Everything about the Hyatt Place at the Tucson International Airport speaks of class and the highest quality. From the moment that one enters the building’s lobby until checkout a day or two later, everything, at least on the surface, about this surprisingly beautiful hotel is appealing. Its friendly staff works overtime to be accommodating and helpful. Several years ago, shortly after the Hyatt folks had purchased it but when the hotel was still officially an AmeriSuites, my wife and stayed there for nearly a week and wound up giving it a ranking of 5-stars. Today’s Hyatt Place, completely revamped inside and out, probably merits that score once again. The suite-like rooms are extremely comfortable with not only all the amenities that one expects in such a place but far more. There is, for instance, a small, built in kitchen area in one corner replete with a sink, refrigerator, and other items. Wi-fi is readily and seamlessly available everywhere in the hotel and a desk with ample plugs for even the most technological inclined guests is also well-designed for immediate use. There is a overly large, full panel TV set on one wall and extremely comfortable beds. The complimentary breakfast each morning offers a number of “bonuses” such as fresh grapefruit slices and many kinds of teas or coffees to get the day started right. And, though no-one should expect bargain-basement prices at any Hyatt anywhere in the world, the room charges are certainly in line with the many other establishments that surround the airport. One may pay a few dollars more, but it is worth it for all the added amenities.
That having been said, it must be noted that there are, however, some “negatives” about the facility that we found less than appealing. In their desire to remodel the entire establishment, for instance, the management has cut some corners that should have been left alone. The single closet in the room is tucked quite inconveniently next to the bathroom sink. Getting into it is a chore. The tiny piece of furniture that substitutes as a dresser has also been placed inside that same small closet. The bathroom itself has little countertop space and it feels slightly cramped especially if two people are trying to get ready at the same time. The quite attractive couches look a good deal better than they are once one tries to sit in them for very long. In the morning, the complimentary breakfast, as noted above, is quite pleasing but if one wants any hot item, from a waffle to scrambled eggs or anything in-between, one has to pay extra for it. To be sure, the possibilities for such hot choices are wide and the cooks friendly but the management does not seem to have taken into account that the hotel is not a Grand Hyatt resort somewhere but rather an oversized motel set up to serve travelers coming to and from the nearby airport. In that regard, the nearby Hampton Inn, Comfort Suites, or even the Country Inn and Suites probably offer better choices.
It is clear that the Hyatt Place has been established more for the businessman or woman traveling on an expense account that it has for the “average” tourist on a leisure trip for enjoyment. Still, in its “new” resurrection it has great appeal. We’re glad that we stayed there once again, though this time for only two days, and if or when we need to be close to the Tucson airport in years to come, I suspect that we’ll be returning.
Given the few irritations mentioned above, we’d rather give the Hyatt Place a 4.67 rating or even a 4.75 instead of the 5 that we have were that a possibility. In either case, however, it is a first-rate place and anyone would be well-served, literally and figuratively, staying there.
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Place Tucson Airport Hotel Tucson
- Hyatt Tucson Airport