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).
Hyatt is expected to boost its luxury portfolio in the Asia-Pacific region by more than 25% by the end of 2020. With 21 new luxury hotels and resorts slated to open by the end of next year, this expansion will see the introduction of seven Park Hyatt branded properties.
Hyatt has now enhanced their Best Rate Guarantee program to offer members the opportunity to pick 5,000 World of Hyatt Points over a 20% discount. Effective immediately, members can now file for a Best Rate Guarantee and choose between getting an additional 20% off or 5,000 World of Hyatt Bonus Points (which will typically cost USD 120 to purchase) when it is approved. Remember, these additional benefits are on top of your newly-matched room rate.
If you are planning for a quick getaway (and an affordable one too), you may receive the 4th night free for all eligible stays between now and 15 May 2019 at all participating Hyatt Regency properties. While the properties under this brand may not be luxurious, I have had plenty of good experiences across some of these properties (including the Hyatt Regency Tokyo and the Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa.
Last year, Hyatt announced that it would be acquiring Two Roads Hospitality - the lifestyle hotel management company owns luxury lifestyle and boutique brands like Alila Hotels & Resorts, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels and tommie. Starting from 28 March 2019, World of Hyatt members will be able to earn and redeem points (as well as enjoy in-hotel benefits) at eight participating Thompson Hotels for eligible stays.
It is definitely worth noting that the Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai is the first Andaz-branded property to open in Asia and it located in an iconic entertainment area of downtown Shanghai. Even though the official check-in time at the property is 3:00PM, I did not face any trouble getting a room assigned to me at approximately 2:00PM. In fact, the hotel actually accorded me with an upgrade into a King Bed Deluxe (much like a Junior Suite and you will see why later) since I was celebrating my birthday there.
The Hyatt Regency Hangzhou is expected to be re-branded to Grand Hyatt Hangzhou on 18 December 2018. Following 18 months of intensive renovations, the hotel will become the first Grand Hyatt hotel in the Zhejiang Province and the 15th in Greater China. The property will feature 388 redesigned guestrooms and suites that will range from 34sqm to 240sqm and it will create an inviting space for guests and locals to indulge in.
As soon as I cleared immigration and picked up my luggage, I met up with a Park Hyatt Siem Reap representative out front who promptly took my bags and escorted me to the car. Now a lot of people do not actually know this but the Park Hyatt Siem Reap actually enjoys one of the best locations in the city - it is just a short 20-minute drive from the airport and it is within walking distance to Pub Street which is a great place for food, entertainment and drinks. If you are planning on checking out various attractions around the city, the Angkor Archaeological Park is just located 8km away. Read about my review in a Rooftop Garden Suite here!
After a recent break-off with Oasis Collection home rentals, Hyatt has announced today that it is buying Two Roads Hospitality for US$480 Million. This international lifestyle hotel management company currently owns luxury lifestyle and boutique brands like Alila Hotels & Resorts, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels and tommie.
The Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is a collection of small and independent luxury hotels where guests can enjoy authentic travel experiences - The Scarlet Singapore and Naumi are both SLH properties in Singapore! Hyatt Hotels Corporation and SLH has announced plans to bring World of Hyatt members opportunities to enjoy loyalty benefits in more places and this collaborative effort is expected to launch at the end of the year.
If you are a World of Hyatt member who is struggling to meet the requirements for elite status, you will be pleased to know that all eligible nights at participating Andaz properties around the world will count as two nights instead of one from 01 July 2018 to 31 August 2018 - this is awarded based on your checkout date.