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While attending this fascinating conference about co-branded credit cards, I stayed for the first time at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead where the conference was taking place. I know the hotel probably isn’t super high on the list of family vacation hotspots, so I won’t delve into an overly detailed review of the property, but instead I will share five things you should know about the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead in case you ever find yourself considering that property in the future.
1. The Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead is Not in Downtown Atlanta
The name probably gives away that the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead is not in downtown Atlanta, but in case you aren’t familiar, it is about 20 minutes from downtown, and probably more in traffic. Because of this location, it would not be my first recommendation if the focus of your trip is downtown Atlanta events or attractions as our trip was to the World of Coca Cola and more a few years ago. That said, it is just a couple blocks from a MARTA station, so that may be a good option for getting around without driving. You could even take the MARTA from the airport and then either walk the last few blocks if you didn’t have much luggage, or call the complimentary two mile radius hotel shuttle to come and get you from the train station.
2. Stay for Just 12,000 Points Per Night
As long as there isn’t a special event going on, Atlanta can be a very affordable city to visit, and this Grand Hyatt is no exception. The Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead is a Category 3 Hyatt that is either 12,000 points per night, or $75 + 6,000 points for a cash and points rate for a standard room. If you want club access, that will cost you either 17,000 points per night for a Club Room, or you could pay the standard cash rate plus an additional 3,000 Hyatt points per night for Club access, which actually isn’t a bad idea if you don’t otherwise have access and think your family will get good use out of the lounge offerings.
3. Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead Has a Grand Club Lounge
Which brings me to pointing out that this hotel has a Grand Club that opens in the morning at 6AM on weekdays and 7AM on weekends. Breakfast then runs through 9:30AM or 10:30AM respectively, depending on the day of the week. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are available during the day and then the evening service is available from 5PM – 9PM every night except for Sunday night.
I wasn’t there for evening service other than the tail end of the dessert offerings, but the lounge was well stocked and well staffed on my visits. I particularly love when you can take canned drinks and waters out of the lounge and back to the room for later as is the case here.
Via the honor bar in the evenings, beer is $4, wine is $6, and cocktails are $7.
4. The Hotel has a Japanese Zen Garden and Outdoor Pool
File this one under strange, but kind of nice. I was surprised to learn that the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead had a full blown Japanese garden and 32 foot waterfall.
I could see exploring this garden being a fun activity with little kids before you head off to start your day, or in the evening before bed.
In line with more traditional hotel amenities, next to the Japanese Garden there is also a seasonal heated outdoor pool.
5. They Upgrade Globalists to Suites
All Hyatt properties are now supposed to upgrade Globalists to standard suites, if available, but I can vouch that both me and another Globalist I know that was at the property at the same time were indeed proactively upgraded to suites at check-in. That was my first official “free” World of Hyatt suite upgrade, so that was pretty cool even though I didn’t really need the extra space, and the suite itself could probably use a bit of a refresh.
The air conditioner in the room worked very, very well and I slept great in the bed and had no issues with water pressure or temperature. The only issue I had in the room was that the exterior door to the room did not close well on its own. In fact, I didn’t notice this at first and left for hours with the door not fully closed. On subsequent exits from the suite I double checked that the door was shut, and every time I had to forcibly pull it shut or else it would stay propped open a bit.
It is also worth a mention that the hotel had free bottled waters in the room for those with any sort of Hyatt elite status, or $3 if you had no status.
I was just at this hotel for a conference for one night, but it was totally adequate for my purposes and even delightfully charming in some areas with chandeliers and surprise outdoor gardens. While I think it could use a refresh at some point in the near term, it has strong bones and friendly staff. I wouldn’t go out of my way to stay here again, but I would have no issue with a return visit if my travels again took me to this part of Atlanta.
If you are interested in a Hyatt in downtown Atlanta, you can check out my review of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
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