Needing a place to crash for the night in Los Angeles, I headed down to LAX to take advantage of the (relatively) affordable prices of hotels along Century Blvd, and make use of my Globalist Status.
Hyatt is notably weak in the Los Angeles market. The only major options in the city are the Andaz West Hollywood and Hyatt Regency LAX. The Century Plaza used to round out Hyatt’s offerings at this fantastic location, but the hotel is now under a two year extensive renovation and takeover by Fairmont. Park Hyatt is coming to Downtown, but not until 2019.
The Hyatt Regency was recently significantly renovated, after Hyatt took over the old Concourse Hotel LAX. The $75 million invested in the project were well worth it, and have turned this closest-hotel-to-the-airport into a fantastic destination in and of itself.
Because I was there for work, I booked a paid stay. Rooms fluctuate anywhere from $100-$300 per night, depending on the timing. But, had I wanted to use points, the room would have run me 12,000 points per night, or 6,000 points plus $75, if going the Points + Cash route.
The Lobby of the Hyatt Regency is bright, clean and interesting, welcoming you as soon as you walk in. I entered and headed to the front desk, to the right.
I waited at the dedicated World of Hyatt line and was quickly helped out. While checking in, I asked about a suite upgrade – a new benefit of Globalist status – and, huzzah, there was availability, so I received it.
Now, to be fair, I knew that suites were available before I asked, having checked on the Hyatt app before walking to the front desk. Globalists are entitled to a suite upgrade subject to availability, so it never hurts to check yourself first, just in case someone tries to unfairly deny you.
Keys in hand, I took a quick look around the lobby.
The general design of the entire hotel – executed perfectly – is what I would call swank-comfortable-chic. Everything is super modern and out there, futuristic almost, without compromising comfort (as I often find at some hotels, like W locations).
Around the corner from the front desk is the lobby bar, which was crowded.
I headed up to my room on the fifth floor. Even the hallway design was executed well.
I was in room 505, immediately adjacent to the elevators on the north-facing side of the hotel. I worried that my room’s location might mean a noisy, sleepless night, but that turned out to be unfounded. The hotel is very quiet, especially considering its location right next to the airport.
Entering my suite, I started in a living room/kitchen area with a large sofa, desk and television.
Technically, this suite was one large room half-divided in the middle. If I were there with Danielle, I would have been disappointed that there was no real divider between rooms, which would allow me to get up and about in the morning without disturbing her. But, since I was by myself, it was a non-issue, and I loved all the extra space!
The design scheme from the lobby carried throughout the room as well, with pops of yellow scattered across different pieces.
The bedroom was standard as ever, with a large, comfortable bed, side tables and the like.
The bathroom was well executed as well. I especially appreciated the double sinks and large, walk-in shower!
In the morning, I headed down to the restaurant, UnityLA, before heading off for the day. As a Globalist, I’m entitled to a free breakfast (usually without limits) at any property that does not have a Regency Club. For that reason alone, I much prefer Hyatt locations that don’t have a club lounge!
UnityLA has a fantastic design, layout and delicious food.
I was offered (gently encouraged) to make use of the buffet, which looked fantastic.
Ultimately, though, I opted for an omelette, with leaks and mushrooms, which was absolutely delicious. I would definitely have it again. I stuck around for a while, getting early-morning work done and enjoying an Americano. Only cost to me was the few dollars I gave for a tip.
The Hyatt Regency LAX is a fantastic property in an even better location for access to LAX. Though my work in LA was nowhere near the airport, I stayed there to make use of a much better rate than I would find further north in Beverly Hills or West Hollywood. It meant for more driving (and traffic), but was worth it to save the dough. The rooms are comfortable, staff helpful, and overall I’m very pleased with my choice to stay there.
I’d recommend checking out the Hyatt Regency LAX yourself.