Sleepless in Seattle? Not with the Grand Hyatt. So I had to stay in Seattle longer as planned due to my work schedule. So I was looking for a great place to stay in the downtown area of Seattle and it had to be a Hyatt property. To be more specific a level 1 to 4 Hyatt property. I had a free night award left in my account which would expire within a week so I decided to use it rather than letting the award expire. I guess everyone would do the same. So there was the Grand Hyatt and the Hyatt at Olive8. They are located next to each other so the location wouldn’t be the determining factor on which one to pick. Both are also bookable with my level 1-4 free night award. I went with the Grand Hyatt because I had such outstanding experiences at this brand in San Francisco and Tampa.
The customer representative from the Hyatt reservation hotline was super helpful and I told her that I want to book a stay for 5 nights at the Grand Hyatt Seattle and that one night should be the award night which is about to expire soon. She set everything up super quickly and within a few minutes, I had an e-mail confirmation. This is a downtown location and of course, they will charge you for parking. Another great thing most people don’t know about World of Hyatt is, that they give you free parking on an award night. No matter if it’s a free night award or booked with points. This is pretty amazing and if you book the whole stay just with points and/or free night awards you save in Seattle $55 daily. Yes, that is the valet parking rate. They have a self-parking service with in-and-out privileges but the garage is not owned by Hyatt and you have to pay in a separate booth and wouldn’t count then for free parking with an award ticket. The drive from my project site, near Lake Union, to the hotel was short.