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Why I need WiFi

For the first night at the Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai WiFi has been decent.

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Tonight the WiFi situation has been downright abysmal, and has kept disconnecting (and I actually have to open the door repeatedly to catch the signal).

Let me first say that I paid CNY60 for each day of WiFi, which isn’t too cheap (and I’m not happy about it, even though I need it), and this WiFi quality is unacceptable given the price.

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Review: Kyushu Karnival – Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Introduction
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
KA 380 HKG – FUK 333 J
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
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Dining at Seikai Beppu
Exploring Beppu
Hoteiya Yufu City
Dining at Hoteiya Yufu City
Exploring Yufuin
Lounge Fukuoka Fukuoka
KA 381 FUK – HKG 333 J

Ranking: Location 5/5 Service 5/5 Modernity 4/5 Little things 4/5 Meals 3/5 Overall 4/5

Our family decided to stay in Fukuoka for a night so our parents could go shopping. We decided to stay in a more western hotel before heading off to truly Japanese territory (if you know what I mean), and there were a lot of options.

We decided on the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka in the area, given that the local Japanese hotels in the area all seemed like budget hotels. Yes, I did overlook many hotels, I later realised (such as Royal Park THE Fukuoka, Hotel Nikko Fukuoka, Il Palazzo Fukuoka and With The Style Fukuoka),

This was the first hotel I had ever booked alone, and I immediately made a mistake by pulling out a non-refundable breakfast-less fare. We had to upgrade ourselves to a club room so we could have breakfast in the hotel (as we had access to a club lounge) – it just wasn’t worth it paying separately for the hotel buffet.

The hotel cost us about HK$3350. While that’s much more than what I’d like to pay for the Hyatt, it wasn’t astronomical. Also, they were out of standard twin/club twin rooms, so we went for the club king.

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Grand Hyatt Fukuoka Club King Rate

The Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is a Category 3 property, which means it’d cost us 17,000 points for the same room. That’s a great value, and I’d use points in a heartbeat given I had enough (I don’t own Hyatt Gold Passport points or even an account, for those wondering).

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Grand Hyatt Fukuoka Club King Points Rate

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Hyatt Gold Passport, the Complete Dummy’s Guide: Points, cash, or both?

By the way, this is basically a “Gold Passport for Dummies” post, as I’m no means an expert – actually, to be honest I’m not that much than a dummy at this anyway. Points hoarders may know more about Hyatt Gold Passport – I guess I’m trying to entertain you guys by reposting most of the knowledge some of you already know.


One hotel chain I’m itching to try (and will try very soon) is Hyatt. While I’ve done SPG countless times (coincidentally, as I’m not really a points hoarder living in hotels 90% of the time) and have done Marriott and Accor once or twice as well (I’ve actually reviewed an SPG and a Marriott hotel already and a review of an Accor hotel, the Sofitel London Heathrow, will appear in early August), I haven’t done the other three major hotel chains, IHG, Hilton (though Jason has and will be reviewing it mid-August) and Hyatt (though, again, that’s about to change).

I do know quite a bit about Hyatt though, and can sum the payment methods up (in terms of Cash, Cash+Points and Gold Passport Points), and use a few hotels as example (I’m just going to pinch the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills and Park Hyatt Chennai, as these were the four hotels from each major chain – assuming that those like Hyatt House are minor chains – that popped up directly in my head).

Gold Passport Points

Gold Passport Points have a value quite in the “middle of the pack”. They’re less valuable than Starwood, for example, but much more valuable than HHonors™ points, Club Carlson points and IHG Priority Club™ points, say. I’m inclined to agree with Lucky that they should be valued at roughly 12 cents per point (in Hong Kong Dollars – that’s about 1.5 US cents per point).

They can be used to redeem points at pretty much all Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Andaz and Park Hyatt properties. Unlike Hilton (where Waldorf is in a completely different league with whopping point prices), all hotels part of any of the mini chains (the mini chains are Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Andaz, Park Hyatt, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Zilara/Ziva, Hyat Residences Club) fit into the same chart. You can find which category your hotel is in through these links, which list all the hotels of each category.

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The January Hyatt Gold Passport™ Devaluation – and the new chart

In January, Hyatt announced a grand canyon devaluation in their Gold Passport™ program. It was pretty much a huge devaluation – a new category, Category 7, was added, and almost every category upped in points (that said, they are still a great value right now, just not so much). I’ll spare you the old chart, but here is the new chart (due to it probably being relevant to more):

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As I said above, I value the points at 12 cents each, so my August stay at the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka in a Club Room would be valued at 17,000 points, or HK$2040. (Compared to the revenue rate at $3350, this is a steal, but I’ll get to that later.) Yes, even in hotel booking, you have to use a calculator – I prefer Casio do maths.

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Kyushu Karnival Khronicles, Part 8: Highest Price, Least Beds, and Free Wireless Internet

Part 1: We upgraded to a Club so I can review breakfast! + Details
Part 2: Can I survive public showers (onsens)?
Part 3: Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is between a shopping mall and…a red light district?!
Part 4: Abandoning Aso
Part 5: Gone is the Portico in Asian Grand Hyatts, but what should I expect?
Part 6: Upgrading myself but taking one for the team…
Part 7: It gets fun until here…
Part 8: Highest Price, Least Beds, and Free Wireless Internet

I did a quick comparison between price and features of the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka, the Hyatt Regency Fukuoka, the Hilton Seahawk Fukuoka, the ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka and the Best Western Fukuoka Nakasu Inn (just for the fun of it), just to see what a catastrophe my mistake caused. And I can’t say I’m that depressed about it.

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

The club lounge looks pretty good. I’m happy about the “Japanese flair” I see in the rooms, but while they ran out of standard/club twin rooms (I don’t really mind sharing a bed with my dad – pillows in the middle, no one cross that line!), at least there’s free WiFi to make up for it. Being booked in a club room not only compliments access to the lounge, it also gives me complimentary access to the pool (which, sadly, costs ¥2000 or ~HK$150). However, a tradeoff to this otherwise wonderful-sounding hotel is that the price is at a ridiculous HK$3350 (US$432)/night for the club room (which I guess is the only downside to the hotel).

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