Fodor's Expert Review
Just nine miles from downtown Seattle, the high-rise Hyatt Regency Bellevue is close to major corporate headquarters, a world-class shopping center, and several cultural attractions. Contemporary style, green features, and a huge gym with a lap pool are perks of the hotel, as are the mountain and lake views from many guestrooms.
You Should Know If you plan to do a lot in Seattle, that nine-mile drive can be excruciatingly slow during peak commute times.
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Rooms feature a neutral palette, warm contemporary furniture, subtle accents of color and texture, and a 60” flat-screen TV. Hyatt Regency regulars, in particular, will feel right at home.
Tip Upgrade to a Regency Club room and you’ll have access to plush robes, turndown service, and access to the 23rd-floor club lounge.
Fairly spacious bathrooms have dark wood cabinetry, large mirrors, curved granite counters, stone tile floors, and a standard shower or shower/bath combo.
The contemporary lobby features warm wood tones, plenty of comfortable seating areas, and a fireplace. A grand double staircase makes a statement, as does the glass-domed ceiling high above.
Tip Skybridges connect the hotel to The Bellevue Collection, which includes Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, and Bellevue Place. The three centers collectively feature more than 250 stores and 60 restaurants, lounges, and entertainment venues.
The 25-meter ADA-accessible pool includes a lap lane and an open swim area. Large windows let light flood in, and there's plenty of seating around the pool area, which also features a ping-pong table.
First things first: The gym is not exactly in the hotel, but connected. Guests have access to the 24/7, 7,000-square-foot Stayfit Fitness Center, an airy, well-equipped space (cardio, strength machines, free weights, and circuit-training equipment) that includes a 25-meter heated indoor pool.
The hotel’s restaurant, Eques, serves a very popular a la carte and buffet-style breakfast seven days a week. There’s no shortage of restaurants right by the hotel for other meals.
The hotel doesn’t have an on-site bar, but options abound at The Bellevue Collection.
If you’re staying in Bellevue, it’s best to have a car to get around, but there are bus options that serve the Puget Sound area. Choose Your Way Bellevue is a helpful resource if you want to use public transit.
There are more than 60 restaurants and bars in The Bellevue Collection, including sophisticated spots like Daniel’s Broiler (3-minute indoor walk), which is on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building and has expansive views of the Olympic Mountains and Lake Washington. With three locations in the area, Daniel’s is the only major steakhouse in Seattle to serve exclusively USDA beef. The casual 24/7 eatery 13 Coins (3-minute indoor walk) serves American classics with a Pacific Northwest twist.
At Joey Bellevue, a lively restaurant, the connected Joey Bellevue Lounge (3-minute indoor walk) has an unpretentious wine list, creative cocktails, and several flat-screen TVs for sports fans. On the lobby level of Wintergarden Plaza, Suite (5-minute walk) is known for craft cocktails and its selection of local and international wines (the full dining menu is also available). On Friday and Saturday nights, a resident DJ cranks the vibe up a few notches.