An Orange County Weekend: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Our Room & Lounge

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Trip Report Index:

An Orange County Weekend – Introduction
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, California – Our Room & Lounge
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, California – Hotel Grounds and Spa
Day 1 in SoCal
Day 2 in SoCal
Back to Kansas

Here’s a video tour of our suite!

Emily Jablon:  We arrived at the hotel late on Friday of the 3-day Memorial Day weekend.  Daraius dropped me off  at the entrance and then went to park the car on the street to save the $29 valet fee.  When I stepped in the lobby, I knew Daraius had chosen well!

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Hotel Entrance

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Front Desk

There was a check-in kiosk and Daraius checked in using the kiosk.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Checking in at the kiosk

Daraius:  I’ve never checked into a hotel using the electronic check-in kiosk, so I was curious to try it out.  I swiped my credit card and in a few minutes I was on my way.  The machine gave me a receipt and 2 sets of keys for the room.

Interestingly, the kiosk didn’t ask me if I wanted the Diamond amenity (a choice of food or beverage) or if I preferred 1,000 Hyatt points instead.  So I went down to the front desk the next day and chose a bottle of wine (2010 Canvas Merlot) and dried fruit and nuts as our amenity.

Hyatt gives you 50% extra points if you chose the points amenity and the points didn’t post to your account.  I wonder what would have happened if I had not asked for the food and beverage amenity the next day.

Would I have got 1,000 points in my account instead?  Or would I have had to contact Hyatt customer service to get the points to post, in which case I would have got 500 extra points.

Perhaps I should check in using the kiosk next time and hope that my points didn’t post so that I can can contact Hyatt customer service and get extra points!

Emily Jablon:  It took us a long time to get to room 3344 because the resort is HUGE!   I stepped inside, and there was a living room in front of me and a full bathroom to the left.

Daraius:  We were pre-assigned a SoCal suite, one of the smaller full suites in the hotel.  I didn’t reach out to the hotel before our trip to ask for any upgrades, but was curious to see which suite I’d get using a Diamond suite certificate.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Second Bathroom

Emily Jablon:  I saw that we had a large living area with a couch, two chairs, and television and a desk.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Living Room

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Workspace

I entered the spacious bedroom through the door in the living room.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Door Leading to the Bedroom

And sat on the bed and couldn’t wait to go to bed.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Emily on the Bed

I kept exploring…

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Our Bedroom

There was a very nice lounge chair which was great for reading!

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Emily on the Lounge Chair

Our bedroom had another full bathroom with his and hers sinks and a whirlpool tub.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Master Bathroom

Here are the amenities.  They include shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, shower caps, and toothpaste.  Amenities not shown include makeup remover pads, and q-tips and cotton balls.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Hotel Amenities

I was in heaven and couldn’t wait to relax in the tub after a long day of work and traveling!

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Jaccuzzi

We slept like babies all night long.

The next day, we woke up in time for breakfast.  We ate at the Hyatt Regency lounge and had a free breakfast.

Daraius:  Breakfast is served until 10:00 am on weekends.  We got to the lounge at 9:55 am and my room key didn’t open the lounge door!  But I asked a passing hotel employee to let us in.

The lounge had a balcony, but it was too cold to eat outside.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Daraius & Emily in the Lounge

Emily Jablon:  The spread was okay.  I had a croissant with butter and strawberry jam, jamon, cheese, and strawberry yogurt.  It was free, but it wasn’t very tasty.  Daraius had a frittata on the 1st day and a mushroom Strada on the next day with a bagel with cream cheese.  The frittata was the only hot dish served for breakfast.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach- Emily’s Breakfast

Daraius:  I had lots of meat and cheese, and must have eaten way too much jamon!

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Daraius’ Breakfast

Emily:  The staff in the lounge were great, but the food was just okay.

There were breads & jams…

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Lounge Breakfast

…3 kinds of meat…

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Meat

…several kinds of cereal…

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Cereal

…and fresh and dried fruits.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Fruits

I didn’t like that the food wasn’t replaced once it was over.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Empty Trays

To drink, we had Perrier and apple juice.  I tried both the café mocha and vanilla lattes from the coffee machine, but both were very disappointing, so I went without any coffee.

As we were finishing our breakfast, a man came up to me and asked:

You’re Emily, right?  From the Million Mile Secrets blog!

It was a blog reader on a business trip, who recognized us in the lounge.  What a coincidence!

It was strange being recognized miles away from Kansas, but we exchanged numbers and Daraius and I went out to dinner with him a few nights later where we talked miles and points!

The next day, we went to the Regency Lounge in the afternoon to check out the cocktail and snack offerings.

The selection was pretty bare, but I asked for a banana and the great lounge staff got me one!

Daraius had some dried fruits and cheese.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Dried Fruits and Cheese

Daraius:  There were some mushroom Phyllo triangles which  took care of my afternoon snack attack along with the dried fruit and cheese.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Mushroom

Emily Jablon:  There were vegetables as well, which Daraius pretended he didn’t see!

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Vegetables

Along with bread and cheese.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Bread and Cheese

There was an honor bar where cocktails cost $5 & beer & wine was $4.  You poured your own drinks, but had to fill out a card to bill your room for the cost.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Drinks

We printed out our boarding passes for our flight home the next day using the printer in the lounge.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where we’ll review the hotel grounds and spa which more than make up for the food in the lounge!

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17 responses to “An Orange County Weekend: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach – Our Room & Lounge

  1. So you have a picture of a nice room, then a nice bed, then a nice girl sitting on the bed and what do you write next? “I kept exploring…” What??? You preferred to keep taking pictures of the room? What’s wrong with you, man?

    🙂

  2. Could you have eaten breakfast at a restaurant instead of the lounge as a Diamond member, if you had wanted to? Just curious. Nice story about being recognized :D!

    @bluecat, haha.

    • @bluecat – At least I’m committed to the cause! 🙂

      @Jimmy @TravelByPoints
      – Since there was a lounge, we had to eat breakfast for free in the lounge. But if there was no lounge, we would have been able to eat breakfast in the main restaurant.

  3. David in California

    Shucks. Wish I had known of this trip as for several of us loyal readers of your blog who live locally near to this destination, it would have been nice to have met you both. In fact, on Saturday I was just up PCH from you with my son at nearby Bolsa Chica, which is a miles long stretch of beachfront with ample parking – just north of Huntington Beach, and just south of Sunset Beach. And….I know some of the folks there, and would have been happy to let them know some VIPs were in their presence! 🙂 Perhaps on a future SoCal excursion an MMS meetup can be assembled in whatever property you will be staying at. Just an idea….

  4. What corporate code/rate did you use/get for the Hyatt Huntington Beach?

  5. Joe Rodriguez

    Hey Daraius, I do videos for a living. Forget the steadycam effect on your editing software LOL. A little shakiness is fine. Focus on audio or email me for tips. Looking forward to the next one, Spielberg.

    • @David in California – We were actually planning on visiting Bolsa Chica, but ran out of time. A meet up sounds great, but not sure when we’ll be back in SoCal. I will be there in December for the Frequent Flyer University in LA.

      @Joe Rodriguez
      – I didn’t use any editing software and just uploaded it to Youtube from my computer. I’ll email you for some tips!

  6. Just spent Fathers’ Day weekend there. As you said, staff was great! I broke my glasses frames the first day & within 5 minutes, lounge staff had printed directions to Lenscrafters and had an engineer show up with 2-part epoxy! (neither solution worked, but their effort was commendable).

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