New Hyatt Hotel Award Category Changes

Each year, most hotel chains conduct an annual review of their hotels and what award category they place those hotels under. In most senses, the award category a hotel is assigned to is based on demand and average price of rooms, though these conditions don’t always correlate.

According to Hyatt, In total, 56 hotels will shift to a lower award category, and 50 hotels will move to a higher award category. The changes will become effective as of 12:01am CST on August 1, 2016. 

Here are the hotels moving UP a category.

HOTEL NAMECurrent Award CategoryNew Award Category
Hyatt House Dallas/Frisco12
Hyatt House Dallas/Lincoln Park12
Hyatt House Dallas/Uptown12
Hyatt House Denver/Lakewood at Belmar12
Hyatt Place Augusta12
Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst12
Hyatt Place Champaign12
Hyatt Place Corpus Christi12
Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine12
Hyatt Place Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs12
Hyatt Place Nashville/Hendersonville12
Hyatt Place North Charleston12
Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville12
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport12
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura12
Hyatt Place Savannah Airport12
Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest12
Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown13
Grand Hyatt Amman23
Grand Hyatt Chengdu23
Grand Hyatt Incheon23
Grand Hyatt Santiago23
Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown23
Hyatt House Belmont/Redwood Shores23
Hyatt House Boston/Waltham23
Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area23
Hyatt House Falls Church/Merrifield23
Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue23
Hyatt House Pleasanton23
Hyatt House San Diego/Sorrento Mesa23
Hyatt House San Juan23
Hyatt House Santa Clara23
Hyatt Place Chicago South University23
Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards23
Hyatt Place Garden City23
Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands23
Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun23
Hyatt Place Portland Airport23
Hyatt Place San Juan/City Center23
Hyatt Regency Dallas23
Hyatt Regency SF Airport23
Hyatt Valencia23
Grand Hyatt DFW34
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach34
Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown34
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place34
Hyatt Centric Park City 4 5 4 5 4 5 4 545
Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago45
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson45
Hyatt Regency San Francisco45

Moving up a category, here are what I think are the biggest changes.

  • Grand Hyatt Santiago – I’ve heard great things about this property, and it’s moving from a category 2 to 3.
  • Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown – I haven’t stayed here before, but am curious as to why this is moving from a category 1 to 3.
  • Grand Hyatt DFW – Personally, I think this hotel was already overpriced, and now with the award change, it’s going to shift even more demand to the Hyatt Regency, which is a category 2. I worry rates there may go up.
  • Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago – moving from a category 4 to 5.
  • Hyatt Regency Dallas – moving from a category 2 to 3. I actually like this hotel – the rooms are modern, and it’s in a decent location.

Interestingly, most of the hotels moving up here appear to be Hyatt Place or Hyatt House properties.

Here are the hotels moving DOWN a category.

HOTEL NAME Current Award Category New Award Category
Hyatt Ahmedabad21
Hyatt Amritsar21
Hyatt Bangalore21
Hyatt House Gaithersburg21
Hyatt House Mt. Laurel21
Hyatt Hyderabad21
Hyatt Place21
Albuquerque/Uptown21
Hyatt Place Ciudad del Carmen21
Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington/Grand Prairie21
Hyatt Place El Paso Airport21
Hyatt Place Fredericksburg UMW21
Hyatt Place La Paz21
Hyatt Place Los Cabos21
Hyatt Place Mt. Laurel21
Hyatt Place Phoenix Chandler-Fashion Center21
Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert21
Hyatt Place Phoenix-Mesa21
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport21
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh/Cranberry21
Hyatt Place San Antonio North/Stone Oak21
Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport21
Hyatt Pune21
Hyatt Raipur21
Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad21
Hyatt Regency Chandigarh21
Hyatt Regency Changchun21
Hyatt Regency Chennai21
Hyatt Regency Chongqing21
Hyatt Regency Dulles21
Hyatt Regency Fairfax21
Hyatt Regency Guiyang21
Hyatt Regency Gurgaon21
Hyatt Regency Kolkata21
Hyatt Regency Ludhiana21
Hyatt Rege ncy Tianjin East21
Park Hyatt Chennai21
Hyatt Place Secaucus/Meadowlands32
Hyatt Regency Belgrade32
Hyatt Regency Delhi32
Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg32
Hyatt Regency Mumbai32
Hyatt Regency Pune32
Hyatt Regency Qingdao32
Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki32
Park Hyatt Hyderabad32
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur43
Grand Hyatt Lijiang43
Grand Hyatt Mumbai43
Hyatt Regency Baku43
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan43
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria43
Hyatt Regency Perth43
Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort43
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort54
Hyatt Regency Sochi54
Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami64

Moving down a category, here are what I think are the biggest changes.

  • Okay, this one is personal, but I’m thrilled the Hyatt House Gaithersburg is now a category 1. I spend a lot of time there, and used to do a lot of Points and Cash availability. Now at only 5,000 points for a free night, it will make this property a steal for me.
  • Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa – good location. Now a category 1.
  • Hyatt Place Tempe/PHX – good location. Now a category 1.
  • Hyatt Regency Dulles – best location of Hyatt’s near IAD, which I travel out of a lot. Nice to see this will join all the other Hyatt Place properties in the area.
  • Hyatt Regency Perth – I recently stayed here and I certainly didn’t think this was a category 4 hotel, so nice to see it moving down to a more reasonable level.
  • Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami – moving from a category 6 to 4, finally this hotel will become reasonable to spend points on. Nice hotel, nice location, but a bit sketchy on status recognition.

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