Best feature: location, location, location - Contrary to previous reports I've read stating that the location of this hotel is not ideal, I think the location is actually the best thing about it. Adjacent to Metro Center and Hechts (convenient for any needed items overlooked during rushed packing jobs) and a short walk to the mall, Convention Center, MCI Center and many restaurants on 7th St open on weekends.
Worst feature (and for me, a dealbreaker): Guests and Gold Passport members still have to pay $14 to use fitness center, unless they're upgraded to Regency Club. If the hotel is sold out (as is often the case during the week due to proximity of convention center), and I check in late, chances of me getting upgraded? Unlikely. I know that other hotels in DC charge for health club access, but I believe that even the lowest rank of status gets you free fitness club access (ie: Capital Hilton), and some hotels (gasp) charge nothing! Considering the fact that most of the hotels are well over 200/night, to me it seems excessive to be charging for fitness club access anyway.. If I'm staying in a hotel all week, I really don't want to be paying $14/day for exercise room use on top of the room rate, and am much less likely to use it if I have to pay this each day. I guess it's one way for the hotel to reduce maintenance costs on their exercise equipment. Is it a plot to keep their guests fat and unhealthy?
Either way, if you like to use the exercise room (and in winter when it's freezing outside, and jogging is less desirable), I'd give a pass on this hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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