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Our family stayed 4 nights recently at the Hyatt House Seattle Downtown, which is a Category 3 Hyatt (12,000 points / night), and it was a good stay all around.  One interesting thing I thought was worth commenting on was their use of what I’ll call “eco-psychology”

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I have seen similar tags at other hotels, but the one here at the Hyatt House Seattle Downtown caught my eye for the psychology “mind games” they played.  Notice the last paragraph

Many of our guests have expressed interest in joining us in our efforts.  We appreciate your participation

I forget the name of this psychological ticket, but it is in reference to the fact that other people are doing something and you are “missing out” if you don’t participate.  While I do appreciate the sentiment of being eco friendly (I’m a fan), I am always amused when companies make a big deal of being eco friendly in ways that SAVE the company money (in this case by not having to wash as much laundry).  If you really want to be eco friendly, do it in ways where it actually COSTS the bottom line.  But anyways, again, I do appreciate the sentiment.  I did also appreciate the paper and can / bottle recycling containers in the room in addition to the garbage.

Hyatt House Seattle Downtown rooms

We had 2 rooms at the Hyatt House Seattle Downtown and we were able to get adjoining rooms, which is the #1 thing we look for in rooms.  Apparently at the Hyatt House Seattle Downtown, the only types of rooms that are adjoining are the 2 queen room and a special type of room that has 1 king and no sofabed.  I believe that’s due to just the triangular shape of the hotel.  Anyways, we changed our reservation to those 2 types and after a few calls, they were able to accommodate us.

Here was our queen room – the hotel has views of the Space Needle on one side, but naturally we had a view across the other side of McDonalds 🙂

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The King with no sofabed room type does not have a kitchen, so I wouldn’t recommend it unless you want a connecting room, but here is the kitchen on the 2 queen room

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It has a stovetop, refrigerator and dishwasher, as well as cups, plates and silverware.

Hyatt House Seattle Downtown amenities

Breakfast is included at the Hyatt House Seattle Downtown, and it was tasty, including the typical Hyatt House omelet bar.  I also of course appreciate when they have 8 person tables 🙂 In addition to this table, which actually seats 12 or 14, they had a big circular table in the corner of the hotel that fit our family.

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There is not a swimming pool, but they do have a decent fitness center, which had 4 treadmills as well as elliptical and exercise bikes with the same LifeFitness program that they had at the Hyatt House San Juan.

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Hyatt House Seattle Downtown shuttle

The Hyatt House Seattle Downtown hotel offers a complimentary shuttle for guests.  The Hyatt House Seattle Downtown shuttle will take you (or pick you up) anywhere within approximately a 1 mile radius of the hotel.  Since the Hyatt House Seattle Downtown is in the middle of a compact urban area, that covers quite a bit.  The Hyatt House Seattle Downtown shuttle boundaries are

  • Madison Road on the South
  • Interstate 5 on the East (with the exception they do go to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room on Pike Street just east of I-5
  • Roy Street on the North
  • Elliott Bay on the West

When I spoke to the front desk about specific spots, they mentioned that they will pretty much pick you up anywhere within those spots as long as there is a loading zone.  Still, there did seem to be specific spots they liked to pick up.  For instance, we were on 2nd street after walking up from the Amtrak station, but they directed us to 1st and Madison.  Here were some of the spots that were definite Hyatt House Seattle Downtown shuttle stops

  • 1st and Madison, in front of the Hotel 1000 – this is good for Amtrak, Pioneer Square, the ballparks or anywhere further south
  • Cupcake Royale on 2nd and Pine for Pike Place Market
  • The Starbucks Roastery on Pike Street
  • The trolley parking lot on Valley Street (for South Lake Union)
  • The Convention Center
  • Sephora on 5th and Pine for the Westlake Transit Station
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