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Korean Air Lounge New York JFK
LOT Polish Business Class 787 New York To Warsaw
LOT Polish Business Class Lounge Warsaw
LOT Polish Business Class ERJ-170 Warsaw To Zurich
Swiss Panorama Lounge Zurich
Swiss Business Class A330 Zurich To Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Ethiopian Airlines Business Class 787 Beijing To Addis Ababa
Ethiopian Airlines Cloud Nine Business Class Lounge Addis Ababa
Ethiopian Airlines Business Class 767 Addis Ababa To Frankfurt
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Frankfurt
Lufthansa Business Class 747-8 Frankfurt to Washington
Park Hyatt Washington DC
I spent a few nights in DC after our quick round the world jaunt, and spent one of those nights at the Park Hyatt Washington DC. I love Park Hyatt hotels, though prior to this hadn’t stayed at any of their US properties, so I was curious to see how service compared to some of the properties I’ve stayed at in other parts of the world, like Buenos Aires, Dubai, Istanbul, Saadiyat Island, Tokyo, and Zurich.
While I could’ve gotten a somewhat cheaper advance purchase rate, I decided to book through Virtuoso at a rate of $299 (which was the Hyatt Daily Rate), which got me the following perks:
- Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
- Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
- $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay
- Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability
I’d get most of these perks as a Gold Passport Diamond member anyway, but the $100 hotel credit seemed quite valuable, especially for a one night stay.
The hotel was a quick drive from DCA Airport, and beautiful on the outside. It looked quite residential, almost like condos, which I guess makes sense given the area it’s in.
The lobby featured typical modern and minimalist Park Hyatt decor.
There were a couple of seating areas to both the left and right of the reception area.
The associate that checked me in was extremely friendly, and processed everything quickly. He explained all the benefits I’d received for being a Diamond member and for booking through Virtuoso, and once he was done offered to show me to my room. I said that really wasn’t necessary, though he still walked me to the elevator, which was a nice touch.
I took the elevator up to the seventh floor, where my room was located.
I thought it was pretty hilarious that the elevator had a bench in it.
My Premier Park Deluxe room was located about halfway down the hallway — room 716.
The room was just stunning — there was a large foyer with wooden floors, which led into the living room. Really this was more of a junior suite than a “premier deluxe” room, in my opinion (though I appreciate the under selling and over delivering).
The living area featured two comfortable seats with a table between them, and a desk with a chair.
There was a TV in the living room playing some awesome Park Hyatt promotional video. If anyone knows what it is or what the song in it is, I’d love to know. I also loved just how much natural light the living room had.
The room had a nice view of the surrounding West End neighborhood. It has been years since I’ve actually stayed in DC, and I kind of forgot what a beautiful place it is (or can be?).
Then between the living area and bedroom area, there was a large console with a Nespresso coffee machine and minibar.
The bedroom was nice as well, with an extremely comfortable king size bed. Interestingly there wasn’t a TV in the bedroom area — works for me, since I don’t watch TV, much less in bed.
As if the rest of the room hadn’t exceeded my expectations enough already, the bathroom was possibly the highlight. It was massive.
It featured a fairly standard sink and toilet.
But the shower area was anything but ordinary, with a tub located inside the shower “chamber.”
Toiletries were Le Labo branded, which is one of my favorites.
Even though I selected the 1,000 points as my Diamond welcome amenity, I was still brought a nice welcome amenity consisting of a large bottle of VOSS water and a basket of cherries.
I was pretty busy throughout the day and in the evening was tired, so just ordered room service (partly to use up my $100 hotel credit), which is prepared by Blue Duck Tavern, the popular restaurant in the Park Hyatt. I ordered a crab cake and scallops — they were both spectacular.
I appreciated the fact that I didn’t even have to sign for room service. There was a service charge and gratuity already included, so the bill was just on the tray, but there was nothing for me to sign.
In the morning I had breakfast at Blue Duck Tavern. It’s a nice space, and was fairly quiet when I was there.
There’s also a nice terrace, though it didn’t look like it was open for breakfast.
The breakfast menu read as follows:
As a Diamond member I’m not sure if there’s a dollar limit to how much you can order, but between Diamond status, Virtuoso, and being alone, I wasn’t worried. 😉
For that matter, I don’t think I’ve ever actually gone over the limit at any hotel, since I’m not going to order more food just because I can.
I had a non-fat cappuccino and some water to drink.
Then a berry and granola parfait.
And then a crab, avocado, and egg white scramble.
The food and service were both beyond excellent.
In the lobby there’s also a bar & lounge area. Since I spend a lot of time working from hotels, I like to mix up where I work from, so had a couple of cappuccinos in the lounge area while working from my laptop.
The hotel also has a very nice gym with good equipment. It was empty when I used it.
I loved the fact that they had bottled Evian water.
There’s also a small indoor pool and hot tub across from the gym.
Park Hyatt DC bottom line
My stay was quick but perfect. I can almost always find something to criticize about a hotel, but this place might just be as close to perfect as they get. The rooms were gorgeous and large, public facilities nice, service impeccable, and food delicious. I love the Park Hyatt brand, and am thrilled to see that the DC property is comparable to the international ones.
Have you stayed at the Park Hyatt DC? If so, what was your experience?