In January 2018, I had occasion to stay overnight in the Tampa Bay Area. What better excuse to check out revitalized downtown St. Pete and its plethora of craft beer, right? From past research, I knew that we could theoretically stay at the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg for only 5000 Hyatt reward points. But would it be available for a Saturday night on very short notice? It turn out yes!
Some Boring Info About Hotel Reward Points
For those who are new to the miles & points game, there are several ways to accumulate Hyatt points. Of course, you can earn them organically by staying at the various Hyatt brand properties. There is also a Hyatt co-branded credit card which regularly offers a 40k+ point signup bonus. After earning the bonus, additional points are earned by spending on anything you buy with the card, not just hotel stays. The final way to obtain Hyatt points is to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points into your Hyatt account on 1:1 basis. Assuming of course that you have a credit card such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire Reserve, which you definitely should!
The cash rates for this hotel vary from about $175 during the sweltering summer months to about $275 per night during the spring (“snowbird” season and baseball spring training). The rate for the night we stayed was $225 plus a 12% hotel tax, so about $250 per night total. $250/5000 points = a redemption value of 5 cents per point which is an outstanding use of points.
And Now On To The Actual Review
We parked in the Hyatt Downtown St. Petersburg’s garage, which costs $15 per night in addition to the room rate. Click any photo for larger version.
Check-in was quick and we were soon headed up to our room. Because of the good value associated with redeeming Hyatt points, we have stayed in many, many Hyatt Place hotels across the country and until now, the rooms have all been totally identical. Which is understandable since the goal is to provide a consistent product.
But opening the door to this room, I was pleasantly surprised. It had a different color palate, different furniture, and was just plain fresher looking than the typical Hyatt Place accommodation.
Since we only had a short amount in Downtown St. Pete, we didn’t linger in the room. On the way out, I did stop to peek at the rooftop pool area. The pool was adequate unto the need. I don’t think too many guests stay here with the intention of lounging by the pool all day. Also, there was a ton of construction happening nearby so the noise level at the pool might be pretty high during the workweek until the construction is finished.
The location of the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg is simply fantastic. Beer-wise, there is Green Bench, Cycle, and St. Pete Brewing all within a mile and very walkable. 3 Daughters and Cage Brewing are a tad further, about 2 miles, but still walkable for the reasonably fit. Someone we were chatting with mentioned that they take an Uber to the furthest (3 Daughters) and then work their way back on foot which seems like a good idea.
Besides craft beer, there are also several museums and an eclectic selection of shops and restaurants radiating from Central Avenue North. Also nearby is the warehouse district which is starting to get a vibe like Wynwood in Miami with all of its murals and street art.
The next morning, we headed down to the complimentary breakfast buffet. The breakfast area was really crowded but I was able to sneak a few iPhone photos. Note that the hot items vary depending on what day of the week it is so if you’re staying a couple days, there is not likely to be repetition.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t linger after breakfast since we had some business to attend to. But I would return to the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg in a heartbeat to sample the breweries that I missed this time around. Although the cash rate of $200+ per night for a hotel room is a bit of splurge for a
cheap value conscious traveler like me, this hotel is an absolute steal for 5,000 points if you have the ability to book it that way.
Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg
25 2nd St N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701