Updated on October 27, 2015
Park Hyatt Washington DC
So this is the first of many reviews during this trip report where I gush about how wonderful Park Hyatts are! As I said in the Intro to this trip report we started our trip by flying from our small airport to Washington DC on United, getting in around midnight and taking an a free Uber ride to the Park Hyatt. We wanted to stay there over night to position for our flight to Abu Dhabi and also spend time with our family the next day.
Park Hyatt Honeymoon Trip Report:
The Park Hyatt Washington DC is located on the corner of 24th St and M St NW. It’s a short walk to George Washington University, Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, and the National Mall, and is across the street from the World Wildlife Federation.
When you walk through the door you will find the beautiful, yet simple and understated entrance I have come to expect from Park Hyatts. As you enter there are a couple of front desks down a few steps with a seating area on each side and glass columns with cherry blossoms on them.
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As we checked in we were told the features of the hotel as well as our Diamond benefits which included a bottle of white wine as our amenity gift and the ability to take our free breakfast at the BlueDuck Tavern or have a room service breakfast. I had booked this room using my Hyatt GoldPassport points for 20K points per night, which usually books you into a a standard Park King room. Perhaps due to my status and/or the fact that we were on our Honeymoon we were upgraded to a Junior Suite!
We were in room 704, facing 24th street. After taking a seat during our 5 second elevator ride, we ventured to our room down nice, but certainly older hallways.
Park Junior Suite
Like the rest of the hotel, the decor was simple yet impressive. The entrance featured a small table with a bird statue and opened into a living room area with a table, desk, 2 lounge chairs, a rotating TV and a our white wine amenity gift as well as strawberries with chocolate and whip cream for the special occasion!
As you walk by the desk you find an espresso machine and mini fridge as you enter the bedroom and have the entrance of the bathroom to you right.
The bedroom contains a King size bed, with a bookshelf to the left and a night stand with iHome type device to the right.
The TV is actually the same TV from the living room area as the wall rotates. This won’t be an issue for most people and I thought it was pretty cool, but if someone wants to watch in each room it isn’t possible.
As great as the suite was I definitely thought the bathroom was the best part! The entire shower was incredibly spacious and all stone. The shower and tub were in the same space as I have seen in a couple other Park Hyatts (Paris and Seoul) and were a great contrast from the mostly wood finish of the rest of the room.
With your Diamond benefits you can either have breakfast in the BlueDuck Tavern (first floor of the hotel) or have a room service breakfast in your room! I have read some people saying that there is a certain dollar value that you can order but the front desk told us, when we checked in, to order whatever we wanted, and that she has never seen anyone not have their whole meal covered. We ended up having plenty of food for Katie and me! I had the Eggs Benedict which was very good but not as good as the Park Hyatt Seoul and Katie had the Jumbo Lump Crab with Scrambled Egg Whites, which she thought was delicious!
THE REST OF THE HOTEL
The rest of the hotel was beautiful with The Lounge (bar area), the BlueDuck Tavern, meeting rooms on the second floor and a gym as well as an indoor pool and Spa accessed from the 3rd floor.
Getting to the gym and pool was a bit of a trek as you go through a relaxing area with a couch and then down a back stairwell which looks like you are going through a secret lockdown bunker before enter the beautiful pool, spa and gym area.
Although getting there can be a little strange the facility is very nice and has everything you would need from free weights, cardio machines, headphones, water and towels as well as a view outside of 24th st.
The pool and spa are right across the hall and, although it is an indoor pool, there is a skylight which is nice. This is also where the Spa is located.
Besides the nice facilities that you can find at many hotels, what really sets Park Hyatts apart is the service. This excellent service started at check-in when we were told the layout of the hotel as well as all our diamond benefits. It continued when we found that the concierge had placed strawberries with chocolate and whip cream in our room for our Honeymoon! Each employee was always polite and very helpful, some addressing us by name even though we stayed only 1 night.
But the true above and beyond came from Assistant Food and Beverage Manager Mariano Sabater. I met Mariano the next morning after check-in as he had offered to make me a latte since our espresso machine in our room wasn’t working properly. Not only was he a really nice guy, he was easy to talk to and I found out that he actually went to the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi during his honeymoon as well (our next stop)!
After our conversation I thanked him for the latte and Katie and I went to walk around. However, upon returning to our room an hour later, Mariano called up to see if we were available for a gift and the next thing we knew there was a bellman at the door with a bucket of champagne and a box of strawberries!!
I would say this in and of itself was going above and beyond but this wasn’t the end of the story as we would find out. When we arrived at the Park Hyatt Maldives 5 days later we found out he had contacted them to place another congratulatory card in our room wishing us a wonderful stay and great rest of our trip. WOW. That’s all I can say about that. A fantastic employee and person.
How did I get here?
From DCA we took a free Uber ride (you can use my code nw51t when signing up for a free $20 ride) which likely would have cost about $15. You can also take the Blue Line of the DC Metro to the Foggy Bottom stop and walk 6 blocks north. From IAD you would have to take a cab or Uber although there are buses which I wouldn’t recommend.
Any restaurant suggestions?
Washington DC has a TON of great restaurants (that I’ve been to!), but I focus on where we ate for this trip which was Clyde’s of Georgetown. Great, unique place to eat for american, seafood, pasta, etc. It’s about a 15 min walk down M st. from the hotel and would be on your left just after Wisconsin street. Fun fact, our Dad use to work there when he was in college at Georgetown!
Cost of 1 Night: One night here cost 20K Hyatt points but I received 20% back since the stay was during the Hyatt credit card holder promotion making the cost to me 16K points! At the time I booked the room the standard room was going for about $270 a night making this a good, not great value at 20K but much much better at 16K. However, we were upgraded to a Junior Suite costing closer to $320.
Although this is clearly an older property it has been kept up very well. The service of Park Hyatt combined with the location of the this hotel would make it an ideal place to stay when visiting the city. I had a wonderful stay and would not hesitate to stay there again. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Next up, Etihad First Class Lounge at IAD and then flight to Abu Dhabi!!