For years I’ve argued that Hyatt’s limited global footprint has not mattered…that the hotel chain has enough hotels in enough places to suit my travel needs. But Israel has presented a new challenge.
I’m not just blindly loyal to Hyatt. Instead, the chain offers the two things I find most important in a hotel beyond wi-fi: upgrades and breakfast. Especially when I am traveling with my three-year-old son, having a separate bedroom has made a huge difference. Separate rooms is just not practical for a three-year-old…
This week I’m in Israel. Even with its many new partnerships, Hyatt still has no properties in Israel. In a fairly expensive country, this has been a mild frustration.
On the one hand, I’ve enjoyed my accommodations in Jerusalem after a disastrous Airbnb rental to start the trip (I’ll share about this in another post). On the other hand, I’m trying to limit my travel this year and need those 60 nights (perhaps less with credit card spending) somehow. It would have been nice to start chipping away at that number this week.
It’s not like Israel has a ton of Marriott or Hilton options as well, but at least there are some. And frankly part of the fun of vacation for me is nice hotels, both for the blog and because who doesn’t like a nice hotel? I’d rather have a nice hotel than souvenirs or other items to accumulate dust back home.
In Jerusalem, there’s the King David, not affiliated with any chain, and the Waldorf-Astoria, which has received bad reviews and frankly seems outlandishly priced. Tel Aviv has more options, but nothing from Hyatt.
Anyway, my point is that this is the first time I’ve really felt Hyatt has left me no choice but to deviate on vacation. It’s a shame that the chain does not have a single hotel in Israel. And it shows, quite clearly, why so many people are reluctant to be so loyal to Hyatt.
image: Hyatt – the closest Hyatt to Israel is the Grand Hyatt Amman