I was recently in Seattle for a couple of nights, a trip which I booked pretty last minute. Seattle is a very seasonal hotel market. In winter rates are quite low, while in summer they aren’t. Most decent hotels were running $400+ per night, so I decided to book the Hyatt Olive 8, given that it had Points + Cash availability, much to my surprise. This is a Category 4 property, meaning that my stay cost 7,500 points plus $100 per night.
Back in the day I used this hotel as my home base, and spent dozens and dozens of nights here. It’s a solid hotel with big suites, friendly staff, a great breakfast, and a saltwater lap pool. I won’t be writing a full review of the hotel, given that I’ve reviewed it before.
However, this stay was pretty special since I got an upgrade to the presidential suite. Like I said, I’ve stayed at this hotel many times before, and often got upgraded to their “Luxury King,” which is actually quite a spacious suite, with a separate living room and bedroom.
I was pleasantly surprised when I checked in and was informed I had been upgraded to the presidential suite. The hotel was sold out, so I imagine there are a few reasons I could have gotten this:
- I was checking in late and they had no more rooms available, so upgrading a high status member to a higher suite is often how they deal with that
- I’ve stayed at this hotel many times, and was on very good terms with the former front office manager, though she’s not there anymore; however, maybe she left something nice in my profile
- I had flown Spirit Airlines the same day, so perhaps the karma gods were looking down favorably on me that day 😉
- I can’t eliminate the possibility of it being because of the blog; to be honest I didn’t necessarily get that sense, though, since they didn’t do anything else to suggest that might be why
In my well over a thousand hotel nights I’ve gotten maybe a few presidential suite upgrades. For example, earlier in the year I was at the Le Meridien Dhaka, and got an upgrade to their insane presidential suite. That’s truly a “presidential” suite, since it’s the nicest hotel in the city, and they mentioned a number of heads of state who had stayed in that suite.
Anyway, the presidential suite was located on the 17th floor, which is the highest floor of the hotel (the building is much taller, as there are residences on top of that). Upon exiting the elevator I turned left, and then the room was at the end of the hallway on the right.
The presidential suite is room #1734.
I have to say upfront that I don’t totally love the decor of the Hyatt Olive 8. The hotel is nice, but is also pretty minimalist and generic-feeling. And the presidential suite isn’t any different in that regard. As far as presidential suites go, this one is pretty modest (is there a way to say that without sounding horrible? I swear that’s not the goal).
The suite consists of one main, huge room.
There’s a 10 person board room-style table. I think that’s one of the things that many don’t realize about presidential suites. While getting a presidential suite when you’re traveling alone sounds nice, often these suites are created with the purpose of conducting business in them. And let me say, it’s sort of depressing to pick up Qdoba, bring it to your room, and then eat alone at the end of a 10 person table.
Across from that table is a wet bar, and then there’s a more intimate table that seats four, and a living area.
The wet bar had a fridge, microwave, and Keurig coffee machine.
The living area featured three sets of seats, including two love seats, as well as a slightly larger couch.
Next to that was an office area with an iMac (which is pretty cool to have in a room), as well as two big, comfy seats across from it. I almost felt like a car salesman when sitting there, based on the setup, and the two empty seats across from me.
Across from that was a half bath.
The bedroom itself was virtually identical to the bedroom in the standard suite, with a king size bed. I appreciate that they have five pillows, though don’t love how small they are.
Across from it was a chest with a TV, as well as the sliding door separating it from the living area. I know this is perhaps random, but I don’t get why this hotel uses translucent doors in all their rooms. This makes it tough to keep the bedroom dark, either when it’s light outside, or when you’re traveling with two people, and one person wants to be in the living room with the lights on while the other person is sleeping.
Then there was a large bathroom with double sinks, a walk-in shower, a tub, a partitioned off toilet, and a closet.
Toiletries were from BeeKind, which is the same toiletries they have in standard rooms. For fairly basic amenities I quite like these.
The one thing I don’t love about the Olive 8 are the views. While some rooms at the Grand Hyatt (which is right across the street) have incredible views of the bar, the Olive 8 is blocked on all sides. I imagine there are good views from the condos, which are on higher floors, but unfortunately there aren’t really views from the hotel.
In general I love the Olive 8 for the friendly staff, great Globalist breakfast, saltwater pool, and large standard suites.
Getting an upgrade to a presidential suite was a treat, and I’m of course incredibly grateful for it. However, as far as presidential suites go, this one was fairly basic, in terms of size, design, etc.
And as weird as it sounds, you do miss out on some level of coziness with presidential suite upgrades. While it sounds nice, when you’re traveling alone, sitting at a 10 person table all alone can’t help but make you feel a bit lonely. I know, this is the epitome of first world problems.