Southeastern US Road Trip
Embassy Suites Charleston Historic District
Anderson Ocean Club and Spa
Country Inn & Suites Asheville Outlet Mall
In 2020 a couple of friends and I had planned to go to Hawaii. This decision had been based on attending a Hilton timeshare presentation on the big island but we got 5 nights there for free along with an included rental car. Of course that got cancelled. But I still had to sit through a timeshare presentation somewhere. Rather than push it out any further, my friends and I decided on a Southeastern US road trip and I’d attend the presentation in Myrtle Beach, SC.
In addition, I had a number of free night certificates I’d received from my various hotel credit cards so we set out to use as many of those as we could. We both had Marriott 25K certificates but once we’d settled on the cities we wanted to visit, we found that none of these cities had Marriotts where we could use our certs, which was quite disappointing. In all we spent 9 nights on the road and used free night certificates for 5 of those nights. The three nights in Myrtle Beach were part of the Hilton timeshare presentation package.
In three of our destination cities we only stayed two nights each; in Myrtle Beach we spent three nights. As such I won’t be doing detailed descriptions of our activities but will mention a few items below.
Categories: Hilton, Hotel, Hyatt, Radisson
Tags: Asheville, Charleston, Hilton, Hotel Review, Hyatt Place, Myrtle Beach, Radisson, Road Trip, Savannah
I stayed here for a couple of nights on a ski weekend. The hotel has a great location, right on Highway 6 and there are a couple of easy ways to get to the slopes. The hotel is on the ski shuttle route and it’s only one stop to the River Run base area. If you have gear for several people, grab one of the red wagons to help cart your stuff around. Ingenious idea! When returning to the hotel you may find it more convenient to choose the stop across the highway from the hotel then use the crosswalk. That’s certainly faster but depending on your ski party that may or may not be the best option. If you stay on the shuttle it is probably another 10 minutes or so before it circles back around to Hyatt’s side of the street.
Hyatt Place Keystone
Note that you don’t have to take the shuttle to reach the slopes. There is access to the area with the Argentine and Peru Express lifts that’s just a little bit of a walk away. But I was set to meet folks who were driving up from Denver and parking at River Run so taking the shuttle made more sense in my situation. Continue reading
At the end of my business trip my LOT Airlines flight arrived in Chicago too late to catch the last flight back to Memphis on a Friday evening so I booked a stay at the Hyatt Place Chicago O’Hare Airport. The hotel has a free shuttle that runs every half hour. As I have a friend in the area I did not take the shuttle to the hotel but did take it back to the airport in the morning.
One thing I like about Hyatt Places is the consistency and this hotel did not disappoint in that respect. The check-in desk is just inside the front door and I was greeted promptly and thanked for my loyalty as a Discoverist (gained by holding the Chase Hyatt Visa) and offered a free bottle of water. Check-in was quick and I was assigned a room on the second floor.
The lobby seemed a bit larger than I recall at other Hyatt Places, or perhaps it’s just because the hotel is shaped a little differently. I later realized there were several conference rooms which I don’t believe is something I normally see at Hyatt Places, so perhaps that’s why there was more seating.
Hyatt Place Chicago O’Hare Lobby Seating
Hyatt Place Chicago O’Hare Conference Room Lobby
American Airlines and Hyatt are teaming up to allow you to earn 1000 miles for each stay at a Hyatt Place or Hyatt House property between February 20 and June 30, 2018. You must register by this Monday, April 30th. The date of your stay is determined by your checkout date.
When you check into a Hyatt Place or Hyatt House, you must choose one of these options:
- Earn 1000 AAdvantage® bonus miles plus the standard 500 AAdvantage® miles for your stay OR
- Earn 1000 AAdvantage® bonus miles + World of Hyatt Base Points for your eligible spend
The terms and conditions further state:
Back-to-back stays within one 24-hour period at a single participating hotel are considered one stay. Only one (1) check-in/check-out permitted per stay. Please allow four to six weeks after your qualifying stay for bonus miles to be posted to your American Advantage account.
If you didn’t get the email about this promotion you can register on the World of Hyatt website.
On Friday Gary of View From The Wing had a blog post stating that at a few select locations Hyatt is eliminating the free breakfast at some Hyatt Place/Hyatt House properties.
If you made your reservation for one of these locations before February 1st you’ll still get the breakfast regardless of your Hyatt status but if not, only those with Globalist status (Hyatt’s top tier) will get free breakfast. The rest of us will be charged $10 if we want to partake.
When I’m using points to stay at a Hyatt property I’m usually at a full-service hotel. But when I’m paying cash – or using the free night voucher I get with my Chase Hyatt credit card – I’m often at a Hyatt Place or Hyatt House and one of the reasons is that these hotels have pretty good breakfast spreads. It’s not just cereal and pastries but there are several kinds of hot entrees and sometimes you can even have omlettes cooked to order.
I’ve not yet seen a full list of properties where the breakfast is not included but I really hope the feedback on this change is overwhelmingly negative. I love the larger rooms in Hyatt Places/Houses and how there’s a separate area with a sofa for lounging. I actively look for these properties when traveling but if this change becomes permanent I will question whether I need to stay at Hyatts in the future or not.
I hadn’t planned on spending the night in Dallas. But after the delays in flying out of Aspen, I arrived at DFW too late to make a connection to Memphis, so I had no choice. While on the plane waiting for boarding to complete in Aspen, I used the Hyatt app to book a room near the airport.
Photo from Hyatt.com
I had spent a night at the Hyatt Regency DFW in October 2015. I thought about booking a room at the Grand Hyatt since it’s connected to the terminal. But since I knew I’d be paying for this stay out of pocket I opted for the Hyatt Place DFW. It’s a fairly new property, having been open just less than a year.
In general, I love Hyatt Places because I love their consistency. I know I’ll get a large room with a separate seating area, good wi-fi, an airport shuttle and free breakfast – things I value highly. This hotel was no exception.
My flight landed in Terminal B and I called the hotel from baggage claim. Their shuttle picks ups at either end of the terminal so I scooted down to the B1 end of the terminal where I found two others waiting as well. The shuttle arrived in less than 10 minutes, which was great since I’d already had a long day. Fortunately ours was the last pickup before heading towards the hotel.
On arrival, I was able to go directly to the check-in desk since I only had two small backpacks. Fortunately I’d planned for the possibility I might get stuck getting out of Aspen and one backpack contained clean clothes and personal grooming items. Yay, me!
At the front desk I was greeted by Mary, a grandmotherly-type who called me “hon” and welcomed me “home” after noting my Platinum status. Normally being called “hon” is not on my list of favorite things but after my long day, being welcomed “home” made me feel like I really was home. Continue reading