- Points and miles are not valueless- even if you spent only time to get them.
- No one on EARTH is paying $10,000 for a 4 night hotel stay. Right?
Well…that’s my dilemma. I just booked a room on points and cash that I feasibly see someone paying $2,500 a night to inhabit. Not ME, of course, and probably not YOU if you’re reading this post, but I do see it.
The $2,500 room in question is at the Grand Hyatt Martinez in Cannes, on the French Riviera, in August. When you google image the hotel many of the photos that surface are of celebrities on room balconies to give you an idea. (Go ahead, I’ll wait).
I’m not a celebrity stalker, but what I am is a tourism history nerd. The French Riviera is the original destination for the jet set so has been on my must see list for forever. The Martinez is an Art Deco wedding cake of a hotel smack dab in the middle of the action. In a perfect world I’d visit off-season when it is (comparatively speaking) affordable for those of us without trust funds.
However…as you may recall I get one “big” solo trip every other year while Deal Dad takes the kids on Camp Dad. The trip is always…the first two weeks of August. Prime time for the French Riviera, which is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because there’s a festival practically everyday (including a fireworks festival!). A curse because prices are peak of the peak.
The base level room at the Martinez starts at $680 on my dates but was also available (much to my surprise) on cash + points of 12,500 points and $150. It’s a splurge even on cash and points for me but the free breakfast and happy hour offered to Hyatt Diamond members will pretty much erase my food budget. Not to mention the free manicures.
My surprises didn’t stop there. I called the Diamond line on a lark thinking there wasn’t a chance one of my Diamond Suite Upgrades could be applied on such peak dates. My birthday isn’t till June but the presents came early! 4 nights confirmed into a Junior Suite for a grand total of $600 + 50,000 Hyatt Points or $1100 value. Just for fun I pulled up the actual room rate:
I usually dismiss such claims out of hand but I’m guessing Gwen Stefani paid at least $2,500/night for her room. I don’t see Eva Longoria or Julianne Moore staying on points. Granted, they probably also booked the larger suites, which are over $4,100/night. You never know, I might just get lucky and end up in a larger suite myself!
I could end up with an entire floor at the Hotel Martinez and still not feel like it’s a $2,500 hotel room. I’m struggling with a $275 hotel room! But I know a lot of you are better at Vendoming than I am so I’m curious: what do you think this room is really worth?
To keep my street cred I’m coming to the Martinez from the Holiday Inn Cannes, which is 20,000 IHG points a night. I have a late arrival into Cannes and didn’t want to waste the points. I think it will also make a fun comparison.
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