Peek at the Best 15,000 Hyatt Points I’ve Spent

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My daughter and recently I snuck off without the one year old and dad to Park City for the weekend, and while it was super tough to leave home for the first time without the littlest, being here has been incredible. So incredible there hasn’t been much time for blogging…which I think is the sign of a good trip. Well, there’s that and even my fingers are beyond exhausted from serious skiing!

While I will keep it short today, I wanted to offer a peek at what might be the best 15,000 Hyatt points per night I have ever spent. Now, in fairness, this property is now 20,000 Hyatt points per night as the price went up since we booked, but the point remains the same.


If you and your family like to ski, you must look at the Hyatt Centric Park City, formerly known as the Hyatt Escala Lodge. It is such a superb mix of mountain location, on-site amenities, and an easily digestible award chart price point. It was a steal when I booked last year as a Category 4, but it is still very fair as a Category 5 for 20,000 points per night when cash rates for base rooms can go into the $400 – $600 per night range during ski season.


We scored big time as we were updated to a suite that has way more room than we needed for our trip, but even without the extra space this property is so well thought out with an included ski valet, really fun heated pool/hot tub, friendly staff, shuttle to Park City, fruit-infused water at the ready in the lobby, and both a full service restaurant and a quick grab market area.


I’ll highlight this more in the full review, but note that it is only a ski-in property for intermediate and above skiers as there is no real beginner way down the mountain to this point, but even if the true ski-in/out feature doesn’t work for you, you only have to walk 3-5 minutes to the base of the mountain, or you can get the hotel shuttle to take you there.


View from Hyatt Centric Park City Restaurant


Walk from Hyatt Centric Park City to base of Canyons

I 100% plan to come back to the Hyatt Centric Park City for a future ski trip with my crew, and I can’t wait to share all the details about the property soon! If there are any details about the Hyatt Centric Park City you want to be sure I cover, please feel free to let me know in the comments section.

Outdoor pool fun for everyone!

Outdoor pool fun for everyone!

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  1. I love the Hyatt Escala (guess now a Centric). Hope you had/have fun and stay safe. I broke both my ankles 2 weeks ago at Eldora during what was supposed to be a half day powder day before work. Now I’m in a rehab center post-surgery. Season done for me >:(

  2. I love this use of Hyatt points! My family went last summer and had a great time using all the summer amenities and playing on the mountain without snow. It’s not as good of a redemption considering summer rates are usually less than ski season, but we had tons of fun and I would do it again. We too got upgraded and couldn’t believe how much space the 1 bedroom had.

  3. Glad you’re having fun! I’d love any feedback you can provide on the following:
    1. Just got back from Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and loved it. How would you compare the 2 properties?
    2. My daughter and I prefer nice green cruisers; the top of Beaver Creek Mountain was perfect for us. I’ve read the Canyons has very little beginner terrain. Thoughts?
    3. Would you recommend a winter trip to Escala Lodge even without skiing? We’re thinking about going over Thanksgiving.

    • That’s a real issue on the canyons side. We didn’t make it to park city side but map looks better for greens. However, my ski schooler did several easier blues successfully but you need to know which ones they are. Or, ski the PC side. This is a great spot anytime, though of course I’m partial to ski time.

    • Blues at canyons are basically greens at Beaver Creek. It’s all relative to the mountain…there’s no predefined criteria for naming a run one level or another

      • Agree, but I do think a very real issue with Canyons is that there is no way down the mountain for beginners. It is not my #1 choice for a group of new skiers.

  4. May not be a topic for your detailed post about this property, but I would appreciate a ‘Family skiing for dummies on miles/points’. Our family does not know anything about skiing as we are more of a beach/water family. We need some hand holding to arrange one in the future. 🙂

  5. My son (8) and I (old) are going to Park City in 2 weeks. he is a Blue skier who likes to go fast on greens. Do you have any recommendations on things in Park City to do and must sees on the slopes? The rate for when we are there at the Hyatt are $899, and they dont have any points rates available. We were able to get a pretty good deal at the doubletree. Also Park city is running a promotion where at most mid/upper end hotels you book 3 nights and can get a $200 Delta Gift card.

    • We spent all our time and energy skiing this weekend so must come back to see the town and off mountain sites. Canyons is quite short on greens. PC side has more. Canyons excels at blue runs with some easier and some tougher blues. I loved the section in the middle of the two with lots of thin blues surrounded by trees.

  6. I was excited to use my Chase Hyatt CC free anniversary night (Only valid at cat. 1-4 properties) here…and then Hyatt moved this from a category 4 to category 5 property. Oh well. The Hyatt Place Park City could be a good alternative, but it’s certainly not as nice as the Centric.

  7. We were there over Sun Dance and thought it was an amazing property-for all the reasons you mentioned. Loved the fireplace in the hotel rooms!!

  8. 1) Can a family of four be good in a one bedroom suite?

    2) How was the breakfasts?

    3) Did you use the kitchen to cook?

    4) For those who don’t ski, is there hikes and things to do?

    5) How much is a day pass for a 13 year old?

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