Winter Wanderlust: A downtown getaway at Hyatt Regency Seattle

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As it becomes more apparent that far-flung travel may not be happening for awhile yet (sigh), we’re finding more ways to appreciate the goodness waiting here in our own city. Downtown hotels like Hyatt Regency Seattle give locals a great homebase in which to unwind and enjoy an urban staycation.

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The largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest, Hyatt Regency Seattle is also the city’s first and only LEED Gold-Certified hotel. Part of A Seattle Collection—along with Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8—the three neighboring hotels offer a total of 2,063 guest rooms and three gyms (all managed under one team).

Numerous COVID protocols make stays feel safe and comfortable even now (we can vouch for that!), and amenities like luxurious bathtubs, floor-to-ceiling windows showing off stunning water and mountain views, and a fitness center Peloton bike (gyms are currently open by appointment) create added temptations to spend the night away from home.

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Need even more incentive to plan a cozy staycation? Those booking a stay between now and September 12, 2021, can take advantage of a “Hyatt Night In Package” (use code NIGHTIN). Enhanced upgrades that make for a perfect weeknight escape, weekend staycation or Valentine’s Day getaway include:

• Early check-in (as early as 8 a.m.)
• Late checkout (as late as 5 p.m.)
• Complimentary self-parking
• 15% discount off Andare Kitchen & Bar
• Upgraded room at check-in (with Regency Club access)
• Discounted (up to 50%) connecting room for families
• 2 in-room movies and board game access
• Amenity basket filled with offerings for the whole family

Andare photo, courtesy Hyatt Regency Seattle

While staying at Hyatt Regency, it’s perfectly acceptable to never leave the property and simply soak in your lovely surroundings. At mealtime, order takeaway from Andare Kitchen & Bar — or eat in the restaurant, based on current Washington State guidelines.

Enjoy greens (the Andare Salad is a must-try), sandwiches (from grinders to eggplant parmesan), wood-fired pizzas (like the classic Margherita, chicken pesto or mushroom), homemade pasta dishes and entrees ranging from herb-roasted chicken to grilled ribeye steak. Complement your meal with Northwest wines, beers from nearby breweries (like Fremont and Georgetown) or takeaway cocktails that sweeten the deal.

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Yet should you choose to explore, Hyatt Regency is merely a 10-minute walk from Pike Place Market, which seems to be growing more vibrant by the day. Stock up on goodies from local farmers and artisans, or grab an outdoor table at Old Stove Brewing, where the staff has its food/drink order and delivery system dialed in. (You pay at the main counter, and servers swing by your table to drop off meals and pints in takeaway containers.)

As you savor views of ferries slicing across the steely gray water and the Great Wheel spinning below, you start to think that perhaps being “stuck” in this city isn’t so bad after all. Happy (local) travels!