The best Hyatt property of all is…

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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?

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About alex

Alex loves to travel and does so a lot. Logging 100,000 flight miles each year over the past 4 years, Alex uses points and miles to power his passion. Alex is continuously striving to experience the far reaches of the globe. In his day job, Alex is a Management Consultant frequently on the road advising Technology organizations. I love thinking about, reading about, and talking about all things travel. Feel free to reach me at

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  1. you are missing the boat and should not make such definitive comments. First of all, not everyone wants to go to Australia when there are so many great places out there with actual culture and things to see. I’ve seen the opera house a dozen times on TV at least, nothing special about it. How about the PH Shanghai, have you stayed there? guess not

  2. stayed there last week with my 7 year old son and totally agree……..we were given an upgraded opera house view room #139…….every picture on my camera had the opera house in it………..location location location with the brick and mortar to back it up………park hyatt sydney #1

  3. @Charles, you really can’t compare seeing the Opera House on TV with seeing it in person. Australia wasn’t my favorite place on earth, but I did find the Opera House quite impressive in person and there is a lot of culture in Australia.

  4. Charles’s comment is really stupid. Have you actually been to Sydney? Seen it on TV? Are you kidding me? And no culture? I’m sure the Aussies would disagree! Why so negative?

  5. Alex, you still around? I’m writing this on my iPad from my tub at the PH SYD with my LH F rubber ducky keeping me company.

  6. @HansGolden – I am reluctantly back in the states. I must have missed you by a day. We’ll have to meet up at a different Park Hyatt next time. Hope you enjoy your stay! Let me know how it goes.

  7. Hands down the Park Hyatt Maldives on Hadahaa. Just got back and had the most incredible stay there.

  8. Newly opened park hyatt vienna.
    To me vienna suite was much better than the tokyo and zurich suites I stayed.

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