The Grand Hyatt Seattle is an ideal base for anyone looking for a place to stay right in the heart of Seattle—whether you’re a visitor who wants to stay close to the city’s most popular things to do, a resident who doesn’t want to deal with traffic after a show or night out, or a business traveler who wants to be close to the Washington State Convention Center. There are few properties in Seattle with such a perfect location for everyone, but the Grand Hyatt doesn’t disappoint.
As a AAA Four-Diamond property, the hotel is also one of the top places to stay in the city with high levels of customer service, excellent amenities and services, and restaurants right on-site. From the moment you arrive until the moment you leave, you’ll feel like a stay here is something special!
The Grand Hyatt is easy to get to whether you’re driving or riding public transportation and has an attached parking garage.
If you’re coming from the airport, you could rent a car, but perhaps the easiest way to get to downtown Seattle is to take the Link light rail. Westlake Station is less than three blocks from the Grand Hyatt. You can also catch shuttles, town cars or taxis.
If you’re driving, you’ll need to park your car. While there is no shortage of parking lots in downtown Seattle, the Grand Hyatt has both self-parking and valet parking. The self-parking lot entrance is on 7th between Pike and Pine. The valet desk is located at the front entrance on Pine Street.
The Grand Hyatt is located at 721 Pine Street.
The Grand Hyatt has 450 guest rooms that include options ranging from the standard room (which is still far above what most hotels call standard!) to suites and view rooms. Due to the hotel’s location in the middle of the city as well as not too far from the water, the bay view rooms are a treat for those who enjoy a view.
These rooms are on floors 22 and higher to get you high above the city. By day, you’ll see sailboats and ferries crossing Elliott Bay, Pike Place Market (from some rooms) and city lights surrounding you by night. The views are pretty spectacular, but any room at the hotel provides the same level of posh-yet-comfortable atmosphere.
Rooms have a clean, modern feel to them, and are very quiet for being right in the city. You’re unlikely to hear much road noise from below, or even from the hallways outside. While many hotels have long hallways that force everyone to go past everyone else’s room, the Grand Hyatt’s halls are square-shaped, surrounding a central elevator. You won’t hear many people going past your door.
Rooms also include nice touches such as personal doorbells, touch-activated do-not-disturb lights, and switch-operated blackout shades if you need to get some sleep.
The bathrooms are also a highlight and are all marble with separate walk-in showers and soaking tubs.
Shops and Restaurants
The Grand Hyatt’s central location means there are dozens of restaurants within the surrounding blocks, but there are several options either in the hotel or on the same block. Attached to the hotel is a Starbucks, NYC Deli Market, Blue C Sushi (a conveyor-belt style sushi restaurant) and a Ruth’s Chris Steak House, but the Grand Hyatt also has a sister property across the street called Hyatt at Olive 8 with an additional dining option.
If you want to enjoy some quintessentially Northwest cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients (or if you have any dietary restrictions, this is also a good option), Urbane at Olive 8 is a fine choice. The décor is modern and bright with floor-to-ceiling windows, and the menu changes seasonally. Look for Northwest favorites like salmon or shellfish, or choose a local wine to complement your dinner.
Of course, if going out doesn’t seem appealing, staying in just might be. The Grand Hyatt Seattle has a full room service menu that you can access via the TV in your room. Order dinner and a bottle of wine, or breakfast first thing in the morning.
Like Urbane, Elaia Spa is just across the street at Hyatt at Olive 8. Hyatt at Olive 8 is a certified LEED hotel, and Elaia follows suit, with warm earth-toned décor, natural woods used everywhere from the lobby to the relaxation area, and treatments that use local and earth-friendly materials.
When you arrive at the spa, you’ll be shown to the locker room where you can change into a robe and sandals, take a shower, or spend time in a wet or dry sauna before or after your appointment. From start to finish, a visit to Elaia is peaceful, quiet and reflective, but also pleasantly decadent.
When you’re ready, you’ll be shown to the relaxation room where you can relax on a chaise and enjoy a cup of tea or some light snacks. You likely won’t be here long before your appointment starts, but you’ll be returned to this space after your treatment, and it’s the perfect place to bask in the afterglow.
The spa menu is impressively long and includes body scrubs and wraps, facials and waxes, and massage, but also beauty treatments ranging from manicures to lash extensions. If you want to go as local as possible, look to the Market Fresh treatments that use ingredients from the Northwest. If you’re not sure where to start, the 60-minute Elaia Signature Body Scrub is one of the hotel’s most popular treatments, and it’s positively luxurious.
You could easily spend a weekend at the Grand Hyatt with little reason to leave the hotel, but especially if you’re visiting Seattle, exploring the area is easy to do on foot. If you’re visiting for business, the Washington State Convention Center is just a block away.
Within a 10-minute walk, you can get to Pike Place Market, as well as the Seattle Art Museum. Just a little farther afoot, past Pike Place, you’ll reach Seattle’s Waterfront where you’ll find the Great Wheel, Wings over Washington, the Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises and more. Seattle Center and the Space Needle are a little over a mile away. You can walk, or you can catch the Monorail from Westlake.
Downtown Seattle is also filled with department stores if you’re up for some shopping, and there are a number of theaters within a short walk of the hotel, too. The Paramount is just two blocks away and the 5th Avenue Theater is about five blocks away. Both routinely have headlining shows and touring musicals.