Seattle Hyatt Hotels: our favorite Seattle getaways and recommendations
When we spend a weekend away in Seattle, we want it to be relaxing, fun, and convenient. We also love to do it on a budget because let’s be honest, stay-cations are better when you’re not paying through the nose to be close to home. For this, we love using points for travel, especially for staying at Hyatts in Seattle.
Yes, we’ve enjoyed four different Hyatts in Seattle and have our favorite things about each. Consider this article our review of each and our recommendation of all of them… because they each are awesome and perfect for families, couples, or business travel.
Note: this is NOT a sponsored article. We just love Hyatt hotels and get a lot of questions about the brand and also where we like to stay in Seattle.
What you'll find...
World of Hyatt points and membership levels
We love to travel with points and get to leverage the many programs we’re a part of. The World of Hyatt has proven to be one of our favorites (close runner up to IHG Rewards Club). The World of Hyatt program is set in tiers:
- Member – earn and redeem points
- Discoverist – earn and redeem points, increased perks
- Explorist – earn and redeem points, increased perks, faster points accrual
- Globalist – earn and redeem points, increased perks, faster points accrual, virtually no doors closed to you for anything
As your loyalty level goes up so do the perks. With our status, we’ve enjoyed all kinds of benefits, both in booking and when checking into hotels. Primary benefits for us have been:
- Complimentary WiFi
- Upgrades, both complimentary and using points
- Lounge access when available (additional points)
- Reward nights (not points, but individual nights)
- Easy to use member website with readily available room inventory
- Amenities at check in, depending on the hotel type
- Late check out up to 2pm
In addition to enrolling the World of Hyatt points program, you can also apply for the credit card. We do not have the Hyatt card, offered by Chase, but it is available for frequent guests (60k bonus points initial offer).
Seattle Hyatt locations
Depending on the type of trip you’re taking to Seattle you may choose any of the six Hyatt locations. If your plan is all business then either being there directly downtown or being at the Hyatt Regency on Lake Washington is going to be your best option. The Hyatt Regency is close to Boeing and Renton as well as 405 if you need to head north to Microsoft and Bellevue based businesses. If you are all about the fun then either the Hyatt Olive 8, Hyatt House by the Space Needle, Hyatt Regency downtown, or the Seattle Grand Hyatt are all great options. It also depends on whether or not you have kids with you. Each Seattle Hyatt property has its bonuses.
Staying at Hyatt Olive 8
We’ve stayed here several times and love it. It’s definitely our pick for couples or business travel due to the location and clearly adult atmosphere (still a family friendly hotel). The rooms are very nice and modern with minimal flare, but in a good way. The Hyatt Olive 8 is comfortable but not opulent.
Perks of the Hyatt Olive 8 include:
- Prime location
- Fitness center w/ pool/hot tub
- Participation in World of Hyatt rewards program – usually available to book w/ points
Also at the Hyatt Olive 8:
- Parking on site (additional fee)
- Restaurant on site (Urbane)
- Full service spa on site, very nice
Weekend getaway to Seattle Grand Hyatt
We love love LOVE staying at the Seattle Grand Hyatt. It’s only a block away from the Hyatt Olive 8 and the new Hyatt Regency so it has the same great location as the others. What sets the Seattle Grand Hyatt apart are the rooms. Very large, even when you’re not in a suite, the rooms at the Seattle Grand Hyatt are spacious enough for a couples or a family getaway. The bathrooms are particularly nice with large tubs and walk in showers.
The highlight for us when we stay at the Seattle Grand Hyatt is the lounge access. Located on the 27th floor, we enjoy stopping into the lounge for snacks, beverages and even meals. They do a very nice breakfast spread (include my favorite, lox) and provide a nice selection of small plates during the lunch and dinner time hours.
Note: alcoholic beverages are not included in lounge access.
Our favorite room we’ve had at the Seattle Grand Hyatt was on the top floor, southeast corner. Our view looked towards Capitol Hill and the rest of downtown and it was so high that there was absolutely no city noise (perfect for us country folk). Book Seattle Grand Hyatt here.
Best aspects of staying at the Seattle Grand Hyatt:
- Room size
- Lounge access
Also at the Seattle Grand Hyatt:
- Parking on site (additional fee)
- Restaurant on site (not affiliated with Hyatt)
- Full service spa on site (not affiliated with Hyatt)
- Concierge services
Family trip at Seattle Hyatt House
I’m pretty sure the Hyatt House Downtown Seattle is our kids’ favorite hotel, besides Disney Aulani on Oahu. The Hyatt House is located directly across from the Space Needle… like, our windows were nothing but an unobstructed view of the Space Needle. Awesome! Also, we were directly above the Monorail line and couldn’t hear it at all, but could watch the trains go by.
The rooms within the Hyatt House brand of hotels typically have a kitchenette, living space and bedroom space, either fully separated or just partitioned. The Hyatt House Downtown Seattle was the latter, with a long entry hall with the kitchenette, the living space, the partitioned bedroom area and then the bathroom. For our family, this is the perfect arrangement.
Also, perfect for us, full breakfast available and included with our stay. This is a standard for Hyatt House hotels. The breakfast at the Hyatt House Downtown Seattle is well sorted, including an omlette bar attendant. Even though Seattle is loaded with great breakfast spots, we still opt for doing the hotel breakfast. Book Hyatt House Seattle Downtown here.
Benefits of staying at the Hyatt House Downtown Seattle:
- Best location for anything at the Seattle Center, including McCaw Hall
- Spacious rooms with nice furnishings (including supportive sofa-beds)
- Hotel breakfast spread is perfect with kids
- Happy hour in the lobby bar is an amazing deal
Other notes about this hotel:
- Parking available on site (must register for key card)
- Decor is all Seattle themed
- There is a business center in the lobby if needed
- Fitness center available
We’ve been able to book the Hyatt House Downtown Seattle using points twice, both across a weekend and midweek. Having this hotel consistently available in the points inventory is awesome!
The gorgeous Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
Yes, I know that this is going outside of Seattle a bit and heading south to Renton, but it needed to be included in this article. The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is beautiful. It’s the type of place that you might not think to stay if you’re visiting Seattle, but depending on your overall plans, it could be perfect. The hotel itself is gorgeous and situated just off Lake Washington, but it’s also got some wonderful amenities:
- Beautiful pool and hot tub
- Very nice gym facility
- Lots of meeting space (if you need it)
- Dining and room service available and of the quality you expect of the Hyatt Regency brand.
Why would you book here instead of one of the downtown Seattle hotels? Several reasons, but mainly Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is in a great location for exploring the whole Seattle area, including taking trips to Snoqualmie or Mount Rainier National Park. Being outside of downtown, you have to fight Seattle traffic if you’re playing tourist. True, traffic in the Renton area is ridiculous during rush hour (4pm-6pm), but if you’re staying at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington as a tourist, you are going to be doing other things during prime driving time. Book Hyatt Regency Lake Washinton here.
Highlights of staying at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington:
- Beautiful views unlike staying in the city
- Very new property with state of the art accommodations
- Quiet location away from the bustle of the city
Other notes about this hotel:
- Parking is free on weekends, available as valet or garage for a fee other times
- There is a pool, hot tub and fitness center on property
- spa on site, Tranquil Waters Boutique Spa
- Located near Highway 167 for easy access to Mount Rainier National Park or close to I-405 for a short drive to Snoqualmie Pass
Other Hyatts in Seattle
In addition to these properties, Hyatt Hotels also have Hyatt Place (Denny Triangle), the brand new Hyatt Regency Seattle (across from Olive 8) and both a Regency and House in the Bellevue area. As we said, Hyatt keeps a fair amount of inventory available for booking with points or reward nights, so doing a weekend getaway to Seattle in a Hyatt hotel is quite easy, even on a budget.
If you have additional suggestions regarding services or dining with Hyatts in Seattle, let us know. We’re happy to add information. Feel free to leave a comment below or email us.
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Rob Taylor is the founder of 2TravelDads, the original LGBT Family Travel blog. Focusing on ecotourism and education, 2TravelDads inspires LGBT families (and traditional families also) to go beyond their usual getaways and use travel to learn about and be part of a bigger world. “Traveling the globe and giving the kids a broad worldview.”