I hate going to the airport for a quick meeting at the lounge, a meal with a friend passing through, or a short weekend trip and immediately facing the fact that my airport charges hefty hourly and daily parking fees. I can’t Uber or Lyft to the airport because I live far enough away where it’s not economical for me. One way I have found to park for free is by utilizing my off-site parking company’s “frequent parker” program. The program earns you points for each day you park and pay the daily rates; then similar to the points and miles game we all love, you simply use the points accumulated to park for free when you want to.
After checking out of the butler suite at the All-Inclusive Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica, I had some time before my flight home, so I was pleasantly surprised to find Club MOBAY at the Montego Bay, Jamaica, airport. It was even better to find they accepted Priority Pass. If you are not a Priority Pass member, there are several travel reward credit cards which offer a Priority Pass membership by being a credit card holder. You can also access Priority Pass Lounges without your Card (Priority Pass App + Apple Wallet).
You enter the lounge by going downstairs and checking in at the desk. This desk is in a hallway; the lounge rooms are accessible from here, as well as the spa and restrooms. Inside the lounge, there are several other rooms which made for decent privacy and great noise barriers. It was easy to find a space that was reasonably quiet.
I landed in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and was happy to see a Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall check-in desk inside the airport, just past immigration. The employees were efficient and served drinks while they checked you in. Within minutes, the Hyatt hotel shuttle was there to pick us up. The trip to the Hyatt Ziva was less than 30 minutes.
Ziva vs. Zilara
Hyatt offers two all inclusive products: the Ziva, which is for families, and the Zilara, which does not allow children. In Jamaica, the properties are next to each other. Both products share a common beachfront and you can go to any of the restaurants on either property. Of course, if you have children, they are not allowed on the Zilara side, which includes the Zilara beach, pool, and restaurants. The Ziva has its own beach, pool, and restaurants so this would probably not be a huge problem.
The Butler Suite
I was upgraded to a butler suite. The room is large, as you would expect of a suite, including a mini-bar that was free, and the most unique feature was the butler service. This room would normally cost over $1,500 USD per night, but I didn’t pay anywhere near that.
I was in the planning stages of a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, when I started looking at Hyatt hotels options. I quickly found the Hyatt Ziva and it captured my attention. With rates on their website being easy to search, I tried many rate options, including AAA, to see what the best price would be. The Hyatt website listed the room rate at $838 / night. AAA and other discounts yielded only slightly lower rates.
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