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- Review: Grand Hyatt Denver
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In connection with our stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, we also spent a few nights at the 516-room Grand Hyatt Denver. I figured I’d quickly review the hotel, though there’s less to say than usual, given that some of the facilities were closed due to coronavirus.
Booking the Grand Hyatt Denver
We booked the Hyatt Privé rate at the Grand Hyatt Denver, and that cost under $100 per night. For booking this rate, we received the following additional amenities:
- Daily full breakfast for two
- A $100 property credit per room per stay
- A one category room upgrade confirmed within 24 hours of booking (room-to-room or suite-to-suite) — based on availability at the time of booking
- Early check-in (as early as 9AM) and late check-out (as late as 4PM), subject to availability
- A welcome gift and letter
Ultimately I’d say that was a pretty good deal, especially given all the points we’d earn thanks to World of Hyatt’s promotion.
Redeeming points at the Grand Hyatt Denver
While we paid cash, you can also redeem points at the Grand Hyatt Denver. This is a Category 3 World of Hyatt property, meaning that a free night redemption costs the following number of points:
- 12,000 points in a standard room
- 20,000 points in a standard suite
- 24,000 points in a premium suite
Based on my valuation of 1.5 cents per World of Hyatt point, paying cash was a no-brainer here.
Even if you’re not a Hyatt loyalist, earning World of Hyatt points can be pretty easy. In addition to being able to earn World of Hyatt points with the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review), you can also transfer over points from Chase Ultimate Rewards.
- Earn 4x Points at Hyatt Properties
- Free Night Every Year
- Complimentary Discoverist Status
- 5x total points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 3x points on dining
- 2x points on travel purchases
- 3x points on Travel after the $300 Annual Travel Credit
- 3x points on Dining
- $300 Travel Credit
- Earn 3x points on travel
- Earn 3x points on shipping purchases
- Cell Phone Protection
- Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases
- Car Rental Coverage
- Extended Warranty Protection
- Earn 5% Cash Back at office supply stores
- Earn 5% Cash Back on internet, cable TV, mobile phones, and landlines
- Car Rental Coverage
- Earn 3% Cash Back on Dining
- Earn 3% Cash Back at Drugstores
- Earn 1.5% Cash Back On All Other Purchases
- Earn 3% Cash Back on Dining, Takeout and Eligible Delivery Services
- Earn 5% Cash Back at Grocery Stores (excluding Target®, Walmart®)
- Earn 5% Cash Back with Select Streaming Services
Grand Hyatt Denver location
The Grand Hyatt is located in downtown Denver, at the intersection of Welton Street & 18th Street. I’m by no means an expert on Denver, though my impression was that I didn’t love the immediate area, but within a 10-15 minute walk there were lots of cute streets, restaurants, and shops.
Denver experts are welcome to share their take. I’d say the location is fine, but isn’t a reason to stay here, assuming you’re traveling for leisure.
Grand Hyatt Denver check-in & lobby
The Grand Hyatt Denver doesn’t have a particularly appealing exterior, though fortunately it’s a different story once inside, as the hotel has been renovated.
The Grand Hyatt has a pretty nice lobby with plenty of seating — I’d imagine it’s usually quite a bit busier, but the hotel was more or less dead while we were there.
Reception was located inside the entrance to the hotel and to the left, and the check-in process was efficient. We were informed we had been upgraded to an executive suite on account of my Globalist status. It was also explained that the hotel’s only open food & beverage outlet was Courier Market. Since my status ordinarily offers free breakfast, we were instead given a $30 daily credit to be used here, either for breakfast or any other time of day. That’s in addition to the $100 credit we received during the stay for booking through Hyatt Privé.
Grand Hyatt Denver Executive Suite
With keys in hand, we headed towards the elevators, and went up to the 17th floor, where our room (1701) was located.
The executive suites at the Grand Hyatt Denver are marketed as being 784 square feet, so they’re generously sized. Inside the entrance was the huge living room. This included a dining table with high-top seating, a living area with a couch and a chair, and then a TV on a console.
Near the dining table was a Keurig coffee machine, along with a couple of bottles of water.
A door then led into the bedroom, which had a king size bed. While the mattress itself was comfortable, I’m not a fan of how Grand Hyatts often have such small pillows.
In the bedroom there was a chair next to the bed, and then also a desk and a chair on the opposite end of the room, by the TV.
The bathroom was off the bedroom area, and had a sink, a toilet, and a walk-in shower.
Toiletries were from Balmain, which I find to be pretty decent for an upscale hotel.
The view from our room was mainly of surrounding buildings — we could see some mountains in the distance, but views from the hotel are largely obstructed by the nearby high rises.
All things considered we liked our room, especially given the upgrade and the price we were paying.
Grand Hyatt Denver pool
The Grand Hyatt Denver has an indoor pool on the fourth floor, which families will surely appreciate. I didn’t use it.
Grand Hyatt Denver gym & outdoor track
Also on the fourth floor is the Grand Hyatt Denver’s gym. While the gym isn’t particularly impressive, it has modern equipment, and we appreciated having access to it (especially after previously being in Germany, where gyms were closed fully).
One special feature of the Grand Hyatt is the fourth floor “rooftop” track and tennis court. This area is open to hotel guests, so whether you want to jog outside or play tennis, this is a cool amenity to have.
Grand Hyatt Denver Courier Market
Courier Market was open daily from 6AM until 10PM, and it was the Grand Hyatt’s only open food & beverage outlet. The market had everything from grab-and-go drinks, packaged snacks, and sandwiches, to cappuccinos, to a menu with freshly prepared food.
Below is the all day dining menu at Courier Market.
For breakfast we had oatmeal and some fresh fruit one morning, and eggs with toast, hash browns, and sausage, another morning.
For a market-style concept, I thought the food was great, and I appreciated the wide selection and ease of ordering stuff.
The Grand Hyatt Denver did the trick for our stay. At a rate of under $100 per night we got a great deal, especially with a suite upgrade, a daily $30 food & beverage credit, plus an additional $100 food & beverage credit once during our stay on account of booking through Hyatt Privé.
I appreciated the updated rooms, the gym, and the outdoor track, though other than that there’s not much to talk about. For us Hyatt loyalists, the Thompson Denver is opening in early 2022, and I’m looking forward to checking that out next time I come to town.
We obviously stayed at a very strange time, when the hotel was totally empty, as it’s usually popular with conferences and conventions. I doubt I would have felt the same way about the hotel if it were at 100% occupancy, in which case the experience would have likely been very different.
If you’ve stayed at the Grand Hyatt Denver, what was your experience like?