This is a steal at only a category 2 property on the Hyatt chart, with each night costing only 8,000 points. Similar to what we did at the Grand Hyatt Santiago, we booked two separate reservations. The first night was booked with points + cash and a Diamond suite upgrade. So for 4,000 points and $55 (actually only ended up being about $37 USD because we paid in Argentina pesos with money exchanged at blue dollar rate) we stayed in the diplomat corner suite on the top floor. Unfortunately they did not let us stay in the suite for our second reservation, which was booked solely on points. We mostly earned our Hyatt points from work stays but transferred a few from our Ultimate Rewards account.
Location: One of the biggest perks of the hotel was its location right smack on the main square, Plaza Independcia, so it was an easy walk anywhere. The cab from the bus terminal to the hotel was only $2.
Check-In: The guest experience coordinator happened to check us in and she was very friendly and walked us up to our suite, calling us her “honored guests.” The welcome amenity was a bottle of wine (sent up a few hours later) for Diamond members. There was also a fruit plate in the room and dessert sent up every night of our stay.
Concierge: We found Jessica to be the most helpful. She offered suggestions for wineries to visit and booked our paragliding trip for us.
Free Wine Tasting: The Park Hyatt offers a complimentary wine tasting in their wine bar, Uvas, every evening from 6:30-7 p.m. The wines are pretty affordable by the glass (certainly for a Park Hyatt) as well as buy the bottle.
Breakfast: Since there’s no lounge, Diamond guests are invited to enjoy the breakfast buffet in the restaurant. You could get eggs cooked any way you’d like and there were plenty of other hot and cold items along with fresh-squeezed juices.
Casino: There’s a casino attached to the hotel and guests are given a $5 voucher to spend along with some 25% coupons for casino bar. We went down for a few minutes to play the slots with our free money and walked away a dollar richer.
Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: There’s a small but more than adequate exercise facility on the second floor. I loved that they had a TRX band! Attached is a the spa, and guests are allowed to use the cold and hot soaking tubs, sauna and steam room, which are in the locker rooms. After spending a few hours by the pool I went in to use the hot tub but it unfortunately was only lukewarm. There is an attendant by the pool who will bring you towels and servers if you want any food or drink.
Suite: The diplomat suite was awesome. I wish we could have been in it for our whole stay but it didn’t make sense for us to pay additional money when we had the points. Had I thought through the blue dollar savings, I might have applied the suite upgrade to our entire stay though. There was a TV in our bathroom, full sized bottles of wine-scented soaps and a table with seating for eight people in the living room. There was also a second bathroom, which we used to store Caleb’s smelly shoes.
Though the Park Hyatt is an expensive, luxury hotel, we were able to stay there very cheaply thanks to points. The free breakfast and free wine-tastings saved us a considerable amount of money. Mendoza was a ton of fun and is a trip I would encourage all wine-lovers to make!