Room: Vice Presidential Suite
Price: 2,500 Hyatt Gold Passport points + $50.00
Almost every Category 1 Hyatt property is a Hyatt Place or Hyatt House. Although these are generally new and clean properties, they're not usually anything to get excited about.
In the United States, there are 8 full-service Hyatt properties that fall in that Category 1 sweet-spot (free night for 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points or 2,500 points and $50):
- Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest (GA)
- Hyatt Lisle near Naperville (IL)
- Hyatt Regency Schaumburg (IL)
- Hyatt Regency Wichita (KS)
- Hyatt Regency Albuquerque (NM)
- Hyatt Regency Tulsa (OK)
- Hyatt Regency Greenville (SC)
- Hyatt Regency North Dallas (TX)
Of those 8, I stayed at 3 on my Hyatt Diamond Challenge (all with Points + Cash redemptions). The Hyatt Regency Wichita is, by far, the best of the 3.
A very enthusiastic woman named Natalie helped me at check-in, thanked me for being a Diamond member, and announced that I got upgraded to a Vice Presidential suite because the hotel was fully booked.
This was a big deal, as the Hyatt Regency Wichita is one of the few properties that doesn't allow Hyatt Diamond members to upgrade using one of their four annual Diamond Suite Upgrade certificates. (This might be because the hotel only has 5 suites and wants to leave them available for last-minute high-revenue guests).
I'm not entirely sure why they brand the suite as a "Vice Presidential" suite when the hotel doesn't have a Presidential suite. The sign outside the door dubbed the room the Meadowlark Suite.
It's the giant one on the right-hand side.
The room was enormous. There's a spacious living room area with lots of seating, a TV, a wet bar with microwave and a Nespresso machine, and a desk.
The bedroom looks very new and has a surprisingly comfortable modern-looking lounge chair.
The master bathroom is very spacious and has a large jacuzzi bathtub.
Because the property doesn't have a Regency Club, Diamond guests get a full breakfast at the restaurant. The buffet has eggs, bacon, biscuits & gravy (it is Kansas, after all), made-to-order omelets and waffles, along with a well-stocked continental buffet.
The suite upgrade made this a superb stay. But even without the upgrade, I would think this property should be classified better than Category 1. The rooms were recently renovated, the staff is superlatively excellent, and the property is beautiful. This is leaps and bounds better than the Hyatt Regency Tulsa where I stayed the previous night.
My Hyatt Diamond Challenge
7. Hyatt Regency Wichita