The Park Hyatt Washington, DC is located in the West End, with the Embassy Row, Dupont Circle, and the restaurants and bars of Georgetown a comfortable walk (or a short Uber ride) away.
The exterior of the hotel blends in quite well with the surroundings, dominated as the street is with condos and apartments. An understated sign on the corner of 24th and M streets announces its presence.
Glass murals add a nice touch to the lobby that otherwise screams the understated luxury that we have come to expect from Park Hyatt properties.
Our room was ready on arrival and so we didn’t have need to use this sitting area (one of two) that is located either side of the check-in desk.
As Hyatt Diamond we were upgraded to a Park Junior City View Suite, which, the hotel’s website says “is located on a corner of the hotel, offering additional windows and natural light, as well as a front view of the city”. The diamond benefits were explained upon check in and we elected to take the 1,000 points in lieu of the amenity on offer.
Our room was located on the 9th floor, in the far corner, and a considerable walk from the elevator. We prefer to travel light so this wasn’t an issue but it might bother some.
The room faced the corner of M and 24th Streets, overlooking the Westin across the road and a condo complex across the intersection. The living room had ample seating, with three comfortable chairs and a desk with a chair that, perhaps, was not so comfortable.
Beyond the living area is the bedroom. The wall with the TV swivels so the guests can choose to view the TV either from the bedroom or the living room. While this might smack like a cost saving, we think it is a nifty little design feature.
The room stayed true to the description, with both, the living areas and the bedroom featuring massive windows letting in ample sunlight.
The bed was comfortable, and the furnishings added a nice, homely touch.
The bathroom here is cavernous. The wash basin separates the water closet at one end…
…and a rain shower, and a bath at the other.
Given we had flown 24 or so hours to get to DC, we didn’t do much after the check in. A quick shower, a short stroll through the neighbourhood to grab dinner and that was the end of the day.
The next morning, having woken up extremely early from the jet lag, we went looking for the gym, hoping to swim a bit and put in some time on the stationary bikes. While the elevator clearly marks “Pool & Gym” on level 2, getting to it is an exercise in itself.
To get to the Gym, you get off on Level 2, walk to the far end of the floor, go down a flight of stairs and back up another.
The pool is more designed to soak and relax in, than any serious lap work. Also adjacent are the loungers where one might choose to relax. We are not really sure how often they get used considering this isn’t exactly a destination to soak up the sun (particularly given that it is indoors).
Off to a side is the spa / soaking tub.
The gym features a range of machines, and while it is not the most spacious of hotel gyms out there, it is better than most, featuring a range of pin loaded weight machines, cross trainers, stationary bikes, and treadmills.
A nice touch was the bottles of water the hotel makes available near the entry to the gym. While the gym was what felt like a mile away from the room, it was good to know that in absence of a “club”, there was someplace to grab bottles of water without having to ask for them. In saying that, we are sure if we’d asked for some to be brought to the room, the staff would have obliged.
Like most Park Hyatt properties (Melbourne and Canberra being obvious exceptions), this hotel does not have a Club Lounge. Hyatt Diamond Members are therefore offered a complimentary breakfast in the Blue Duck Tavern (it simply didn’t appear on the bill). This restaurant is quite popular in the DC dining scene and we were eager to try out the food for ourselves.
First up was a glass of fresh orange juice. The juice really did hit the spot, though it would have been nice if the glass was a little more than barely half full.
Next was the omelette, with peppers, cheddar cheese, and tomatoes.
Followed by a plate of fresh fruit.
One experience from this stay stands out and reinforces just how good the service at this hotel is. While checking in on Saturday evening, we weren’t asked for (and neglected to mention) a newspaper preference. On calling the front desk, requesting the Wall Street Journal and USA Today to be brought up to the room, we were informed that they’d run out of the Journal. The front desk offered to go out and get it, we insisted that was not necessary. Returning from breakfast, there was the Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post waiting for us on the desk.
The property certainly matched our (high) expectations, and we would rate this one of, if not, the top Hyatt properties in the United States. This hotel is well worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as the Park Hyatt Sydney.
We would gladly stay here on our next visit to Washington, DC and would more than happily recommend the same to others, while being mindful of the fact that the location might not be best suited to your needs, depending on what brings you to the capital.