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I am not a travel snob, in fact, I would say I am far from it. I travel around with a backpack and blue jeans, even if staying at a high-end hotel like we did in Milan.
That said, I can certainly appreciate staying at a five-star hotel when I am managing a 9 hour time change. I can also appreciate when it only costs $20 for two nights!
This time around we stayed at the Park Hyatt Milan, just a few hundred feet from the Duomo. The Duomo is one of the largest (literally) attractions in Milan. Work started on this Roman Catholic Cathedral in the late 1,300’s and was not completed until the mid 1900’s. It stands over 350′ high and over 500′ feet long, this thing is massive and truly breathtaking to look at.
Back to the hotel, the Park Hyatt is one of the most luxurious hotels in Milan. Base rooms start around $550 (500 Euro) per night and can easily climb up to $1,000 for a suite. Upon check-in we were upgraded to a Park Deluxe King room with a standard rate of around $700 a night.
Our total for two nights at the Park Hyatt in a Park Deluxe King room, $22 (20 Euros). There is a mandatory 5 Euro occupancy tax per person per night in Milan otherwise it would be completely free.
We used the Chase Hyatt credit card sign up bonus which earns you two free nights at ANY Hyatt property in the world. Park Hyatt properties are top-tier so it makes the most sense to use your free nights at one of these properties. The Chase Hyatt card also grants you Hyatt Platinum status which entitles you to available room upgrades, discounts in the hotel restaurants, free WiFi, late check-out, and many other benefits.
So how was the hotel experience?
This was by-far the nicest hotel I have stayed at in my life. The cash price of our two night stay would have been $1,550, thankfully we only had to fork-over $22. The service at the Park Hyatt Milan is amazing. It seems that everywhere you turn you run into hotel staff who are ready to go out of their way to help. Alyssa was walking our 4th floor hall looking for the ice machine and a staff member sniffed her out, walked her back to the room to get our ice bowl, and all the way back to the ice machine. It is not common that hotel staff take 3 minutes out of their day especially when you don’t ask for their assistance in the first place.
The room felt like something you would see in a movie and actually caused me to chuckle when I first walked into the room (it was that luxurious). The entire bathroom is marble and itself is larger than some New York hotels I have stayed in. The room was stocked with chocolates, espresso, tea, glass water bottles, and a full minibar (minibar was not free). Being a deluxe room we had a lot of free space and a cool lounge/table area that overlooked the Milan Gallery.
On one of the days the maid service came by three times. Maid service here meant that everything is picked up from the floor, they folded all our clothes, replaced and folded every towel, made the bed, and replenished all snacks/drinks. I am not used to this kind of service once a day, but three times in one day was a real treat. It is like they know when you leave your room! …They probably do know, in Europe you must put your card in this slot by the door to keep the lights on when are in the room, it helps conserve electricity when you are not present. So anyway, my hunch says they do monitor when you pull the room key and leave, but who knows.
The shower had a waterfall head, a marble bench, and was so spacious that I couldn’t touch both walls at once (I am 6′ 1″). Oh, don’t pull the string with the red tab in the shower or somebody WILL come and knock on the door until you answer, even if you are in your robe. At least that is what I heard….
The photos were taken with a GoPro and don’t accurately portray the size of the room. To help, the TV is a 42″ and the bed is a king.
So how do I stay at a high-end Hyatt property like this one for nearly free?
The Chase Hyatt credit card earns you two free nights at any Hyatt property in the world. If you don’t find yourself in Milan or New York in the near future, maybe you’d find better use at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico! You can use your free nights at the Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive in Puerto Vallarta if you’d prefer to relax in the tropics.
The best thing about this card is that you are only required to spend $1,000 in 90 days to qualify for the sign up bonus. That breaks down to about $11 a day. An easy and quick way (since you want to get your bonus ASAP, which usually posts 5 days after you complete your spend) to spend the $1,000 is to pay bills like rent or mortgage using Plastiq. With a 2-3% fee it should cost you no more than $30 (worst case scenario) to receive two free nights good for any Hyatt property in the world. Sounds like a good trade-off to me.
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