Hyatt Picking Up 24 New U.S. Hotels, Including 4 That Actually Look Pretty Good

Via Alan, Hyatt is acquiring 24 hotels.

Now, 16 of the properties will become Summerfield Suites, and that interests me not at all. Sure, I suppose more properties that earn Hyatt points is a good thing, and especially at the inexpensive end of the spectrum when one needs a mattress run to maintain elite status or during a faster free nights promotion when two (cheap) stays earns a free night (at an impossibly expensive high-end property). But Summerfield Suites doesn’t excite me.

What does interest me is that they’re picking up 4 Avia Hotels, the Napa property looks like where I’d probably stay when I’m in the area and it’s great that I’ll get status recognition when I do.

I don’t know that I’ll get out to their Savannah, Long Beach, or Texas properties but those are still a welcome addition to the Hyatt chain.

Small boutique properties are great additions always, I’m generally a fan of Hyatt’s progress with its Andaz brand, and quality properties in the U.S. are something that Hyatt could certainly use. I’m pleased with their offerings in Asia, and more often hit-or-miss with many Hyatt-branded hotels in North America.

And ultimately, of course, bringing on more options to earn and redeem points and where elite members get recognition is a good thing.

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Comments

  1. Avia Napa is a good, relatively new hotel in downtown Napa. I like the property and I like the location in the center of downtown better than Westin Verasa Napa by the Napa Wine Train and river.

    Looks like poor Stash Rewards is losing some of their best properties signed this year.

  2. I was at Avia Savannah for a wedding 2 years ago and it’s a gorgeous hotel – I was actually staying at the Doubletree down the street and was a little bit jealous. The rooms I saw were very nice, modern / contemporary decor if I remember correctly.

  3. How long do you think before these properties participate fully in the Hyatt programs? Points, nights free promotions, etc.?

    Thanks!

  4. That is actually super exciting to me as I love the Avia in The Woodlands, Texas. It is beautiful, relaxing, and all around fantastic. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the lack of earning useful points when I stayed there….but now, perfection! Thanks for the info!

  5. Interesting that the Long Beach property is two blocks (400 metres) from the Hyatt Regency. I wonder why Hyatt needs two properties so close by. The Hyatt Regency is adjacent to the convention center, and serves a lot of convention business.

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