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…subjective I know. However I do get a lot of reader emails asking what is the absolute best hotel possible for redemption using Hyatt points. My response has always been that if you can go anywhere, use your 22k at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Well that has changed.
This week I checked into the Park Hyatt Sydney for two separate stays. This hotel recently underwent a full renovation and the end result is what I will contend is the best property in the entire Hyatt portfolio.
Location, location, location
The Park Hyatt Sydney has the most exclusive location I have seen for any Hyatt hotel. While most Park Hyatt hotels are on the best streets, beachfront properties, or overwater lagoons in their respective locations, you can generally find a similar high end hotel with a comparative location. The Park Hyatt Sydney is different in that respect. Take a look at the location. This hotel has an unobstructed eye-level view of the Sydney Opera House. There are no other hotels in the vicinity with a similar view. You can stay at some of the high end properties in the skyline overlooking the Opera House like the Four Seasons, Shangri-La or maybe even the Lost W of Woolloomooloo but these simply do not match the signature view from the Park Hyatt.
Every room is fantastic.
As a Diamond member, you will not be upgraded to a suite, and that is OK. Every room is fantastic! I feel better recommending a hotel where guests don’t need to play the upgrade lottery to have an aspirational stay. Each room has a private balcony overlooking the Sydney Harbor, most of which have a full or partial view of the Sydney Opera House. The other rooms have a full Sydney skyline view or the Sydney Harbor Bridge. I spent time this week in the lowest category room for my first stay and the highest category room (not including suites) for the second stay and I can assure you both rooms make you say WOW when you walk in.
How this Park Hyatt compares to others
I have stayed at several other Park Hyatt’s including Tokyo, Washington, Chicago, Beaver Creek, Aviara and now my new favorite, the Park Hyatt Sydney. For comparison, I tapped into the knowledge base of the PMM inner circle to gain some first hand knowledge from those who have stayed in suites at the ‘usual suspects’ like Park Hyatt Paris, Park Hyatt Milan, and Park Hyatt Maldives. Like the others, the Park Hyatt Sydney offers 100+ USD complimentary breakfasts as a Diamond, world-class designed rooms, and bend-over-backwards anticipatory service. I do not believe the differentiation exists in these aspects. While there is no question all rank among the finest hotels in the world, I argue the other ‘usual suspects’ have comparable hotels in their respective locations while the Park Hyatt Sydney does not.
The bottom line
I am confident making the Park Hyatt Sydney my top recommendation because it has no other match in Sydney. When you redeem your Hyatt points you have the best view in the city of one of the world’s treasures in the Sydney Opera House.
Am I missing the boat here? Is there any finer Hyatt property out there?