At the start of the new school year, I needed a place to stay in while my grandparents’ house was undergoing the final phases of construction and I figured out a way to get into the rented apartment. And so I figured there was no better time to re-qualify my dad for Hyatt Diamond. I booked the Hyatt House Dallas/Richardson using cash + points, since rates at this particular Hyatt House seemed to be near the $150 mark.
Hyatt House Dallas/Richardson
2301 North Central Expressway
Richardson, Texas, USA, 75080
Tel: +1 972 671 8080
Hyatt Category 1: 5,000 pts/night or 2,500 pts + $50 USD/night
The hotel is located along state highway 75, and about a mile or so away from the UT Dallas campus. The drive to the hotel itself is about 40 minutes from DFW and 25 mins from Love Field. Though this wasn’t the newest Hyatt House you’ll ever see, it is most certainly in very good condition, and appears to have been recently renovated.
Check In and the Lobby
The lobby of the hotel features a bar area where you can brew yourself a complimentary coffee and a business center adjacent to the front desk featuring two desktops. There is also a small convenience store next to the reception desk where you can conveniently get overpriced toiletries, snacks, milk, and ice cream.
Check in at the hotel was a swift process and took around 5 minutes to get the keys. The friendly associate thanked me for my loyalty as a Diamond member, confirmed my studio king room, and my 500 point welcome benefit. He also went on to explain that the complimentary breakfast would be from 6am-9:30am every morning in the adjacent lounge.
The room is pretty much your typical Hyatt studio suite if you’ve stayed in one of these lately. Upon entering there is a fully equipped kitchenette to the right across from a comfortable sectional couch, and work desk. The television was well positioned to swivel to both the bedroom and living room depending on where the guest sits. The decently sized desk had conveniently located outlets and an ethernet cable in case wifi wasn’t working.
The bedroom portion of the studio featured a comfortable king sized bed with conveniently located outlets on each side of the bed. Perhaps the most interesting part about the hotel is the fact that it features a couple of Indian channels including TV Asia, and Sony Max. This turned out to be a great feature since I catched upon a lot of bollywood movies I had missed over the past couple of years. I guess Indian guests are common at this hotel?
In terms of convenience, the room had a coffee machine with a couple of free mixes, and a bulletin board with ongoing events in the hotel (eg. complimentary happy hour events). Groceries were available for delivery if the guest turns in the grocery card found on the bulletin board.
As I mentioned before, the hotel offers complimentary breakfast from 6am – 9:30am each morning for all guests. The buffet featured a few hot items, and the usual continental breakfast options. This specific Hyatt House also featured an omelette station for those interested in that. I personally liked the oatmeal because there was a decent variety of toppings to make it not so bland and boring.
The seating area was rather small for the number of people staying at the hotel on certain weekday mornings, but I was always able to find a seat in the lobby bar.
The Hyatt House checks all the boxes an extended-stay hotel should in this day and age with regard to service and amenities. The rooms are modern and feature a comfortable living/work environment for the business, and plenty of space for the leisure traveler. Though breakfast isn’t ridiculously high quality, it is on par with most hotel lounge offerings, and gets the job done. The location is ideal for access to local businesses, and UT Dallas, and is also close to a good variety of restaurants. Overall, a solid hotel at a reasonable price. I wouldn’t hesitate to return if I ever needed to once again.