We spent the recent U Chicago Family weekend at the new Hyatt Place in Hyde Park. We had eagerly anticipated the opening finally of a hotel in the university neighborhood and our stay exceeded our expectations. We were warmly welcomed by the young staff that has clearly been well trained. As other reviewers have said the physical plant is of course brand new, the décor is clean and modern, and the standard rooms are spacious with the added bonus of a separate living area. The L-shaped sectional convertible couch and coffee table provide the feel and functionality of a suite at a regular room rate. I have to agree that the water pressure in the shower was extremely weak and we were only on the second floor. I imagine it’s a conservation effort on the part of the hotel; laudable in theory but not so great when you’re actually huddled under the showerhead. The free breakfast is ample, tasty, and good value added (though we had to experience Valois next door on Sunday morning). Hotel parking is typically pricey but truly not necessary ON WEEKENDS (emphasis added because street parking is at a huge premium on weekdays when classes are in session); we moved our rental car all over the neighborhood at different times over the weekend and were always able to find street parking pretty quickly. In all, this a most welcome addition to Hyde Park and we will no doubt be back many times in the future.
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