Several hotel credit cards give you a free night at one of their establishments every year when you pay the annual fee. The cool thing is this free night benefit is often is worth more than the cost of keeping the credit card, doesn’t require you to spend a certain amount of money on the card, and doesn’t require you to have any points in your account. It’s simply a totally a free night, including tax.
It makes sense to try to get the most value out of the free night and I’ve read articles listing the places around the world where you can get the most expensive room. I decided instead of that approach, I’d look at a place many people travel to each year. Walt Disney World (WDW). If you can stretch your vacation one more day by using a free night, that could be very valuable to you and your family.
If you have The Hyatt Credit Card from Chase ($75 annual fee) , you get a free night after your card member anniversary at any category 1-4 hotel or resort. You can stay at some pretty great Hyatt hotels around WDW with your free night.
Here are two Hyatt Hotels in the WDW area where you can use your free night:
This 815 room category 4 Hyatt is located just off Disney property, near Disney Springs. It’s a resort in its own right, with 45 holes of golf, a lagoon style pool and a full service spa on site. This hotel is also the home to Hemingway’s, one of our favorite places to eat outside of Disney World.
Mommy Points has stayed there and wrote a wonderful article about this hotel and how it is to stay there with kids. Given, she used one of her Hyatt suite upgrades on the room but you’ll still get a good idea of the hotel and the amenities.
Valet parking here will cost you $31 per day and self parking is $22. As per the hotel website, other fees may include:
Please note: our hotel features a $30 daily resort service fee, plus tax, collected at checkout. This fee provides guests with access and use of:
- Guest Room Internet
- (2) Bottled Waters
refreshed daily upon consumption
- Unlimited access for local, 800 or 888 calls and in-state credit card calls
- Intra-property transportation
- Unlimited use of the Health Club
- (9) Hole Pitch & Putt Course
- Golf Driving Range Access
- Court times at Racquet Club for individual guest play for a walk on basis only
Court Fees will apply for reserved guaranteed court times
- Basketball, volleyball, rock climbing wall, and all water sports (paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, sailboats, paddle boards and hydro-bikes)
Note that Hyatt’s website does say that Resort Fees are waived for all guests on “free award nights.”
If the Grand Cypress isn’t your style, just down the road is the
This 169 room, category 3 Hyatt opened in 2016 after a full refurbishment.
I’m a convert to the Hyatt Place brand after our stay at one of their hotels in Raleigh, NC. Standard rooms at this hotel start at 370 – 424 square feet, with one king or two queen beds. This looks like a very comfortable room to spread out in during a WDW vacation.
Unlike the Hyatt Grand Cypress, the Hyatt Place has complimentary, outdoor self parking. This hotel does not charge a resort fee.
Choosing between the two Hyatt Hotels in the WDW area might depend on what type of hotel you are looking for. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is a destination upon itself with the golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, spa and restaurants. This hotel also charges accordingly for those services. The Hyatt Place is a great hotel that gives you free breakfast, free parking and larger rooms, but lacks the resort feel of the Grand Cypress. I could see each of these hotels having appeal to guests, depending on what you’re looking for in your vacation. When we used to stay at Disney World (before we moved to 9 miles from WDW), all we wanted a room for was a place to rest between spending time in the theme parks. I could see us spending some time at the Hyatt Place, but in the end Your Mileage May Vary.
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