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Updated at 2:19pm with operator info at the end of the post…

In pretty huge Vegas news, the off-strip Rio Las Vegas will becoming multiple Hyatt branded hotels in one location.

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Per Hyatt:

The more than 2,510-room Rio will be renovated and rebranded into multiple Hyatt full-service brand flags, and will undergo a redevelopment of the current public spaces, including gaming, retail, food and beverage, spa and fitness, and pool recreation deck. In addition, the Rio Las Vegas will undergo a renovation of one of the hotel’s existing towers, and upon completion, the tower is expected to become a 1,501-room Hyatt Regency, a brand known for meeting the needs of both business and leisure travelers.

This development project does not impact World of Hyatt’s existing strategic loyalty alliance with MGM. World of Hyatt members can continue to earn and redeem points at participating MGM properties in Las Vegas in addition to other M life loyalty program benefits.

Why this Matters

Currently, all of the Hyatt affiliated hotels in Vegas are MGM Mlife properties. You can earn Hyatt points or spend Hyatt points – but that’s where it ends.

At MGM hotels and resorts, even top tier Hyatt Globalist gets no special treatment. No upgrades, no waived resort fees, no free parking for Globalists on paid stays. Nothing.

As these will be Hyatt-branded hotels, all benefits will apply. Globalists should be able to get complimentary upgrades to standard suites, have waived resort fees on all stays (and any Hyatt member would get them waived on an award stay), and get free parking on award nights as well.

Assuming it is priced at a reasonable amount of points (category), it could also wind up being a pretty baller use of points for a premium suite, since they are only twice the regular room rate and Hyatt suites are now bookable with points online.

The Voodoo Suite Collection could be a very interesting redemption indeed if these rooms continue to exist.

Will it Remain Caesars?

I reached out to Hyatt for comment and was told

“Dreamscape Companies received preliminary approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission in January and will continue to pursue its gaming license, in the interim, Caesars Entertainment will continue to operate the property.”

So the answer is… for now.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Any info on if this will affect the WSOP (World Series of Poker) final event that the Rio hosts every year? This is a huge 3 week event, with the largest tournament drawing 10,000 players

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