Hyatt Place Detroit / Royal Oak Review

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Booking & Stay Details

As so many of my stays, this hotel got booked through the Hyatt mobile app on my smartphone. I specifically booked a corner suite for my two-night stay. Initially, I wasn’t sure if two days will be enough to finish my project here in town, but the Corner Suite was only available for two nights. For the third night, I couldn’t book this room type anymore. I was hoping if I had to extend that availability would open back up. Fortunately, I never needed to extend my stay.

Location of the Hyatt Place Detroit / Royal Oak

The Hyatt Place Detroit / Royal Oak is located in the heart of Royal Oak. The city of Royal Oak is located about 12 miles north of Downtown Detroit. It is about a 35-minute drive from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). There are plenty of restaurants in the downtown area of Royal Oak just down the road from the hotel.

Check-In at the Hyatt Place Detroit / Royal Oak

I wasn’t exactly sure in what kind of neighborhood the Hyatt Place Detroit / Royal Oak would be located. I booked the Hyatt Place Detroit / Royal Oak because it was very close to my project site. I flew into DTW and rented a car. Once I got closer, even though it was already late at night, I realized that the hotel is in downtown Royal Oak. I wasn’t sure where exactly to park but once I got close to the hotel building, I saw the sign on the curb that you can park right at the curb to check-in. I went inside and noticed the sign that fully vaccinated guests don’t need to wear facemasks on this property. This courtesy also gets extended to the employees. Keep that in mind. There are dividers at the check-in counter for added safety.

I received my room keys and asked where I can park. The agent told me to take the small driveway between the hotel and the neighboring building and I can park anywhere behind the hotel. Because of my Globalist status, they also waived the $20/day parking fee you would normally have to pay at this property. I parked my car, entered the building through the back entrance with my room key and took the elevator up to the third floor. I noticed that  there is no second floor in the hotel.

Corner Suite | King Bed (Plus Sofa Bed) (Room 307)

Living Area

When you open the door to the suite you step right into the living area part of the suite. In front of you is a work desk with an office chair and a dresser along the rest of the wall.  On top of the desk is a coffee maker and the coffee, cups and more are located on the shelves under one side of the desk.

The big door of the dresser houses an pretty good-sized refrigerator. Over the dresser is a wall-mounted TV. Opposite of it is an L-shaped sofa bed in the corner of the room. Between the sofa and the dresser is a regular window which gives you a view of Main Street.

Bathroom

A short hallway leads from the living area towards the bedroom. The bathroom is located on the left just before you enter the bedroom. It is split into two areas. First, you have the vanity with a single sink and a wall-mounted mirror. A sliding door separates the walk-in shower with glass sliding doors and the toilet from the rest of the room. The toilet is a bit strange to flush. You really have to hold down the flush button for a little bit to get it to flush. Otherwise, it won’t flush and you have to wait until the reservoir fills up again.

Bedroom

The bedroom is located in the corner of the building and has, therefore, two windows. One faces out towards Main Street, just like the one window in the living area and the other one is facing the neighboring residential building. Facing parallel to Main Street.

The King Bed rests against the wall towards the bathroom and faces parallel to Main Street. It has a large headboard taking up the whole wall. On either side of the bed is a nightstand that is mounted onto the headboard. There is also a lamp on either side of the bed, also mounted to the headboard. The lamp base has power outlets.

Opposite the bed is another dresser with multiple drawers for your belongings. This one is located between the two windows of the room. On top of the dresser sits a lamp and a wall-mounted TV is located above the dresser. One of the nights, I tried to use the Chromecast feature but wasn’t able to stream to the TV. After some troubleshooting myself, I found that for some reason the Chromecast device was unplugged from the TV. After plugging it in, it was as easy as always to stream from my phone to the TV.

A large closet is located to the right when you enter the bedroom. The door has a full-size dressing mirror mounted to the outside. Inside is a suitcase stand, iron and ironing board as well as hangers for your clothes. A sliding door can separate the bedroom from the rest of the suite.

 

Public Areas & Amenities

The lobby invites guests to mingle. There are plenty of cozy seating options throughout the whole lobby area on either side of the front desk.

The business center is located in the lobby as well and consists of two workstations and one printer. Nearby is also an ATM.

A fitness center is located on the third floor. Once you get off the elevator follow the signs and it will be one of your first doors. At the moment you have to get a key to access the fitness center which is located at the front desk. This is because they only allow three people simultaneously in the fitness center. It is however open 24 hours a day. There is even a bathroom in the fitness center. Unfortunately, there is no swimming pool at all at this property.

A guest laundry is also available. It is located on the 6th floor of the hotel. Alternatively, you can use dry-cleaning service by filling out the paperwork hanging in the closet. It’s one of these rare hotels which still offers dry-cleaning during the pandemic.

Dining at the Hyatt Place Detroit / Royal Oak

Breakfast

Breakfast is complimentary. Because of the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, everything at the buffet is packaged separately. There are covered plates with eggs potatoes and sausage or just eggs and potatoes. Everything else is packaged individually as well like bagels and your utensils. Cereals, yogurts and juices come in small packages as well. The breakfast room is open and you can sit there to eat or grab a to-go bag and take it with you. Coffee and Tea are served at the counter of the bar. Unfortunately, they only offer half&half creamer and no flavored creamer.

H Bar

The H Bar is open as well every night. They close around 11 p.m. daily and serve drinks as well as a small menu. Next to the H Bar is a small marketplace with the usual items you might need like beverages and snacks.

 

Conclusion Hyatt Place Detroit / Royal Oak

Unfortunately, I didn’t spend a lot of time at the hotel. I was mainly out working and exploring. However, I enjoyed the time at the hotel. Everything was very clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Masks were optional here for vaccinated guests and workers but nobody was checking proof of vaccination and it was based solely on an honor system. I like when properties waive the parking fee if you are a Globalist. I always check if hotels have parking fees and I was aware of the fee. The hotel agent surprised me positively when they told me that they waived the fee for me. That’s guest service and makes me come back to the same place when back in the area. Also, $20/day seemed a bit steep for the location here. Nothing really special nearby. 

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