Listen... I'm a hotel snob - particularly when I'm visiting a city. Think Fairmont... think Intercontinental. At the other end of the spectrum, my wife and I gravitate towards historic inns and B&B's. Heck... I haven't stayed in a regular Hyatt/Hilton/Sheraton/etc. in years.
That said... this trip was about visiting my brother-in-law and our nephews who recently moved to Charleston (West Ashley) and we knew we'd be spending little time enjoying our accommodations as such, so, what the heck, we expanded our usual lodging search perimeters.
I'm a pool guy. I have to have a pool. Therefore, I only check out properties with pools. The Hyatt Place made the cut because they have a serviceable indoor pool.
I'm not an airport/convention center hotel kinda guys, but... as I noted above... since the Hyatt Place had a pool it came to my attention.
The other thing that caught my eye while narrowing my hotel search... 42-inch flat screen TVs in every room and for all intents and purposes every room appears to be a "mini-suite" with a semi-separate "entertaining/working" space with a large couch.
Oh... and as others have mentioned... the hotel is pretty much brand new.
Hey... if you're a tech guy or gal this Hyatt will appeal to you. I still use cell phones to TALK on... (*GRIN*)... but the TV, desk, and side bed tables had "jacks" galore and if you're into having a "wired" hotel room... you've found it here.
Me? I appreciated the oversized "rainfall" shower head more than the gadgets (including a single cup coffee maker, iron, ironing board, pull out sofa...).
Bottom line for us... we paid $76/nt. - which included continental breakfast each morning - for a nice big room with a 42-inch flat screen TV in a nearly brand new Hyatt "family" hotel. (If it had been $119 - or even $99 - we would have passed; but for $76 a night... we couldn't in good conscience pass the deal by.)
We had a top floor (6th floor) room overlooking the local road in front of the hotel. (The Preforming Arts Center is basically behind the hotel...)
The bedding and bed itself was ok... what you'd expect. (As I wrote above, I'm a Fairmont kinda guy...) (*WINK*)
The bed... too much "pillow top" for my tastes. I'm more of a "firm" mattress guy; same with the wife.
They use those little "standard" (small) pillows. I suppose we could have requested queen or king sized pillows (it was a king sized bed) but we never bothered.
The location of the hotel is great - at least for our purposes it was! Our relative's place in West Ashley was ten minutes down the road one way while Charleston proper was ten minutes down the road another way and we were equally close to Shem Creek and maybe 20 minutes from the beaches. Plus, within a square mile of the hotel there was outlet shopping and a Walmart so if we were covered in case we had forgotten to pack anything or needed something we hadn't packed.
The staff was very friendly - particularly the morning/day staff.
The buffet was adequate - I mean... what do you want for "free?" Good coffee. Fruit salad and separate grapefruit slices. Cereals. Juices. Bagels, toast, english muffins. The breakfast area was clean, bright, and cheerful.
Oh... back to the pool area... there's also a medium sized but well equipped exercise room.
There are two "guest computers" in the lobby and also a big book of Charleston area restaurant menus to browse.
Oh... and before I forget... yes, of course parking is free and plentiful.
All in all, a heck of a find. If you're looking for a "base" instead of a resort, the Hyatt Place is probably the place for you. Business... holiday... it's definitely a "duel personality" hotel.
Hey... if you can get a room there for under $100 you're going to be completely satisfied.
Hey... one day I overheard a conversation between the front desk and a "guest to be" on the phone who was apparently verifying an upcoming reservation. The quote I heard from the staffer was $53/nt.
Like I say up above... at the very least you're going to be completely satisfied staying here; at best, you'll feel like a real "winner" for "stealing" your room.
Oh... oh... oh... before I sign off! Though I didn't mention it (because we didn't partake) part of the "Hyatt Place" shtick is that pre-made (but fresh daily!) sandwiches, salads, and "light refreshments" (including beer and wine) are available 24-hrs. a day from a "stand" in the lobby. Hey... it's cost effective for the hotel and therefore for the guest. This way they don't require extra staff yet if a guest is hungry at 3:00 a.m. he or she can grab a bite or something to drink. I can see how this would be a real plus for business guests especially.
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