I recently had a quick overnight at Dulles, and decided to book the Hyatt Dulles Airport.
Since it was a weekday, rates weren’t especially cheap (on weekends they’re often ~$65), and the cheapest rate I could find was $115.
For reference, this is a Category 2 Gold Passport property, making a free night 8,000 points.
Booking a paid stay was definitely the better value, especially since the night would qualify towards Hyatt’s Endless Possibilities promotion, which runs through April 30, 2014.
Anyway, I arrived at the shuttle center at Dulles Airport right as the Hyatt shuttle was pulling up, so lucked out and was quickly on my way.
The Hyatt is maybe a five minute drive from the airport, so you really can’t beat the location.
There was a nice courtyard to the right of the entrance, though it didn’t look like it was in high demand at the time. 😉
The lobby featured a lobby bar to the right and a small reception desk inside the door and to the left.
The associate that checked me in wasn’t very friendly, though she was efficient. She had my keys issued within 30 seconds, and asked me whether I wanted the points or food and beverage option as my Diamond amenity. She also gave me a key card envelope with the wifi code on it, and told me to charge breakfast to the room and that it would be taken off at check-out due to my Diamond status.
The elevators were to the left of the reception desk, and I took one up to the 14th floor, where my room was located.
I was assigned room 1418, an “Executive King Guestroom.” The interesting thing about this property is that it’s all suites. I thought that’s what Hyatt Place properties are for?
Anyway, the room itself was nice enough and felt a lot like a Hyatt Place. At the entrance was a desk with an office chair. The desk wasn’t especially practical, since it was at least six inches “deep,” meaning you had to make the chair go as low as possible in order to actually be able to sit there comfortably.
Then there was a small living area with a couch… except the TV faced the opposite direction, and couldn’t swivel far enough to face the couch without physically moving it (I don’t watch TV anyway, but just seemed like they could have thought about the design a bit more).
Next to the couch was a fridge.
Then on the other side of the room was a king size bed.
The room overlooked the interstate and was quiet.
Next to the bed was the bathroom, which featured an “exposed” sink area, and then a toilet and shower in a separate room.
Since there’s not really anything else in the immediate area, I decided to have something to eat at the Lobby Bar, which is open till midnight on weekdays.
I pigged out and had a crab cake sandwich, which was really good. This Hyatt has posters in the elevator advertising how they are “serving food that’s good for your health, community and planet,” so I’ll blindly choose to believe that applied to my meal as well. 😉
In the morning I had breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, Elements on Level One.
The restaurant has both a buffet and an a la carte menu. Whenever given the option I’ll order off a menu, so I did that. The breakfast menu read as follows:
I ordered an egg white omelet, non-fat cappuccino, and smoothie.
The egg white omelet was served with chicken sausage, hash browns, and toast. The omelet and hash browns were on the greasy side, but otherwise it was quite good. I have to say the service in the restaurant was borderline rude. I don’t know what it is about restaurants at breakfast, but I find that generally servers are either just awesome or awful, with very little middle ground.
The hotel also had a pool and hot tub, located on the ground floor.
I would’ve probably used the hot tub, except it was overflowing, and between the amount of water I usually displace and how I have a tendency to splash around in water like a five year old, it just wouldn’t have been pretty.
Next to the pool was the gym, which was large and featured modern equipment.
Hyatt Dulles Airport bottom line
The Hyatt Dulles is conveniently located for the airport and has frequent shuttle service, and the rooms are nice (enough). Not that I have very high service expectations for an airport hotel, but I found the employees to definitely be sub-par compared to most other Hyatts I’ve stayed at. Certainly not complaint worthy or anything, but I’m not dying to return, and may check out the Aloft next time… since I really have an intense love for Alofts.