A stay at Grand Hyatt Seattle with kids

On our last trip to Seattle, we stayed at both the Hyatt Olive 8 and the Grand Hyatt Seattle. How do they compare? You can read in our review of the Hyatt Olive 8 that the 8 is extremely eco-friendly, and its indoor pool and hot tub make it a hit with kids. While the Grand Hyatt does not have a pool, its location is (slightly) more central to Pike Place Market (only four blocks), and it’s even closer to downtown high-end shopping (especially fun to view during the festive holiday season). Families can easily make either Hyatt their Seattle base for vacation or city touring, and expect to be pampered in either.

Grand Hyatt Seattle

Amenities and Rooms:

For our family of five, we fit nicely in two adjoining rooms at the Hyatt. Families of four can easily fit in one. One of our two rooms was a corner suite, a nice addition with a sitting room area, but not necessary to our overall comfort. One of the best features of the room is the floor to ceiling windows: our view was a picture perfect vista of the Space Needle and skyline. The Grand Hyatt also features oversized bathtubs, which the Olive 8 does not…a welcome addition on rainy, dreary days. Each bathroom also includes a shower, and like all Hyatt’s, the Grand Hyatt Seattle is eco-conscious (though not to the extreme of the Olive 8): bath towels and sheets are changed only when needed.

Grand Hyatt Seattle

One caveat: each room has a coffee maker and coffee and tea service, but mini-fridges are filled with pay-per-item snacks and liquor. In fact, using them to store your own foods results in a $10 fee. If you have items to store, a separate mini fridge will be brought up to you, but this is still an inconvenience. On the plus side, the kids love Hyatt bathrobes, and those at the Grand Hyatt do not disappoint.

Fitness Center:

The Grand Hyatt Seattle’s fitness center was closed for renovation at the time of our visit, but on-site staff informed me they have a hot tub and sauna, but no indoor pool. If that’s a deal breaker for your kids, book Hyatt Olive 8 instead.

Grand Hyatt Seattle corner suite

Dining:

Within the same building as the Hyatt is a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (too spendy for my family), but also a sushi place, a Starbucks, and a marketplace with some convenience foods (such as juice, milk, and other necessities while traveling with young kids). We opted to go here (with the adjacent Starbucks) for breakfast.

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Date last visited:

December 2012

Room rates:

At the time of our visit, rooms started at $181 for a standard double (though double beds are not guaranteed). We have heard, however, that upgrades are common.

Directions:

The Grand Hyatt is located at 721 Pine Street, Seattle. It’s easily accessed from either I-5 or I-90 (five minutes from either).

My family and I stayed at Grand Hyatt Seattle on a hosted stay, for the purpose of review.

About the author

Amy Whitley

AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly as a family travel expert at Go Green Travel Green and Practical Travel Gear, and contributes to Outdoors NW as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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  1. Do many people use the refrigerators to store food? I personally have never used the in room fridge for anything other than the mini bar. I’m surprised that it was such a big negative for this visit. The hotel looks rather nice from the photos.

  2. Personally, we use mini fridges in hotels a lot! We store breakfast foods if we’re in a hurry to eat and hit the road, and I know many families with babies and toddlers who use it to store milk, juice, formula, etc. Luckily, most hotels do offer them now.

  3. we always use an in-room fridge. and I don’t have kids! i’m in my 30’s and my parents are in their 60’s. My dad pretty much likes milk & cereal more than any other food. we all drink milk. having a fridge is very important! (at home we go through 4 gallons of milk a week for 3 people)
    it’s also great for restaurant leftovers for lunch the next day! and souvenir foods to take home (like a specialty cheese or something).
    i often will make a reservation between similar places based on if it has a fridge or not.

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