Top 10 Hyatt Hotels to Redeem that Cat 1-4 Reward Night Certificate

Earlier in April , I wrote a series of posts and covered the newly revamped, World of Hyatt in detail. In case you missed it here’s the link to each post.

The new program comes with some significant changes. One of these is the opportunity to earn a free reward night certificate that can be used for a complimentary night stay at your choice of category 1-4 hotels worldwide. Every World of Hyatt member (even the base member) is eligible to get this certificate after completing stays at 5 different brands under the Hyatt portfolio. Additionally, Explorist members earn another Category 1-4 reward night after completing 30 eligible nights.

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Nepal

If you are a World of Hyatt member and close to getting that free night, I’ve complied a list of hotels you should consider choosing from. While Hyatt does have a few nice Cat 1 & 2 hotels like the Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu, I wouldn’t consider redeeming a complimentary night at a hotel whicj costs only 5,000 points or 2,500 plus USD 50 on cash plus points.

For the sake of getting maximum return on your reward night I’ve picked hotels where you would get a minimum return value of INR 1 on reward points stay. For example it makes more sense to redeem the free night at The Park Hyatt in Goa, a category 4 hotel than at the Grand Hyatt in Bangkok another category 4 hotel.  Reward night at both the hotels costs 15,000 points per night, though and the rooms in Goa are priced at an average of USD 250/ INR 16,000 hence giving a return value of INR 1.07 per point, while the average price in Bangkok is approximately USD 170/ INR 11,000 per night. Hence only yielding a return value of INR0.74 for every point.

So here are my top 10 picks to consider on when your thinking of splurging that cat 1-4 reward night certificate.

1. Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia (Category 4 / 15,000 points)

The Park Hyatt Siem Reap is walking distance from popular tourist area and just 15 minutes away from the Angkor Wat complex. With a standard room night costing approximately USD 270/ INR 17,000, this is one of the best Park Hyatt Cat 4 redemption options in the Asia region.

Park Hyatt Siam Reap, Cambodia (Picture Courtesy : Hyatt Hotels)

2. Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Category 4 / 15,000 points)

South-east Asis is a travellers paradise and the Park Hyatt in Saigon is located just minutes from the most popular landmarks, including Opera House, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and Reunification Palace. A night here is priced at USD 300/ INR 19400. The hotel in itself is beautiful landscaping and a newly revamped swimming pool and makes is a great choice to redeem that free night.

3. Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, India  (Category 4/ 15,000 points)

Voted as the most luxurious spa resort in India and priced at USD 250/ INR 16,000 per night in the winter season, this is one of the best luxury beach resorts in Goa you can stay at. Set within 45 acres of landscaped gardens with waterways and lagoons, the resort has a private beach and all rooms are done in charming Indo-Portuguese style villas.

Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa (Picture Courtesy : Hyatt Hotels)

4. Grand Hyatt Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (Category 4/ 15,000 points)

Just two and a half hours flight hop from India Oman is a land of breath taking natural beauty along with a kaleidoscope of history. The Grand Hyatt in Muscat is located on a pristine stretch of beach in the Sultanate of Oman. The rooms and suites done in Arabic style , a standard room here is priced at USD 300/ INR 20,000 in the holiday season and is a great option for that reward night certificate.

Grand Hyatt Oman (Picture Courtesy : Hyatt Hotels)

5. Grand Hyatt Berlin, Germany (Category 4/ 15,000 points)

Just steps from the Potsdamer Platz, shopping, museums and the Brandenburg Gate, the Grand Hyatt Berlin is a great choice to stay in Berlin when on leisure travel .Average night here costs USD 270/ INR 17,500.

Grand Hyatt Berlin (Picture Courtesy : Hyatt Hotels)

6. Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C.  (Category 4 / 15,000 points)

Another hotel that is all about location is the Grand Hyatt in Washington that holds a Penn Quarter address in the heart of D.C.’s downtown. A standard room night here will cost you USD 270/ INR 17,500 per night.

Grand Hyatt Washington (Picture Coutesy : Hyatt Hotels)

7. ANDAZ Savannah, Georgia USA  (Category 4 / 15,000 points)

A stay at this Andaz property is an eclectic experience in the heart of Savannah, Georgia. With its artful décor, relaxed urban vibe, and new South sophistication. Rooms here at the standard Andaz king room are priced at an average of USD 320/ INR 20,000 per night.

Andaz Savannah (Picture Courtesy : Hyatt Hotels)

8. Grand Hyatt San Antonio , Texas  (Category 3 / 12,000 points)

There are few places more magical than San Antonio’s River Walk. Grand Hyatt San Antonio, is just steps from this landmark, as well as the Alamo, iconic riverside restaurants, quirky shops, and more.  Room night here in the holiday season costs USD 290 /INR 19,000.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio (Picture Courtesy : Hyatt Hotels)

9. Grand Hyatt Melbourne , Australia (Category 4 / 15,000 points)

If you want explore Melbourne on foot, then there isin’t a better hotel to stay at than the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. During our recent trip to Australia we chose the Grand Hyatt over the Park Hyatt only because of the location and weren’t disappointed in anyway.

With standard rooms priced at USD 260/ INR 17,000 per night this is an amazing hotel to use up the free night if you are travelling in the Victoria, Australia.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne (Picture Courtesy : Hyatt Hotels)

10. ANDAZ Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica  (Category 4 / 15,000 points)

If you’re searching for breathtaking Guanacaste, Costa Rica resorts, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort is the perfect choice. The 153 deluxe guestrooms and suites offer stunning views of the ocean and nearby forest. For USD 350/ INR 22,500 a night you have access to 2 pristine beaches, lush natural foliage, majestic mountains, and sapphire blue waters.

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Picture Courtesy : Hyatt Hotels)

In case you are new to the World of Hyatt you’ll have to complete at least 10 nights to move up from the base to the next level Discoverist tier. However the good news is that you can get a return value of USD230/ INR 15,000 by staying at 5 different hyatt brands and earning that free night certificate.

What have been your best Hyatt redemption stays ? Mine was at the Park Hyatt in Maldives.


  1. Is the offer not applicable who are at base level?
    Do you need a minimum status to redeem points?
    I cant just buy points & redeem them?

  2. The problem with Muscat hotel is that exhorbitant visa cost to Oman. Last year I was quoted INR 18000 pp by travel agents authorised by Oman tourism when I was planning a quick holiday..

  3. You are missing the Hyatt Regency Hill Country. In the summer, the rate could go up to $450+ per night. I just redeemed for one night in Independence day weekend and the rate was $469 per night. There is a $39 resort fee though.

    • Discoverist? “Enjoy waived resort fees on free night awards.” See WOH “Hotel Perks.”

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