Review: Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

I booked the Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown using my annual Hyatt free night certificate for 1 night. The hotel is a category 4 and normally costs 15,000 points per night.

The hotel is located literally across from the Seattle Space Needle and is about a 20 minute drive from Sea-Tac Airport. Parking at the property for us wasn’t an issue at all because our stay was on a weekday and so street parking in front of the hotel was available for literally $2/day.

Check In: 

Check in was a swift and straightforward process and I scored an upgrade to the “Two Queen Beds Studio Kitchen Suite” from the King Den Room. The hotel was apparently absolutely empty and apparently it was a thank you for being a Hyatt Discoverist. First time I’ve had that happen to be honest, but I guess it’s a sign of the times in Seattle. The city was absolutely dead (more on that later).

Interestingly enough the only other person in the lobby during our check in was a security guard who seemed to be surveying all the comings and goings at the property. I don’t recall this being the case at any Seattle hotel last time I was here.

COVID Protocols:

The hotel requires masking indoors during your stay and given how empty it was, I didn’t really find this to be really an issue. The few people I saw staying at the hotel were all well masked and keeping their distance.

Elevator rides were limited to members of the same party only so that did complicate things at times because staff were using the very same elevators. Wait times were a bit annoying at departure time as more guests began to check in.

Two Queen Beds Studio Kitchen Suite

Our room was located on the 3rd floor and featured a nice little sitting area, kitchenette, and dining table on end and the bedroom on the other.

The room was tidy and well equipped for our one night stay or even a longer one. Cleaning services are no longer available on a daily basis due to COVID but to me it looked like no one had stayed here in a very long while.

The beds were your standard Hyatt House beds and the bathroom featured a tub/shower combo instead of the walk in shower which is becoming more common nowadays. Electric outlets were available right next to the bed and the shower pressure and water temperature were great so again it fit the purpose.

View from the room:

The view from the room was phenomenal for a Hyatt House. You don’t normally expect these kind of views at an extended stay brand. It was a rather warm and hazy early summer day in Seattle so light wasn’t that phenomenal just yet.

Rooftop Terrace Lounge:

A rooftop lounge is located on the 5th floor of the hotel, which offers unobstructed views of the Space Needle and the nearby neighborhoods of Seattle.

It was largely empty during our stay, but I did notice there were several guests who made their way up there to smoke pot in the middle of the day.

I definitely enjoyed the clouds over the Space Needle that first night.

Breakfast:

Breakfast was available on a “to-go” basis from 6:30 am to 9:30 am adjacent to the lobby downstairs.

The selection was pretty abysmal if you are looking for a hot breakfast offering, but it did have the standard continental options including milk, fruit, cereal,  packaged muffins, and oatmeal to take back to your room. Note that this was the availability as of May 2021, a full breakfast may have resumed since then as cases trended downwards. 

If you aren’t a fan of the breakfast, I guess you can walk across the street to McDonalds and get coffee and some breakfast for cheap. Interestingly enough the McDonalds in Downtown Seattle completely removed the option to go inside. Instead there was just this window facing outwards:

Bottom Line:

The Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown was a terrific value for my annual Hyatt Card free night certificate. The hotel was well situated, clean, and elite recognition was great. Parking was a cinch on this occasion which I thought would be an issue staying in downtown Seattle.   I wouldn’t hesitate to return if I were staying in Downtown Seattle again. Though after what I saw in Seattle this time, I question when that will be (more on that later).

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Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown (Two Queen Studio Suite)

 

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