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Grand Hyatt Washington
Ranked #68 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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Reviewed March 3, 2005

This is a great hotel for business or pleasure. The location is very convenient especially with the Metro accessible directly from the Hotel taking you to any of the main tourist areas in a matter of minutes.

Staff were very friendly and check-in easy. We booked using priceline for around $80/night and never felt like "second-class" guests in any way. I dont know if it is typical but the Hotel was offering guests free champange (or sparkling wine anyway) in the early evening while we were there.

The only problem I had with the hotel is their closure of the restaurant while we were there meaning the only choice for food was greasy fries and buffalo wings stuff from the sports bar. Not acceptable from a 5* hotel in my view - unfortunately in a snowstorm we simply couldn't go anywhere else.

Breakfast options are the typical overpriced hotel buffet or a much better cafe in the lobby offering a wide range of things from cereal, bagels, hot food, starbucks etc.

All in all this is a good hotel

  • Stayed: January 2005, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 24, 2005

Stayed here on a $80/night PL bid 2/16-2/19. Was given a room on the "Gold Passport" level as I am a GP member. Great hotel - convenient to the Metro station (just an escalator ride from the lobby). Would stay here again on a PL bid, but wouldn't pay the normal $250+ per night.

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Reviewed February 8, 2005

We thouroughly enjoyed our stay at the Grand Hyatt. The location and accomotations are perfect. We utilized the Metro on several occasions which is just underneath the hotel. I would definately recommend getting yourself a color coded Metro map or bringing a red, blue, orange & green highliter. The Metro was confusing the first day but got easier as we learned the ropes. We also took the Trolley one day which enabled us to cover a lot of ground in easy fashion. It stops in front of the Hyatt. We walked to the Spy Museum, the Ford Theatre, the Mint and the Mall, all a fifteen minute max walk.

The hotel has a great deli, the Zephr, very reasonable, fresh, quick food. The breakfast buffet at the hotel was good but expensive. The Grand Slam restaurant in the hotel was dark, smoky but had decent food. We went to Capital City Brewing Co, Oceanaire(expensive) and the Hard Rock Cafe, all within a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel and the food and service were excellent at all three places.

The rooms were very nice, fresh and clean. We had a king bed which was plush, the kids had the two doubles which were not quite as nice. They got their room at half price.

The Zoo was fantastic as was the Spy Museum, the Mint, the National Cemetary, the Memorials and all the Smithsonian museums. The kids had a great time ice skating at the mall.

Cabs are cheap in DC. Just ask the approximate price before you take off because they don't use meters. DCA Reagan National Airport was a 10-15 minute ride from the Hyatt. We took a cab to the hotel for $18.00 for 5 of us. The cab back to the airport charged $30.00. It should of been $18.00 but I failed to ask the price before we left the hotel and he got me. We never had a need for a car during our stay.

The Grand Hyatt is a beautiful, elegant, comfortable hotel in a very nice part of downtown. Never any security issues walking at night.

We spent a lot of time trying to decide where to stay and in the end feel that we made the best choice.

  • Stayed: February 2005
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Reviewed February 1, 2005

The Grand Hyatt is a wonderful place to stay. The room, which was quite large, looked newly renovated, decorated in a pleasant, tasteful manner. The bathroom was large and very clean. The bed was fine, although not as nice as the "heavenly beds" at Westins for example. The staff, from the front desk to the housekeeping to the concierge were pleasant and accommodating. They were very responsive to any request or concern. On my first night there was a group of noisy teenagers slamming doors in the hallway, which kept me awake for quite a while. When I told the front desk, they offered to send security upstairs and offered my room for 1/2 off + a free breakfast. I don't know about you, but I have never had a hotel offer to knock off 1/2 the cost of the room--I was impressed. The atrium of the hotel is very attractive and the hotel is directly connected to the Metro. Incredibly convenient. Room service was prompt and the food quite good, as was the breakfast buffet. Food is very expensive however. Also, despite being a frequent Hyatt guest, they charge you for health club use, ($11) which is disappointing. Either that or take the "business plan" at arrival for $20/day which gives you breakfast and health club use. The neighborhood is not as pleasant for strolling for restaurants and shopping as DuPont Circle, but it is very convenient to all the sites. I highly recommend this hotel.

10  Thank pkcasa
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Reviewed January 30, 2005

My wife and I just completed a stay at the Grand Hyatt Washington. We both left with mixed feelings about our stay. For the most part, the staff was very pleasant and helpful. We did have troubles initially as the hotel was experiencing technical problems. The initial front desk employee could not put us in a room with a queen or king bed and was apparently not interested in accommodating us. A few hours later, with a much more responsive front desk, we were moved to a new room.

As others have stated, the atrium is beautiful and the location is convenient to many attractions. We found the room to be very average (standard, nice, neutral decor). The bed was very uncomfortable and the most disappointing part of our stay.

Overall, for a hotel of this caliber (ratings wise), I would expect much more. I will likely try a different hotel for the next trip.

4  Thank the_jdscotts
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Reviewed January 20, 2005

I stayed at the Grand Hyatt with 2 friends for a girls weekend trip filled with sightseeing. The hotel lobby was beautiful and we enjoyed the buffet breakfast in the lobby restaurant on two mornings. Our room had plenty of space for the three of us and we really appreciated the large bathroom. I did not find the beds hard as some have previously mentioned in their reviews.

The convenience of this hotel cannot be beat. While in DC we visited the Capital, The White House, Arlington Cemetary, several Smithsonian museums, many of the monuments, Chinatown, Ford's Theater, The National Gallery of Art, and we took a trip on the Metro to Alexandria. Being able to access the Metro without ever leaving the hotel was fantastic! We rode the Metro or walked everywhere we went with the exception of one hot afternoon when we took a cab back to the hotel because we were too tired to walk any further!

The only negative comment I have is that the concierge was difficult to speak with. We called and left messages twice and our call was never returned. Once while walking by, we did ask for a restaurant recommendation and were steered toward a very good meal within a short walking distance.

The Grand Hyatt is very convenient to all DC sightseeing and I would not hesitate to book it again.

9  Thank Lori H
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Reviewed January 14, 2005

I always try to give a very objective rating and I'll be absolutely fair on this one. Very impressive atrium and the service is friendly. Attended to by a very charming Jamaican lady at reception. Friendly concierge as well. A big plus is that the metro is linked to the hotel. We did not eat at the hotel so I cannot comment on the food. I must agree with other reviewers on the "okay-but-not-a-wonderful" bed but I should not complain because I got an excellent internet rate. Rooms are exceptionally clean and I particularly liked the rooms overlooking the atrium. When I returned after a day's stay at the Reston Hyatt (great beds) for a further two days at the Grand Hyatt in DC we were not given a room overlooking the atrium and it was "gloomier" but we were out for most of the day and too tired to care when we returned. Safe to walk at night: Chinatown, movies and a very short cab ride to Union Station. Pleasant walk to the White House. Close to pharmacy and Starbucks.

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Address: 1000 H St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4520
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#32 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#33 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#52 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#80 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range: $155 - $563 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hyatt Washington 4*
Number of rooms: 897
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in downtown City Center- with convenient in-lobby Metro Center access - this Washington DC hotel is an ideal spot to explore the Nation's Capitol. Enjoy stylish guestrooms with plush Grand Beds™, indulgent amenities and multiple dining venues. Utilize our full-service business center and 32 outstanding meeting rooms - just steps from Washington Convention Center. Escape to extraordinary elegance at Grand Hyatt Washington. ... more   less 
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