Review: Grand Hyatt Washington, DC

During my last trip to the District of Columbia, I spent the night at the Grand Hyatt Washington, DC. Although not luxurious, it is extremely convenient and will remain a hotel I will return to.

Review of Grand Hyatt Washington, DC

Booking

When I traveled to DC for the Dole funeral, my friends in Vienna, VA were out of town, so I decided to stay in downtown Washington. I had originally seen the Thompson, now part of the Hyatt, but the Grand Hyatt Washington, DC, for $ 120 / night plus tax, was less than half the price. Since I just needed a place to lay my head, I chose the Grand Hyatt.

Check-in (+ late check-out)

I did arrive at the hotel around noon. 12:30 and found the lobby deserted. The lobby is a massive atrium with rooms on all four sides.

A very friendly agent checked me in, thanked me for my globalist status, and apologized that there were no suites available. Despite having a total of 897 rooms, the hotel offers only 26 suites and all were apparently booked. I asked if a late check-out (after 4pm) might be possible, and noticed that my flight back to Los Angeles the following evening did not depart until 6pm. 22.00.

Without hesitation, he asked if at. 8pm was late enough and coded my card for so long. Despite the low occupancy, however, my room was not ready and I was invited to wait in the Grand Club on the top floor. I continued upstairs and worked for the next 90 minutes, after which I took a coffee break (I went to Bluestone Lane … the lounge coffee is not great). When I got back, my room was ready.

Guest room

The rooms completely lack character. With fluorescent lights, dull colors, and a tired print of the US Capitol on the wall, I found the space quite depressing. Plus, every time I have stayed here (four times now) I always receive a room with a courtyard walk-through (and a window that does not even open).

Connectors, however, were near the bed and desk, and the alarm clock had a pair of USB-A connectors.

A hotel guide and room service menu have been replaced by QR codes.

The bathroom was even more industrial – I can not believe the toilet had the kind of toilet flush you see in a gas station bathroom. The granite countertop and dark wood finish, though probably fashionable 20 years ago, are past their prime. But in reality, it was fine. It was clean. It served its purpose.

Toiletries were from Balmain and I prefer the Pharmacopia brand at Hyatt Regency hotels better.

A fridge (empty) and a small coffee machine were also in the room. The coffee machine used Keurig pods, which were delivered.

Fitness center

For years, the Grand Hyatt has owned (or at least used) the Washington Center Health Club for its guests, located just outside the south entrance of the hotel in an office lobby.

Without even thinking about it, I went there to train. The door was unlocked and I enjoyed a very good workout and then 20 minutes in the sauna after.

But when I entered the hotel again, I saw a sign for the gym stating that it was on the lower level. In fact, I found out that Hyatt no longer operates the adjacent Washington Center Health Club and now has its own (smaller) fitness area … without showers or sauna … on the lower level (it was actually quite a maze to find that).

Oops.

Meeting place + Common areas

Under the lobby there are several ballrooms for banquets, weddings or meetings.

At the lobby level is a Starbucks, and one level down is a Fed Ex office.

Grand Club Lounge

As a member of the Globalist World of Hyatt, I gained access to the Grand Club, which includes breakfast in the morning, snacks throughout the day, and appetizers plus spirits (for purchase) in the evening.

During the afternoon, while I waited in my room, trail mix, whole grains, cereal, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and freshly cut fruit were available along with coffee, soft drinks, juice, or milk. I was not hungry, but appreciate that the breakfast seems to stretch all afternoon if you sleep in.

I was not present for the evening spread, but when I returned in the morning, I found exactly the same selection as the previous afternoon, along with croissants, muffins, and hot breakfast sandwiches.

This is far from what breakfast looked like before the pandemic, which includes smoked meats and salmon, scrambled eggs, French toast and yoghurt parfaits.

Dining

Breakfast is served every morning in the Cabinet restaurant, one level below the lobby, which offers a buffet and A la carte lasts from 7:00 to 10:00. Cure Bar & Bistro is open from 17:00 to 20:00 every day and presents itself as a “farm to table” restaurant.

Location

I mentioned location earlier and must emphasize that this is the main reason I chose this hotel. After landing in the National Airpot, I took the Metro Blue Line to the Metro Center, which is only a few blocks from the hotel. From the hotel I walked lightly for dinner and the following morning I went to the Watergate building for a meeting. For tourist and business travelers, the location is hard to beat.

CONCLUSION

I appreciated the friendly service and late check out at this hotel. The location is too very convenient. Other than that, there is nothing about the hotel that is particularly remarkable in a good or bad way. I would definitely return, but this is not a hotel I get excited about.

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