BEST FOR: Soaring views of the Seattle’s skyline and Puget Sound
DON’T MISS: The chef’s special table at Daniel’s is a home run
PRICE: Standard rates start at $199.  
CONTACT: 808 Howell Street, Seattle, WA, 98101. (206) 973-1234; hyatt.com 

VERDICT: The Hyatt Regency Seattle is full of surprises – from the convenient location to the stunning views to the smart room design and thoughtful amenities. Add in an attentive, friendly staff, and even the most critical guest will be at a loss for complaints.

BACKGROUND: Hyatt Regency Seattle opened in December 2018 as a new 45-story gleaming glass imprint on the burgeoning Seattle skyline.

WHERE IS IT? The property is one of three Hyatt-branded hospitality options in a short corridor leading up to the Washington State Convention Center. The Hyatt Regency is located in the central downtown area known as Denny Triangle, a neighborhood teeming with dining spots and shopping, offering easy access to Seattle’s light rail line and a relaxing amble away from famous Pike Place Market.

WHAT'S IT LIKE? The Hyatt Regency is light and airy and convenient above all else, delivering an assortment of dining choices, room conveniences and public spaces Natural light plays a large role in the hotel’s overall design with floor-to-ceiling windows, light wood accents and neutral color palettes.

ROOMS: The clean and comfortable guestrooms offer lots of built-ins, including ample cord and USB housings, an alarm clock with tech ports and Bluetooth speakers, in-room refrigerator and web check-in with mobile key. The Keurig coffee maker’s intuitive set-up brews up hot Starbuck’s at a moment’s notice. The bathroom came with plenty of perks: a glassed-in shower with a separate tub providing the right ergonomics, and a tub-to-ceiling window over the rooftops and waterways.

FOOD AND DRINK: Guests have their choice of Daniel’s Broiler, a high-end steakhouse with prime cuts, premium spirits and a piano bar. The restaurant serves all the meals of the day. Also available through special requests is a secret kitchen for dinners warranting a “chef’s dining experience.” It can include custom menus and wine pairings, complemented by a floor-to-ceiling window-lit space overlooking the lights of Seattle. For lunch and dinner, Andare serves up northern Italian specialties like wood fired pizza, and for all else, The Market, is a 24-hour premium grab-and-go retail space.

MEETINGS AND FITNESS FACILITIES:  Meetings are front and center here, with a total of 103,000 square feet of function space, including two ballrooms, two junior ballrooms and a total of 46 meeting rooms, and complimentary WiFi. An added plus is the property’s LEED Gold rating, the first and only for the Seattle area.The 8th floor Hyatt StayFit gym is outfitted with state of the art cardio and strength training equipment by Technogym and Peloton exercise bikes, as well as trainers who can teach guests how to use them.