Hyatt Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort Drops Two Categories to a 4!

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Many thanks to Mommy Points reader Christian who alerted me that the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort seems to have dropped from a Category 6 to a Category 4 hotel.  This hotel recently opened in late 2013 as a Category 6 Hyatt hotel.  As a Category 6 that means it would cost either 25,000 points per night or 12,500 points + $150 per night via the cash and points option.  However, now that it is Category 4 hotel that means it is just 15,000 Hyatt points per night or 7,500 points + $100 per night via cash and points. If you need more Hyatt points, those relatively low point costs make it a good time to transfer points in from the Ink Plus® Business Card,  Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, or Ink Bold® Business Card at a 1:1 ratio. 

Andaz Costa Rica

Remember, as a Diamond guest you can use a confirmed suite upgrade on a cash an points reservation and (presumably) get yourself into an Andaz Suite for just 7,500 points + $100 per night – that sounds like a pretty solid deal to me.  As a Category 4, you can also now use your free annual night you get thanks to having the Hyatt Visa!

Andaz Costa Rica

I have not yet had the chance to visit this property, but I very much want to.  In the meantime, The Points Guy has a review of a standard king room and a suite from just after the hotel opened a few months ago.  The Andaz doesn’t seem to be a big overtly family friendly resort, but it does have a ‘family pool’, Kids Club for children ages 4-12, beach activities, snorkeling, and more so could certainly work for a family trip.  Of course it could also be a great adults getaway destination.

Andaz Room Costa Rica

I’m excited to see it drop to a lower points threshold and this makes it an even more attractive hotel to check out for us!  If you have been there, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. I stumbled across this while looking into it after seeing it the Amex magazine on satruday! Looks really nice! Must have dropped it because of difficulty getting to it…

  2. Maybe the standards of their F&B and service level hasn’t been up to par yet? IIRC, there aren’t many good reviews of this property.

  3. Supposedly the property is also located in a remote area with little food options except to eat at the andaz or the four seasons next door. Everything else requires a pricey cab ride. Families would need to plan in a pretty sizable food budget.

  4. We visited this property back in February. It is actually quite easy to get to once you arrive in LIR. Maybe 20-25 minutes away. Our service was good, but it is relatively remote with regard to other towns and activities(volcanos, rain forests etc…).
    Trip Advisor shows mostly glowing reviews.
    We used points(figures???) but before Hyatt deval so we paid 18k/night.
    Based on the screen shot above 15k points vs north of $400 all-in is a good value. The resort fee was waived but be careful as it is not a fixed nightly cost but 10% of nightly room rate(which varies night by night). If using points be sure to ask agent if this is waived.
    As for the family friendliness I would say it is 7 out 10. For very little ones a bit less. For the adventuresome(zip-lining, surfing, hiking volcanos and cloud-forests) with older kids an 8 or 9 out of 10.
    Food and drinks are pretty expensive but quite good.
    To be honest, the resort was no where near capacity so this point change might mean property is struggling to fill rooms.

  5. Interesting – i was looking into this a few weeks ago and couldn’t figure out why it was listed as a Cat 4 but showed 25k pts/night. I figured they just had it incorrectly listed as a Cat 4. Looks like things are sync’d now as they should be.

    Agree with sentiment that they must be having difficulties with occupancy – they were running a special a few weeks ago through Oct 30 2014 for $180/night that included a daily $100 F&B credit.

  6. Thank you! I just rebooked my stay for March at the lower rate (pts + cash). The agent said they lowered the category so that it would be more inline with properties near it.

  7. I will add to Geoff’s response (he’s my better half): a friend sent me a Travel & Leisure article rating the property top for families. I find this rather odd since the property has been open less than six months and we saw a couple of kids. I hope the deval is not a bad sign for this wonderful resort because I want to return to the place we visited (and take our girls, now 12 and 11).

  8. Meh. Not much wow factor – seems kinda basic for a “resort” property in that sort of location. And certainly wasn’t worth $600 night plus resort fees plus expensive food.

  9. Your comment about using the chase hyatt card yearly cat 1-4 free night raises an interesting topic as to what are the best cat 4 properties out there for a family visit. Maybe good fodder for a future blog topic?

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