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Starting today (November 1, 2018) breakfast at Hyatt Place hotels has now become a bit more exclusive. The free breakfast that was previously available to all guests will now only be available to World of Hyatt rewards members who book a room directly through Hyatt.
But you’ll still get free breakfast even if you book a Point + Cash rate, an award night, or use points for an upgrade, although there aren’t many meaningful upgrades available at Hyatt Place hotels. If you need more Hyatt points, check out our complete guide on all the ways you can earn them!
We first wrote about these changes when they were originally announced by Hyatt back in June of this year. Hyatt has seen quite a bit of public backlash about this change between then and now, yet they have stuck to their guns and are carrying through with the new policy.
So we want to make sure you know how these changes will work and how they affect you.
New Breakfast Changes at Hyatt Place Are Now In Effect
Expect Improvements to The Breakfast Menu
The new changes to breakfast are coming in as the Hyatt Place completes this update.
One of the positive changes coming to Hyatt Place’s new breakfast is they are elevating the menu with higher-end ingredients and local recipes. The menu will vary depending on the region the hotel is in. The different regions are: Atlantic, South, Southwest, Heartland, West Coast. The breakfast buffet will also feature items such as cage free eggs, all natural bacon, all natural skinless sausage, and artisanal breads and pastries.
I have to commend Hyatt for these changes and am excited to find an excuse to stay at a Hyatt Place to see how these improvements are executed. I always thought that Hyatt offered one of the better breakfast buffets across hotel chains, at least when it comes to the “free” breakfast options.
There Are New Restrictions For Who Qualifies For Free Breakfast
In the past, Hyatt Place’s breakfast buffet was available for all guests. But that’s not going to be the case anymore.
To enjoy free breakfast you now must:
- Be a World of Hyatt member (any tier level)
- Book your room directly with Hyatt
The first qualification shouldn’t be any trouble. All the folks reading this would want to be a Hyatt member anyway to be earning points for their stay. All tiers qualify, so no elite status is necessary. Hyatt even says they will let you sign up easily upon check-in at the hotel to receive free breakfast.
The second qualification is a bit more troubling. While I usually do book directly with the hotel on most occasions, there are times when it makes more sense to book through a third-party. For example, let’s say I want to book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal in order to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points to pay for my room.
Despite the fact that Hyatt and Chase have a strong partnership, this reservation would not qualify for free breakfast! The same goes for those that book through American Express’ travel portal or those that make use of Capital One’s promotion to earn 10X miles on Hotels.com reservations.
These changes can be troubling for folks who use various travel portals and it very well might be reason enough to consider another hotel brand if breakfast is important for you and your travel companions.
How Is This Going to Be Controlled?
As of right now, we don’t know how Hyatt intends to enforce the breakfast areas to see if a guest is allowed to have breakfast. Will there be tickets? Will they take your room number as you sit down?
I also wonder if local management will end up deciding not to enforce this at some locations. I could see a manager deciding it’s easier to just leave it open for everyone than to dedicate an employee to policing this change and inevitably dealing with upset (or “h-angry”) customers each morning who expected free breakfast.
Starting November 1, 2018, breakfast at Hyatt Place hotels will only be available for guests who are World of Hyatt members and who book directly through Hyatt.
Hyatt also is elevating the breakfast menu at Hyatt Place with a focus on local recipes and all-natural ingredients.
These changes are now in effect, so if you want free breakfast while staying at a Hyatt Place, remember to book directly with the hotel. Booking through credit card travel portals and online travel agencies will exclude you from the pleasures of free breakfast during your stay.
What do you think about these changes and will it have any impact on which hotel you choose to book?
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