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New Hyatt Thompson Hotels – 10 Hotels with Category Listings and More

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Thompson Seattle’s rooftop bar, The Nest, has great views of the Seattle Waterfront and Puget Sound [featured image courtesy Thompson Seattle/The Nest]

Beginning in late March 2019, hotels from the Thompson Hotels brand have been fully bookable through Hyatt. You can book paid rates or make award reservations using World of Hyatt points.

Thompson Hotels were part of the former Two Roads group, which was recently acquired by Hyatt. The properties are generally higher-end. At this time, 10 Thompson Hotels are participating in World of Hyatt. Five of the properties are in the US – Chicago, New York, Nashville and Seattle. Four are in Mexico, and the 10th is in Toronto.

Thompson Hotels by Location and World of Hyatt Category

We compiled this handy chart of Thompson hotels, listed by their location and World of Hyatt category:

As you can see, most of these hotels are slotted into the higher end of World of Hyatt categories. Half of the 10 Thompson hotels are Category 6, with another 2 in Category 5 and the others in Categories 3 and 4.

As a reminder, it takes the following number of Hyatt points to book an award night at each of these categories:

  • Category 3 = 12,000 points
  • Category 4 = 15,000 points
  • Category 5 = 20,000 points
  • Category 6 = 25,000 points

Note that the 3 Thompson hotels that are in Categories 3 and 4 can be booked with Hyatt’s Category 1-4 Free Night Certificates. It’s great to have New York and Chicago options for using the Free Night Certificates.

If you’re thinking about booking the Gild Hall property in New York, note that it’s in Lower Manhattan in an area that won’t be teeming with activity and night life. This isn’t a knock on the property, just something to be aware of if you’re looking to stay there.

Lobby of Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel, New York City

Two Thompson Hotels Newly-Added to World of Hyatt This Week – Thompson Playa del Carmen Beach House and Main House

Originally, back in late March, 8 Thompson Hotels were integrated into World of Hyatt. This week, as of 5/15/2019, 2 more properties have joined World of Hyatt – the Thompson Playa del Carmen Beach House and Main House in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

We don’t profess to know a thing about these properties except that they look nice in pictures. So, we’ll leave you with a link to the Thompson Hotels webpage for the Beach House and Main House properties.

Spotlight Thompson Hotel – Thompson Seattle

We haven’t stayed at the Thompson Seattle ourselves, but we’ve heard good things about it from those who have. The hotel is certainly well-located, near the Seattle Waterfront and very close to the popular Pike Place Market. Its rooftop bar, The Nest, also has a reputation as a trendy hot spot with great views of the Waterfront, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Here’s a link to the web page for the Thompson Seattle:

Thompson Seattle [image courtesy Thompson Seattle]

As a Category 5 hotel, the Thompson Seattle costs 20,000 Hyatt points per night. At our baseline value of 1.5 cents per Hyatt point, that would be about $300 per night – so if your room rate would be more than that, booking on points might be your best deal. Award nights book into 2 categories of room – 1 King Bed, and 1 King Bed with City View. We’re not exactly sure of the difference between the two. Both of these room types are smallish, between 250 and 300 square feet depending on the exact room. But they do look quite nice.

Thompson Seattle – 1 King Bed with City View room [image courtesy Thompson Seattle]

Seattle is a notoriously expensive hotel market, especially during the summer months. We spot-checked a number of days during June, July and August, and room rates for the base-level rooms (including AAA and World of Hyatt member rates) were generally in the high $300s to $400 and higher. At these rates, using Hyatt points would result in a return of roughly 2 cents per point or more. This would seem to be a good, solid use of Hyatt points.

Reminder About the Current Hyatt Promotion for New Brands Including Thompson Hotels

As we wrote back in late March, Hyatt has a promotion with respect to its 4 new brands – Thompson, Joie de Vivre, Alila and Destination Hotels. For full details, read our article here:

Basics of this promotion are:

  • Earn 2,000 bonus Hyatt points for your first stay at a participating hotel in each of the four new brands
  • Earn a Category 1-4 Free Night Certificate (expires after 180 days) by making at least one stay at a hotel in each of the four new brands
  • Promotion runs through December 31, 2019
  • For each brand, the promotion starts on its World of Hyatt integration date
  • Paid rates and points award redemptions both qualify for the promotion
  • No registration is required

Also, note that stays at these newly-integrated properties such as Thompson Hotels also qualify for regular Hyatt points earning and other active promotions. Unfortunately, Hyatt doesn’t have an active chain-wide promotion at this time, but we’re hoping to see a new one soon. Hyatt does have its ongoing promotion where you can earn a Category 1-4 Free Night Award if you stay at 5 different Hyatt brands – and the recent integration of Thompson and Joie de Vivre Hotels gives you 2 new brands to choose from, with 2 more to come later this year when Alila and Destination Hotels come on board.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this report on the new Hyatt Thompson Hotels, including our spotlight on the Thompson Seattle. We’ve been very excited about Hyatt’s acquisition of Two Roads, which is expanding Hyatt’s footprint and bringing some nice new properties on board. And now, we’re even more excited to have good new options like the Thompson Hotels where we can use our stash of Hyatt points (and Ultimate Rewards points if we transfer them to Hyatt)!

What do you think of the new Thompson Hotels added to World of Hyatt? Any you would particularly recommend (or recommend to stay away from)? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!

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