Hyatt Category 7 – this is the category that contains the finest that the Hyatt brand has to offer. Think Park Hyatt Vendôme in Paris, the new Park Hyatt St. Barts, the Park Hyatt Sydney, the Park Hyatt New York – properties that run close to $1,000 per night and have luxury to back up the name.
A Category 7 Hyatt House Hotel
Oh, and then there is the Hyatt House Niseko. Yes, a Hyatt House at the vaunted Category 7. 🙂 If something about that seems off, it is because it is the only one at that Category 7 level right now.
If you want to pay cash, you can do that for as low as the $130s for some nights so don’t even think about redeeming 30,000 points for this property! 🙂 The truth is that this isn’t the first Hyatt House to be a Category 7 and likely will not be the last. I think there was a Hyatt House or a Place in Ohio last year that also was billed as a Category 7.
The funny part about this is that if you wanted the largest suite in the hotel, it would cost about $540 on some nights – a suite that measures in at 1800 square feet! That cost is about half of what you would pay for a regular room at the Park Hyatt New York – which is also a Category 7. 🙂
It Won’t be a Category 7 for Too Long…
I have heard that some Hyatt properties start out at the high end to avoid a bunch of award redemptions until they get their feet wet in the space. What I don’t understand is why all Hyatt properties do not do this (this Hyatt went from a Category 7 to a Category 3 before).
Hyatt has been on a roll lately with many new openings and none of them started at a Category 7 ranking so I am not sure why the Hyatt House Niseko is one that was slotted in there.
If you have the points to burn and you are looking for a Category 7 in Japan, go with the Park Hyatt Tokyo. 🙂 If you really want the Hyatt House Niseko, just give it a few months and it will likely slip. Or, you know, just use cash.
Edit: Zz makes the good point that, since this is ski territory, high season is very expensive.