Hyatt Regency Seattle Review
I was invited to the grand opening of the Hyatt Regency Seattle back in 2018 but had yet to spend the night as a guest. I found myself at the end of 2022 with 59 nights towards Hyatt Globalist status and an expiring Category 1-4 free night certificate. I decided to book a night at the Hyatt Regency Seattle to earn my status.
To see more photos and learn more about the property, please read my post on the grand opening event. Some of the photos of the communal spaces in this post are from that event.
The Hyatt Regency is centrally located in downtown Seattle; an urban area hit extremely hard by the work-from-home exodus. It is located next to the Seattle Convention Center’s expansion opening later this month and is definitely set up as a convention hotel. It is also located a block from the Grand Hyatt and across the street from the Hyatt Olive 8. Amazon headquarters is 2-3 blocks away.
For tourists, it is a 10 minute walk to Pike Place Market (and the waterfront beyond). The Space Needle, which can be accessed by the monorail at Westlake Center where you can also catch the light rail, is a mile away.
I was staying Friday night of New Year’s weekend. Cash rates were roughly $190. I was told that all the suites were sold out; however was “upgraded” to a high floor room.
The Hyatt Regency has an underground garage that is included for Globalists on award stays, otherwise $43/night (no valet at this time).
I was assigned room 4107 on the 41st floor (out of a total of 45 floors). As you enter the room, the bathroom is immediately on your right with an open closet to the left.
The king bed sits in the middle of the room with mini fridge, safe, and coffee station to the right.
To the left of the bed is a desk and couch with table. The bed faces a large wall mounted TV.
Motion sensor night lights turn on that illuminate the floor.
A large (but not floor to ceiling) window looks north towards Lake Union and the University of Washington. When I checked in I was told my room had a water view which I guess is technically correct (see if you can find it).
Overall the room and bathroom feel very much like the standard new-build Regency. Mostly generic but comfortable.
The bathroom is closed off from the rest of the room with a barn door that seems to be a brand standard of Regency properties. The sink is a single vanity with large counter space under a back lit mirror.
The large shower has no door or curtain; just a glass partition. There is a wall mounted shower head only. I do appreciate that the shower handle is opposite of the shower head so you can turn it on without getting wet.
Wall mounted standard Pharmacopia products are provided.
The Regency Club is located on the 8th floor. Currently it is open all day for coffee, cold soft drinks, and packaged snacks.
It is a beautiful lounge with large roof top patio.
On the same floor is the large gym.
Globalist Breakfast (as of December 2022) is served in Andare on the lobby level. For those that want a quick option, Globalists may chose to order something at the Market on the 2nd floor.
It includes a high quality buffet as well as made to order waffles and omelets.
The restaurant serves mostly Italian cuisine and they offer wood fired pizza even at breakfast.
My biggest complaint is the lack of upgrade as a Globalist, but due to the holiday weekend it may be that all suites really were sold out.
Other than that, the Hyatt Regency offers good value for Globalists with a better than average restaurant breakfast buffet and free parking on award stays in an area where parking comes at a premium.
It is the only Category 4 full service Hyatt property in Seattle (Motif is being de-flagged) and the best option for using a Category 1-4 free night certificate in Seattle — a city that can see extremely high hotel rates in the summer.
The other Category 4 properties are the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. For tourists wanting to be near the Space Needle, the Hyatt House is a new build. There is no reason to choose the Hyatt Place unless cash rates are significantly lower than the other properties or you want a pool.
What is your go-to Hyatt in Seattle?