Saturday, November 8, 2014

Review: Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

Hotel:  Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
Room:  Premier King (switched into Standard Double upon request)
Price:  4,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points + $55.00 (+ $8.12 taxes and $10.00 parking)
Category:  2

The Denver Tech Center is about 13 miles south-southeast of downtown Denver, and is home to a bunch of telcos and other assorted tech firms. The Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, while very convenient for those companies, is not a good choice if you're hoping to go downtown. But the hotel is inviting and spacious.

At check-in, they asked whether I'd be self-parking, and I replied that I would. That led to a $10 charge on the bill (I had sort of hoped they'd waive the self-parking charge for Diamonds). The self-park garage is theoretically accessible only with a room key, but the entry/exit gate was up when I entered and left. An unscrupulous person might be able to get away with free self-parking.

I got assigned a Premier King room, but I'm traveling with a friend. The front desk happily gave us a standard Double room instead.

There's nothing really remarkable about the room. It's absolutely fine and looks very new, but I didn't think anything was noteworthy.

The hotel doesn't have a Regency Club, so Diamond members get a full breakfast buffet. Unfortunately, something weird happened with my pictures, so all I got was this picture of my made-to-order omelet.

In addition to the omelet station, there were lots of hot selections (pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes) and the usual continental breakfast spread (pastries, cereals, fruits, etc.) Excellent buffet.

Even though there was almost nobody in the restaurant, the staff were slow to come by and refill drinks and drop off the bill. I later figured out why - they were standing around near the entrance of the restaurant talking. It was also disappointing that the staff blocked the entrance as they conversed when we were trying to leave. C'mon. Go ahead and talk, but don't block your customers' path.

Overall: other than the staff missteps at the restaurant, I liked this place. Unfortunately, the location isn't great for Denver tourists, but if you're just passing through or have work near the Denver Tech Center, this is a fine property.

My Hyatt Diamond Challenge

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