by Amanda Geronikos
Washington D.C.’s Grant Hyatt has always been, well, grand, but a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2015 brought it to an impeccable, unparalleled splendor for every type of traveler — the businessperson, the couple and perhaps most notably, the family.
Upgrades have brought new meeting space to the hotel, along with a gorgeous atrium-style lobby that’s surrounded by a few family-friendly restaurants and shops, plus a fitness center. Guestrooms — which offer city vistas or views of the atrium — offer all the comforts of home, from the hotel’s signature beds to free Wi-Fi.
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Our Editor Loves
- Swimming pool
- Onsite restaurants
- Grand Club Lounge
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
The rooms (of which there are 897) at the Grand Hyatt Washington are simple, yet luxurious -- especially in terms of amenities. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, deluxe toiletries, giant work desks (great for board games and snacks) and 42-inch, flat-screen TVs. They also enjoy the brand's signature bedding, Hyatt Grand Beds (available for purchase). Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request, as is turndown service.
Standard Rooms have one king, one queen or two double beds, and feature views of the property's beautiful atrium. These units typically sleep up to four guests -- occasionally five with the use of a rollaway bed or crib.
Don't be fooled by the name -- these rooms also accommodate up to four or five guests. The difference between these accommodations and Standard Rooms is Business Plan Rooms include free breakfast for one person (stick to the standard room).
Pure - Hypo-Allergenic
The Pure - Hypo-Allergenic Rooms are a godsend for those with seasonal allergies. Rooms are treated in a six-step process that includes the application of PURE Shield, a barrier that blocks allergens on room surfaces. These rooms have one king or two queen beds.
These rooms, exclusively situated on the 12th floor, grant guests access to the Grand Club, where they enjoy complimentary breakfast and snacks, along with alcohol for an additional fee. Grand Club Rooms come in two variations: Grand Club King and Grand Club Double, the latter sleeping four to five guests.
These rooms provide views of the beautiful atrium, and one king or two queen beds for the option to sleep up to four guests. They are more expensive than non-atrium facing rooms.
I chose this place because of the location to the metro and the sights. Check in was easy, had a atrium room not far from the elevator. The room was very quiet. The bathroom a bit small but adequate and the bedding excellent. I failed to pack my toiletries but Hyatt supplied the basics including mouthwash and deodorant. We enoyed one Happy Hour at the bar and one breakfast buffet on our last morning. The Starbucks in the lobby was useful for a quick bite before touring in the morning, we did not find any decent breakfast places nearby. We were generally out all day and returned to rest before dinner. We were given a late check out by request as we had a 5pm flight home. This is a good choice if the price is under $300.
Our first time in DC....just the fact that they had lobby access to the Metro was awesome! Walking distance to CityCenter DC and a lot of other attractions. Will definitely recommend to friends and family!
The hotel has a small, indoor pool, situated next to the fitness center. It's heated and provides a reprieve after days spent sightseeing in D.C. There is no lifeguard on duty and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Grand Hyatt Washington is less than 15 minutes (on foot) to National Mall, where you'll find the Smithsonian Museums, Washington Monument and other must-visit sites. Contact concierge for additional tips and ideas for local activities.
Located on the hotel's basement level, Cabinet is a brand new (opened in 2014), hip facility. The restaurant is most popular for breakfast, with a buffet and an a la carte menu, but lunch is also served. Cabinet is open 6:30 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, and 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Cure Bar & Bistro
Cure Bar & Bistro is a trendy, yet cozy restaurant, with a large fireplace and cushy chairs in which to relax. The restaurant specializes in cured meats and the ever-so-popular farm-to-table dining experience. Options include bacon mac and cheese, ricotta dumplings and a delicious shrimp and oyster pan roast. Try the Milk and Honey (goat cheese, toasted almonds and local, apple honey) for dessert.
While it appears to be an adults-only hangout, youngsters are always welcome. The chef is happy to prepare meals for little ones, and the restaurant's dress code is casual.
Cure Bar & Bistro is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. to midnight on Sunday. Reservations are highly recommended.
There's a Starbucks in the lobby, open 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. It's open to hotel guests and the general public.
If you don't feel like leaving your room to eat, the hotel offers room service from 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. A 21-percent service charge and $4 delivery fee apply to all orders. While a separate kids' menu isn't offered, half portions of some entrees (chicken tenders, ham and cheese sandwiches and the like) are available at half price for children ages 12 and under.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is available throughout the property and complimentary to all guests.
The hotel offers FIT Club, a fitness facility that puts other gyms to shame. It's so extensive that many non-guests have monthly memberships. The facility features several rooms, some with machines and others dedicated to classes.
The hotel offers two gift shops, where you can purchase snacks, beverages, toiletries and souvenirs. There's also a floral shop onsite.
Onsite laundry facilities are available, and laundry detergent is available at the gift shops should you need it.
Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at noon. Conveniently, the hotel offers self check-in kiosks to speed up the process.
The Art of Smart Timing
Even though the Grand Hyatt Washington swells with business travelers throughout the year, it's especially busy during the spring (National Cherry Blossom Festival) and summer. If you're willing to make a trip in the winter months, particularly January or February, you'll enjoy fewer crowds and slightly lower rates.
If traveling to Washington D.C. by plane, opt to fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport; the latter is serviced by more flights, though the former is closer to the hotel (5 miles).
Like most hotels in D.C., the Grand Hyatt charges a steep fee for parking. Guests have the option to self-park for $35 per night (no in/out privileges) or utilize valet parking for $45 per night (with in/out privileges). If parking temporarily, the cost is $20 for up to two hours and $30 for two to eight hours. We suggest self-parking for $35 -- you don't need the in/out privileges with so many attractions near the hotel.
For Mom and Dad
Sneak downstairs for a handcrafted cocktail at Cure Bar & Bistro, or, if grandma and grandpa can watch the kids, head to Zaytinya -- a four-minute walk from the hotel. The restaurant serves delicious tapas; reservations are a must.