Fodor's Expert Review
Fans of the international Grand Hyatt brand won't be disappointed with the Grand Hyatt Seattle. Adjacent to the Washington State Convention Center, this view-centric hotel appeals to business travelers, conventioneers, and families who want a dependable Hyatt-level stay in a convenient downtown location with tons of dining and shopping options nearby.
You Should Know If you're hoping to stay at a stylish, unique Seattle hotel, head elsewhere. While this Grand Hyatt isn't quite cookie-cutter, it still feels like a nice Hyatt.
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Spotless guestrooms feature masculine-chic decor that is comfortably unobtrusive. Some rooms above the 10th floor enjoy beautiful vistas of Elliott Bay. Suites are large, with separate sitting rooms, and executive quarters have mini-refrigerators and wet bars.
Tip It doesn't hurt to ask for an upgrade to a higher floor at check-in, especially if you're a World of Hyatt loyalty club member.
The Grand Hyatt Seattle really steps up its hotel-chain game in the bathrooms. Think white marble, ample counter space, deep soaking tubs that fill in a flash, and walk-in showers with plenty of water pressure. One complaint: The less-than-luxe toiletries could use an upgrade.
With a mix of warm woods and a number of comfortable seating areas, the large lobby is a pleasant place to read the morning paper or conduct a casual business meeting.
For a $15 fee, guests can access the spa facilities at the Elaia Spa located at the Hyatt at Olive 8 for $15 per day. Elaia Spa at the Hyatt at Olive 8 features a men’s and women’s locker room, complete with a steam room, dry sauna, 65-foot Saline lap pool and co-ed Jacuzzi.
Across the street at the Hyatt at Olive 8, the luxurious Elaia Spa features a large and comfortable relaxation room with organic teas and nibbles and city views, luxurious treatments including facials, massages, body scrubs, and mani/pedi options. The spic-and-span spa facilities feature steam rooms and dry saunas, as well as access to the lap pool and Jacuzzi.
A small 24/7 fitness center features the usual hotel-gym mix of cardio machines, a handful of strength-training machines, free weights and mats.
The Grand Hyatt doesn't have its own restaurant, but just off the lobby, you'll find Blue C Sushi, a mostly local chain featuring hip decor and several styles of sushi on a delivery-belt system, as well as an outpost of Ruth's Chris Steak House, the New Orleans-based chain well-known to any dedicated carnivore. At the Hyatt at Olive 8, Urban serves fresh Pacific Northwest-inspired fare.
Forget about happy hour. Blue C Sushi has a "crazy hour" Mon-Thu from 3-6 p.m., featuring $3.50 belt items and lots of drink specials.
The Grand Hyatt is an easy 3-min walk from Westlake Station, a primary hub for the city's Link light rail system, which services Capitol Hill, the University of Washington, and Sea-Fac airport. In the same vicinity, you'll find the Monorail, which connects to Seattle Center, the terminus for the South Lake Union Streetcar, and buses that reach every corner of the city.
For a morning coffee you can’t go wrong with Caffe Ladro (1-minute walk), which serves outstanding coffee and a selection of treats. For lunch, hoof it to Pike Place Chowder (10-minute walk), which serves up to-die-for chowders in a bustling low-key space at Pike Place Market (also a culinary destination). The Carlisle Room (2-minute walk) has an upscale vintage vibe and a menu with dishes like pork butt and rotisserie chicken alongside an impressive selection of vegetarian/vegan options. For unadventurous diners, there are a number of popular chain options near the hotel, but exploring is worth it in foodie-friendly Seattle.
If the booze scene is your thing, skip downtown, drive (10-minute) or hop on the light rail (15-minute ride), and head to Capitol Hill, where you’ll find options ranging from cool cocktail lounges (Foreign National, Rumba) to boisterous beer bars (Pine Box, Summit Public House). There are also a number of cool bars in or near Pike Place Market, including Radiator Whiskey (10-minute walk), packed hole-in-the-wall with an outstanding whiskey selection, and the Alibi Room (10-minute walk), a dive with strong drinks and tasty pizza,