Sep042014

Hyatt Regency SFO at 1,000 points + $62.60 for $235 room night

Hyatt Regency SFO at 1,000 points + $62.60 is a little misleading since I actually booked the Hyatt Gold Passport Points + Cash rate at 4,000 points + $55.

The reason why I figure my Points + Cash stay cost only 1,000 points is I will be rebated 1,000 points with the  Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Welcome Amenity points and I will earn another 2,000 points from my targeted Hyatt offer of 2,000 points on my next three stays Sep 1-Nov 30, 2014 – Hyatt Gold Passport targeted offers Sep 1- Nov 30, 2014. Hyatt Gold Passport Points + Cash stays are eligible paid stays for promotion bonuses.

I needed to be in San Francisco for a morning flight to Newark EWR for my trip to Oslo, Norway. Or I could have got up at 3am in Monterey and drove to San Francisco without a hotel night. I felt rather rested today for Oslo, so it worked out best staying in a hotel the night before my Oslo flight.

I checked several SFO hotels and decided the best deal for me was Hyatt Regency SFO.

Hyatt SFO atrium lobby

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel atrium

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is a category 2 hotel award with Hyatt Gold Passport for 8,000 points per night. Being a weekend night, airport hotel rates were high. Hyatt Regency SFO was listed at $235.08 after tax.

I called Hyatt Gold Passport and there was Points + Cash award availability. You still have to call Hyatt Gold passport customer service to check for Points + Cash awards.

I even used one of the four suite upgrades in my Diamond member account. I might regret spending the upgrade for a one night stay if I use them all up and then want a hotel room upgrade before March 2015. In the last two years I saved the upgrades and never used them on one night stays and then ended up not using all four suite upgrades before they expired. Suite upgrades are not too useful at most Hyatt Place hotels.

 

Hyatt SFO suite 2112

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport room 2112 suite

Seating for seven is nice if you are at the hotel for a conference. This was one of the few times I stayed at Hyatt SFO when I was not there for a conference.

Hyatt SFO open bedroom

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Room 2112 suite has no doors separating bedroom

The bedroom has no doors which might be undesirable if you did have guests and a messy bedroom.

Hyatt SFO bedroom

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport bedroom Suite 2112

There was a desk area off the main sitting room..

Hyatt SFO desk area

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Room 2112 desk area

Beside the desk was a Keurig coffee maker.

Hyatt SFO Keurig coffee maker

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport with Keurig coffee maker.

The bathroom was standard Hyatt Regency.

Hyatt SFO bathroom

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport bathroom.

I like the toothpaste amenity standard for Hyatt Hotels. I have a few small tubes of AquaFresh in my toiletries bag from Hyatt stays this year. One of those toothpaste tubes is probably a $10 value in Norway.

I got a kick out of this sign on the Hyatt SFO bathroom counter.

Hyatt SFO toiletries

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport bathroom KenetMD toiletries with directions on skin and hair care.

KenetMD Skin and Hair Care

  1. Shampoo. Lather, rinse with cold water. Don’t repeat.
  2. Condition. Concentrate on the ends of your hair. Skip the scalp.
  3. Wash. Sparingly and only where you need it. Keep your shower short and not too hot to avoid dryness.
  4. Moisture. Pat dry and apply body lotion to your damp skin. If it’s cold outside, use a little extra.

Be well when you stay at Hyatt.

Hyatt SFO Regency Club

The sign stating Regency Club opens at 6:30am had me a little stressed. Then, I found my key worked to open the door at 5:30am. Inside the lounge there were bananas and cereals and milk, along with the coffee machines. By 6:00 am the lounge attendant was unwrapping more items like salmon and cheeses.

Hyatt SFO lounge-1

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Regency Club prior to regular breakfast service.

Coffee helped me open my eyes.

Hyatt SFO lounge-2

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Regency Club.

Two computer stations and newspapers including San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury, New York Times and USA Today.

Hyatt SFO lounge-3

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Regency Club

Hyatt Hotels are the original atrium design hotel that contracted with architect John Portman in the mid-1960s for a revolutionary atrium hotel lobby design when the Hyatt Regency Atlanta opened in 1967.

Hyatt SFO atrium

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel atrium ceiling exposed framework.

Parking at the hotel garage is $24 per night (no tax) and earns Hyatt Gold Passport points.

All in all, my stay cost 1,000 points + $62.60 for the $235 base room rate I upgraded to a suite. Actually, only 643 points since I also earned 275 base points and 82 points with the 30% Diamond elite bonus points from the $55 cash portion of the award stay.

I be well with Hyatt to start my two week trip to Norway.

*****

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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Comments

  1. You could also include the 330+ points you’ll get for the $55 outlay, bringing your points cost below 700.

  2. @Scott – exactly the thought I just had at 4am in Oslo that kept me from falling back to sleep.

    There is an additional 82 points with the 30% Diamond elite bonus on the 275 base points earned for $55 Points + Cash spend.

    Final cost for a suite at the Hyatt Regency SFO on a weeknight = 643 points + $62.50.

    Worth it to get a better night’s sleep before a transatlantic flight.

  3. Are you just trying to rub it in our face that Hyatt thinks you’re special and many of your readers are not. Hate Hyatts targeted offers.

  4. @Greg – I am currently writing an article for InsideFlyer about what I dislike about targeted hotel promotion offers.

    Read this one on Loyalty Traveler. http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2014/09/04/ihg-rewards-clubwe-are-sorry-but-there-was-an-error/

    I am IHG Rewards Club Platinum member and no offer posted for me yet for the promotion that started yesterday. I do not feel too special with IHG Rewards Club today.

    My point about this Hyatt stay is the cost for an otherwise expensive hotel can be quite reasonable with Points + Cash rewards that count for promotions and Diamond benefits. Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Best Western and Club Carlson could not match the value for the hotel night I needed.

  5. I stayed here for my red-eyed last Monday. I was concerned with all the negative reviews on booking dot com and tripadvisor. Turns out to be a non-eventful stay for me. Great option for 8000 pts/night.

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