Hyatt Adds 56 Luxury Hotel Redemption Options to its Portfolio

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:

SLH Property City Country/Region
Kristiania Lech Lech am Arlberg Austria
The Pand Hotel Bruges Belgium
Nimb Hotel Copenhagen Denmark
Hotel Haven Helsinki Finland
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
Grand Powers Paris France
Hotel Relais Christine Paris France
Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel Paris France
Château la Chenevière Port-en-Bessin France
Muse Saint-Tropez Ramatuelle France
Hotel Regency Florence Italy
Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda Lake Garda Italy
Grand Hotel Majestic Lake Maggiore Italy
Eight Hotel Portofino Portofino Italy
The Gray Milan Italy
Il Melograno Puglia Italy
Babuino 181 Rome Italy
Hotel D’Inghilterra Rome Italy
Hotel Splendide Royal Rome Italy
Hotel Bergs Riga Latvia
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
Terra Dominicata Priorat Spain
Bank Hotel Stockholm Sweden
Wellnesshotel Golf Panorama Lipperswil Switzerland
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne United Kingdom
Langshott Manor Langshott United Kingdom
Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali Bali Indonesia
Viceroy 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
Keemala 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
Wentworth Mansion Charleston USA
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 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.

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  1. LOVING these properties for Europe.
    Just booked a great place in Florence, Italy for 25k/night. There was another option that was Cat 8 at 40k.
    Two notes: they do not (ever?) honor the Hyatt Suite upgrade cents; and unclear about Globalist bennies.

  2. Currently staying at the Luton Hoo in England on 15k points and it’s worth every point. Loving it, just gorgeous!

  3. I’m always happy to have more hotels as options. However, if I want to pay for my stay, it is better to join the SLH program and book thru it. There is an automatic 10% discount. I’ve gone ahead and rebooked a couple reservations.

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