The Hyatt Regency is one of two on-airport hotels at the Dalles/Fort Worth International Airport. The second hotel is the Grand Hyatt which is located a little bit more convenient as it can be accessed directly from the terminal pre-security. The Hyatt Regency is located next to the C-Gates Terminal. There is a walkway which you can take to the hotel, which will you take about 15 minutes. The easiest way, however, is using the free airport shuttle. Just call the hotel and let them know at which pickup location you are and they will send a shuttle. If you don’t know where to go, they will tell you where to go. But it’s not always easy to find the pickup location as there is no marking at the pickup-level which way you have to go. The actual pickup area has signage but there are none in which way you have to go.
The shuttle ride is fairly short to the hotel. It also depends on what time of the day you arrive as it could be busier. I usually arrive here late evenings as I make my way to Miami and have a layover here. The shuttle drops the passenger off right in front of the entrance.
After grabbing my bags I headed inside to the front desk which is straight down the lobby area. There were a few other hotel guests in front of me to check-in. The wait time was not even a minute and the agent remembered me from one of my previous stays. She asked me if I had any preferences but as it was only for one night and I would leave early in the morning, I didn’t really care and chose the King Bed. I just wanted to grab dinner and go to bed as it was a long day. A few seconds later I had my room keys in my hands and I headed off towards the elevator.
Grand Club King
The room was very spacious, especially around the bed. Besides that the connecting door to the next room was there as well, there was a lot of space to store luggage. Opposite of the bed was a cabinet with drawers and on top of it the TV. Right next to it was the work desk. On the other side of the cabinet with the TV is a small refrigerator.
The bathroom has a walk-in shower which is half-way covered with a glass window and the other half is open to enter and exit the shower. The bathroom has a good size with plenty of space to move around and everything you need.
The room was facing towards the airport but as it was night already, there were no good views from the room itself.
The lobby area is very big. Besides the check-in counter, there is also a concierge desk next to the main entrance. If you walk in, towards the front desk you will have a small coffee bar to your left and behind it the lobby bar and Jacob’s Spring Grille. Opposite of it are the elevators and a small gift shop and access to the conference rooms.
Out in the back is the heated outdoor pool which is heated to 82° F year-round. It’s perfect for a swim and to cool down in the summer. Besides swimming, you can also use the fitness center and one of the many workout machines there to keep yourself fit.
As mentioned earlier, there is a Coffee Bar, Lounge Bar and a Steakhouse located in the lobby. The coffee bar is open24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because I am Globalist, I would get complimentary breakfast at Jacob’s Spring Grille, which opens every day at 6 a.m. but I had to leave way earlier to catch my flight. In that case, you can grab anything from the coffee bar and the hotel will count that towards your free breakfast, which is awesome. I only went for a coffee, as it was way too early for me to eat.
I had a good steak dinner at Jacob’s Grill just about half an hour before they were closing for that night. Service was good but a bit slow as the place was almost empty.
The Hyatt Regency is a great hotel and perfect if you have a long layover where you want to catch a good night sleep for several hours between two days. Even tho it’s not as conveniently located as the Grand Hyatt, the Hyatt Regency was so far always significantly cheaper than the Grand Hyatt. The shuttle service is quick and only takes a few minutes to get you to your terminal at DFW. The hotel is well maintained and everything is in good conditions. This is also one of the very few hotels, which has the 13th floor. Usually, this number is skipped in many buildings. Even tho I wish I could spend more time here, to do some plane spotting, it’s always nice to have a good bed for a long layover. If you look to catch a nap for only a few hours, you might want to check out Minute Suites inside the airport. The first hour is free for Priority Pass members.
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