I haven’t been around on the blog much, and when that happens, it means there are other things demanding a lot of my time. And amongst all that was going on, I really needed a quick break, so I decided to head to the Park Hyatt Hyderabad for a quick overnight trip last weekend, to check out the property as well as visit a city with great food.

Given my schedule, I figured the best thing for me to do would be to arrive early in the morning and depart next afternoon giving me at least a full day in Hyderabad. As a Hyatt frequent guest, I really wanted to select a Hyatt property only, and I had heard lots of good things about the PH Hyderabad which is about 3 years old, even from other Hyatt crews across India.

When my trip was absolutely certain to happen, I moved my rate to a promotional prepaid rate, which was about 30% cheaper than the BAR for the day. Also, I applied the India promotion, which allowed me to get a 2500 Hyatt Gold Passport points for staying at a Hyatt India hotel before March 31, 2015. The hotel confirmed to me that the only way to get inside a suite, was to apply a Diamond Suite Upgrade, even if the suites lied unoccupied. And I did apply one of my DSU from the last year, before they were going to expire on February 28, 2015 anyways.

Now to the stay. I arrived on a redeye to Hyderabad, at about 5:15 am in the city. I was in touch with the hotel, and they were going to offer a complimentary one-way transfer to me, so I chose to take them up on the offer on arrival. Interestingly, while I’d expect hotel crew to meet you outside the hotel, in this case, there was staff from the PH Hyderabad who met me inside the arrival area. We did not have any luggage, but the point of meeting inside is that they could have helped guests bring the luggage out.

After exit, we had to wait a few moments for the car to arrive, because it was driving in from 45 minutes away at the hotel. Our flight arrived early, so maybe we had ourselves to blame for the early arrival. A BMW 7 Series pulled up, while all I was expecting was a base category pickup vehicle (a Toyota Innova).

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The airport is quite a drive away from the city, and this was a good enough time to make conversation with the chauffeur, who was well-informed about the city. He offered us water once inside the car, and our airport dispatcher informed us about the wifi facility on the drive to the hotel, which I did make good use of on the way to the hotel.

The hotel is located in the upscale Banjara Hills residential area, and you could initially miss it if you were not looking for the signage.

We pulled up at the hotel, and the warm and friendly crew of the hotel greeted us at the entrance. We were walked to the check-in desk, where they had already processed an early check-in for us and had our suite ready. The check-in staff walked us to the room on the 6th floor, and we were told we were further upgraded from a Park Suite King (base suite) to a Park Executive Suite. From what I can tell, the difference is just breakfast, which is something anyways comped for Diamond members.

Here are a few pictures of the lobby, including the sculpture which ornates the lobby and cannot be missed. The lobby also hosts the Living Room (the lobby lounge) and the Dining Room (the lobby restaurant), also the place where breakfast was served next morning. Do note that we arrived on the day of Ugadi, the new year day, and there was this celebratory floral decoration as well.

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Like you would note, the hotel is set in beige and black tones, giving it a very modern hues. They have also worked a lot on natural lighting inside the hotel.

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The Hotel Promotions for 2015’s first quarter/trimester are out, and some of them are really sweet for the India focus. I thought this would be a good time to summarise all the hotel promotions, and analyse them from the Indian perspective so that you can pick your affiliations for the first quarter.

  • IHG India Free Nights (Get 1 Night free for 3 nights in India/Nepal) + Set Your Sights: IHG is running a superb promotion for their members in India and Nepal. For every 3 nights you spend in India/Nepal, you get a free night certificate which you can spend at their hotels across the globe in the whole of 2015. The promotion runs till April 30, 2015. This can be combined with the global Set Your Sights promotion, where you get an individual offer depending on your previous engagement with IHG hotels across the world. You need to register.
  • Hyatt 2500 points India bonus + Stay More Play More promotion: Hyatt is trying to establish the Gold Passport program in India in a big way, with all the billboards at airports and movie theatres that I see. Anyhow, they are running a promotion for stays at India properties, where using a promotion code INDIA, you do get 2,500 bonus points per stay till March 31, 2015. You can club this with the Stay More Play More Global promotion, which runs till April 30, 2015 and also offers customised offers to all Hyatt Gold Passport members. Additionally, there are many custom offers from all the Hyatt hotels around India, available here. You need to register.
  • Club Carlson Extend your Stay (15K for 2 nights, 30K for 3 nights + 10K targetted): Club Carlson is running a promotion where you get 15000 bonus points for a 2 night stay, a 30000 bonus points for 3 nights stay, and you can get these bonuses for all your stays where you have a 2 or 3 night continuous stay. Also, some members got targetted offers to get another 10,000 points. Club Carlson has some great properties in Europe. You could use the stash there. Valid for stays till March 29, 2015. You need to register
  • Marriott Spring MegaBonus: While I haven’t written about this promotion before, Marriott is running the Spring MegaBonus promotion between February 1, 2015 and April 30, 2015. You get 2,500 bonus points from your second stay onwards and you can max out at get 25000 MR bonus points. There are other custom offers as well, which you can check in your Marriott Rewards profile. You also have an option to earn JPMiles.
  • SPG Double Play: Again, a promotion I haven’t written about. Starwood is running a global promotion where you get double base points on stays of 2 nights or more between January 5, 2015 to March 31, 2015. You get 1000 bonus Starpoints per 5 nights as well. You can combine this promotion with the Amex+Starwood Mobile Phone booking promotion. On the other hand, you get Starwood Gold Status for 1 stay with a World MasterCard before July 13, 2015.

My business travel for the year hasn’t started yet, so I haven’t figured out my strategy yet as well. However, which of these promotions are you looking to maximise?

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Hyatt has been offering their first promotion for the 1st Trimester of 2015, since January 15 now.

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The promotions are customised, like is the trend in hotel promotions now a days, and you can receive one of the following options when you punch in your Hyatt Gold Passport number in the page provided in the link above:

  • 2,000 points after 1 stay
  • 5,000 points after 2 stays
  • 20,000 points after 10 nights (my offer)
  • 50,000 points after 20 nights (5,000 after 5 nights + 10,000 after 10 nights + 15,000 after 15 nights + 20,000 after 20 nights for a total of 50,000)
  • 65,000 points after 25 nights (30,000 after 15 nights + 15,000 after 20 nights + 20,000 after 25 nights for a total of 65,000 points)

There are more variations out there as well.

Combined with the Hyatt India promotion, where you earn 2,500 bonus points per stay, this seems to be a reasonably attractive promotion for the first quarter at least, if you’re based in India.

However, there are other interesting promotions out there as well such as IHG’s 3 night stay in India and get 1 night free globally (in combination with IHG Set Your Sights) , or Club Carlson’s 30K promotion.

I’m still on the fence about going for this one, but my travel plans in the day ahead will give me the clues!

What is your Hyatt GP promotion for the Stay More Play More promotion, and are you up for it?

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