Today we have a Reader Question about World of Hyatt tier members and their benefits when staying at the program affiliated Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).
The partnership between Hyatt and SLH Hotels started a in December 2018 (read more here) allowing World of Hyatt members to earn and use their points at select hotels and have limited benefits.
This partnership has since extended to more than 350 properties as Hyatt incrementally added more properties to their selection.
You can access Hyatt’s Small Luxury Hotels of the World page here.
Our reader Christine contacted us to ask about specific benefits to help in her decision of booking a Hyatt or SLH property.
We’re planning a vacation to Greece this summer and when looking up hotels through the Hyatt app it shows a wide selection of Small Luxury Hotels but almost no Hyatt.
Does it make sense to book these hotels as a Hyatt Globalist? The rates on points are very reasonable, paid rates at times exorbitant at least for Santorin. How about my benefits when I stay there?
Greece will be very popular this year as the EU bloc and Greece in particular plans for the arrival of many tourists following a long period of extensive shutdowns (hopefully all will go well).
This leads no doubt to very high rates for the Greek islands such as Crete and Santorini where Hyatt indeed features quite a few SLH hotels and if you have enough points then yes a lot of savings can be had.
I’d be careful booking through the Hyatt website with a cash rate. Usually SLH hotel rates booked via Hyatt are highly inflated and you can almost always find a much better deal booking through SLH, an OTA or the hotel directly. You will only get Hyatt qualifying credit when booking through Hyatt though.
SLH Hotels have an anomaly and that is it makes no difference if you have a status with Hyatt or not.
This is how Hyatt describes the partnership and benefits on the website:
With this exclusive relationship, you’ll enjoy the following rewards when you book qualifying stays at Small Luxury Hotels of the World through Hyatt, regardless of your tier status.
- 5 Base Points per eligible $1 USD spent
- Complimentary continental breakfast for two
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Early check-in 12:00pm (based on availability at check-in)
- Late check-out 2:00pm (based on availability at check-in)
- One category room upgrade (based on availability at check-in)
- Nights count toward elite tier status
- Elite members receive their standard tier Bonus Points on eligible room rates (10% Discoverist, 20% Explorist, 30% Globalist)
- World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can earn 4 Bonus Points per eligible $1 USD spent on their card at participating SLH locations.1 Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can earn 3 Bonus Points per eligible $1 USD spent on their card at participating SLH locations.
- World of Hyatt points are awarded on room rates only, services such as dining and spa are not eligible for points
- Award Bookings at SLH properties are for 2 adults. Additional adults or children may be charged an additional fee by the property
- For more information about how Small Luxury Hotels of the World participates in the World of Hyatt program, please visit worldofhyatt.com/slhterms
From the T&C of this partnerships it’s very worthwhile to redeem points at SLH Hotels especially when rates are high and you don’t have status that could help you out at other Hyatt flagged hotels.
Regardless of the benefits, SLH hotels are usually (not always) a notch over your run of the mill Hyatt property especially at leisure destinations.
I recently stayed at the Cape Fahn Hotel which is located on a private island adjacent to Koh Samui, Thailand and is an all villa property. The hardware quality was excellent there.
I used 20,000 points per night and got 1000 points per night for the current promotion back, however my spend for incidentals, mostly food and beverage did not count towards anything which was a bit annoying because it wasn’t cheap. I did receive my 2 qualifying nights though.
SLH Hotels booked through Hyatt can be a good deal if the hotel quality corresponds with the required amount in points or the daily rate. I refer back to my pricing example above. Even base level World of Hyatt members will receive an upgrade, breakfast and a 2pm late checkout.
There won’t be any additional benefits for lets say Globalist members though which also includes the use of confirmed suite upgrades.You might also find yourself on the short end of the stick if you travel with chilren as Hyatt reservations are for 2 adults only and children may incur an extra charge.
My recommendation would be that for Globalist members I’d look for a full service Hyatt brand at the same location if available. In case there isn’t any Hyatt hotel then just go for the SLH and keep the limitations in mind while still enjoying your stay, usually these are good hotels.