurbishment, including a new 24 story tower, featuring a total of 222 additional guest rooms:
Following a significant $250 million redevelopment and refurbishment, Hyatt Regency Sydney will enjoy an unparalleled location in the Sydney Central Business District adjacent to Darling Harbour, providing the perfect setting for corporate, leisure and meeting and events programs. This expansion will also include a new 24-story tower and 222 additional guestrooms, making Hyatt Regency Sydney the largest upscale, full service hotel in Australia with a total room count of 892. Additionally, the hotel will introduce a 272-seat all day dining restaurant, which will build off Hyatt’s history of culinary excellence, and will also feature the only hotel rooftop bar in Sydney and a Regency Club lounge with stunning panoramic views of the harbor.
As you can see, this will make the Hyatt Regency Sydney the largest “upscale, full service” hotel in Australia, with 892 rooms.
On the surface converting a Four Points into a Hyatt Regency doesn’t make me especially hopeful about the project, since Four Points is a limited service, lower end brand, while presumably they’re trying to make the Hyatt Regency a bit more luxurious. At the same time, it seems like the hotel will be undergoing a big renovation, so I imagine it’s mostly just the “bones” of the hotel staying the same.
It’ll be great to have another points friendly hotel which will presumably be more reasonably priced. As of now the hotel isn’t yet bookable as a Hyatt Regency (though you can still book it as a Four Points for stays after November 30), though I’m sure it will be soon. I’m curious to see what category it will be priced at.
Presently it’s an SPG Category 4 property, making a free night redemption 10,000 Starpoints.
If I had to guess, given that Hyatt Regency is a bit more upmarket, I suspect this will be a Category 5 or Category 6 Gold Passport property, making a free night redemption 20,000-25,000 points. I hope it’s a Category 5, but given what an expensive hotel market Sydney can be, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a Category 6.
This is an exciting addition to Hyatt’s Australia portfolio, which is otherwise quite limited. While the Park Hyatt is an awesome property, it’s extremely aspirational, so not in most peoples’ budgets.
As someone who is both a Hyatt and Starwood loyalist, I’m excited about this change, since Starwood has two other properties in Sydney, and will soon have a few more, due to their takeover from Marriott.
What do you make of the Four Points by Sheraton being rebranded as the Hyatt Regency Sydney?