We spent last weekend in the middle of the country visiting my husband’s family, his friends from high school, and spending a night at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Visiting in-laws and going to your partner’s 20th (gulp!) high school reunion probably isn’t high on most people’s list of their favorite things to do, but they are very important things to do when you are a family. We spiced up the weekend at Little C’s grandparents’ house by heading to the Hyatt Regency Wichita for a night while she had a grandparent slumber party.
We used 20,000 United miles each to fly on award tickets from Houston to Wichita. Purchasing tickets would have cost at least $400 each, so as is typical for us on this route, we used miles. I don’t love using miles for such a short domestic flight, but it is the most economical way for us to get a direct flight from Houston to Wichita. The flight was a piece of cake with our daughter as she slept pretty much the whole way both coming and going. I couldn’t ask for a better traveling companion.
I know that Kansas is probably pretty low on the list of hot spots in the US as far as tourism goes, but I will say that late September was the perfect time to be outdoors in Kansas. The weather couldn’t have been more pleasant (though the ragweed was an entirely different issue). Everyone we encountered was also just so down to earth and friendly. Sitting outside at a Friday night football game at my husband’s high school was really fun. Then again, I am an East Texas girl, so Friday Night football is in my blood. Just don’t get me started on how many treats Little C got her grandparents to buy her from the concession stand!
I have heard from many people that the 20th high school reunion is the best one to attend. I don’t know if that is true or not, but I do know that my husband was glad he made the journey. He got a chance to reconnect with people he hadn’t seen in 10-20 years to talk about old times, talk about things that happened in everyone’s lives more recently, and just relax in his old hometown. Having miles made this an easy decision as there wasn’t a financial barrier to attending.
Hyatt Regency Wichita:
The last night we were there, my husband and I checked into the Hyatt Regency Wichita. It is located in downtown Wichita and is just a Category 1 Hyatt. That means it is only 5,000 points per night!
While we were there we saw many brides and wedding parties out and about getting photos made and gearing up for their ceremonies and receptions. While it is always cute to see brides, it makes me nervous that the wedding guests might be a bit rambunctious in the rooms and hallways until late into the night. I very much needed some good sleep, so the last thing I wanted was to replay some hotel stays I have had in the past where it seemed like I was on an episode of “Wedding Guests Gone Crazy” once the clock strikes midnight. Thankfully, that didn’t happen on this stay…or at least not on the floor we occupied.
The hotel itself has an “earthy” decorations theme that brings in elements of the Kansas landscape, especially in the area that houses the conference rooms. I thought it was really tasteful and relevant to the location. An interesting note about this property is that it is one of the few that does not honor Diamond confirmed suite upgrades. This is reportedly due to the fact that they have such a small number of suites available (five total according to their website) and the suites do look pretty nice. It’s still odd to see the Hyatt Regency Wichita on the list of properties that don’t honor that benefit!
These rooms were tasteful, but pretty neutral in terms of decorations. It was a very standard Hyatt Regency room, which isn’t a bad thing. I slept great in the bed, so I have no complaints in that department.
The bathroom was simple, but tasteful and functional. However, the bathtub left a little to be desired. The water pressure was fine, but the shower curtain and tiles in the bathtub stood out to me as looking a bit dated. That is not a big deal at all by itself, but when you look down and see rust around the hardware that is a bit of a bigger deal. The rest of the room and bathroom appeared to be clean, but that was something that needs attention.
One of my favorite benefits of having Diamond status with Hyatt is taking advantage of the free breakfast benefit. We had exactly 10 minutes for breakfast before we had to head out that morning to meet my in-laws at church, so I was very happy to see a buffet option at their restaurant Harvest Kitchen. We all know that buffets aren’t always as tasty as ordering an entree off the menu, but having food already prepared really helps out when you are dining with hungry kiddos or are just in a rush.This restaurant advertizes that they use fresh and local produce, grains, dairy, and meats.
The restaurant itself is located just off of the main lobby, was very inviting, and appeared to have recently been updated.
There were two tables of breads, pastries, fruits, cereals, and yogurts in the middle of the room. There was also hot food available at a different station adjacent to the kitchen. You can also choose to have a fresh omelet prepared, but sadly we didn’t have time for that on this visit.
We had been eating less-than-healthy food for most of the weekend, so I went for fruit and oatmeal for the main course. I had to sneak in a few eggs and a bite of pastry just to make sure they weren’t poison. They were delicious. ;) Despite being in a huge rush, we really enjoyed our breakfast there so I am glad we decided to eat there rather than grab something to-go from the Starbucks in the lobby.
All in all we had a very nice visit to Kansas. It was awesome just to be able to get a couple extra hours of sleep in the morning while Grandma played with Little C. Anyone with a toddler knows that sleeping past 7AM is a huge luxury, so that alone made the trip fantastic! If the grandparents were again willing to keep C overnight, I would certainly return to the Hyatt Regency Wichita for the night. Hopefully next time we would allot enough time to try something off the menu for breakfast.