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Hyatt recently made another announcement regarding more new portfolios of hotels that are joining their program. I’ve been excited about the SLH and Hyatt partnership, and I’ve previously detailed my favorite picks from the first, second, and third batches of hotels that they have released.
Now Hyatt is partnering with Thompson Hotels, Joie de Vivre, Alila, and Destination Hotels. The first of these is Thompson Hotels, which started on March 28. Thompson Hotels are a small chain, with only eight locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
And there is one location in downtown Manhattan that is currently a Category 4 hotel in the World of Hyatt program.
Why this is such a big deal
Manhattan is an expensive place to stay, whether you’re looking to spend cash or use points. There is pretty much no way around it. I’d been looking to use 100,000 Marriott points for the most recent trip I was planning to NYC, but I ended up canceling it anyway. The best “deal” in Manhattan used to be a Wyndham property, back when their award chart was flat, at 15,000 points per night. Now pretty much everything in Manhattan is 30,000 Wyndham points per night.
(SEE ALSO: Wingate by Wyndham Manhattan Midtown review)
But you know what else costs 15,000 points per night? The Thompson Gild Hall. That’s right. This is a Category 4 Hyatt in Manhattan, completely eligible for you for using your Hyatt free night certificate. Even the Hyatt Place in Manhattan costs more, which blows my mind.
With rates often above $300 per night, the Thompson Gild Hall is an excellent value for either your points or certificate. And it is not a cheap looking place. The photos of this 130-room property are beautiful.
This will probably be a case of something that will end up over-blogged, but it will be a fantastic option while it lasts (and I don’t think blogging will kill it). I’m sure plenty of people will find this great option in downtown Manhattan on their own.
Lately, I’ve seen nothing but good things coming out of Hyatt. Their move from the Explorist and Globalist tier benefits to the milesonte rewards system was a positive one, in my opinion, as it rewards members at lower thresholds, yet also promotes you to remain loyal to them. I’m glad I’ve decided to go all-in with Hyatt this year and am ditching Marriott (SEE: Bye Bye Bonvoy: my Marriott Titanium status is headed to the Bon-Void).
It is pretty unlikely that I will work a Thompson hotel or SLH property into our travel plans in the new future. But you never know. Maybe it’ll happen.