Hyatt Regency Aruba

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  1. tulane09

    tulane09 Silver Member

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    I'm about to book the Hyatt for 4 nights over Labor Day. I have the option of booking a regular award stay at 22,000 points per night, or the club level at 27,000 points per night. Regular is 1.7 cents/point. Club level is 1.9 cents/point.

    Is it worth the extra 19,000 points for club level? Anyone have any other comments on the Hyatt in Aruba (hotel and/or casino)?
     
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    Do you have any kind of status with Hyatt? May help with a free upgrade. Also depends on how important the view and how much you value the club.

    Personally, I don't care about a club lounge in Aruba. There are too many good restaurants and we spend so little time in our room. On the other hand we have a 2 BDRM timeshare at the Aruba Marriott and I do like the extra space.
     
  3. tulane09

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    Free breakfast would be nice and a view is always welcome. As of now I don't have status with Hyatt, unless I do a status match (I'm tying to hold off on this until I'm ready to apply for the Hyatt chase card).
     
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    I don't think Hyatt does a straight up status match. They do a Diamond challenge. I recently completed mine successfully. You have to show them top status with another hotel, then complete 12 paid nights in 60 days. I matched my Hilton status that I got from spending on the Citi Hilton card. I then booked the 12 nights as I had some business and personal travel in March-May. My challenge began the day before my first night. We had some amazing upgrades as a result of the temporary Diamond status that Hyatt gives you. If successful, you keep your status through Feb of the following year.
     
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    I like the club level option. It's nice to have the food/drink options available close by as compared to up/down, up/down, $8 for chips/dip, etc.
     
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    What I like about the lounge during the afternoon is they have plenty of soda and water (and cookies) during the day...so you can stock up before heading to the beach or pool where refreshments can be pricey. Breakfast is nice there...but I didn't think the room or the view itself was any different from others there.
     
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    So 19,000 Hyatt points for soda and cookies then? Doesn't sound like a great deal to me.
     
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    You must have stayed on the club level of the Motel 6. :D

    The following was readily available during our stay - from the website - Begin each day with a complimentary Continental Breakfast in the private lounge, where you may also enjoy evening hors d’oeuvres and wine.
     
  9. brucewil

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    I didn't say that was my experience. I was quoting the post above me who talked about the snacks. To me unless the room has something special about it or the view, 19,000 Hyatt points seemed like a lot for 4 days worth of bkfst and snacks. At 2 cents apiece, that's almost $100/day.
     
  10. tulane09

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    If the breakfast spread is good (like at the Ritz) I'm inclined to book club. I hear food's expensive in Aruba (especially around the hyatt) so if it saves me $50/day (2 people) than the other perks make it worthwhile. Thanks for the input.
     
  11. tulane09

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    Booked the club level for 1.9 cents/pt. This is my first major redemption other than upgrades on some flights so I'm stoked. Also did standby upgrade for a suite for $59/night, which if I get would push to almost 3 cents/pt.
     
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    Sense of humor not found. Peace out.
     
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    The suite on the club level used to be pretty amazing. If you get upgrade and it is that suite it will be worth it.
     
  14. marcwint55

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    From a value standpoint I think it is probably worth it if you plan on using the amenities ( food, drink etc. ) every day. I find that often times on vacation we end up going out and not using the amenities as much as we probably should.
     
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  15. tulane09

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    Quick question. Feel dumb for asking but don't want to miss some silly detail. I'm going the Hyatt Aruba tomorrow and was debating about paying for it with my SPG Business card. I know I'll incur foreign transaction fee but the 5% open discount should more than offset, no? Just want to make sure I'm not missing anything. The other option is Ink Plus which is no fee and two UR points, but I prefer SPG on the points side.
     
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    Update:

    My fiance and I completed our stay here and have nothing but good things to say. Spending the extra points on club level was absolutely worth it (although we did not get the standby suite upgrade). Having a good (not great) free breakfast every morning was fantastic and saved us at least $50/day. Also the ability to get free drinks and snacks throughout the day was huge. Staff was super friendly and the view from the room was good.

    As to the hotel, while the pool was smaller than I expected, the beach was spectacular. Not crowded and only $35/day to reserve a hut. You could take your chances and get there early for an unreserved hut if you wished too.

    Food options were ok for dinner, the bar food was pretty awful though. We got out of the hotel for dinner each night but one.

    The casino was also very nice.

    All in all, I would totally stay here again. And I'll certainly go back to Aruba at some point.
     
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    decided to burn Club Carlson points while on Aruba rather than stay at the Hyatt, FYI here is the Hyatt Aruba marketing/promotional video about the property.

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    Any recent feedback on this property would be greatly appreciated. I am Diamond and will be staying in August. TIA
     

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