An interesting note in the justification and approval documentation indicated the reasons why the Hyatt was chosen over the somewhat less expensive Hilton:
Hilton Hotel Trinidad – did not have enough rooms available to accommodate the advance and the traveling party. Additionally, this visit would have conflicted with the state visit of the President of the People’s Republic of China, staying at this hotel.
Contracts for lodging for the longer Colombian and Brazilian legs of the vice president's trip have not yet surfaced.
Note: A version of this article first appeared at The Weekly Standard.