Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 5 – 3 Free Nights & a Partial Ocean View Upgrade at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

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Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 5 – 3 Free Nights & a Partial Ocean View Upgrade at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

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Emily Jablon:   Daraius and I went to Maui, Hawaii in March 2013.  We loved Hawaii so much that we decided to return, but this time to Kauai.  Kauai is more laid back and less built-up than Maui.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
Ready to Begin Our Kauai Adventure at the Grand Hyatt

We went to Kauai over Valentine’s Day week, which made for a very romantic getaway. Using our miles and points made it even better!

Winter Getaway to Kauai – Trip Report Index:

Grand Hyatt Kauai – Partial Ocean View Upgrade

For 3 nights, we booked a standard Garden View Room at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai for 22,000 Hyatt points per night.  The current rate is 25,000 Hyatt points per night.  We had booked our 1st three nights in a suite, but couldn’t keep the suite because the hotel was sold out.  But we were upgraded to a Partial Ocean View Room because Daraius has Hyatt Diamond status.

The retail price online for the Garden View Room was ~$500 per night.

The Garden View Room Costs $488 per Night, But %% but We Prefer Free With an Upgrade!
The Garden View Room Costs ~$500 per Night, but We Prefer Free With an Upgrade!

The room included a king size bed, table and chairs, and a reading chair.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
Welcome to Our Room

The room felt like a regular hotel room, such as a room at Holiday Inn or Hampton Inn.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
This Was Our Home for 3 Nights in Kauai

Except it was in paradise. 🙂

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
The Grand Hyatt Sits on 50 Acres Filled With Grottos, Pools, Waterfalls, Lagoons, and Beaches…So We Didn’t Spend Much Time in the Room

There was a table and chairs for sharing takeout or a room service meal.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
Or a Waiting Area for Daraius While I’m Getting Ready

There was also a dresser with a flat screen TV.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
Happy to Be on Vacation!

And there was a chair for relaxing.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
Reading Chair With Huge Pillows

Daraius was anxious to try it out!

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
I Think He’s Doing It Wrong

There was a coffeemaker…

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
It Was Nice to Wake Up With In-Room Starbucks Coffee

…with a safe and fridge underneath.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
An Interesting Combination

There was also a lot of storage space.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
These Amazingly Comfortable Bathrobes Are Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles!

Outside of the sliding glass doors was a small patio.  There were 2 chairs and a small round table.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
The Patio Could Use Some Updating, But It’s the View of the Lush Green Grass, Palm Trees, and Slice of Ocean That Matters

Although we booked a standard garden view room, we got a free upgrade to a partial ocean view.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
Gorgeous!

The garden view rooms face the parking lot side of the hotel, but the parking lot is buffered by trees and bushes, making it very private.

Bathroom

The bathroom was bright and airy, but seemed a little dated.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
The Bathroom Had Everything We Needed

It had dual sinks with a lot of counter and shelf space on either side.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
I Was Trying to Be Sneaky When I Took This Photo 🙂

The counter-tops seemed dated, but still nice.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
Shelving Space Next to Each Sink Helped Keep the Counter Free of Clutter

The shelf on the right side included fresh towels, drinking glasses, a mirror, and amenities.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
I Wanted to Fix This Crooked Outlet

I thought the amenities smelled so good!

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
Coco Mango Scented Portico Bath Products

There was a combination shower and bathtub.  The shower included a hand shower and a three-head shower.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
Bathing 3 Ways

There was a separate room for the toilet.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Room
Private Toilet Area

How You Can Do It, Too!

We redeemed 20,000 United Airlines miles each and 17,500 American Airlines miles each for 1-way flights in coach to and from Austin and Kauai, Hawaii.  We could have redeemed our miles for First Class seats but we like saving those for longer flights.

We used 41,295 Citi ThankYou points to pay for our car rental.

Daraius transferred 103,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt points for 3 nights in a Garden View room. And 3 nights in a Garden View suite at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

How Many Points You Need:

  • Points Only:  150,000 Hyatt points for 6 nights
  • Points + Cash:  75,000 Hyatt points and $1,188 for 6 nights
  • Just like Daraius & Emily:  66,000 Hyatt points for 3 nights in a Garden View room, before the Hyatt award chart change.  But now it is 75,000 Hyatt points.  And 37,500 Hyatt points + $596 and a Diamond Suite upgrade for 3 nights in a Garden View Suite.

Note:  If you don’t have a Diamond Suite upgrade, you can use 6,000 Hyatt points per night to upgrade a paid room to a suite.  But you can NOTupgrade a Points + Cash room to a suite without a Diamond Suite upgrade.

How to Get the Points:

The easiest way to get points for Kauai is by applying for credit cards.

Here’s my post on the best way to get Hyatt points.

1.   Chase Hyatt Card

You can save some Chase Ultimate Rewards points and get 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide after you spend $2,000 within the first 3 months on the Chase Hyatt card.

2.   Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

You get 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 within 3 months on the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to certain airlines and hotels at a 1:1 ratio.  So 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points becomes 40,000 airline miles or 40,000 hotel points.

3.   Chase Ink Cards

The Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold card currently get you 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months.

Do you know the 3 ways you may qualify for a business credit card?

Note:  You can apply for 1 personal and 1 business card from Chase at the same time.  But you do NOT have to wait 6 months between Chase applications.

Bottom Line:

The Garden Room at the Grand Hyatt Kauai was a spacious, clean room, but lacked some personality.

I liked that we were close to the resort’s activities, including the pools, spa, and sunset terrace.  The Grand Hyatt Kauai’s 50 acre grounds are spectacular!  And the fact that our room was free made our stay that much better!

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

More Info

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Did you get to keep the robes?

@ Jenny- Thank you! I got this top for free at a clothes swap that my friends and I had during my senior year of college. That means the shirt is 8 years old now!

Glad you all enjoyed the posts and thanks for sharing your tips! 🙂

I think it’s cute that D opted for the girl version of the lei vs the man version

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@ff_lover – We used a combination of cash and points and points for the rooms.

@Chris M – Those are great tips. I’ll try them out the next time we’re there!

Your post is bringing back memories!

At the risk of making this hotel even more popular, I still want everyone to know that the Grand Hyatt Kauai is my favorite place in the world.

My two little tips:

1) Sit on the left side of the plane on your flight into Lihue, so you get this view…

http://s804.photobucket.com/user/crbinvestments/media/Shizzle/ViewFromPlaneintoLihue-LeftSide.jpg.html?sort=6&o=140

2) If offered the choice between a garden suite or an ocean view club room, as we were, definitely take the ocean view club room, so you get this view…

http://s804.photobucket.com/user/crbinvestments/media/Shizzle/ViewFromOurRoom.jpg.html?sort=6&o=150

I would take that view from our little room, and getting to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of waves (with our sliding glass door open), over a suite a million times as big.

Ok, one more tip. Club access is worth quite a bit at this property to me, since they serve a lot of food, and food is otherwise expensive anywhere else on the property.

Thanks again for all you do, D! I’m still looking forward to sharing a BA F cabin with you and Emily someday. 😉

Good post.

Just curious, why you didn’t use C&P for the Hyatt stays (I thought that is better value than outright points).

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