Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Open Now With Special Rates

If you’re looking for a different place to visit when heading to Cancun (especially given all the super cheap $200-ish airline tickets to fly there right now), Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen just opened their doors.

Only a short drive from Cancun proper (45 minutes at most from the airport), Playa del Carmen has grown up a lot since my wife and I went there for our honeymoon over a decade ago (hint, I’m getting old).  The Grand Hyatt looks lovely and is located right on the water near the ferry lines to Cozumel.  Here’s a link to their website, though most of the pictures there are still renditions.

Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen

Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen

The property looks awesome, and there are more images now than when I wrote about the property a few weeks ago before they opened.

The property is opening as a Category 5 property in the Hyatt Gold Passport program, which means 20,000 points per night.

They’re also running a grand opening special, where paid rooms are as low as about $200 a night.  You can access the promo code here, and I’ve pasted the terms & conditions below:

Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen

There’s also a promo for a 4th night free and a room upgrade you can find here, and that one is good for stays through December 20th.  That could be a really good value to combine with a Diamond suite upgrade.

I don’t have anything against Cancun for a vacation, but it’s become more “American-ized” as time has gone by.  Playa del Carmen is the same distance from Chichen Itza, one of the major tourist attractions in the area (and, IMO a can’t miss).  It’s closer to Tulum, another major tourist attraction, Xel Ha and the ferries to Cozumel.  It puts you further away from Isla Mujeres, another place you might want to visit.  But, I view the location as a plus, being away from Cancun.  While I suspect Playa del Carmen has a more urban feel than when I last visited a decade or so ago, I’d say this would have to be at the top of my list for places to try next time I venture down this way.  Can’t wait to add this one to my growing list of Hyatt hotels visited




  1. It looks like a nice hotel. Kinda steep, though, at 20,000 points. Hyatt does all inclusives for 25k, which seems to me like a bit better deal. Also, all inclusive places in the area are pretty cheap on cash. My wife and I stay in one in Cancun for under $200 per night, and it’s an easy walk to the Isla Mujeres ferry. I like Hyatt a lot. I’m just not sure that this particular hotel is that great compared to others.

    1. Christian, I think this is a much different experience from the all-inclusive Hyatts. I’ve enjoyed a stay at Ziva as well, and would go back. But, I’d expect food and amenities at a GH to be a notch above.

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