Room: Regency Club King (corner)
Price: $71.20 (+ $9.97 taxes)
Schaumburg, a suburb about 30 miles northwest of the Chicago loop, is known primarily for having one of Illinois's two IKEAs and a large mall called the Woodfield Shopping Center. It's also home of the least expensive Hyatt property in the Chicagoland area.
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
IKEA - the crown jewel of Schaumburg (as seen from the Hyatt)
The reception staff was ridiculously nice and helpful. Ordinarily, Diamond members would be entitled to access to the Regency Club, a lounge that has serves breakfast and light hors d'oeuvres. But on the weekends, the Regency Club is closed, entitling Diamond members to a bonus of 2,500 points.
What a windfall! 2,500 points for the Club, 1,000 points as my Diamond amenity, 1,000 points for completing a night on the Hyatt Diamond Challenge, and 6.5 points per dollar spent brings me to almost 5,000 points for this stay. Even at a conservative 1.5 cent per point valuation, this stay was break-even (not including the free breakfast).
My room was on the fifth floor in a far corner away from the elevators. The fifth floor is designated as the Regency Club floor, although I'm not sure the rooms are an nicer. The room had a couple of complimentary waters, which I appreciated.
Regency Club King (corner)
Nothing particularly luxurious (the bathroom was quite small), but it was clean and quiet. The bed was comfortable and the blackout shades worked well. What more can you ask for? (Well, given that it's winter in Chicago and the heat is on, I could have used some lotion in the bathroom. I thought that sort of thing was standard).
Diamond members are entitled to free breakfast in the lobby restaurant. Guests can order off of the menu or choose the buffet. The buffet was very good with a selection of fresh fruit, pastries, eggs, bacon, sausage, salmon, and made-to-order omelets.
After breakfast, I wandered briefly around the hotel. Although the property has an indoor pool, it had a sign saying it was closed for the season.
The hotel has a lot of convention / meeting space. Today, the lobby and convention areas were overrun with young chess prodigies (and their helicopter parents).
How can you get into a good college if you don't win the tournament?
Overall, this hotel is an excellent value. Parking is free, and if you stay on the weekend as a Diamond guest when the club lounge is closed, it's a points bonanza! It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.
My Hyatt Diamond Challenge:
2. Hyatt Regency Schaumburg