Now that I have the Hyatt Visa credit card, each year I get a free e-night so after researching Seattle’s two Hyatt properties and discovering their two terrific locations right in the downtown (the Grand Hyatt Seattle and the Hyatt at Olive 8), my mind was easily made up on where to use it. I ended up going with the Hyatt at Olive 8 since the rates were slightly less expensive than at the nearby Grand Hyatt and there were only a fraction of the rooms (I’m not a fan of the mega hotels).
Since we arrived at the hotel after 4 PM due to a flight delay, our room was obviously ready. Check-in was seamless although I was asked if I wanted any daily newspapers delivered to the room. While I requested USA Today, none ever arrived. It wasn’t a big deal to actually say anything; I’m sure it was just forgotten about. The whole deal of the Olive 8 is that it’s eco-friendly and was the first LEED certified hotel property in Seattle. Environmentally friendly features include having to put your hotel key into the power switch in order to activate the lights, and a toilet which uses less water to flush.
The lobby area is quite nice and has ample public seating (we made use of this once we had checked out of our room on our final day and were killing time). A nice guest amenity includes access to a computer and printer where you can print your boarding passes, although I’m guessing in a couple of years’ time this will probably disappear due to people simply displaying them on their smart phones.
Our room was on the 15th floor (out of 17) which was terrific (the higher up the better in my opinion). It was also a “quiet floor” in which guests are asked to maintain respectful quiet behavior from the hours of 10PM until 7AM the next morning. After our horrific stay at the Boston Hyatt Regency in regards to our “nightmare neighbors,” this was a welcome relief. And while we did hear people throughout the day, the sleeping portion was thankfully uneventful.
This was one of the largest hotel rooms I had ever stayed in. It featured a king size bed, two “living room-style” chairs, a desk and chair, as well as a fridge (this didn’t seem to be overly cold but it was empty of those mini bar articles so you could actually use it). The bathroom was also quite spacious and the shower/tub area had a ledge where you could sit if you wanted to, but more importantly for the ladies, a ledge to be able to shave your legs (I hate hotels that just have straight showers, making shaving nearly impossible). The bed was heavenly and I had terrific sleep, which I never seem to do so in hotels anymore. My only critique of the room was that there was no luggage rack, which I missed.
The hotel is home to both a spa and an indoor pool. The former we didn’t partake of but the pool was great and being Seattle, it was heated (although still a bit cold). We made more use of the hot tub which was nice. It’s located on the second floor and has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city.
The hotel has both an on-site restaurant and a coffee house (it’s Seattle, go figure). We were extremely disappointed that the restaurant we were going to eat at before heading out to the airport was closed that week (but didn’t say so on its website), so we had a mediocre lunch at the hotel restaurant. I say mediocre because even though the dinner menu didn’t seem too bad, because we were there before 5 PM, we could only choose from the bar menu which had only a fraction of the number of items. It’s a hotel and to me, you should have your full menu available all day since the ingredients are obviously already right there.
The location is another reason why I liked the hotel so. It was just under a 10 minute walk from the Westlake Light Transit Rail station, a five minute walk to the Monorail station (to get to the Space Needle), and roughly a 15-20 minute (but pleasant) walk to Pike Place Market. Attractions in Seattle did seem to be a bit more spread out (as is the case I feel with cities in the West), but still, everything was more than doable in terms of getting to places and generally getting around.
The staff at the Hyatt at Olive 8 was great and overall our stay was just about perfect. I would wholeheartedly recommend staying here on a trip to the Emerald City.