Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
This 425-room hotel sits in the heart of downtown Seattle; its views go far beyond
Sleek and elegant are the words that will hit you when you enter the Grand Hyatt, with its unusually expansive (and dark!) lobby and attentive front desk staff. This uber-chic vibe is the very reason that the event spaces of this hotel are frequently tapped by locals for large philanthropy gatherings; in fact, it’s not unusual to see tuxes and gowns filtering through the lobby on a Friday or Saturday night, and the valet attendants hurrying to accommodate them. While conveniently set up for large corporate gatherings (the hotel has some 25,000 square feet of function space), there’s a sense that the property is equally focused on business and pleasure. Guestrooms -- of which there are at least 12 different choices -- start on the 10th floor and rise as high as the 30th; which means that no matter where you land, chances are your room will have at least some view of Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains, and the lively Seattle skyline.
Convenience is key here: The hotel is flanked on all sides by restaurants, some of which are attached to the property (like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and the requisite Starbucks), so there’s no shortage of dining choices for those wishing to stay put. And with one step outside, you’ll even be able to catch a glimpse of the iconic Pike Place Market sign that’s just a five-block walk toward the waterfront. With the exception of the Elaia spa, which is oddly located in the Grand Hyatt’s more business-y sister hotel, the Hyatt at Olive 8, down the street (it sort of defeats the idea of a relaxing massage, since you can’t go directly from the spa to your guestroom), you’ll feel like you have everything -- from food to shopping to classic Seattle attractions -- at your fingertips.
Hardly a car, taxi, or bus needed at this centrally located downtown hotel
Without being directly on the waterfront (a coveted Seattle location), the Grand Hyatt still manages to take firm advantage of all that downtown Seattle has to offer...no car or transit needed. It’s throwing distance from the Washington State Convention Center, and literally surrounded on all sides by shopping, theater, and dining attractions that will keep you going for days. Kids will likely drag you to Gameworks, the mega-arcade down the street, but you’ve got plenty of stores nearby to keep you busy. Nordstrom and Pacific Place shopping center (the latter of which contains a multiplex theater) are two blocks away. Westlake Center is equally close, with its full-on food court and access to the Monorail, the iconic elevated train that whisks you over to the Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle) in a mere two minutes.
Sleek, Asian influences infuse the decor of this luxury downtown hotel
Once glance at the guestrooms and you’ll realize this Grand Hyatt couldn’t be anywhere else but Seattle, with its characteristic Pacific Northwest design aesthetic: a contemporary Asian influence with warm, grainy woods on headboards and dressers, neutral fabrics, and splashes of rich orange that manage to counteract any gray drizzle you might experience outside the hotel. Not surprisingly, the higher you go, the better the views -- which can be cleverly hidden with the touch of an electronic black-out shade that does away with the need for any fussing and fiddling with the drapes. Bathrooms have separate tubs and glass-enclosed showers, but they get more lavish as you upgrade to suite or business levels, with the addition of marble, granite, and fancy soaking tubs.
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With the exception of a handy spa -- and a few up-charges here and there -- this hotel offers all the luxury amenities expected of a four-pearl property
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and a self-service sushi restaurant
If you want modern elegance and lavish rooms -- and are unwilling to spring for the Four Seasons directly on the waterfront -- the Grand Hyatt is an ideal tradeoff. Surrounded by many major Seattle attractions (you can see the Pike Place Market sign just five blocks away), plus great restaurants and shopping, it manages to meld convenience with luxury service.