When it comes to the Hyatt Globalist status, one of my favorite things about that status has been the upgrades that it came with at check-in to standard suites. Since that was based on availability, if you really want such an upgrade, you could lock it in in advance with one of the 4 confirmed suite upgrades that Hyatt Globalist members get.
This Hyatt Presidential Suite is a Standard Upgrade
It is important to know this when you go to redeem your certificate for a suite or when you use points (more on that below) – these upgrade instruments only work on “standard” suites. It is up to the hotel to classify what counts as a “standard” suite. Some of them may simply have an extra small room attached or similar and they can call it a suite – even though it may only cost like $20 more than a regular room.
The Hotel – The Hyatt Regency Phoenix, a Category 3
Other hotels may go all out and offer some very nice suites as a Standard Suite. The Hyatt Regency Phoenix is such a hotel. They classify their standard suite upgrade as the Presidential Suite! This suite is lovely, sitting at the top of the hotel and giving a wonderful view of the city (sorry, no view photos here because it was a nasty day the day I was there!).
This Presidential Suite has from 1,400 – 2,700 square feet (I am assuming they open up the adjoining room to add the higher square footage) and offers two bathrooms (one is very spacious), a meeting area, a living room, a kitchen, desk/workspace, and large bedroom.
It costs several hundreds of dollars more than the basic room and it is really a nice space to spread out, if you will be there for a while.
I have stayed in several presidential suites but this is the first one I was ever able to book as a regular upgrade with Hyatt. If you are in the Phoenix area, definitely give it a look!
How to Book the Presidential Suite With Points or Certificates
If you are a risk-taker, you can just wait until you check-in as a Hyatt Globalist to see if there is upgrade space to the Presidential Suite. I would guess that would be a pretty hard upgrade to get at check-in!
If you are a Hyatt Globalist, you can use one of your 4 confirmed suite upgrades to book this room. Just book the basic room as an eligible rate (cash or points) and then call/tweet Hyatt to apply your upgrade certificate. You can stay for up to 7 nights with the suite upgrade certificate.
The Hyatt Regency Phoenix is a Category 3 meaning it would require 12,000 points or 6,000 points and $75 for a free night in a basic room.
If you do not have Hyatt status, you could still book this room. The key is you need to book for a minimum of 3 nights and it will cost you a lot more points! Instead of redeeming 12,000 points per night, you will need to spend 20,000 points per night.
Yes, that is 8,000 points more per night but it could be a point saver still if you want room to spread out and you don’t want to book a separate room (which would cost another 12,000 points per night for a total of 24,000 points per night). Again, to book this suite using points, give Hyatt a call and make your reservation!