Deciding Between Hyatt Olive 8 or Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

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To keep travel days manageable, on our first and final nights of our Whistler winter holiday ski trip, we booked hotels in Seattle. We flew in and out of Seattle for our trip to Whistler for a number of reasons outlined here. Since the drive from Seattle to Whistler is about five hours, we didn’t need to push our luck and also fly the 4-5 hours from Houston to Seattle on the same days we made that drive. To make travel days manageable (and to check out Seattle!) we bookended the trip with Hyatt properties in Seattle.


Deciding Between Hyatt Olive 8 or Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

As this was the end of the year, Josh actually needed a final paid Hyatt stay before December 31st to hit Globalist status. Because he needed that final Hyatt night (before award stays counted towards status), we selected the cheapest Hyatt in the area, the Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown for a little over $100 per night. Had he not needed the stay credit, we would have stayed at a non-Hyatt property much closer to the airport given our late night arrival.

After our trip was over and the New Year had arrived, we could have stayed anywhere in the Seattle area, but decided to use a Hyatt Category 1-4 certificate to stay at one of my favorite Hyatt Category 4 properties, the Hyatt Olive 8. These two Seattle Hyatt properties are less than a mile apart, but yet they are very different properties. If you are trying to decide which one is best for your family, I’ll a share a few thoughts.

Things to know about the Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

The Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown is a Category 3 Hyatt property that costs 12,000 points per night and has rates that are usually in the $100 – $200 nightly range. Standard rooms here are 500 – 550 square feet with either one king bed or two queen beds, along with a “cozy corner sleeper sofa”.

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

The rooms at the Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown were very standard Hyatt Place rooms that I couldn’t take a good photo of before we all passed out just after our late night arrival from the airport…but they look like every other Hyatt Place you have seen. There are about 160 rooms at this property that is located virtually in the shadow of the Seattle Space Needle.

Standing in front of the Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown with the Space Needle in the background

There is a free shuttle to take you within a mile radius at the Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown, and while we didn’t use that benefit, that should be enough to get you to the Pike Place Market, Space Needle, and more since all of that is located in the same part of town as the hotel.

You can take a shuttle from the Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown to the Pike Place Public Market

Like at all Hyatt Place properties, this hotel offers a free hot breakfast each morning. This is great for traveling families, but in this case, the execution was a little stressful. Our stay was during the busy Christmas – New Year’s holiday week and the hotel was full of travelers looking for a free way to fill their bellies…all at exactly the same time.

Line for breakfast at the Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

The hotel was not at all prepared to handle these many folks for breakfast at the same time and the line was very slow moving, there weren’t nearly enough seats for everyone, there weren’t enough cups, and the entrees put out were demolished very quickly.

We made it through and eventually got our free hot breakfast, but it was not a scene I would have wanted to repeat again a second day, at least not with two crazy little girls running around everywhere.

Not thrilled about the long breakfast line and squirmy toddler

We didn’t swim on our stay, but there is an indoor pool. Parking at their official garage is 30 per night, though I think there are other cheaper nearby lots in the area. This hotel served our purposes just fine for an overnight where all we really cared about was sleep and a place to do a little work in the morning before hitting the road to Canada.

Things to know about the Hyatt Olive 8 in Seattle

The Hyatt Olive 8 is one of my favorite Category 4 Hyatts that we have visited. It is a modern LEED-certified hotel within walking distance to the Flagship Nordstrom store, the light rail that can take you to the airport, the Public Market, and so much more.

Olive 8 is a full-service property that is more than twice as large as the Hyatt Place with 346 guestrooms. As a Category 4 property, it will cost 15,000 points per night using World of Hyatt points or cash rates are often $200+ per night. That said, I’ve seen rates go as high as $400 – $500 per night, so points are often the best play here.

Hyatt Olive 8

Parking charges here are $55 per night, but as a Globalist this charge was waived on an award stay, which was amazing. At check-in, we got to chatting with the very friendly check-in staff and they ultimately called to see if they could send some milk and cookies to our daughters at bedtime.

Standard rooms at this property are pretty large and come with either one king or two queen beds.

Room with two queen beds at the Hyatt Olive 8

The rooms at the Hyatt Olive 8 are large and very comfortable. Another highlight of the property is the indoor pool and hot tub. My girls were thrilled to take a swim, but I personally thought the pool was a little too cold and the hot tub was a little too hot, so we kept our visit short. I’m really sensitive to water temperature, so those who are tougher than me may not have been bothered.

There is no free breakfast for all at the Hyatt Olive 8 the way there is at the Hyatt Place if you don’t have elite status. Unlike on my first stay, the Globalist breakfast benefit hotel is now delivered only in the hotel restaurant, Urbane.

We ordered breakfast for the four of us in Urbane, including kid orders of pancakes, eggs and bacon for the adults, a side of fruit, and a round of smoothies and coffee. We enjoyed the food and the servers were great with our (sort of tired and cranky) kids, but perhaps should have ordered a little less as we went over the Globalist breakfast benefit limit without knowing it and owed about $30 at check-out. I’m not sure what the limit was, but perhaps the smoothies put us over.

Picking the best Seattle Hyatt for your family

The Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown is generally less expensive on points or cash than the Hyatt Olive 8 and may be the better choice if you don’t have Hyatt status and are looking for included breakfast for your family. The Olive 8 is certainly the nicer of the two properties and is the better choice most of the time if your Globalist status can help you out with the higher breakfast and parking charges, especially if you have a Category 1-4 award to burn.

I would happily return to either property if the price was right, but Hyatt Olive 8 is my favorite Hyatt property in the area, and I actually have another stay already booked there using a Category 1-4 award. I will add that a street away from the Hyatt Olive 8 is the Grand Hyatt Seattle, which is also a good option to consider. This is especially true if you may not have Globalist status but have Hyatt Explorist status and an annual club lounge passes to use since this property has a lounge with breakfast and evening snacks. The Grand Hyatt Seattle is also a Category 4 Hyatt property, but it wasn’t in serious contention for us as their rooms for four have two double beds instead of two queens, and the four of us simply don’t fit very well in smaller beds.

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  1. I’ve stayed at all three of these locations and at this point I prefer the Hyatt Grand Seattle. The Olive 8 was very nice but I felt the rooms were more generously sized at the Grand (although I didn’t compare the sizes offered). With either the Grand or the Olive 8, I typically get lost trying to find the parking entrance…

    • Yes to the parking entrance confusion! I need to try the Grand for sure. My room size at Olive 8 was great, but I need to give Grand a try at some point.

  2. We go back to Seattle in a few weeks and booked the Hyatt House right next to the Place. We are typically big Hyatt Place fans bc of room layouts and queen beds but we were able to get a bigger room at house for same price. They seem to have equal reviews so we will see!

  3. We are a short drive from Seattle and go there a few times a year. My favorite place is the Hyatt House next to the Space Needle. My kids love the science center and we have a reciprocal membership so it’s free. I like the location and the full kitchen at this hotel. Only downside is it’s small and often full parking garage. There is an off site garage that is easier to park in for large vehicles like my suburban and it’s the same cost as the HH one.

    On a side note, what do you tip for the cookies and milk? We have had a few stays where the staff brought them up for my kids and I wasn’t sure what the right amount would be.

    • That sounds fun! If you have $3 – $5 to tip, I think that is reasonable. That said, I’m not sure we tipped this time. The cookies were scheduled to come while we were out to dinner, so I don’t think we had the right cash available for it when we ended up being in the room (we might have come back early – all mushy memories now). I can’t remember for sure, but I know there was something at the hotel we couldn’t tip for that we wanted to as we just had run out of cash at the moment, but otherwise, $3 – $5 would have been my choice.

  4. I’ve had a lot of inconsistent experiences with Urbane, but I’d agree that the Olive 8 is pretty nice and it’s closer to stuff like the light rail and Pike Market versus the other property. The Grand Hyatt down the street is a bit nicer, complete with fancy Japanese toilets in the suites 🙂

    • Yeah, it wasn’t great – especially the long wait and nowhere to sit. We had a one night stay, but we would not have done that a second time. I need to try the Grand Hyatt!

  5. A few tips from a former Seattleite who lived in these two hotels for about a month after we sold our house when we were moving away:

    1. If you don’t have parking waived you can park a block away at the Pacific Place mall. Significantly cheaper, especially for longer stays.

    2. I’ve consistently found the Hyatt Olive 8 staff to be very accommodating. I don’t know if you asked about removing the additional $30, but in the past almost every (reasonable) request I’ve had has been met with a smile. This includes Urbane – twice over the years I’ve had service which was a bit slower than I would have liked; both times they comped the meal and one of the times they also gave me a $50 voucher to come back the next night. I didn’t complain either time – they proactively did this for me.

    3. Hyatt Olive 8 close to the metro…what metro?? 🙂 It is close to bus and the pitiful light rail line I suppose…

    4. The locker rooms at the O8 (at least the men’s, I assume the women’s is the same) also have a nice steam room and a sauna – two amenities missing at way too many properties.

    5. Another commenter mentioned the Hyatt House, which is a decent enough property but at which I found the staff couldn’t be bothered to care much about the guest experience.

    I love my former home and hope you return again soon!

    • We didn’t ask to have the $30 removed but did ask what it was and they said an overage beyond the allowed breakfast limit. I accepted that as fair enough since we did order smoothies in addition to coffee/juice and moved on, though I do think that breakfast benefits should be more clearly outlined.

      Thanks for all the tips and info – can’t believe I forgot to edit out metro and put light rail. Bah!

  6. I go to Seattle twice a month for business and I stay for 2 to 3 days in a row. Never stayed at Hyatt there. I typically focus on Starwood properties and stayed at the Sheraton, Westin and W. My favorite is the W. However, last week I stayed at the Four Seasons and I can tell you I have my new favorite hotel in Seattle. 🙂 I would not spend that much money myself but when for business that is where I will probably stay again.

  7. @ Summer — When are you going to try the new Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport? It ooks very nice. The FCQ and I are going to stay here for the Freddies.

    • Looks nice! I’m not sure when I will get to check it out, but would love to hear your thoughts! I’m likely to go to the Freddies, but also likely to stay wherever friends I don’t get to see often enough are staying. We’ll see where that ends up being!

  8. My favorite is the Grand Hyatt across the street from Olive 8. They have the Regency Club, great service and walking distance to places we like to go. I’m not a fan of Olive 8.

    • Interesting – I love Olive 8, but clearly need to try the Grand Hyatt when we are in a king instead of needing two beds.

  9. So bummed to hear the room service is no longer an option for globalists. We have stayed at that property several times and that was the best part.

    Hyatts that charge an overage without telling you there’s a limit really infuriate me. Park Hyatt NYC did this on the most recent stay — after charging us $16 for two eggs (no sides) for a 9 year old. I was too busy to properly protest but I also have not returned.

  10. Great comparison. I know my views are a lot different when traveling by myself for work, vs traveling with a family of 4. Often times i will check out more family friendly properties while on business though just to see if i would come back with 4 of us.

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