In late July Hyatt expressed interest in NH hotels not realizing apparently that Thailand’s Minor International had nearly completed acquisition of the Spanish chain. Days later Hyatt would hold its earnings call and quickly got out word of a deal with Small Luxury Hotels of the World with details to follow late in the year.
That wouldn’t be an acquisition. Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a collection of independent properties, and it’s more of a booking relationship than a hotel chain. And Hyatt’s deal is something similar to what they have with MGM’s M life Rewards — let’s share customers, offering points-earning and redemption.
With over 500 hotels in 80 countries Small Luxury Hotels of the World held the potential to significantly grow the World of Hyatt footprint.
Hyatt has launched the partnership in December with just 54 hotels are participating though they promised ‘more in the coming months.’
Today they’re adding 56 more hotels:
|Kristiania Lech||Lech am Arlberg||Austria|
|The Pand Hotel||Bruges||Belgium|
|Hotel Lilla Roberts||Helsinki||Finland|
|Les Sources de Caudalie||Bordeaux||France|
|Chateau Eza||Eze Village||France|
|Le M de Megeve||Megeve||France|
|Grand Hotel du Palais Royal||Paris||France|
|Hotel Relais Christine||Paris||France|
|Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel||Paris||France|
|Château la Chenevière||Port-en-Bessin||France|
|Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda||Lake Garda||Italy|
|Grand Hotel Majestic||Lake Maggiore||Italy|
|Eight Hotel Portofino||Portofino||Italy|
|Hotel Splendide Royal||Rome||Italy|
|Winselerhof Country Estate||Landgraaf||Netherlands|
|Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Spa||Estoril||Portugal|
|Carmo’s Boutique Hotel||Ponte de Lima||Portugal|
|Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa||Vila Vicosa||Portugal|
|Saint Ten Hotel||Belgrade||Serbia|
|Wellnesshotel Golf Panorama||Lipperswil||Switzerland|
|The Grand Hotel||Eastbourne||United Kingdom|
|Langshott Manor||Langshott||United Kingdom|
|Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali||Bali||Indonesia|
|Kasara Niseko Village||Niseko||Japan|
|The Luang Say Residence||Luang Prabang||Laos|
|Cameron Highlands Resort||Cameron Highlands||Malaysia|
|Tanjong Jara Resort||Dungun||Malaysia|
|The Majestic Malacca||Malaysia||Malaysia|
|Hotel Eclat Taipei||Taipei||Taiwan|
|137 Pillars Suites Bangkok||Bangkok||Thailand|
|137 Pillars House||Chiang Mai||Thailand|
|Aleenta Resort & Spa Hua Hin||Hua Hin||Thailand|
|Akyra Beach Club Phuket||Phuket||Thailand|
|Aleenta Resort & Spa Phuket||Phuket||Thailand|
|Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences||Samana||Dominican Republic|
|Casas del XVI||Santo Domingo||Dominican Republic|
|The Trident Hotel||Port Antonio||Jamaica|
|Sailrock Resort||South Caicos||Turks & Caicos|
|Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa||Jackson||USA|
|The Betsy South Beach||Miami Beach||USA|
|The Plymouth South Beach||Miami Beach||USA|
Les Sources de Caudalie, credit: Small Luxury Hotels of the World
I view this partnership as useful on the redemption side only, unless you really need elite stay credit. Members earn their regular 5 points per dollar spent plus applicable elite bonus. This applies to room revenue. Members also earn elite night credit for these stays. However,
- only bookings made through Hyatt channels are eligible for Hyatt points and elite night credit. Hyatt’s best rate guarantee doesn’t apply, and SLH’s own best rate guarantee doesn’t apply.
- booking independent properties direct may yield lower rates than going through a central channel, and in this case you’ll want to even check pricing that SLH.com is offering versus what Hyatt may be offering. There’s no promise Hyatt rates qualifying for points and status credit will be the best rates.
I don’t love the value most of these properties are giving on the redemption side, though of course more options are better.
Hyatt added a new top redemption category 8 to its award chart to accommodate the priciest SLH hotels, though most don’t command room rates that would appear to warrant such a placement. This suggests to me that Hyatt is reimbursing SLH properties more for redemption stays than their own Hyatt hotels, so they need to bill members for more points to cover it.
My hope is that the introduction of category 8 doesn’t make category creep easier for Hyatt’s own properties.
That said since there are fixed redemption prices (award chart) there’s still the possibility of getting a good deal when a hotel is running at high occupancy especially during its peak season.