Feb 112015

Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

We walked up the street from Bottega-Italiana and I was still taking in what had happened. We didn’t talk much but I was always cognizant to keep my petite aunt right near my side and under my protective wing. I love to people watch and with the enormous crowds on this incredibly warm October evening there was a complete buffet of human observing. I’m like a little kid when it comes to staring up at skyscrapers in amazement and yearning to be up high with a vista of the city in one of these majestic sentinels.

For the past many, many years that I’ve commuted from work to home on the strenuous 12 minute drive, the freeway late at night always takes me past the downtown Reno hotels. Ever since I had stopped traveling I still dreamed of my hopeful return one day. Every night at 65-70 miles per hour, with an empty freeway all to myself, I have glanced as often as I safely can at all of the lit rooms in the hotel skyscrapers of Harrah’s and the Silver Legacy. Every. Single. Night. Wanting someday to be in a hotel room with no responsibilities on my agenda. Now that dream would come true after a long hiatus.

When it came to picking a hotel I immediately referred to my old stomping grounds – either Hyatt or Hilton – both of which I had stayed at numerous times in years past. I wanted a place that I was comfortable and familiar with in my debut trip. As I scrolled down through my options on Expedia I came across the Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington and I didn’t need to look any further. I did a quick read on the reviews just to make sure and as expected it was rated an Exceptional property.

We had actually checked in when we first drove into the city so this post is a bit out of sync chronologically but I wanted to write solely about the hotel. Backing up a bit on the day, when we left the airport I was using the base iPhone Maps app that comes with the evil voice likely related to Siri The Request Goddess. “She” (the map app) worked great right up until we got in amongst the skyscrapers.

Though it had been 20 years I still felt in familiar surroundings with Seattle as it is but I wanted to get this right on the first pass. The evil iPhone Maps wench flaked out (as in stopped with any voice instructions) and I went strictly by memory. As I turned left onto Pine Street and I’m squinting ahead to find it and impress my aunt I get this.
“You just drove past the Grand Hyatt on your left. I saw it. How could you miss it?”, my aunt piped in.
Me gritting my teeth, “Thankyou….very…much….Aunt B….”
Her, “Oh no problem!!” (this was eerily familiar to one smartass Golden Retriever who used to ride shotgun next to me)

I made a loop around the block and right before I turned left onto Pine Street…a second time…
“It’s the super tall building on the left with Grand Hyatt written alllll over the front of it, “my aunt said with a poker face.
I said briskly, “Would you like me to stop and you can walk?”
Her retort, “I would probably get there faster.”

We arrived…thank gawd.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

You can park your car in one of the nearby city garages at a high cost or valet it with the hotel at a higher cost. Remember, I already knew we didn’t need a car but had rented one for the entire travel reintroduction. It was the beginning of endless amenities to be spoiled with at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

It’s a very small drive-in area which is normal for the tall properties set in big cities. Two nice valet gentlemen opened by mine and my aunt’s doors, grabbed our luggage and set it on a cart, gave us our ticket and we were done.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

The title of the post says comfort and familiarity and that is what this entire hotel experience was. Once you get inside a Grand Hyatt, had you been blindfolded beforehand, you would immediately know which property you were in among the major hotel chains. The lobby was pristine with a contemporary design and says 4 Star luxury every step of the way. This property is only 14 years old and was the cornerstone for bringing high end luxury to the downtown Seattle hotel scene.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

The guests were all glaring and scowling with approval at my flash going off for the picture. I can always diffuse a situation like that with various diversions and here I used my Gomer-esque, “Hi ya’all doin’?!” holler and smile. I’ve never been to the South but it works.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Convention rooms as far as the eye could see…ok, right down there to where it ends.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Then I walked into my room and WHAT IS THIS WAITING FOR ME! Things have changed…my room must come with a WOMAN! Just kidding Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington. Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

The view out of my room was AH-mazzzzing! I could stalk people later tonight with my telephoto lens as well. Woo-hoo!Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

The view out of my aunt’s room on the opposite side of the hotel, same floor.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Holy Come To The Bathroom Gods…I have arrived. Stupid photographer and his flash in the mirror.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Lookee… I could get a bunch of ice and some beer and it comes with a ginormous First Class ice chest!! Right?Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

I didn’t even have to go to the bathroom, but I immediately sat down and started calling buddies back home, “Guess where I’M calling from?!”Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Remember the opening sequence to the movie Risky Business with Tom Cruise and the shower scene? Oh my gawd, someone out there please tell me they remember seeing that! Anyhoo, hellooooo shower. Hot water on full blast as longggggg as I want…Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

If you need to iron your umbrella you have that going for you…Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Jackpot!! Time to raid the mini-bar! $10 for a 2 oz bottle of whiskey – you bet. $5 for a candy bar – bring it. A $7 bag of chips – yep.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Ayeeeee!!! Nada. Well, that just saved me $100 for the weekend.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

When I got back to my room at night that same cylindrical condo tower was gorgeous. I did not stalk people. Remember my posts where Phoenix would always call me out? Just sayin’…Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Then some fun comparison shots between night and day…or day and night. Stop it!Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Gorgeous…Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Notice the blue sky and no rain??Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Dreamy…Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

After not raiding the empty mini bar and not stalking people in the condo it was time to draw the drapes. One leeeettle problem…how?Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Well, how about them apples?! Right next to my bed! You rock Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington.Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington

Time to get ready for dinner ladies…turn your heads now. Hey, you over there…I see you peeking.Mike Vogler, Past My Curfew

Aside from some of my humor the Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington is a high-end, luxury property with top-notch service. It’s located perfectly in the center of downtown within easy walking distance of all of the stores and tourist sites. When I was married we had started a series of reviews of all the room service we had and I wanted to do that here but you will find out why I didn’t in the next post.

Because we were about to go out for one of our two Bucket List meal dates on this weekend…

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 40+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories, commentary, and (of course) my greatest love... my Golden Retriever, Phoenix.

  72 Responses to “Grand Hyatt In Seattle, Washington – Comfort And Familiarity”

  1. I’m pretty sure I’ve stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle at least twice, once with a whole bunch of other Social Security claimants’ lawyers (exciting crowd) and once as a trailing spouse for a conference of the American Thoracic Society—an even more exciting crowd—if that is even possible. Your snarky aunt sounds like much better company. I enjoyed your day/night photo comparisons and I’m glad your experience was as nice as you had remembered. A lot of times, I find that my memory of a place is better than the current reality.

    • Ha, your Mr and Mrs Excitement-esque comments always make me laugh, Suzanne! That is one trip where memory and reality are and were both an equal “utopia” for me 🙂

  2. Okay, I still can’t believe you were so close and yet so far. The next time you come to Seattle, I want to be on your ‘must see’ list! Love seeing the city through your eyes, Mike!

    • I’m the same way when I read posts from bloggers that I read who have been to Lake Tahoe, Jackie. Seeing it through their eyes. I have yet to read one from anyone who has been to Reno though LOL 🙂

  3. what a beautiful hotel! I love going on this trip with you!

  4. Well Goooolllllyyy! (In my best Gomer Pyle voice :-)). It looks gorgeous, this hotel, and the view is lovely. You sure know how to make a debut, Mister!!!! Nothing l love better than the lights at night.. That is one thing l miss about L.A. I am loving your Seattle visit, and you had great weather too..lucky!!!

    • I’m with you Kemkem on staring out at night lights of big city. It’s absolutely mesmerizing to me and yes the weather gods shined a wonderful blessing those two days! 🙂

  5. Wow! First class all the way!

  6. The only thing I hate about reading this post is that I have to WAIT for it to continue. A sign of good writing – leaving people hanging in a good way but geezzzz! Snazzy robe – uh, no I wasn’t peeking, someone told me about it. Honest. It was um… Suzanne up there. Honest!

    • What a wonderful compliment and thank you, Nan! I definitely tried to have fun with it as I do all of my reviews since they are not paid or sponsored 🙂

  7. Grand Hyatt hotels are amazing for sure. We stayed in one on Kauai for our Honeymoon. Loved it and loved seeing the awesome (blue sky even!) photos of Seattle, Mike!
    ps I was totally peeking.

    • No way, I know the Grand Hyatt in Kauai! How ironic as that island is where we had our honeymoon too, Kristi! We actually stayed at the Princeville Hotel on the north side. I thought I saw you sneaking a peek 🙂

  8. Wow! I stayed here a few years ago and it made my first trip to Seattle a memorable one!! I’ve been wanting to return ever since. Maybe in the fall?!

    Love this review, Mike! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Lauren! That is awesome that you stayed there too. It’s in such a perfect location and Seattle is such an wonderful walking city 🙂

  9. I’m having the best time visiting Seattle with you. Can’t wait to see what’s for dinner, but remember I’m allergic to shellfish! 😉

    I love staying in luxury hotels, it’s just the ultimate in comfort and pampering. I worked for Hyatt Hotels, for 5 years, way back in the day. Hyatt Rickeys in Palo Alto, CA. I worked the swing shift in the reservations office and Abi worked right down the street managing a French Restaurant. For years though, we’ve been Hilton people and always try to stay with them because of the point program.

    • Oh how ironic that you worked for Hyatt, Patti! You distracted me with Abi’s French Restaurant…that made me hungry LOL. I’m also a Hilton Honors member (with no current points) but used to have a lot. I’m so glad you are enjoying the virtual visit and noted on shellfish….though some may appear here and there on food posts. Sorry! Have a great day 🙂

    • It was amazing and Seattle has this super tall building with a visitor lookout that we didn’t have time to get to. Next time it is high on my list, Lili! 🙂

  10. Mike, As many times as I’ve been to Seattle, I’ve never stayed at the Hyatt…hmmm? What’s wrong with this picture?

    • There are other wonderful properties to stay at in that general area as you well know, Corinne. But, this Hyatt was perfect for this weekend and even more so as you will see in the next post! 🙂

  11. Livin’ like a movie star, darling. xxxx

  12. Love the views at night! I would stare out of the window all evening! 😉

    • That’s funny you mention that because when I finally went to bed around 2 a.m. that night I left the drapes open for a while and did just that…stared at the view! But, I had to get up and close them because I knew the sun would come blasting through the window in the morning. Have a great day, Becky 🙂

  13. I’m the one you’re calling out for peeking, right?? Right.
    Loved this! You’ve made me want to book that hotel room too, whether it comes with a woman or not.
    So much fun.
    And so much delight, because as you know, I have a city that gives me this feeling of wonder and familiarity and all that is nice. And one day I’ll go back.

    • Well, it was either you or Kristi…or both! *blushing* I wanted to teleport that bathroom back to my house, Tamara! I do hope you make it back to your city someday soon 🙂

  14. That hotel looks GORGEOUS! This is like an amazing commercial, I totally want to go to there! Nice work. Can’t wait for the next post. Your aunt is so funny!

    • It’s one of those amazing commercials…that gets pulled off the air by the sponsor, Joy LOL! I wanted to take a different slant to it 🙂

  15. Speaking as someone who loves hanging out in beautiful hotel rooms, may I say, this one looks spectacular! Great photos, all and I especially enjoyed the day/night contrasting ones. Pretending to be a southern tourist made me LOL! 😀

    • Re: the “southern tourist”…I make my Aunt laugh but I know she thinks I’m absolutely looney tunes sometimes, Debbie! I was jazzed we got a room on high floor so that I could take those photos 🙂

  16. Ha! Mike, I love your humor! Peeping mike. What a luxurious hotel. Love the bathroom fixtures and the shade switch right by the bed. Perfection. Your Aunt does a fine job of putting you in your place, similar to Phoenix. Although no one could beat Phoenix with you in the kitchen. Beautiful photos! 🙂

    • Hi Lisa! That was my focus…to make the reader laugh on this post so thank you! These fancy hotel rooms….oh, to have these amenities in our homes! Well, lots of folks do but that’s out of my tax bracket 🙂 Thank you also for the spot on remarks and great memories about my kid, my friend 🙂

  17. What a relaxing place to return to each day. That makes the trip perfect, don’t you think? Glad it was so nice!

    • I obviously wanted this trip to be perfect and the Grand Hyatt as our hotel added to the whole experience, Elizabeth! 🙂

  18. Good to hear the place still lived up to the expectations! The hotel really looks great, love the bathroom. And LOVE the bathroom pic at the end 🙂

    • I know on the bathroom right? It’s so awesome to see you here! Thank you for the shout out on the last picture and complimenting. I was actually nervous to put that up, Melissa LOL 🙂

  19. This place looks amazing Mike! Love the fact the shades had a switch to operate them, it’s the little details like that which show they really have thought of everything! And love the line about conference rooms as far as the eye can see, that cracked me up!

    • I’m glad you laughed as that was my intention with the post, Catherine! It is an amazing property and you are spot on about all of the little details 🙂

  20. I like staying in hotels that seem familiar too. I pick Hyatts and Hiltons much of the time as well. Seattle is a pretty cool city…I need to go back and see where you visited. I’ve only been once, but my parents live near there, so I imagine I will be back at some point. 🙂

    • Great minds think alike, Michelle (re: Hyatt and Hilton)! I hope you do get back and that is sooooo cool that your parents live near there. Where in all of our talks did I miss that? I love Seattle 🙂

  21. Stop right there….that bathroom!! I so wouldn’t leave the hotel room cause of that Bathroom 🙂
    It looks like you could easily stay in there the whole time.
    Never seen an empty fridge before? We stayed in the Hilton in Sydney {years ago} and I touched something in the Mini Bar {I swear I was just moving it around to see what was in there and much they all cost}. They must have had a “fridge sensor” cause they tried to charge us for eating the chocolate…I told them to check the fridge cause it was still in there!!!
    Oh the view from your hotel room – I love seeing the city lit up at night time.
    Love your Bathroom robe, sorry but I didn’t turn away and I did a small look – oh alright I looked cause I never listen when people say “don’t peek” 🙂
    Seriously – I am so glad you stayed at the Hyatt in Seattle, cause I was able to “see it” through your eyes 🙂

    • Ah see, I didn’t think about you gals Down Under taking a peek. Get it? Down Under? Ahem 🙂 I know, isn’t that bathroom crazy awesome, Lisa? That is funny about the mini bar and the “sensor”. I’m really glad you were able to stop by and enjoy the post, my dear. Still more to come 🙂

  22. That is a nice bathroom! I love that shower! Holy smokes they really do up their rooms!

    I also love that building right outside your window. Cool design! And the way its lit up on top at night, reminds me of the movie Independence Day!

    • I know what you mean Tony, I didn’t want to get out of that shower as the hot water was on full blast at their cost. The Grand Hyatt properties all look like that. Good call on the Independence Day similarity! 🙂

  23. Did you have fun ironing your umbrella 😉 The views look pretty spectacular

    • Ha, I was hoping someone would comment on that who read it, Suze! The views were amazing…especially at night. I hope all is well with you! 🙂

  24. Wow. I can see you have high standards in hotels as well. And I love you “buffet of human observing” imagery.

    • If I’m going to stay in a hotel my standards are most definitely high, Mette! If I’m camping then the expectations are low as I’m “roughing” it 🙂 It blew us away how many people were there that late in the season and there was no huge event going on in the city either! 🙂

  25. I love hotels! I love the fact that you can make a mess and someone will come the next day and clean it up for you. If I stay somewhere more expensive I also love to explore the bathrooms. The more luxurious the better.
    Great post and I like seeing you in one of the photos.

    • What a great thing for you to say about my mirror selfie, Jo! Yes, it’s definitely fun to be paying for a room and not having to make the bed and clean anything comes with the price. If I was stuck there in a storm for some reason or whatever I would be plenty comfortable in that room and bathroom! I came home to my house I said, “meh” lol 🙂

  26. Thanks for sharing more of your trip. The bathroom in that Hyatt room is pretty spiffy. Would love to soak in that tub for a really long time (and not have to clean it afterward!). Parking at hotels is often a challenge.

    • It was awesome room but then I knew it would be (or should be) because of the Grand Hyatt excellence. Luckily it was super easy to valet the car there and we didn’t have to worry about parking. I had also thought ahead anticipating having to walk in the rain which never came, Jeri 🙂

  27. Great review, Mike! I’m a Hilton loyalist but this Hyatt hotel is impressive 🙂 I love the little touches and what a beautiful view of the city. My kids would be so fascinated with that shades button they may just play with it all night 🙂 Good to know when we make it back to Seattle especially since it has a great location.

    • Ha, ha to your kids playing with the shades button, Mary! I did not do that…no really…I honestly did not have it go up and down and up and down. Ok, I did! Hilton also has amazing properties and I re-signed up to be a member of both since not all places have one or the other. I would love to Seattle through your and your family’s eyes, Mary! 🙂

  28. Hi Mike,

    Fab view, awesome images and definitely a place to stay in when you’re visiting Seattle.

    Thanks for the inspired share!


    • I appreciate the compliment and if that kind of your hotel is the kind of place you like stay at I highly recommend it, Ryan! Great to have you stop by 🙂

  29. Your selfie rocks!!!!!!!!!! This shy smile :):):):) Lovely room!!!

  30. I love that cylindrical building you can see from your window – how cool! I love hotels with beautiful bathrooms, especially because I can enjoy them without having to clean them.

    • Yes, and having kids I bet you love hotels even more without having to clean them, Dana! I was honestly infatuated with that condo building and I kept fantasizing of what it would be like to live there. Granted I would not a room with the view of the hotel! 🙂

  31. Just like you, I LOVE hotels! As in, really adore them and if I just hotel hopped for my whole life, I would totally be ok with that. Assuming they all come with nice fluffy robes like the one you have, that is!;-) What fabulous views, and you’re right…NO RAIN!!!! Take that, Seattle stereotype!

    • You are a girl after my hotel heart, Jessica! I blame my ex for getting me hooked on these nice places because being able to enjoy that jet setter lifestyle back then afforded us many luxuries that would otherwise would have spent money on. I was happiest guy in the world after taking a shower and just chilling on top of the bed watching tv in that robe 🙂

  32. Mike – I love how your weekend story just builds and builds. And I can’t get enough of your aunt’s quick wit! I’m usually a boutique hotel kinda gal, but there are some chains that just can’t be denied, and the Hyatt is one of them. You can almost always count on them being clean, modern, and oh so luxurious (as evidenced by your comfy-looking bathrobe). Great review!

    • Well, I’ve seen so many awesome places where you and Jave have stayed at (and posted on) so I give total credit to that as well, Dana! Yes, the Grand Hyatt properties are all at a very elite standard as Hyatt actually has different levels of standards in their hotel chain. I’m glad you are enjoying my aunt…she’s one of kind in my life for sure! 🙂

  33. You can never go wrong with Hilton and Hyatt! And you had such a beautiful view too.

  34. Love the picture of the cylindrical condo tower at night. SO pretty!! Looks like a very nice hotel Mike. I love staying in nice hotels. It’s nice to feel fancy ever now and then.

    • I’m with you Krystle on it being nice to fancy things in life up every now and then! We may never get a second chance 🙂

  35. Your aunt is very witty! What an amazing room! Love your photos!

    • Oh thank you for the compliment, Rita, and yes the room was spectacular. My aunt does has a wonderful sense of humor and it balances with mine perfectly 🙂

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