I had a quick two-night trip to Houston for meetings last week and of course stayed at Hyatts since I’m trying to complete the Diamond Challenge.
I spent the first night at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston. Overall I was pretty impressed with this hotel. It’s in a good location, and is a massive, modern hotel. There are 30 floors and an atrium that runs from top to bottom, creating a really spacious lobby area. In the lobby there’s a bar, a business center, a FedEx, an Einstein’s Bagels (open 24 hours) and Shula’s Steakhouse, the main restaurant. There is also a restaurant on the top floor, open for dinner only. There was a dedicated gold passport check in area and I didn’t have to wait at all. All of the hotel staff that I interacted with were really friendly.
This particular Hyatt did not have a Regency Club, which actually worked out well for me since I checked in late, well past the time the club probably would have been open. Instead of a continental breakfast in the lounge I was able to enjoy a full hot breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant. They had a great spread of pastries, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, and hot entrees such as potatoes, eggs, meats, waffles, etc. You could also get a made-to-order omelette, which you ordered from your table but was included in the buffet price.
This Houston Hyatt also had a nice gym located in the basement, and an outdoor lap pool on the 6th floor. I was fortunate that I had time to use both in the morning, and neither were crowded at all. I was the only person in the pool area whatsoever.
The hotel did offer valet parking, but it was almost twice as much as the self-parking garage around the corner. There was a covered walkway that connected the parking garage to the hotel. The self-park was $15 overnight, but didn’t include in-out privileges.
For the second night I checked out of the Regency and checked into the Hyatt House Galleria. I really wish I had just stayed downtown at the much nicer Regency, since nights and not stays are what count for Diamond Challenge.
The Hyatt House Houston Galleria no longer offers an evening social, but instead offers Diamond members one complimentary item from the marketplace. Everything else about this hotel was fairly standard-certainly not bad, but not over the top. Hot breakfast, small gym, small outdoor pool, and a typical Hyatt House style suite room, with a full kitchen.