We are vacationing in Palm Springs right now, and we are staying at what has turned out to be an amazing hotel in the desert: the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.
I’ve never been to Palm Springs before. Friends insisted that renting a house was the way to go in this town, but instead we chose to go with Hyatt. And I’m really glad we did. I love it here.
Because of Josh’s Hyatt Diamond status, we were able to book a room with the “My Elite Rate” of $167/night. This rate is a savings of 20% off the regular hotel rate which is offered to Hyatt Platinum and Diamond members.
We went through Ebates to save an additional 3% (the amount of cash back you can earn through portals fluctuates, but you can usually save 3-5% by shopping around). This saved us another $5/night. (Not a huge amount, but hey…I’ll take it!).
Since we paid with our Amex Open card, we saved another 5% off our total, or $8/night. So we were down to $154/night.
We had booked a regular room with two queen beds, but then we used a Hyatt Diamond suite upgrade award to upgrade our room to a suite. Diamond members get four complimentary suite upgrades per year, and for us they are one of the most valuable perks out there, since we have two kids and really appreciate the extra space provided by a suite.
Suites at this hotel normally go for around $500/night, so we were thrilled to pay $154/night for ours. We were officially booked into the hospitality suite, but when we arrived at the hotel, we asked if there was any way we could upgrade to a villa (these are kind of like separate houses, complete with patios and private jacuzzis and fire pits).
The answer was yes.
Yahoo! I love points and miles! Villas normally go for around $700/night, which is WAY out of our price range. But thanks to Hyatt (I LOVE Hyatt) and Josh’s Diamond status (you can get it, too!), we were paying less than a fourth of that amount.
The villa is amazing. Here are some photos so you can get a sense of what it’s like.
This is the bedroom:
And here is the entertainment area with a pull-out sofa. This space is in its own a separate room in the villa. Those two black squares are a TV and a fireplace.
There is a dining area with a mini fridge and microwave.
The bathroom has a huge jacuzzi tub.
The outdoor patio features a jacuzzi.
There is also a gas grill – this was awesome! We stocked up on BBQ supplies and had a fun dinner outside. The view from outdoor patio is gorgeous. The noise of the water falling over the rocks is soothing and meditative.
And here is the view outside the front door:
We are really loving this hotel. It’s perfect for families – multiple pools, a kids’ club, a Regency Club that is open all day for drinks and snacks – but it would also be a great spot for couples, or groups of friends.
More reviews of different features of this hotel coming soon! In the meantime, know that I HIGHLY recommend it.
Do you have any Hyatt upgrade success stories? Where were you and what kind of room did you get?