After a nice stay at Hyatt Pune, I decided to hop across to Hyatt Regency Pune, the older and bigger brother in the Hyatt family in Pune, which is 1 kilometer away across the road for the second day of my Pune stay. As a Hyatt Diamond, they offer free airport transfers, and I asked them if they could replace it with a ride from Hyatt Pune. They were okay with it and sent a car along at the appointed time.

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I pulled into Hyatt Regency Pune, and it was every bit a five star hotel, in terms of size and facilities. However, in the end, it turned out that they went as much as the distance they had to go to keep me happy, but they were sort of cold in their treatment as compared to the other Hyatt I just stayed at earlier. The smaller one exuded warmth and approachability, while the bigger one did not.

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On arrival, I was checked in, and informed that I was being put up in a Club Regency Room on the highest floor of the hotel. The Club Regency room is essentially a standard room with better treatment such as Regency Club access. I enquired if there was something better, and they nodded in a no, which is something I am used to from hotels, since they do like to save their best rooms for customers who may never arrive. In the process, no one bothered asking me if I wanted an amenity or points, and I was sent along to my room after being given a letter enlisting my benefits, which was printed on some cheap quality paper.

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A few weeks ago, Hyatt launched a Monsoon promotion in India, where they offered a flat 50% off on room rates. This forced me to do some advance planning for some of my future travel plans, and I gladly gave them away to Hyatt since it gave me an opportunity to try out properties at significantly less than publicly available prices. One of the places I headed up to was Pune, for some quick rest & recuperation and meeting my brother who currently lives in Pune.

Me and my fiancée got into Pune about mid-day from Mumbai, and we checked into the hotel straight away, after trying out Uber for the first time in Pune. Hyatt Hotels is a full service brand of Hyatt, and in India, the brand was launched after the management of the entire set of Ista Hotels in India was taken over by Hyatt and rebadged as Hyatt Hotels.

The hotel is located in Kalyan Nagar, not very far from the upscale Koregaon Park area and the airport, and about 1 km downstream from the Hyatt Regency Pune, which I was scheduled to stay at next. At about 200 rooms, it is a pretty big hotel, but the way it was done up, it did feel small and cosy, and boutique for all the time I spent there. The lobby area, however, was done in a vast and minimalist fashion, something I always like, along with a massive water wall.

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The hotel only has about 4 floors full of rooms, and on arrival, I was informed that I was upgraded to a suite on the top floor, due to my Diamond status. Also, as a Hyatt Diamond, full breakfast was going to be complimentary the following morning and the all-day dining restaurant, eighty eight. We were then escorted to the room by the front office manager, who informed us about our benefits at the hotel. At the end, he enquired about my choice of Diamond amenity (1000 points v/s F&B amenity), and I went with the points.

The first thing that struck me about the room was the pool view. It looked very very inviting and I was glad I carried my swimming apparel along.

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Like all junior suites usually are, this one was made up of a living room and a bedroom. Very minimalistic and very appealing to my eyes. Here is the living room, which had a vast L shaped couch and a work desk on the side, along with lots of space to lounge around.

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Here is the bedroom, with a walk-in closet as well. They also had a bedside control of all the lights in the room.

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Here is the bathroom, which had a rain shower as well as hand shower. The hotel used inara bath amenities, which is from the days it was still Ista.

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Hyatt Gold Passport is perhaps a very very good program, except I don’t always get to appreciate them because of their limited availability where I am present.

Now, Hyatt is back with promotions for the September – November 2014 quarter, a time which is usually packed with business travel. This is a rehash of the Hyatt New Possibilities promotion, which ran same time last year. Except, this time around, they are doing targeted promotions. Here are the few offers I’ve heard of so far:

Offer 1: Upto 50,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points

  • Stay 5 Nights: Get 5000 Bonus Points
  • Stay 10 Nights: Get 10000 Bonus Points (Total 15000 Bonus Points)
  • Stay 15 Nights: Get 150000 Bonus Points (Total 30000 Bonus Points)
  • Stay 20 Nights: Get 20000 Bonus Points (Total 50000 Bonus Points)

Offer 2: Complete 3 stays, get 10000 Gold Passport Points

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Offer 3: Complete 1 stay, get 2000- 5000 Gold Passport Points

You’d be able to register only if you were targeted. So, do not fret if you don’t have an offer yet, because Hyatt is still in the process of sending out emails for these promotions.

Do note, you do need to stay at a Hyatt brand to be able to earn these bonuses, and stays at M-life properties don’t count.

So what was your offer? I landed the complete 3 stays get 10000 points promotion.

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