Hyatt has announced its list of hotels with category updates and while the list isn’t all bad it has two *huge* negatives for me personally.
1. Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson: Category 4 –> 5
This is the biggie. This particular property was one of the best Hyatt deals since you could use your annual free night certificate here and get some stunning views of the NYC skyline. I’ve gotten some of my best NYC pics staying at this hotel and it’s a real shame that this will now cost 20k points to redeem an award night here.
2. Grand Hyatt DFW: Category 3 –> 4
This isn’t terrible but Grand Hyatt DFW was another great value in the Gold Passport program since DFW is a big transit airport and the hotel is located inside the airport. I’ve stayed here many times and I’ve always had a great experience (they are one of the few US hotels to offer my favourite dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding). It is going up a category but is still a decent value in my book.