The year is almost over and I am one Hyatt brand short to receive a free night award for staying with 5 different Hyatt brands. I was down in Florida around Cape Canaveral but there as no Hyatt brand close, in which I haven’t stayed already. So on my trip to Seattle, I decided to stay at the Hyatt House Bellevue. The hotel is less than a 30-minute drive away from the airport and had one of the best rates for my one night stay.
So after my late night arrival at SEA at midnight, I headed off to pick up my car and drove to the hotel. Another great reason for this hotel is, that they don’t charge any parking fee compared to the Hyatt House in Seattle itself.
Even tho this was my first stay there, the front desk agent already knew who I was because I was his last arrival for that night. By checking in shortly before 2 a.m. it makes sense that he was already waiting for me.
I got my room keys and he told me some quick facts about the place. Even tho that the Hyatt House brand is targeted towards an extended stay, you can also stay there short-term. As mentioned earlier, I needed this brand to complete my 5 visited hotel brands to get a free night award.
One Bed Room King Residence (Room 527)
As a Hyatt top-tier I got upgraded to a residence room, which has a separate bedroom and living/dining room. During the booking process, I selected the cheapest room and rate available. I knew I would arrive late and would leave again the next day, so I didn’t have too many expectations about a spacious room.
After grabbing my bags I headed up to the 5th floor to my room. Once I opened the door I was quite surprised that I got such a big room because the front desk agent didn’t mention the upgrade. Such upgrades are always a pleasant surprise and Hyatt is pretty good in giving out upgrades to their most loyal members.
Looking into the room I could see a big sofa on the left side of the room with a flatscreen TV just adjacent to the sofa.
Immediately to my right was the kitchenette with a big refrigerator and a small closet to store your supplies. The kitchenette is fully equipped with dishes, silverware and whatever you need to cook some food. There was a little information-book on the sofa about the hotel and it features and it stated if you like the stuff in your hotel room you can take it but a fee for everything will be applied to your final bill. Basically, don’t steal their stuff, you have to pay for it anyway. Then buy something new instead, because I am pretty sure all these items were used before. Not that this makes them bad, but isn’t brand new better than used? You will pay the same price anyway. Next to the kitchenette is a dining table with four chairs.
The bedroom is on the far right of the room and can be separated by a big double door. The bedroom is very spacious so is the King bed. It has nightstands on each side and a big flatscreen TV in front of it which sits on a dresser. To the right of the TV was a full-size dressing mirror.
The bathroom is to the right when you enter the bedroom. First is your sink and another mirror on the left and to the right is another closet to store your clothing. Further down are the bathroom with the toilet and the shower, which can be closed by a door.
The room has two windows, one in the living area and one in the bedroom. The only thing I missed was a work desk to set up my laptop. In this room, I have to use the dining table as my work desk. Also they never checked the hotel info book, which was in the room. Some kids doodled all over the pages with hotel information. It was still readable but should be replaced.
The lobby is very inviting and makes you feel welcome. Next to the front desk is a small marketplace with items. The market is open 24 hours a day. If you walk down the main hallway you will see the elevators to your left and after that, another hallway branching off to the left and right. If you go left you will see a small business center, a desk with two PC’s and follow it further you will get to another branch of the hallway. One leads to the meeting rooms and the other takes you to the guest laundry facilities, fitness center and the heated indoor pool and hot tub. The area with the pool and hot tub has big floor to ceiling windows to bring in more light.
If you follow the main hallway you entered first all the way straight through the Hyatt House, you will get to the parking garage. This hotel has quite a few covered parking spots and more on the outside of the building. The parking area is U-shaped and a one-way street but is still pretty spacious to even park a pick-up truck in here. The best thing about parking at this Hyatt House is, that it is complimentary.
Just before you get to the parking garage there is a movie room to your right. I didn’t see that one when I first arrived but found it the next morning after breakfast.
Remember where I told you if you go left you will see the business center? If you go right here, you will get to the H-Bar and breakfast area. Just outside the dining room is a coffee stand where they serve coffee in the morning.
One thing I really love about Hyatt is the breakfast. It’s great breakfast no matter in which brand of Hyatt you are staying and it’s no difference here at the Hyatt House. Their breakfast buffet, which is included in the price is quite extensive. They really have everything you could ask for, even an omelet station with a cook who will prepare it for you according to your order.
I really loved the breakfast, and for a place which is more catering towards extended stay guests, they offer quite an amazing breakfast and that for free.
During the evening you can hang out and relax in this area and have a drink at the bar and watch a game on one of the big screen TVs.
The Hyatt House is a great place to stay, even if you are only looking for a one night stay or a few days. It’s close to Seattle and next to the freeway. Even closer to the college located just a few yards away from the hotel. Staff was super friendly and helpful when I had an issue with my room key. The hotel has a free shuttle service which can take you to places in a 5-mile radius around the hotel. If you require airport transportation, they work with a town car company and more than happy to set up a reservation for you. Or you could use Uber. If you stay 30+ days you will become a VIR (Very Important Resident) and get some extra special treatment like you can pick which room you want (in your booked category of course), grocery shopping service, a tour of the property from the Hotel Management, grocery shopping (the hotel will fill your fridge with your preferred groceries before arrival or you get home) and much more. I am really thinking about staying here for my next long-term stay in Seattle. However, I have to see how the traffic situation is for going to work and back during the week.
But either way, long-term or one-night stays, you can’t go wrong with this place. It’s a clean, nice and inviting property.
Hyatt House Seattle / Bellevue
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