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.