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Washington DC has a multitude of points-friendly hotel selections in a very concentrated area, and we have been fortunate enough to sample a few of them on various trips to the DC area. On a recent weekend trip to our nation’s capital for a work conference there was a clear winner in this round of the “which hotel should we book in DC” competition.
The Grand Hyatt Washington DC was the easy winner for us as it had good paid rates for our nights, is just 15,000 Hyatt points for award nights (or a Category 1-4 free night), has a Grand Club for breakfast/snacks, was just four blocks from the conference, is literally located on top of a Metro stop, had a confirmed suite upgrade available, and is within four or five blocks from the Smithsonian Museums, the White House, and tons of other DC top spots.
Since this wasn’t our first trip to the Grand Hyatt Washington, we knew some of what to expect, but were surprised by a few other things. Here are a few takeaways from this trip to the Grand Hyatt Washington and why I expect this second visit to the property won’t be our last.
The first thing I noticed when we arrived was that the water features in the lobby are no more and that some renovations have taken place. If your kids (or you) liked the water features in the lobby, be aware they have been replaced with a more streamlined look for the atrium.
This was our first stay in a suite in the Grand Hyatt Washington and we were thrilled that it was a true suite that had enough room for my kiddos to play, hang out, and sleep.
The Grand Suite was just over 1,000 square feet and had a relatively spacious living area with an entry way, half-bath, and a dining table.
The coffee table area was almost kid-friendly, but then it had this metal over the soft part of the ‘coffee table’ that became a nemesis for us and our staggering around toddler.
The bedroom section could close off from the living room and was comprised of the sleeping area and a good sized transition room to the bathroom which would have been great for a crib for a baby that sleeps better than ours.
The bathroom was then pretty spacious with a deep tub and separate shower. I do think that some elements of the suite such as the counters and bathroom fixtures could benefit from some renovations and upgrades in the coming years, but it was overall in good shape and more than met our needs for our weekend stay.
Do be aware that the crib provided by the hotel is not a crib, but instead is a pack and play. For my one year old a pack and play means she will likely sleep less during the night than if she had a true crib, so I was disappointed, but we dealt with it. Note to hotels – cribs and pack and plays are not the same thing.
Since my parents were also in town, we needed more than just one suite to house all of us and unfortunately our second bedroom was not connected to the suite, although it does appear that is possible as there was a locked door off of the living room portion. Thankfully, our second bedroom was directly across the hall, so I was glad the hotel did what they could to keep us close.
This particular Grand Hyatt is indeed Grand in that it is very large. There are 12 floors and the hallways are almost Vegas-length and you can easily end up quite far away from a second room if you aren’t careful, so work with the hotel if you need rooms connected or close to one another.
The Grand Club is on the 12th floor and its offerings appeared to be exactly the same as they were on our previous visits. Breakfast in the Grand Club is comprised of fruit, bagels, lox, pastries, cereal, and a daily hot item. It isn’t award winning, but it is dependable and enough to fill your belly before you head out for the day.
The fancy coffee machine in the Grand Club was a particular morning favorite of mine, as was the ability to pocket a few bottles of water for the day ahead.
This Club has an adults-only section, which also means there was a cartoon friendly section! I’m not at all opposed to having a spot for everyone in this sort of situation.
The location of the Grand Hyatt Washington is truly top notch. It is just 4-5 blocks from the White House, the Smithsonian Museums (with the kid-friendly Museum of Natural History being the closest), Chinatown, and it is literally at the Metro Center stop so you are literally on top of anywhere you want to be in the DC area.
You are also an easy one or two block walk from tons of family-friendly and casual places to eat, shop, etc.
Finally, and what will absolutely keep me returning to the Grand Hyatt Washington, was the responsive service that included sending our beyond soiled toddler clothing and nursing pillow out for same day laundry cleaning. Granted, this sort of service comes at an entertaining $33.25 charge, but that was well worth it to not keep that laundry in its previous state.
The Grand Club staff also would notice if we were taking a muffin to go and give us something to wrap it in to keep it fresh for later. It’s a very large hotel, so personalized service and noticing guests’ needs can be a challenge to pull off, but they did their best to identify and respond to our family’s needs and it was noticed and appreciated.
I honestly can’t think of a better points and family friendly hotel selection in the DC area than the Grand Hyatt Washington DC, especially for those families with Hyatt elite status and/or points to work with. It isn’t the either the fanciest or the most budget friendly hotel in the area, but it does hit a very happy medium spot that will likely result in our family returning for a third stay on a future trip to Washington DC.
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