Saturday, November 8, 2014

Review: Grand Hyatt Denver

Hotel:  Grand Hyatt Denver
Room:  Executive Suite
Price:  $127.20 (+ Diamond Suite Upgrade and $18.76 taxes)
Category:  3

The Grand Hyatt Denver and Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center are just three blocks away from each other, and there is a healthy debate about which property is better. To break up the chain of Hyatt Regencies that I had stayed at the past few days, I decided to book the Grand Hyatt. It's a beautiful hotel.

I used one of the four Diamond Suite Upgrade certificates that I received when I signed up for the Hyatt Diamond challenge. Here, that books you into a base-level Executive Suite. Although the room was spacious, there wasn't an over-the-top "wow" factor the way there was at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile or the Hyatt Regency Wichita. (At those two properties, I received a suite upgrade without redeeming a Diamond Suite Upgrade certificates.)

The hotel's location is excellent, just one block from the 16th Street Mall (a pedestrian walkway ideal for tourists with restaurants and shops). The suite has decent views of downtown Denver, including the Byron White Courthouse (home of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals):

The hotel's Grand Club, on the 26th floor (complimentary for Diamond members), is inviting and has an excellent self-serve beverage selection.

 In the evening, the Grand Club has light hors d'oeuvres.

And in the morning, a well-appointed continental breakfast including smoked salmon and cured meats.

Overall: Great staff throughout the hotel, and I thought the Grand Club was the nicest lounge so far. Using a Diamond Suite Upgrade here didn't feel like a great value. It's fine, but I don't think the suite was "worth it" compared to the suites at other properties.

My Hyatt Diamond Challenge

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