If you have not heard about Mattress Running, it is basically something that travellers and loyalty addicts (like myself) do to gain or retain status (and points) each year. There are many reasons why one may choose to mattress run but some reasons include:
- Attaining and retaining loyalty status for next year
- Complete a fast track promotion
- Taking advantage of a targeted promotion
Staying with large chain hotels has its perks and they come in the form of free breakfast (and alcohol!), suite upgrades, late check-outs and complimentary internet amongst other things. There used to be a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Trial Challenge that one could take advantage of but this has been recently replaced by a Fast Track promotion instead. Here is a list of Hyatt hotels (arranged by Hyatt Daily Rate) that are relatively more affordable in case you are thinking of a mattress run (I know I am!):
Cheapest Hyatt Mattress Runs in Asia-Pacific
- Hyatt Regency Bandung
(HDR S$94++ | AP: S$75++)
- Hyatt Place Hampi
(HDR: S$117++ | AP: N/A)
- Hyatt Place Pune/Hinjewadi
(HDR: S$123++ | AP: S$98++)
- Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort
(HDR: S$143++ | AP: N/A)
- Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort
(HDR: S$153++ | AP: S$130++)
- Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen
(HDR: S$157++ | AP: S$133++)
- Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta
(HDR: S$182++ | AP: S$155++)
- Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
(HDR: S$206++ | AP: S$175++)
- Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
(HDR: S$229++ | AP: S$195++)
- Hyatt Regency Tokyo
(HDR: S$271++ | AP: N/A)
- Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
(HDR: S$273++ | AP: S$245++)
- Hyatt Regency Hua Hin
(HDR:S$289++ | AP: S$231++)
- Grand Hyatt Singapore
(HDR: S$390++ | AP: S$351++)
HDR: Hyatt Daily Rate | AP: Advance Purchase Rate (if applicable)
Do note that the prices (accurate at the time of writing) listed above are for a random weekend 3 months out and should not be used as a representation of the hotel's rate at any point - you should always check the hotel's website for the most current room rates (although I do not expect the HDR to change at all).
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Seoul will be getting her fourth Hyatt-branded property in 2019 - the Andaz Gangnam, Seoul. Slated to open in the city's famous Apgujeong neighbourhood, the Andaz Gangnam, Seoul will be South Korea's first Andaz-branded hotel and it will be minutes away from the Han River with high-end shopping and independent design labels located nearby.
I have stayed in multiple properties in Tokyo but the Shinjuku area is probably my favourite - the Hilton Tokyo is nice but I have spent over a week there previously so I decided that it was time to try out a different property this time. The Hyatt Regency Tokyo ticked all the right boxes from start to finish and it is now my favourite property in Shinjuku - check out my review of the Regency Club Room here!
The iconic Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi will be rebranded into the first Andaz-branded hotel in the Middle East late 2018. The hotel which is currently owned by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) will turn the iconic ‘Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi’ into Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi.
Hyatt has just opened a brand new property in southern China's Guangdong province - the 335-room Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport is located in the west side of the terminal hall at the Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX) and it is directly connected to both arrival and departure halls via an indoor walkway.
In partnership with Vouch, Andaz Singapore is the first hotel in Singapore to launch the ConcierGO program (supported by the Singapore Tourism Board) which is a chatbot system that allows hotel guests to receive personalised response and recommendations based on their interests. This development is part of the STB's Tourism Innovation Challenge and it is in response to the challenges faced by hotel and travel agency industries.
The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is one of the most highly-rated Andaz properties amongst luxury travellers that I know - everyone that has been there has nothing but good things to say about this property. Check out my review of this Category 6 property and find out what makes this one of the best hotels that I have ever stayed in!
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in the Asia-Pacific region. Located on the fashionable Namiki-dori street in cosmopolitan Ginza, the 164-room full-service lifestyle hotel offers travelers a home base in a neighborhood where even the most avid explorers can stay entertained for days on end. Interior designer Yohei Akao has created flexible spaces and furniture configurations that adjust nimbly. True to the Hyatt Centric brand concept of putting guests at the center of their own unique travel adventure, Akao has embedded touches of Ginza throughout the public spaces and guestrooms in subtle ways that will inspire guests to venture out and explore.
Following the revamp of the loyalty program back in late 2016, World of Hyatt has just announced that free night awards will count towards earning and retaining tier status from 01 January 2018. Previously only Points + Cash awards count towards tier status and allowing free nights to go towards this annual requirement is a much-welcomed change. Additionally, World of Hyatt is also extending the validity dates for certain free night awards from 120 days to 180 days from the date of issuance.
I am a huge fan of the Hyatt brand and even though I have lost my Globalist status earlier this year, the Andaz Singapore has been my most anticipated hotel to open in Singapore this year. Occupying the top floors of one of the iconic DUO skyscrapers, the Andaz Singapore is the first Andaz-branded property to open in Southeast Asia. More importantly, it is a product of two very famous and established architects - Ole Scheeren and Andre Fu. Check out my review of the Andaz Suite here!