Last month, I wrote about the cheapest Category 7 from Hyatt in the world. While costing 30,000 points per night for an award, it was actually bookable for much less than $200 per night!
From Hyatt Category 7 to Category 3
Link: Hotel Levent
Since it was in Turkey and events in Turkey in the last year have affected pricing in some travel markets, that was likely why it was at that price. Since it is a Hyatt affiliate property, I am not sure how they negotiate the inclusion into the Gold Passport program and how far in advance they calculate things like categories. But, I am guessing all of that was done prior to last summer and that is why it started at a Category 7.
It didn’t take long, though, for that property to drop in the category rankings! The Hotel Levent has gone from a Category 7 (requiring 30,000 points per night) to a Category 3 (requiring 12,000 points per night). Even that is still a high award price since the hotel can be booked for just over $100 per night. In fact, even the Park Hyatt in Istanbul can be booked for less than $150 per night! By the way, the Points+Cash rate for this hotel is completely nuts – 6,000 points and €269 per night! Normally, a Points+Cash for a Category 3 is 6,000 points and $75 per night. Not sure why this is $200 more…
I am not sure but I think the Hotel Levent’s category drop from a Category 7 to a Category 3 may just be the steepest and drastic category drop from Hyatt. It has literally dropped 18,000 points per night!
Have you ever stayed at the Hotel Levent? Would you consider it a Category 3?