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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!
There was a check-in kiosk and Daraius checked in using 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.
Emily Jablon: I saw that we had a large living area with a couch, two chairs, and television and a desk.
I entered the spacious bedroom through the door in the living room.
And sat on the bed and couldn’t wait to go to bed.
I kept exploring…
There was a very nice lounge chair which was great for reading!
Our bedroom had another full bathroom with his and hers sinks and a whirlpool tub.
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.
I was in heaven and couldn’t wait to relax in the tub after a long day of work and traveling!
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.
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.
Daraius: I had lots of meat and cheese, and must have eaten way too much jamon!
Emily: The staff in the lounge were great, but the food was just okay.
There were breads & jams…
…3 kinds of meat…
…several kinds of cereal…
…and fresh and dried fruits.
I didn’t like that the food wasn’t replaced once it was over.
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.
Daraius: There were some mushroom Phyllo triangles which took care of my afternoon snack attack along with the dried fruit and cheese.
Emily Jablon: There were vegetables as well, which Daraius pretended he didn’t see!
Along with 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.
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!