Stupid Hyatt Website Tricks: The Hyatt World Map

If you go to the Hyatt top page, you must enter in a destination for your reservation.  The website actually accepts a wide variety of different types of input, from specific hotel names, to city or region names.  It will even accept a spirit code (if you have to ask what a spirit code is, then you don’t need to know)

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The Best Rate Guarantee took me five days to straighten out, but my $267/night stay at Park Hyatt Tokyo is finally booked!

If we do this, the website helpfully brings up a list of a list of Tokyo hotels, and the lowest rate that can be found for each.  What’s easy to overlook on this page is the “OPEN MAP” button, just above the hotel list and to the left of the search box.

You can tell that Hyatt is an American company because they default to "Miles".

You can tell that Hyatt is an American company because they default to “Miles”.

If we click this button, we get a little map showing us the proximity of all of these hotels to each other within Tokyo.

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Unfortunately, they’ve partnered with Bing.

Hovering over the circles in this map brings up detailed information about the hotel they represent.

Did you know the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills opens on June 11th?  Did you know I'm running a Grand Opening Contest?

Did you know the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills opens on June 11th? Did you know I’m running a Grand Opening Contest?

If you look in the upper-left corner of the map window, you will see buttons that look like magnifying glasses with + and – marks in them.  Clicking on this brings up a sliding lever that we can use to adjust the zoom of the map.

OK, we're finally about to do something stupid.

OK, we’re finally about to do something stupid.

Now let’s see what happens if we use the mouse to drag the slider all the way to the bottom:

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Looks like we’re playing bingo on a map.

We now have a very high level representation of the number of Hyatt hotels in every corner of the world!

If we click one of these numbers, we can get a more lower level breakdown.  Clicking 19 brings up the distribution of hotels in Eastern Asia:

At this granularity, the Hyatt Regency Hakone lumps in with the other Tokyo Hotels to give 5.

At this granularity, the Hyatt Regency Hakone lumps in with the other Tokyo Hotels to give 5.

Clicking one of the buttons to the left of Tokyo will bring up either the Hyatt Regency Kyoto or Hyatt Regency Osaka.  Once we get to a single hotel level, we can view an actual satellite view of the property and its surroundings.

It's just too bad that they are using Bing.

It’s just too bad that they are using Bing.

Now, what if you don’t want to use Bing?  Have you ever experimented with your browser’s “View Source” functionality?  To bring this web page to you in such a neat little format, there is an incredible amount of geeky stuff happening in the background.  Normally this code is so obtuse that it would make Neo from The Matrix vomit in disgust, but this particular page has some source code that may be of interest to the layman:

I know Kung Fu!

I know Kung Fu!

Embedded in the source is the precise location of every single Hyatt hotel in the world!

This is something that we can enter into a real map system, like Google Maps.  Just cut and paste the latitude and longitude, separate them with a comma…

Just like Magellan used to do it.

Just like Magellan used to do it.

…and click the Get Directions button.

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Now we can see just how deserted the area around Hyatt Regency Osaka truly is!

The full range of possibilities open to use with Google Maps is beyond the scope of this blog, but I just want to point out the link to the Hyatt Regency Osaka Google+ page.  Over 900,000 views, and exactly one follower.

And that's probably the General Manager's mother, feeling sorry for him.

And that’s probably the General Manager’s mother, feeling sorry for him.

So, if you’re feeling generous, perhaps you can find it in your heart to show the Hyatt Regency Osaka a little love tonight?