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Small Luxury Hotels now bookable via World of Hyatt – with some great UK redemptions

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Earlier this year, Hyatt announced it was teaming up with Small Luxury Hotels of the World to offer World of Hyatt members the opportunity to earn and spend points at these properties.

At the time there was not much information as to how this alliance would work.  The partnership goes live on 6th December, however, and we now have a better understanding of what is going on.

You can find full details on this page of the Hyatt website.

Hyatt Small Luxury Hotels

This deal is, in some ways, transformational for Hyatt in the UK.  At the moment, their only UK presence outside London is the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham.

Even including London, you are only adding an extra four properties of which two are ‘limited service’ Hyatt Place hotels nears Heathrow.  In Central London it has Hyatt Regency The Churchill and the Andaz London Liverpool Street.

I rate Hyatt highly and it has some amazingly aspirational redemptions, mainly under the Park Hyatt brand.  There are some great properties in Europe, especially in France (Paris, Nice, Cannes) and Germany.  In general, however, it is very hard to earn World of Hyatt points if you are based in the UK.

From 6th December, the first 54 members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World are added to World of Hyatt, and are already bookable.  It is an impressive list:

United Kingdom (and Jersey)

  • Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa Turners Hill (Category 6)
  • The Arden Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon (Category 4)
  • Ashdown Park Hotel Forest Row (Category 5)
  • The Capital Hotel & Apartments London (Category 6)
  • Dukes London (Category 6)
  • Flemings Mayfair London (Category 6)
  • The Atlantic Hotel St Brelade Jersey (Category 6) – see second photo below
  • Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa Luton (Category 4) – see top photo below
  • Nira Caledonia Edinburgh (Category 5)
  • St. James’s Hotel and Club London (Category 6)
  • Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens Hook (Category 3)

Luton Hoo Small Luxury Hotels World

Italy

  • Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista Verona (Category 6)
  • Ca’Sagredo Hotel Venice (Category 7) – see bottom picture
  • Centurion Palace Venice (Category 8)
  • Grand Hotel Parker’s Naples (Category 5)
  • Hotel de La Ville – Monza (Category 3)
  • Hotel Lord Byron Rome (Category 5)
  • Hotel Vilon (Category 8)
  • Magna Pars Suites Milano (Category 6)
  • Margutta 19 Rome (Category 7)
  • Palazzo Sant’Angelo sul Canal Grande Venice (Category 7)
  • Palazzo Vecchietti Florence (Category 8)
  • Park Hotel ai Cappuccini Gubbio (Category 4)
  • Relais San Lorenzo Bergamo (Category 6)
  • Sikelia Sicily (Category 7)
  • Villa Spalletti Trivelli Rome (Category 7)

Greece

  • Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites Santorini (Category 6)
  • Archipelagos Mykonos (Category 6)
  • Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites Crete (Category 7)
  • The Excelsior Thessaloniki (Category 3)
  • Liostasi Hotel & Suites Ios (Category 6)
  • Margi Athens (Category 6)
  • On the Rocks Santorini (Category 6)
  • Pietra e Mare Beach Hotel Mykonos (Category 6)
  • San Antonio Santorini (Category 8)
  • Santorini Secret Suites & Spa Santorini (Category 8)
  • Sesa Boutique Hotel Kanali (Category 5)
  • Theoxenia Palace & House Suites Athens (Category 3)

France

  • Hotel and Spa des Pecheurs Corsica (Category 8)
  • Hotel Le Strato Courchevel 1850 (Category 8)
  • Les Etangs de Corot Versailles (Category 5)

Germany

  • Ketschauer Hof Deidesheim (Category 5)

Switzerland

  • The View Lugano (Category 8)

Belgium

  • Hotel de Orangerie Bruges (Category 5)

Estonia

  • Hotel St. Petersbourg Tallinn (Category 4)

Spain

  • El Lodge Ski and Spa Sierra, Nevada (Category 7)
  • Nobu Hotel Marbella (Category 7)
  • Sant Francesc Hotel Singular Mallorca (Category 6)

Cyprus

  • Columbia Beach Resort Limassol (Category 7)

China

  • The Sukhothai Shanghai (Category 5)

Malaysia

  • The Edison George Town Penang (Category 3)
  • Gaya Island Resort Borneo (Category 5)
  • Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon Kuala Lumpur (Category 3)
  • Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Laut (Category 5)

Additional properties will be added throughout the remainder of 2018 and 2019.

There are some good properties here.  I have stayed at The Atlantic in Jersey and – admittedly this was a decade ago – it was impressive.  It looks ugly from the outside but the interior had seen a fortune spent on it.  St Ouen’s Bay, which it overlooks, is an amazing beach.

Ca’Sagredo in Venice looks astonishing, frankly:

Ca'Sagredo Venice Hyatt

How to redeem World of Hyatt points at Small Luxury Hotels

Hyatt has revamped their redemption chart, adding a new, higher tier called Category 8, in order to accommodate some of the most luxurious properties in the Small Luxury Hotels group.

This is the new chart.  Hyatt claims that the new Category 8, at 40000 points per night, will NOT apply to any existing Hyatt hotels.  It is only meant to be for top-end partner properties.  Click to enlarge:

Hyatt redemption chart

I tend to value Hyatt points at 1p, although at peak times you can often beat that easily.  You shouldn’t have any trouble getting 1p at the properties above.

How to earn World of Hyatt points at Small Luxury Hotels

All World of Hyatt members also get the following benefits as standard when staying at a Small Luxury Hotels property:

Complimentary continental breakfast

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Early check-in 12:00pm (based on availability)

Late check-out 2:00pm (based on availability)

Room upgrade to the next category up (based on availability)

Interestingly, having status in World of Hyatt isn’t worth anything at SLH hotels.  The benefits are fixed.  You will receive a status bonus on the points earned.

You will earn 5 base World of Hyatt points for every $1 spent. 

Conclusion

Until now Hyatt has had very few UK properties.  This alliance transforms their UK network and, as far as I know, adds the first real ‘luxury’ country house hotels in the UK that can be booked for reward points.   (Marriott’s The Luxury Collection will soon be opening The Langley, however, which should easily be the best ‘country’ UK redemption option.  I’m not including Hilton Syon Park because it is adjacent to a garden centre and overlooks a housing estate!)

As the alliance grows we may find ourselves writing more about Hyatt as it becomes a more relevant brand in the UK market.  You can learn more about Small Luxury Hotels with World of Hyatt on the Hyatt website here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. I have an existing booking over the Christmas period at one of the UK properties, which I made via Hotels.com free night vouchers.

    I won’t hold my breath, but am curious to see if I can provide my Hyatt membership details to the hotel to receive any of the benefits.

    • Hi Matt
      Can you please report back after your stay?
      Would any spending at the hotel as a NON resident get you Hyatt points?
      We live in Jersey and often visit Atlantic Hotel St Brelade’s Bay for meals,the hotel is truly a gem even if as Rob mentioned from outside doesn’t look great

    • Unfortunately only SLH hotels that can be booked directly with Hyatt through Hyatt’s website, mobile app, or call centres according its T&C

  2. Does Hyatt have any UK credit card or airline partners? I have a Hyatt membership number for some reason, but don’t have a single point…

    • I seem to remember racking up a load of points with work stays at the Hyatt Baku about 8 years ago. I think I transferred them to Virgin but can’t be sure. Apologies if this is now out of date info. I think I still have the account but also zero points.

  3. Luxury Country House…?

    Dunkeld DoubleTree might aspire to match that description, always enjoyed staying there.

    Used The Churchill a few times, nice place.

    • Sorry Dunblane DT, Dunkeld no longer part of Hilton group.

      • Stayed in the Dunblane Hydro this summer on a cash stay and it was a bit meh. Got zero recognition as a Gold card holder at check in, in fact the receptionist went out of her way to ignore us at the Honours check in desk. No sign of an upgrade, but the restaurant was nice.
        Can only speak I find but it was just too busy to feel special.

        • I’d have made sure to speak to a manager regarding that, poor form.

        • Diamonds are told to stand in a line after breakfast and queue for a “free” bottle of water at the Dunblane!

          Seems to a be a very popular hotel but agree the steak restaurant is quite good.

      • Dunblane is fine (been a few times) but personally I think it would be a stretch for it to be considered luxury.

        • TR , I did have cause to speak to a manager the following morning on another matter and he was extremely helpful. After that I didn’t really want to start complaining but did mention my experience and he was concerned. It didn’t help me after the fact and perhaps I should have been a bit more hard-nosed, but 30+ years of “professional travelling” have unfortunately left me with low expectations of UK hotels. Sadly even having status is not doing a lot to change those expectations now I’m retired.

          Axel, I did wonder if the bottle of water in the room was my “upgrade”! Fortunately Scottish tap water is very drinkable compared to the stuff at home.

        • I stayed at the DT Dunblane on an itison deal last year, status as diamond was recognised and was provided a bag (!) with bottles of water and a jar of jelly beans, upgraded to a suite and breakfast was all good, no issues. The itison deal is back on at the moment, £49 a night, assume this is for a week night.

        • Nice – just water and DT cookie when I was there as Diamond quite a few times – occ upgrade but often not (depends how busy of course). Also had a dreadful room above the kitchen that was very noisy – ended up with that being refunded! Grounds are lovely.

    • The Dunblane Hydro was for quite a while one of the best and most luxurious hotels in my local area.

      Its a shame to see it went under the doubletree brand of Hilton as IMHO its worthy of at least Hilton status if not better!

      The Hydro is well known locally for its resturaunt – comes from when it was part of the jewel in the crown of the Stakis empire.

      They used to televise the Hogmanay show, live from the hotel…..and was once a fantastic place to be……however, seems that with the Doubletree brand, it has gone downhill somewhat and is not a patch on what it used to be….

      • In most places I find the DT is better than the Hilton. Not sure why you see it as the poor relation.

  4. Colin JE says:

    Now that’s a tempting prospect but a real tease Rob. I have zero points in Hyatt, transferred them all to Virgin after a Hyatt Place stay in US last year.
    So, how to transfer points INTO Hyatt?
    Virgin?
    Amex MR?

    • Can’t be done. VERY frustrating. They should do something here even if it is only a UK-only Amex MR deal.

  5. Correction – the Atlantic actually overlooks St Ouen’s bay 🙂

  6. Looks like a good addition to Hyatt as you say and decent benefits, just a shame there doesn’t seem to be an easy earning option for those of us not in the USA!

  7. George K says:

    Interesting tie-in. Do ALL Hyatt members get free breakfast, regardless of tier?

    I managed to pull a stay at Dukes just two months ago for a promotional rate of £110 – without breakfast. However, as I booked via SLH, for which I had complimentary mid-level status via Amex, continental breakfast was supposedly included (with a discretionary upgrade, late checkout etc).

    The front desk was initially confused about whether I get (continental) breakfast or not so I asked them to confirm it with me later – which they did. During breakfast, the hostess very kindly informed us that while it’s supposed to be continental breakfast only, we could in fact choose anything from the GBR restaurant menu (and boy, did we ever..).

    An all in all very profitable stay.

  8. OT:
    Reports coming in of people’s IB accounts going into deficit from the promotion earlier this year. Screenshots showing -90,000 points, wonder if they will be able to follow routes of transferred points and deduct from those accounts also?

    • When Avios.com closed my account they created a new BAEC account, this despite having done multiple transactions between the two. I spoke to CS and they said if the account details didn’t match identically they had to create a new account – worth bearing in mind if anyone is now in negative IB Avios. You could also just ask to close your IB account.

  9. The Edison in Penang is great. Amazing interior . Fantastic service.

  10. Can you still get Inspired status by joining SLH’s Invited membership via Amex? I can’t seem to find the link for it anymore

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