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2012 marked a significant shift in the way I think about and target aspirational hotel stays. In the past few years, my goal was to land suites, suites and more suites at as many W and St. Regis properties as I could find. I had good success using that strategy however I eventually hit a road block with SPG because their very best properties are a poor use of the very valuable SPG currency (35k+ per night). Hyatt, on the other hand, has a very reasonable top tier redemption structure requiring 22k for their best properties.
In compiling my top 5 hotel stays of the year, the most obvious observation is that every property is a category 5 or 6 Hyatt. While I stayed at some admirable SPG properties and chose their program as my primary hotel for earning, Hyatt was the clear winner when deciding to burn my points. The other interesting observation for me was how many deluxe rooms made the list over suites. Three out of the top five rooms, including my favorite stay all year, were in deluxe rooms as opposed to suites. Here are my top 5 favorite rooms from 2012.
5. Park Hyatt Tokyo – Park Suite King
1. Park Hyatt Sydney – Opera Deluxe
W Fort Lauderdale (Two Bedroom Suite w/ Kitchen), Westin Miyako Kyoto (One Bedroom Suite), Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (Standard Room), Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas (One Bedroom Suite w/ Kitchen), Tambo Del Inka (One Bedroom Suite), W Santiago (One Bedroom Suite), JW Marriott Lima (Standard Room), St. Regis Washington DC (Standard Room), St. Regis Washington DC (One Bedroom Suite), Radisson Blu Longyearbyen (Standard Room), Radisson Blu Oslo (Standard Room), Marriott Nagoya (Standard Room), Park Hyatt Tokyo (Deluxe Room)
And finally, a few scary hotel statistics from my year to make you feel better about NOT being a road warrior.
100 Paid Nights
18 Award Nights
47 Paid Nights
17 Award Nights
7 Paid Nights
6 Award Nights
Club Carlson Totals
4 Paid Nights
3 Award Nights
1 Paid Night
Total Nights in a hotel in 2012
203 Nights (~56% of the year)
Where was your favorite hotel stay?