Whereas enroute to Hawaii, we had a roughly 9 our layover at LAX. We arrived at round 11PM from Tampa, and have been departing the subsequent morning at round 8AM to Honolulu. For our fast in a single day we determined to e-book the Hyatt Regency LAX. I final stayed at this lodge when it was nonetheless the Concourse Lodge LAX, earlier than it acquired the total Hyatt Regency branding.
I’m glad to report that that is largely an excellent airport lodge, with one main challenge (although possibly I used to be simply unfortunate).
How I booked our keep on the Hyatt Regency LAX
The Hyatt Regency LAX was charging both $170 in money or 12,000 World of Hyatt factors for our one night time keep. I ended up paying money, since I thought of that to be a slightly higher worth, based mostly on my valuation of 1.5 cents per World of Hyatt level.
Moreover, as I’m getting very near lifetime World of Hyatt Globalist standing, I’m paying money greater than redeeming factors, in order that I can lock this in. The Hyatt Regency pricing was in keeping with what most different accommodations within the space have been charging.
Hyatt Regency LAX location & airport shuttle
The Hyatt Regency LAX has the advantage of being the closest lodge to LAX. Distance-wise you possibly can simply stroll there from LAX, particularly if you happen to’re coming from Terminal 1. Logistics and security are a distinct story, although. Finally except you’re strolling, distance doesn’t matter an excessive amount of, since most accommodations are off Century Boulevard, on the identical few blocks.
Now let me get to my main frustration with this lodge. I’d prefer to acknowledge that I in all probability simply have the worst luck on the earth with airport lodge shuttles. I really feel like I all the time find yourself selecting the lodge with the least dependable and obtainable shuttles. I’ll see 4 or 5 shuttles from a competing lodge move, after which lastly the shuttle for the lodge I’m staying at reveals up.
With that in thoughts, the Hyatt Regency LAX shuttle picks up on the departures degree, and is meant to run each 10-Quarter-hour. The shuttle handed us thrice in a row and gave the impression to be full every time, so it didn’t cease. But in some way all the opposite shuttles have been mainly empty. WTF?!
We have been on the Terminal 5 shuttle spot, so for the reason that shuttles stored being full, I figured it made sense to stroll to a “decrease” terminal, in hopes of the shuttle not being full but when it was out flip. Go determine an empty Hyatt Regency shuttle handed us then, however we hadn’t but made it to the cease. Grrrr!
In the long run it took us over an hour to get to the lodge, which is annoying when you’ve gotten such a brief in a single day layover. I discover dependable shuttle service to be such a irritating ache level of staying at airport accommodations. I’d gladly pay an additional $50 per night time for an airport lodge if I knew I wouldn’t have to attend for a shuttle, as a result of it’s simply such a waste of time.
And it’s not like there are different sensible choices — a taxi driver will cuss you out if you happen to attempt to take a brief journey from the airport, whereas getting a rideshare at LAX isn’t precisely speedy (except one thing modified not too long ago).
The shuttle scenario wasn’t a lot better the subsequent morning. The Hyatt shares a shuttle with QuikPark, and the primary shuttle we waited on was already full when it picked up on the Hyatt Regency. So we then simply walked over to QuikPark (just a few steps away), so we might get on the shuttle there, and never lose out to others.
The Hyatt Regency LAX’s shuttle completely sucks, plain and easy, and based mostly on my expertise, is one purpose I’d keep away from this lodge. That’s a disgrace, as a result of in any other case it is a fairly superior airport lodge.
Hyatt Regency LAX check-in & foyer
When you’re on the Hyatt Regency, it’s a pleasing expertise.
The Hyatt Regency LAX feels pretty recent and fashionable, and has a properly appointed foyer, not less than in comparison with most different LAX accommodations I’ve stayed at.
Reception was situated simply inside the doorway and to the left.
The woman checking us in was pleasant, and had us checked in inside a minute. As a Globalist member she informed us that we might take pleasure in breakfast within the restaurant between 5AM and 11AM. I’ve learn on-line that this lodge usually solely upgrades Globalist members to suites in the event that they ask. We didn’t ask, as a result of I didn’t care on such a brief in a single day (and virtually most well-liked a typical room, since there’s much less house to go away stuff behind, fewer lights to show off, and so on.).
As a substitute we have been simply assigned a typical king room on a excessive ground. Elevators have been close to reception, and we headed as much as the tenth ground.
Hyatt Regency LAX king visitor room
We have been assigned room 1055, which was many of the approach down the hallway on the left.
The room was a fairly good measurement. There was an entryway with a closet and loo, after which down the corridor was the primary a part of the room.
The room had a cushty king measurement mattress, an “L” formed sofa, and a desk with two chairs. For an airport lodge I assumed this was fairly thoughtfully designed, between the artwork and the lighting. Frankly the design was extra attention-grabbing than on the Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos, sadly.
The room felt clear, although the carpet and furnishings have been positively beginning to discolor a bit, and have been stained. Airport lodge rooms are likely to get fairly beat up, given that almost all company keep for only one night time.
Again close to the doorway was a espresso machine plus an empty mini-fridge. That is additionally the place the uncovered closet space was.
The toilet was small however purposeful, and had a sink, a bathroom, and a walk-in bathe.
Toiletries have been in reusable wall-mounted containers from Pharmacopia.
Wi-Fi within the room was quick and free, and the mattress was comfy (although pillows might have been a bit greater), so throughout I assumed it was a fairly good room.
Hyatt Regency LAX Unity LA (breakfast)
For an airport lodge, I feel the Hyatt Regency LAX has the perfect eating idea. It’s a mannequin I want different accommodations would comply with. There’s one eating venue — Unity LA — with three totally different ideas, together with a market, a restaurant, and a bar & lounge.
The market is open 24/7, and has a wide range of drinks, snacks, recent meals, and extra. I like this idea, as a result of generally I keep at airport accommodations the place there’s not even a solution to get a cup of espresso earlier than 6AM. Even past that, I like these ideas as a result of there are sometimes protein shakes, that are useful after a exercise, and higher than hauling to a drugstore for one.
The Hyatt Regency then has the bar & lounge space, open each day from 4PM till 2AM. This has cocktails and an all-day eating menu.
On prime of that there’s the restaurant, which is open each day from 5AM till 11AM for breakfast, and open on choose days for dinner, from 5PM till 9PM.
The restaurant begins serving a la carte breakfast at 5AM, whereas the buffet solely begins at 6AM. We had breakfast at round 5AM, so ordered from the menu, which you will discover beneath.
I had a sizzling espresso, whereas Ford had an iced espresso, and each have been good.
So far as meals goes, I ordered an avocado toast, whereas Ford had the egg white herbivore scramble.
The meals was legitimately good, and repair pleasant. You’ve gotta love that this full breakfast is roofed as a Globalist, together with tip. To the parents who declare that Hilton Honors or Marriott Bonvoy have a comparable breakfast profit to World of Hyatt (hello, DCS!), I’d like to know which different LAX airport lodge affords a breakfast like this to elite members.
As I discussed above, there’s additionally a buffet beginning at 6AM, however we left earlier than that. I did snap an image as they have been beginning to set it up, although.
Hyatt Regency LAX health club
On the best ground of the lodge there’s a 24/7 health club, which in all fairness good.
There’s additionally a rooftop pool, although it was closed whereas I used to be there, so beneath is an image from the lodge’s web site.
The Hyatt Regency LAX is usually an excellent airport lodge. The lodge has properly appointed rooms, an amazing eating idea (together with a 24/7 market), a wonderful breakfast for Globalist members, and it’s additionally the closest lodge to LAX.
My main level of frustration with the lodge was the shuttle scenario, as we repeatedly handled the shuttle being full, and subsequently needed to wait for one more shuttle. No different lodge’s shuttle gave the impression to be having that challenge. I hope we simply had dangerous luck, or that that is one thing the Hyatt Regency can enhance.
In the event you’ve stayed on the Hyatt Regency LAX, what was your expertise like?