Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency (Capital Hill), Washington DC

Last weekend we decided to get a room after seeing Gogol Bordello at the 9:30 Club, this is where we stayed:

Hyatt Regency Washington DC

Apparently the construction is complete in the lobby of this hotel, and compared to some older Hyatts (or even DC's Grand Hyatt) it seems modern and clean. I did not find it cold at all (as some other reviewers had stated).

The valet's were nice, calling us cabs and opening doors....be prepared to park at the hotel for $41 a night (plus a $4.92 DC Parking Tax, which we didn't discover until we got our bill). There is no self-park, though Union Station is only about 2 blocks away but parking there may not be any cheaper. We had no issues checking in with their automated self-check in computers.

Our room was OK (and as Hyatt Gold Passport members, we have stayed at quite a few Hyatts). The carpets in the hallway leading to our room seemed a bit worn--or needed a good vacuuming. The room itself was average, no mini-bar (though you could have a mini-fridge brought to your room), the non-flat screen TV was small but you could get a free yoga video On Demand if you wanted to work-out. We also had a smoking room--which surprised us.

The bathroom was small, and the shower/tub had a curtain rather than a door, which I dislike (because I always wonder how often they clean the curtain) but at least the shower rod was curved. Also, when my husband went to take a shower, he stood in the bathroom and turned on the water, to his surprise, someone had left the shower head completely pointing out and soaked him and our bathroom. We had to use most of our towels to clean that up. Luckily, we are easy going and thought it was a but funny, but that's not typically a nice way to begin your hotel stay. As usual, the Hyatt toiletries (including toothpaste) are lovely.

Skip the hotel's restaurant and bar (domestic beers at the bar were $6.75!) while it seems nice, it's really just overpriced. I also liked that the hotel had an indoor pool, but it was full of children and families (which is great if you have kids).

The hotel is in an excellent location on Capital Hill--the capital is a few blocks away and fully viewable from the hotel. Walking to the National Mall or Union Station also seems easy from here.

I would recommend trying to stay above the 2nd or 3rd floors or requesting a room that overlooks the outside of the hotel. Our view was probably the worst I have ever had in any hotel. As you can see from my pictures, we had an interior room that overlooked the skylights in the lobby (we could see down into the lobby from our room.

There were also quite a few room-service trays and glasses left in the hall from the time we checked in until early the morning we checked out--which is just gross.

I suppose we would stay here again, as we only spent one night at the hotel but if I were planning to stay longer I would have requested a room on a higher floor and may have contacted housekeeping about the shower head incident.

Date of Stay: January 2009
Traveled with: Spouse / significant other
Visit was for: Quality time with friends
Age group: 25-34

*I should add: These are my opinions, I am not a paid journalist nor do I receive any compensation from the company named above. This blog is merely a record of my opinions as I wander and create in this world. This review was also published at tripadvisor.com