After returning from my most recent trip to Beijing (where I stayed at the Park Hyatt), I spent a couple of nights in Washington DC. This wasn’t my plan initially, but that’s just how my schedule ended up working out.
I booked pretty last minute, and for whatever reason virtually everything in the city was sold out. I guess I really lucked out, because the Grand Hyatt Washington had rooms available for 15,000 points per night (it’s a Category 4 Gold Passport property). Paid rates were $500+ per night, so it was quite a good use of points, given the lack of alternatives.
The deal was made even better by the fact that I would also earn 20% of those points back, thanks to the promotion for 20% off redemptions. That lowered my per night cost to 12,000 points — not bad!
I was curious to try out the Grand Hyatt, since I love the Park Hyatt Washington. Love, love, love it.
I only arrived shortly after midnight, and the Uber ride from the airport to the Grand Hyatt took less than 10 minutes.
The Grand Hyatt has a large, light-filled atrium. It felt a bit like an Embassy Suites, though everything was in good shape, from the furniture to the paint.
The check-in experience was extremely efficient, perhaps too much so. I was checked in within half a minute, with no mention of what kind of room I had been assigned, if I wanted late check-out, etc.
My room was located on the 12th floor, which is also the floor the Grand Club is on. Once out the elevator I turned left, and them my room was on the right.
I was assigned room 1280, a Grand Club King room.
The room was on the small side but nice. It was a pretty “brand standard” renovated Grand Hyatt guest room. It featured a comfortable bed against a lit-up backboard.
Across from the bed was a flat screen TV.
Then in the back corner of the room was an oval desk.
And across from it was a chair with a side table.
The window in the room was fairly small, and boasted views of nothing I could identify.
Back near the entrance was a coffee machine with Starbucks packets.
The bathroom was simple but functional, with a sink, toilet, and shower/tub combo.
The water pressure was okay, and the toiletries were June Jacobs branded.
I thought it was quite a nice room, though just a bit on the small side. The wifi speed was excellent, while for whatever reason I found the air conditioning to be a bit nutty. I just couldn’t seem to get it to the right temperature. At night I turned it as cool as it would go, but I was still sweating.
As I mentioned above, the Grand Club is also on the 12th floor, and was located on the opposite side of the elevators as my room. Here are the Grand Club hours:
The club itself was nicely designed, though quite small. There was a nice area near the entrance which sort of resembled a living room.
Then there was another couch on the other side of the wall.
And then there were several tables on the far end of the lounge.
Then there was one long table as well as a table top with chairs facing a window.
The Grand Club breakfast spread was quite good. There was an espresso machine in addition to the “jugs” of coffee.
The spread consisted of cereal, yogurt, fruit, salmon, cold cuts, muffins, croissants, etc. I’d say it was a slightly above average US Grand Club spread.
Then during the day there were three kinds of freshly baked cookies, whole fruit, and five “towers” with snacks in them (dried bananas, M&Ms, nuts, etc.).
The evening spread wasn’t huge, though the quality was good. There were fresh veggies with several types of dip, a few types of cheese, sliced turkey wraps, and a hot dish (I believe they were cheese “balls,” or whatever they’re called).
Service in the lounge was highly variable. I thought the service was excellent in the evenings, with a very attentive lady staffing the lounge, while in the morning the attendant was quite rude.
I also used the gym during my stay. It’s actually not immediately inside the hotel, but rather when you exit the elevators you turn left, and it’s by the entrance to the office space which is housed in the same building as the hotel. The one downside to having access to a “real” health club is that it’s not open 24/7. Instead it’s open from 5:30AM until 10PM on weekdays, 7AM until 9PM on Saturdays, and 8AM until 6PM on Sundays.
The gym had a good variety of equipment, though it felt a bit like a dungeon, since there was no natural light. There were separate rooms for cardio and weights, and there was also a (small) pool.
Grand Hyatt Washington DC bottom line
The Grand Hyatt Washington was exactly what I expected. It was a “brand standard” Grand Hyatt, and an excellent value given how much a night would have cost in cash, and how everything else was sold out.
When returning to Washington DC I’d definitely prefer to return to the Park Hyatt, which is incredible, but if the price is right I’d stay at the Grand Hyatt again.
Have you stayed at the Grand Hyatt Washington? What’s your preferred DC-area hotel?