Just prior to my Hyatt Diamond status expiring in early 2013, I signed up for the Hyatt Visa card and completed my minimum spending, yielding me two suite award nights at any* Hyatt worldwide. As part of my visit in Milan, I decided to use one night to stay at the Park Hyatt Milan. At the time I booked, the retail price of a suite was about 810 Euros per night.
The Park Hyatt places floor plans of its suites online for convenient reference.
While hotel check-in was at 4PM, I arrived at about 1PM to see if any rooms were available. The front desk clerk took down my information and, after being a bit confused by my Irish cell phone number (“There aren’t any more digits?”), sent me on my way. I took to wandering around the Duomo and its nearby plaza. He called me back about 30 minutes later, informing me that my room was available and I should return to the hotel.
For those reading the Hyatt brochure at home, I would have certainly liked to have received an Imperial Suite, in all 2745 square feet of glory, but I doubt these awards are given much consideration for upgrades.
At some point while I was exploring Milan, the hotel staff stopped by to drop off a bottle of wine, bottled water, some dried peppers, and a handwritten note in my room. (Scroll up to the earlier picture of the table… I’ll wait.)
The Park Hyatt Milan is exceptionally centrally located. Unfortunately, this hotel was one of the six Park Hyatts to be elevated into Hyatt’s new formed Category 7 hotels in January 2014, so a single night in a standard room is now 30k points and a single night in a suite is 48k. While I can point to the retail price to convince myself how good of a “value” I would receive for redeeming points at this property, it’s hard to justify when there are reasonable–albeit not quite as nice–alternatives nearby.
* While this offer was on-going, the Park Hyatt Sydney was restricted to standard rooms, rather than suites, for credit card night redemptions.